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January 5, 2013

Alan Moore’s low-budget home movie

By Steven W. Beattie

Look up the word “iconoclasm” in the dictionary, and you’re likely to find a picture of Alan Moore. One of the U.K.’s most successful writers, Moore has been mythologized since making a splash with his groundbreaking graphic novel, Watchmen, in 1987. (The title was the only work of graphica to be included on Time magazine’s list of the 100 best novels published since 1923.)

Despite the enormous success of Hollywood adaptations of his work (including big-budget film versions of both Watchmen and V for Vendetta), Moore describes the American film industry as “repulsive.” A long profile in the Guardian quotes Moore as saying that the money that swirls around Hollywood is “pure voodoo”: “I am horrified by the budgets of these films, almost as much as I am by the films themselves.”

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