A review of Magic Words: The Extraordinary Life of Alan Moore
You probably know before you crack this tome open whether it's for you or not: a painstakingly detailed and researched 400-page biography of one of the most controversial figures in comics history. However, whether you're a fan of the man's work or not, any scholar of comics history will find this book indispensable (I learned more about British comics as a whole reading this one book than I've encountered anywhere else, for one), and for an aspiring creator, here's a textbook with many cautionary tales to be learned from: most notably that if you want respect from your publishers, you'll ...
My experience of life is that it is not divided up into genres; it’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you’re lucky.
—  Alan Moore

“I heard joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed, life is harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in threatening world. Doctor says, “Treatment is simple. The great clown Pagliacci is in town. Go see him. That should pick you up.” Man bursts into tears.“But doctor” He says, “I am Pagliacci.“
Good joke. Everybody laugh. Roll on snare drum. Curtains.”

Alan Moore
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