mat t wrote:
There is a very nice short of Columbia's the biologic show here. Reminiscent of Eraserhead (and silent films of course).
I'm a big Alan Moore fan (although a discriminating one as stuff like Tom Strong doesn't appeal). I saw him about 10 years ago give a performance / monologue about William Blake. He was accompanied by a musician and dancer and some spacey projections and snippets from an amazing looking black and white (and I assume silent) version of dante's inferno. They recorded the monologue he did later for CD but haven't got that. His ideas about 'idea space' `are interesting. The book in tribute to him has a cracking long interview between him and Dave Simm of Cerebus the ardvark fame where Moore talks about experimenting with magic.
The film the Mindscape of Alan Moore is good but if you have followed him through the years and read interviews with him it repeats a few anecdotes he has relayed before. The extras on it make it worthwhile though with 6 interviews with 5 collaborators (think thats right) and comic historian/promoter Paul Gravett.
The radio 4 interview between him and Stewart Lee is good and The Comics Journal website had for a time a long audio interview with him on From Hell. Very poor quality though as never intended for distribution.
As for horror comics I like uncanny weird stuff like Jim although when I first got into the 90s Batman Animated series I snapped up the book that went with it and from that have tracked down work by some of the illustrators / animators. Bruce Timm is the key guy (and in the last few years I have discovered Darwyn Cooke, who is incredible) and GOSH comics in London pointed me towards a comics anthology I think called FILTH that had a really good short horror story drawn by Timm about 2 low rent psychopaths who fall in love and try and out do each other in murder.
No ones mentioned Arkham Asylum yet! That is one scarey book. Personally I find McKeans artwork jars when put in a narrative context but the images are incredible (and indelible!). I can picture still the girls head in a doll house and a guy scratching words into the floor with his finger nails. brrrr. Got my copy signed by Morrison!