Brendan McGinley tackles the depths of Alan Moore's Spells It Out, and an unusual series from an unusual mind in The Backwards Folding Mirror …
The Backwards Folding Mirror
Here we have a book that reads like an autobiographical comic as told in dreams, with enough funny one-liners dropped in the right spaces to keep it from getting too heavy. The end result is a book where people the protagonist loves antagonize him, and the actual antagonists never quite strike because they end up engaged in conversation about their regrets and failed plans.
The dreamscape is layered like an onion, peeled back again and again to reveal another fevered imagining. It’s a strangely fun trip, with lines like “I would like to raise [a baby] in a cave. The ghost of my father is watching and I can’t screw up.” Yet for all the rambling consciousness, it’s an accessible book.
To put it another way: you’ll get it even when you don’t understand it.
Alan Moore Spells It Out
Not a comic book, but a marathon interview with one of the great figures in comics, Alan Moore Spells It Out is a walk inside the titular creator’s head, courtesy of journalist Bill Baker.
The topics circle around the act of creation — mostly comics, but also prose, poetry, performance art and… perhaps the sum of all of these, magic. Moore recast himself as a magician some time ago, and asserts that the difference between spelling words and spelling magic is a minimal one at its widest, almost certainly the same in origin, and definitely the same in intent (changing the audience’s consciousness).
It’s a fascinating read that despite the hours of tape it occupies, feels like just barely enough to sate a hungry appetite.
Brendan McGinley is a long-time writer for ComicBase. His comic favorites include anything featuring Grim Jack, Punisher, Guy Gardner, Green Lantern, or written buy Evan Dorkin, Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, Deadpool… and the list goes on. But he insists he is of discriminating tastes.