“Occupy Wall Street” has accomplished many things in its over two month existence. And now, the latest accomplishment could be starting a war between prominent comic book figures Frank Miller and Alan Moore.
In responding to Miller’s remorseless slamming of the protests last month on his blog, Moore wasn’t afraid to tell Honest Publishing in an interview how he really felt about the Sin City creator.
“Well, Frank Miller is someone whose work I’ve barely looked at for the past twenty years,” he said. “I thought the Sin City stuff was unreconstructed misogyny, 300 appeared to be wildly ahistoric, homophobic and just completely misguided. I think that there has probably been a rather unpleasant sensibility apparent in Frank Miller’s work for quite a long time. Since I don’t have anything to do with the comics industry, I don’t have anything to do with the people in it.”
Moore, who is famous for creating popular series such as Watchmen and V for Vendetta, than gave his candid thoughts on both Miller’s “Occupy” comments and how he differs politically from the rest in the comics industry.
“I heard about the latest outpourings regarding the Occupy movement,” he said. “It’s about what I’d expect from him. It’s always seemed to me that the majority of the comics field, if you had to place them politically, you’d have to say centre-right. That would be as far towards the liberal end of the spectrum as they would go.”
“I don’t even know if I’m centre-left. I’ve been outspoken about that since the beginning of my career. So yes I think it would be fair to say that me and Frank Miller have diametrically opposing views upon all sorts of things, but certainly upon the “Occupy” movement.
Moore went on to signal how he stands in solidarity with the demonstrations.
“As far as I can see, the Occupy movement is just ordinary people reclaiming rights which should always have been theirs,” he said. “I can’t think of any reason why as a population we should be expected to stand by and see a gross reduction in the living standards of ourselves and our kids, possibly for generations, when the people who have got us into this have been rewarded for it; they’ve certainly not been punished in any way because they’re too big to fail.”
He added: “I think that the “Occupy” movement is, in one sense, the public saying that they should be the ones to decide who’s too big to fail. It’s a completely justified howl of moral outrage and it seems to be handled in a very intelligent, non-violent way, which is probably another reason why Frank Miller would be less than pleased with it.”
“I’m sure if it had been a bunch of young, sociopathic vigilantes with Batman make-up on their faces, he’d be more in favor of it. We would definitely have to agree to differ on that one.”
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