You may have seen this announced yesterday. Alan Moore’s CINEMA PURGATORIO is running a kickstarter. Here’s how Alan describes it…
In a world of used ideas spun out into unending single-premise sagas and told in full cyber-enhanced Technicolor, unapologetically we offer up CINEMA PURGATORIO, a black and white horror anthology which reaches for something both new and startling beyond the endlessly recycled characters and concepts of the 60s and the 70s. An anthology, to let its authors exercise the discipline and the invention that only short stories can provide – and out of which the vast majority of today’s memorable franchises were created – and black and white in order to impose that selfsame discipline upon its artists by removing the alluring camouflage of colour and requiring the same values that the classic comic illustrators made their byword. Why shouldn’t the 21st century enjoy the craft and quality that the E.C. and Warren luminaries managed, but with an originality and freshness born entirely of our anxious present and uncertain future? Why shouldn’t the world once more have horror stories which compel their audience to tremulously tell themselves “It’s just a movie; just a film”?
And, being Alan, he carries on in full on Alan Moore. Click through, and at least watch the film, so you can see Alan’s awesome hair. Seriously, look at the hair.
That roughly translates as “Alan Moore running a black and white comic weird horror anthology featuring stories by awesome folks. As well as Alan and Kevin O’Neill, the stories at the start are… Code Pru (Garth Ennis/Raulo Caceres) The Vast (Christos Gage/Gabriel Andrade), A More Perfect Union (Max Brooks/Michael DiPascale) and Modded (Ignacio Calero/Kieron Fucking Gillen).
Go click through to read more about them. I’m particularly excited by A More Perfect Union, where Max Brooks applies his brain to make a credible incredibly detailed American Civil Story featuring Giant Ants. Brilliant. My hat is off.
I was going to do a big post about Ig and my story – MODDED or THE MODDED – but I’ll save that for the standard solicitation of the book. For now, have a nose at this image…
Which I describe as R-Rated Pokemon in the style of the Fast And The Furious, in a Mad Max universe. It’s the videogame-influenced comic that anyone from my previous life would have probably expected me to have done by now. I’ve been gone for 5 years, and I’ve things to say, and I’m doing so in this gleeful horror comedy of a book.
Oh – that’s BLOODY SUSAN and MISTER BOOM on the cover, who are a big part of our sprawling cast of fuck-up Daemonatrixes who like nothing better than fitting overloaded cybernetics to their extra-dimensional entities and making them fight. It’s a metaphor, probably.
As I said, I’ll write more when the normal edition is solicited.
(We’ve hit the target, so you can assume that’ll happen.)
Should you donate? The Kickstarter seems an extension of part of Avatar’s business model, which rests on special editions for collectors and extremely passionate devotees. Avatar do some very limited edition con exclusives, and this is basically pre-selling them to pay for what is clearly an expensive project.
Basically, if you’re the sort of person who thinks “You know, I’d love a unique edition of a book signed by Alan, Kevin, Garth and Kieron” it’s for you, and you should donate. If you’re a “I just want to read the fucking thing” you can wait for a normal edition, which I’ll be hyping in good time.
(That said, there is a six dollar pre-order for the digital version for the second buyer. Your call, obv.)
Anyway – go nose, and see what you think. Writing MODDED is making me laugh more than anything else I’m currently writing, so I hope you’ll find it amusing.