11 August 2010

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In 1970, the headmaster of Northampton Grammar School was faced with the menacing prospect of an attempted subversion, even radicalisation of it’s Rugby team. A 17 year-old pupil, who had offered members of the squad LSD, was quickly expelled, and letters written to other colleges and universities warning them of the danger posed by this disciple of Timothy Leary and the Counter-Culture.

14 years later, former LSD-dealer and slaughterhouse worker Alan Moore was signed on to write for DC comics, ostensibly to breath new life into Swamp Thing, a long-running but never particularly successful comic that had premiered in 1971, and gradually faded until the series conclusion in 1976. Taking over from the departing Martin Pasko, Moore instigated a revolution in Swamp Thing, and in the writing of comic books in general, that has influenced almost everything written since.  He would go on to pen V For VendettaFrom HellThe League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and probably the most important comic written in the past 20 years, Watchmen.
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The Mindscape of Alan Moore explores Alan Moore’s development from “the world’s most inept LSD dealer” (his own words) to one of the most influential writers in any genre currently working. Coming entirely from his own mouth, the documentary attempts to work his views on comics, art, philosophy and magic through a kaleidoscope of colour and imagery to reveal something of the notoriously reclusive artist.
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The Mindscape of Alan Moore is currently available in the FACT online store, and in the FACT shop.
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