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ALAN MOORE

Alan Moore was born November 18, 1953 in Northampton, England, an           
industrial town between London and Birmingham. The oldest son of             
brewery worker Ernest Moore and printer Sylvia Doreen, Moore's               
childhood and youth were influenced by the poverty of his family and         
their environment (as well as the eccentricities of his highly               
religious and superstitious grandmother). He was expelled from a             
conservative secondary school and was not accepted at any other             
school. In 1971, Moore was unemployed, with no job qualifications           
whatsoever.                                                                 
                                                                             
                                                                             
It was during this time that Moore began working with Embryo, a             
magazine he had been publishing with friends, which led to his               
involvement in the Northhampton Art Lab. Moore married in 1974,             
eventually having two daughters, Amber and Leah.                             
                                                                             
                                                                             
In 1979, Moore began working as a cartoonist for the weekly music           
magazine Sounds, in which a detective story called Roscoe Moscow             
appeared under the pseudonym Curt Vile. Eventually, though, Moore           
concluded that he was a poor artist and decided to focus his efforts         
on writing instead.                                                         
                                                                             
                                                                             
Moore's early contributions were to Doctor Who Weekly and the famous         
science-fiction title 2000 AD, under which Moore created several             
popular series, such as The Ballad of Halo Jones, Skizz, and D.R. &         
Quinch. Moore then worked for Warrior, a British anthology magazine.         
It was on this title that Moore began two important series:                 
Marvelman (known in the United States as Miracleman), a revisionist         
superhero series, and V For Vendetta, Moore's groundbreaking tale of         
the fight for freedom and dignity in a fascist and dystopian                 
Britain, both of which earned him the British Eagle Awards for Best         
Comics Writer in 1982 and 1983.Moore's exceptional writing talent           
won him his first American series, Saga of the Swamp Thing. Moore           
reinvented the character, while at the same time revolving his plot         
around tough topics (gun control, racism, nuclear waste, etc.).             
Moore displayed great depth and insight in his work, demonstrating           
that he was able to write on a wide range of topics and situations.         
Moore's stories set the pace for the "Sophisticated Suspense" by             
which most comics under DC's Vertigo line operate under today.               
                                                                             
                                                                             
In addition to Saga of the Swamp Thing, Moore also penned several           
other DC titles, such as Tales of the Green Lantern Corps, a Batman         
Annual and several Superman stories.                                         
                                                                             
                                                                             
In 1986, while DC Comics was reconstructing their comic's universe,         
Moore quietly came out with Watchmen. Watchmen, in conjunction with         
Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, redefined the comics         
book medium, and changed the tone of comics to this very day.               
                                                                             
                                                                             
Watchmen's complex script provided a realistic portrayal of                 
superheroes in a world that neither understood, nor trusted them.           
Considered by some to be the greatest comic ever produced, Moore was         
riding on a high. Watchmen, became the first comic book to be a             
recipient of the prestigious Hugo Award.                                     
                                                                             
                                                                             
Moore finished his run on Swamp Thing, completed the V For Vendetta         
storyline under DC Comics and wrote quite possibly the best Joker           
story ever in Batman: The Killing Joke.                                     
                                                                             
                                                                             
However, Moore was very unhappy with the fact that he didn't own the         
rights to Watchmen, nor did he feel that he was receiving adequate           
royalties from the series.                                                   
                                                                             
                                                                             
Furthermore, at the time there were discussions of implementing a           
comic book ratings system, of which Moore was firmly against. In the         
late 80's, Moore left DC and mainstream comics to work strictly for         
the smaller, independent publishers.                                         
                                                                             
                                                                             
Once free of DC, Moore began several projects. In 1988, Moore set up         
his own publishing imprint called Mad Love Publishing. Moore began           
working on a screenplay with Sex Pistols manager, Malcolm McLaren,           
called Fashion Beast, though the film never came about.                     
                                                                             
                                                                             
He also began work on Big Numbers with artist Bill Sienkiewicz and           
began two series for Stephen Bissette's Taboo, called Lost Girls             
with artist Melinda Gebbie, and Moore's ground-breaking series, From         
Hell. From Hell reconstructed the Jack the Ripper murders in                 
meticulous detail. Moore also did a personal story called A Small           
Killing, with artist Oscar Zarate. Self-publishing, however, was not         
good to Moore. Of the series begun during this period, only A Small         
Killing and From Hell have seen completion.                                 
                                                                             
                                                                             
Moore eventually began working with Image Comics, a new comics               
company run by a group of very popular young artists and writers.           
With this company, Moore penned 1963, sort of an atonement for the           
bad writing from other writers that resulted in the comics medium as         
a result of the Watchmen. He also wrote several stories for Todd             
McFarlane's Spawn character.                                                 
                                                                             
                                                                             
Perhaps the greatest treasure to appear under the Image imprint was         
Moore's revamp of the Supreme series. Supreme was a thinly-veiled           
version of Superman created by artist Rob Liefeld. Moore's take on           
the character was both nostalgic and inventive, harking back to the         
early days of DC Comics. Unfortunately, the series was halted due to         
financial problems and the final two issues have yet to see print.           
                                                                             
                                                                             
Currently, Moore has his own imprint, America's Best Comics (ABC),           
under which he's once again paving new territory with several new           
series: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Promethea, Tom               
Strong, Tom Strong's Terrific Tales, Tomorrow Stories and Top Ten.           
Moore's other projects include CD's and a book or twoÖin addition to         
his desire to become a magician.