From queer to eternity: comics master Alan Moore tackles the history of homosexuality in the epic poem The Mirror of Love.
Comic books contain a melding of words and pictures, at their best combining to form a visual poetry that can tell stories both banal and sublime. Now two of the comic book industry's top talents--Alan Moore and Jose Villarrubia--have set out to tell the story of homo Homo
Genus of the primate family Hominidae. Members of Homo are characterized by a relatively large cranium (braincase), limb structure adapted to erect posture and a two-footed gait, well-developed and fully opposable thumbs, hands capable of power and precision grips, and history. Instead of using word balloons and graphic imagery, they are mixing an epic poem Noun 1. epic poem - a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds
epic, heroic poem, epos
poem, verse form - a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines
chanson de geste - Old French epic poems with lush photography. The result is the new hardcover volume The Mirror of Love (Top Shelf Productions, $24.95).
A professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is an art university in Baltimore, Maryland. It was founded in 1826, making it the oldest accredited art college in the United States. , a fine-rot photographer, and a comic book artist, the openly gay Villarrubia adapted Moore's poem into a 1998 stage piece that was directed by David Drake
Author Man Moore, best known for such award-winning comic book projects as Watchmen, V for Vendetta vendetta (vĕndĕt`ə) [Ital.,=vengeance], feud between members of two kinship groups to avenge a wrong done to a relative. Although the term originated in Corsica, the custom has also been practiced in other parts of Italy, in other , From Hell, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, is stunned stun
tr.v. stunned, stun·ning, stuns
1. To daze or render senseless, by or as if by a blow.
2. To overwhelm or daze with a loud noise.
3. by Villarrubia's "visual alchemy. I think they're some beautiful photographs that Jose has come up with. They illuminate, in the very best sense of the word, the verses that they accompany. There's a passion, a savagery Savagery
once fierce fighting tribe of American West. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 123]
imaginary wild animal of great ferocity. [Br. Lit. about some of the pictures, a savage beauty."
The Mirror of Love originally appeared in 1988 in a publication called AARGH! (Artists Against Rampant Government Homophobia). The comic book was organized and published by British-born Moore and friends as a project benefiting the fight against the United Kingdom's homophobic Clause 28. "Whenever any of our countries take these sudden, nasty fascist lunges, then I think it's down to all of us to actually stand up and say something about it," Moore says. He also admits that although he is "monogamously, blissfully attached" to female comic book artist Melinda Gebbie Melinda Gebbie is a comics artist and writer, probably best known for Lost Girls, the three-volume graphic novel she has recently completed in collaboration with writer Alan Moore, published by Top Shelf. , "most sex is in your head, and I'm sure that I've had as many homosexual fantasies, probably, as I've had heterosexual ones."
Moore's Mirror of Love is an epic poem that compresses gay history into a few thousand words, covering the dawn of humanity and ancient Sapphic and Spartan love up through the AIDS crisis and the gay-baiting media of the modern world. The poem is "sweeping--melodramatic, perhaps, Moore say. "It's got a very Shakespearean tone to it, but it felt like a big story that deserved to be spoken of in epic tongues. Some of the men and women that we mentioned in it--these are titans. They are the pillars of human culture, let "alone gay culture."
Villarrubia recalls that upon first reading The Mirror of Love, "I was very taken by it, since it was unlike anything I had ever read. It had me in tears by the end. I am not sure what a genius is, but if there's such a thing, Alan is one. I consider him an incredibly gifted artist who consistently imbues his work with great beauty and, even more importantly, with a great heart."
Avant-garde comic publisher Top Shelf Productions is releasing The Mirror of Love in March as a 136-page hardcover volume that includes not only the text and photos but also extensive historical and bibliographical information. "I would like the straight people who read it to realize what an incredible contribution gay men and women have made to human culture--to realize how important, and indeed vital, they've been and continue to be," says Moore. With a chuckle he adds, "And I would like gay people who read it to realize exactly the stone thing. If you are in a certain situation where you feel oppressed op·press
tr.v. op·pressed, op·press·ing, op·press·es
1. To keep down by severe and unjust use of force or authority: a people who were oppressed by tyranny.
2. because of your sexuality, I'm not saying that it would solve everything for you, but it might help if you had a sense of the tradition that you are in. If you had a sense of these men and women in the past, ranked behind you--if you had a sense of your culture, what it had achieved, what it might be capable of--then I think that might make you feel empowered."
Though it may be a bit late for Valentine's Day Valentine's Day: see Saint Valentine's Day.
Lovers' holiday celebrated on February 14, the feast day of St. Valentine, one of two 3rd-century Roman martyrs of the same name. St. , The Mirror of Love is meant as a testament to the beauty and power of same-sex affection throughout time. "I hope readers get a sense of context, of history, and of persistence," says Villarrubia. "I also hope that they will be as moved as I was by the words and that it confirms or renews their faith in romantic love." Moore agrees, citing his hero, gay author William Burroughs Noun 1. William Burroughs - United States writer noted for his works portraying the life of drug addicts (1914-1997)
Burroughs, William S. Burroughs, William Seward Burroughs : "I was reading his journal the other day, and the last entry before he died, the last words Last words are a person's final words before death. For a list of well known last words, see or use the link at right.
Last words may refer to:
Beta vulgaris; called also mangel-wurzel. is a best-selling novelist, comic book author; and past editor of Gay Comics.