It’s been a few decades since Alan Moore and David Lloyd teamed up for the acclaimed V for Vendetta comic, but now the duo are back together again.
No, it's not a follow-up, but it's probably even more politically charged than that classic dystopian tale. This time around, Moore and Lloyd are putting together the first issue of Occupy Comics: Art and Stories Inspired by Occupy Wall Street, with comics inspired by the grassroots "Occupy" political movement.
The project comes from Black Mask Studios, which was founded by comic writer Steve Niles, Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz and film director Matt Pizzolo. Other comic-book talent that has signed on includes Charlie Adlard (Walking Dead), Art Spiegelman (Maus), Mike Allred (Madman), J.M. DeMatteis (Justice League), Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night), Molly Crabapple (Shell Game) and Wu-Tang Clan's RZA and Ghostface Killah.
Most of the comics produced by Black Mask will be steeped in political commentary, but with some sci-fi and supernatural underpinnings. You know, classic Alan Moore.
Pizzolo said the project will aim to make a difference through art, and they’ll even be dabbling in some cross-media efforts:
“The way we put together the slate is with wanting to push the boundaries of what can be done in comics ... One of the chief goals is to expand the audience of comics. We are trying to do that by bringing in different sensibilities, like Wu-Tang, like hard sci-fi and futurism, and with madcap energy. Remember books like Transmetropolitan? You don’t see much of that today.”
It’ll definitely be a different take than Moore’s past superheroic efforts, but this is the direction he’s been heading in for years, and fans will likely follow him down the rabbit hole. Do you plan on checking out the Occupy series?
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)