Talk:Alan Moore

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credited with the development of the term "graphic novel" over "comic book"[edit]

According to the article, Alan Moore "has subsequently been credited with the development of the term "graphic novel" over "comic book"." This may be true, he might have been credited with the development of the term, I cannot find the article in Time Out magazine. However, Moore has expressed a dislike of the term "graphic novel" in one of his documentaries (either Monsters, Maniacs and Moore or The Mindscape of Alan Moore). He specifically states a dislike of the term "graphic novel" and says they should be referred to as "comic books" as that is what they are. Being unable to find the article online, and uncertain of the protocol involving his being credited with it, I wasn't sure if I should edit the page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:58, 7 July 2012 (UTC)

He's since said, to paraphrase, that a novel has a beginning, middle, and end. So Watchmen is, and was always intended as, a graphic novel, even though it was first published in monthly installments. He used the example of a collection of Spiderman issues #512-525 (or something) as an example of something that ISN'T a novel (actually a Trade Paperback). Most superhero comics never end, and are never intended to. That makes them serials, not novels.
His main point was that there's nothing wrong with "comics", and that calling ordinary comics "graphic novels" seemed to sometimes be used as a pretentious tactic to add snob value.
Sadly I have no quotes on this, but they shouldn't be hard to find, there's lots of his interviews online now. (talk) 09:04, 15 November 2015 (UTC)

khazarian ancestry[edit]

"Alan Moore (born 18 November 1953) is an English writer "

this is not true ...

corrigate it ...

"alan moore (born 18 november 1953) is an khazarian writer in great britain "

this is it ... he is not british ... he is khazarian ... — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:13, 11 December 2014 (UTC)

He was born in Britain, he's British, that's how it works. (talk) 08:57, 15 November 2015 (UTC)

"The Original Writer"[edit]

Just to pick a nit, I'm not sure this is a name he has used himself. Marvel used it on reprints of Miracleman, after Alan demanded they take his name off it, for the various dishonourable business transactions they'd had with him. Apart from that, has he used it anywhere else? (talk) 08:59, 15 November 2015 (UTC)

Yeah, the word "used" in that passage implies that Moore deliberately chose the name, but I can find no evidence that that's the case; every article I can find that mentions the name change says that Moore told Marvel not to use his name, and then says that the comic is being credited to "The Original Writer" as a result, but no one seems to know whether the pseudonym was chosen by Moore or by Marvel (and if Moore had in fact chosen it, I can't think why Marvel would be coy about saying so, since not saying so makes it easy to assume that it was a somewhat cheeky choice on their part). Unless someone can find a clearer citation for this, I think it'd be best to describe it somewhat differently from the other pseudonyms that he definitely did choose. ←Hob 02:36, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
I've changed the sentence to read: "He has occasionally used such pseudonyms as Curt Vile, Jill de Ray, and Translucia Baboon; also, reprints of some of his work have been credited to The Original Writer when Moore requested that his name be removed" (with a citation to an article on the "Original Writer" contract issue). Not sure if that's the clearest possible phrasing, but it's the best I could do. ←Hob 02:44, 18 March 2017 (UTC)

Toilet incident[edit]

I removed the following material: "at one UKCAC in London he is said to have been followed into the toilet by eager autograph hunters". The reason I gave was that the material is unencyclopedic, meaning that it is not the kind of material that ought to appear in an encyclopedia. The "he is said" part of the material I removed indicates that the truth of the claim is not properly established. I submit that if the truth of this incident has not been established, a proper encyclopedia will not report it. WP:UNDUE also applies here, as the importance of the supposed incident has not been established. To Nicknack009, who reverted me and restored the material, I will point out that the fact that something is "sourced material" does not mean that Wikipedia is obliged to include it. Rather, we include things that are important and encyclopedia worthy. This toilet rumor is not one of them. FreeKnowledgeCreator (talk) 21:20, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

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