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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Stewart Lee and Alan Moore

Two of my favourite artists ever in discussion about comic boooks - Alan Moore the famed comic writer, and Stewart Lee the 41st best stand-up comedian.

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Alan Moore of course wrote Watchmen, which I only read a couple of years ago. I've only recently got into comics again, after reading Beano as a kid and Viz as a teenager, and thought there was no way Watchmen could live up to the hype. It's a comic, surely it can't be literature as well. I was so wrong - the depth of the characters and the intricacy of the storytelling is second to none.  Plus with Watchmen, a great movie was finally made from one of his books (after crap remakes of V for Vendetta, From Hell, and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.)

Stewart Lee has his own unique style of stand-up which is easy to hate, but just as easy to love. His slow, repetitive, precise, 'pretentious' style can alienate the audience and has kept him just outside the mainstream for 20 years. His 'Jerry Springer: The Opera' brought him death threats and inspired him to make the documentary What's Wrong With Blasphemy.

Together in this chat taken from the BBC Radio 4  series Banter they discuss Alan Moore's life and their mutual interest in comics

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