The Forbidden Planet International blog – earlier this week announced as one of the Top 50 blogs in the UK and the only comics blog in the list – have been hinting at it for a while but the first part of Pádraig Ó Méalóid’s new and “smegging huge” interview with top award-winning writer Alan Moore has just been published, with the following two parts due to appear in the next few days.
As you’d expect from Alan the subjects and references are many, from Threepenny Opera to Monty Python and the Clangers (and the especially nice thing is you just know he’ll attach as much importance to a Clangers reference as he would to a classical literary reference). This part also includes more background on Alan and Kevin O’Neill’s latest book, Century: 1910, and some of his past music work. Will he perform again? Read the interview to find out.
When we say huge, we mean it by the way. “The interview ran to two hours long, all of which I then had to type up, with the exception of a very small personal piece that got left out,” says Padraig. “The whole thing was 27 pages and nearly 15,000 words long.” Not quite as long as one of Mr Moore’s famous comic scripts, then.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.
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