A Bit of Magic.

Here’s a short excerpt, one question actually, from Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe’s interview with Alan Moore.  The article is entitled, The Magical Adventures of an Extraordinary Gentlemen; and you’ll be able to read the interview in its entirety in a few short weeks.  Enjoy.

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Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe: Someone sharing the same spirituality and mysticism as you is Alejandro Jodorowsky, were you at all influenced by him?

Alan Moore: Jodorowsky was somebody who I had heard of when I was younger, but I’m ashamed to say that while cinema is an interest of mine, it is not one of my greatest. In fact, I hadn’t actually seen Jodorowsky’s work until relatively recently. I’d heard of it and I respected it by reputation, but having discovered Jodorowsky, I think that he is wonderful. I think that his film work is tremendous, and I even very much enjoyed an article that he did that was reprinted in Arthur Magazine that was talking about how he had gone to Mexico and had met Leonora Carrington, the former wife of Max Ernst and the last of the Surrealists. She is still alive, living in Mexico, and she’s the last of the original Surrealists and she is probably one of the best as well. Jodorowsky wrote a wonderful piece about her. Yes, I believe, it’s safe to say we know each other’s work. A friend of mine, who is a film director actually met Jodorowsky and had mentioned my name and Jodorowsky had given a thumbs-up sign. To which I would give at least two thumbs up to Jodorowsky. He’s a remarkable artist and a remarkable human being.

Author: John Rovnak

John Rovnak can hardly remember a time when comic books were not a part of his life. He has bought them, sold them, written them, drawn them, collected them, bought them again, and sold them again. He has endured a lifetime of ridicule and shame for his hobby, but that hasn't stopped him. Most recently he's written and edited a book about comics. He's planning more.

1 thought on “A Bit of Magic.”

  1. It’s funny that the first thing that springs to Moore’s mind when Jodorowsky is mentioned is his work as a filmmaker. While one of the reasons Jodorowsky is sometimes compared to Moore (and viceversa) in European comic book-reading circles is that Jodorowsky wrote quite a bunch of comics, including what is arguably Moebius’ most celebrated sci-fi work, The Incal (published in the US by Epic, and later by Humanoids). I have the utmost respect for Moore’s body of work and thought-provoking concepts, but it’s pretty apparent to me that his explorations in Ideaspace, when it comes to the province of comics, are limited to the English-speaking world. You don’t see him refer to Tezuka a lot, either.

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