“The cultural catastrophe of superheroes” – Alan Moore interview excerpt [Pádraig Ó Méalóid AKA Slovobooks / Sweet & Sour Socialism Cinema]]

I emphatically agree with post-modern comic book legend Moore’s diagnosis of the comic-book-film — what may also be referred to as ‘fanboy’ — culture as a very sick symptom of the current artistic landscape. Moore fails to contextualize it in capitalism or socialism, but this phenomenon can only be reactionary. — Zuo Shou

from the WordPress blog “Pádraig Ó Méalóid AKA Slovobooks”

“Last Alan Moore Interview?”

Jan. 9 2014

“…The subject of comic-related-films (or film-related-comics) had understandably arisen and, when asked, I had ventured my honest opinion that I found something worrying about the fact that the superhero film audience was now almost entirely composed of adults, men and women in their thirties, forties and fifties who were eagerly lining up to watch characters and situations that had been expressly created to entertain the twelve year-old boys of fifty years ago. I not only feel this is a valid point, I also believe it to be fairly self-evident to any disinterested observer. To my mind, this embracing of what were unambiguously children’s characters at their mid-20th century inception seems to indicate a retreat from the admittedly overwhelming complexities of modern existence. It looks to me very much like a significant section of the public, having given up on attempting to understand the reality they are actually living in, have instead reasoned that they might at least be able to comprehend the sprawling, meaningless, but at-least-still-finite ‘universes’ presented by DC or Marvel Comics. I would also observe that it is, potentially, culturally catastrophic to have the ephemera of a previous century squatting possessively on the cultural stage and refusing to allow this surely unprecedented era to develop a culture of its own, relevant and sufficient to its times…”


Full post link: http://slovobooks.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/last-alan-moore-interview/

Related article in the Guardian: “Superheroes a ‘cultural catastrophe’, says comics guru Alan Moore” — http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jan/21/superheroes-cultural-catastrophe-alan-moore-comics-watchmen


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