From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
"Ideas enter our above-ground culture through the underground. I suppose that is the kind of function that the underground plays, such as it is. That it is where the dreams of our culture can ferment and strange notions can play themselves out unrestricted. And sooner or later those ideas will percolate through into the broad mass awareness of the broad mass of the populace. Occulture, you know, that seems to be perhaps the last revolutionary bastion." -- Alan Moore
Alan Moore (born November 18, 1953 in Northampton) is an English writer most famous for his influential work in comics, including the acclaimed graphic novels Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell. He has also written a novel, Voice of the Fire, and performs "workings" (one-off performance art/spoken word pieces) with The Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels, some of which have been released on CD.
As a comics writer, Moore is notable for being one of the first writers to apply literary and formalist sensibilities to the mainstream of the medium. As well as including challenging subject matter and adult themes, he brings a wide range of influences to his work, from the literary – authors such as William S. Burroughs, Thomas Pynchon, Robert Anton Wilson and Iain Sinclair, New Wave science fiction writers like Michael Moorcock and horror writers like Clive Barker – to the cinematic – filmmakers like Nicolas Roeg.
- V for Vendetta (1982–1985)
- Watchmen (1986–1987)
- Batman: The Killing Joke (1988)
- Lost Girls (1991–1992, 2006)
- From Hell (1991–1996)
- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (1999–present)
- Voice of the Fire (1996)
- Jerusalem (forthcoming)
- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, World of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Characters in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen timeline, Alan Moore on the underground
- List of comic creators
- List of Comics Journal interview subjects
- List of English writers
- List of Eisner Award winners
- List of Harvey Award winners
- List of occultists
- List of postmodern authors
- List of science fiction authors
With each new technological advance, pornography has both proliferated and degraded in its quality. Today, porn is everywhere, but nowhere is it art. "A History of Erotic Freedom" surveys 25,000 years of pornography arguing that a society's vibrancy and success are related to its permissiveness in sexual matters. Decrying that the consumption of contemporary ubiquitous pornography is still widely considered shameful, author Alan Moore calls for a new and more artistic pornography that could be openly discussed and would have a beneficial impact on society.