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Ayres, Jackson: Alan Moore. A Critical Guide. (Bloomsbury Comics Studies.) New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2021. (240 S.) 
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Resource type: Book
Languages: English
DOI: 10.5040/9781350060500
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 9781350060470
BibTeX citation key: Ayres2021
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Categories: General
Keywords: Moore. Alan, United Kingdom, USA
Creators: Ayres
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (New York)
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Abstract
A complete guide to the comics work of the writer Alan Moore, this book helps readers explore one of the genre's most important, compelling and subversive writers.
In an accessible and easy-to-navigate format, the book covers:
  • Moore's comics career – from his early work in 2000AD to his breakthrough graphic novels and his later battles with the industry
  • Moore's major works – including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Saga of the Swamp Thing and Promethea
  • Key themes and contexts – from Moore's subversion of the superhero genre and metafictional techniques to his creative collaborations and battles with the industry for creator control
  • Critical approaches to Moore's work

The book includes a bibliography of critical work on Moore and discussion questions for classroom use.

Table of Contents

Dedication
Series Editor's Preface
List of Figures
Acknowledgments

1. Introduction
Do We Need Moore?
The Original Writer
A Guide to this Guide

2. Historical and Biographical Contexts
Mage of the Midlands
Thatcherism
The British Invasion
Creator Rights

3. Key Texts, Part One
Invading British Comics
Origins
2000 A.D.: Short Stories, Skizz, DR and Quinch, and The Ballad of Halo Jones
The Bojeffries Saga
Reinventing Superheroes: Britain
Marvelman/Miracleman
Captain Britain
V for Vendetta
Reinventing Superheroes: America
The Saga of the Swamp Thing
Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
The Killing Joke
Watchmen

4. Key Texts, Part Two
Horrors of History
From Hell
A Small Killing
Big Numbers
Brought to Light
Re-Imagining Superheroes
1963
Supreme
Moore's '90s Superheroes
Cultural Commons
“In Pictopia”
Lost Girls
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
America's Best Comics
Tom Strong
Tomorrow Stories
Top 10
Promethea
Histories of Horror
Lovecraft Cycle: The Courtyard, Neonomicon, and Providence
Crossed + 100
Cinema Purgatorio

5. Critical Questions
Themes and Techniques
Intertextuality
Magic
Psychogeography
Englishness
Representations
Race
Sexuality
Sexual Violence

6. Social and Cultural Impact
Authorship and Ownership
The Revised Superhero
Mature Readers?
Politics and/of Comics
Cultural Remixing
Moore After Comics, Comics After Moore

Glossary
Works Cited
Index


  
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