Alan Moore and Frank Miller take sides in OWS debate

‘Pond scum’ says Miller as comic book masters line up on opposite sides of the Occupy fence

BY Linda Palermo LAST UPDATED AT 15:36 ON Mon 28 Nov 2011

COULD two of the comic world's behemoths be set for an epic battle that would put their superhero inventions to shame? Purists of the genre will no doubt be licking their lips over the potential for ker-pow fisticuffs between Alan Moore and Frank Miller.
 
British writer Moore noted approvingly in an interview with The Observer that the Guy Fawkes mask worn by many of today anti-capitalist protesters was inspired by the central protagonist of his 1982 graphic novel V For Vendetta, a seminal work set in a dystopian future where Britain is under martial law.
 
“It feels like a character I created 30 years ago has somehow escaped the realm of fiction,” Moore says. "I think it's appropriate that this generation of protesters have made their rebellion into something the public at large can engage with more readily than with half-hearted chants.”

Now cut to Moore's American counterpart Frank Miller, the man who created the comic strips Sin City and 300.

Writing on his website earlier this month, Miller tore into the idealists of the Occupy Wall Street movement, calling them "pond scum" and "a pack of louts, thieves, and rapists, an unruly mob, fed by Woodstock-era nostalgia and putrid false righteousness". He concluded his furious attack by recommending that protesters “Go back to your mommas’ basements and play with your Lords Of Warcraft”.

Last word to Moore who pointed out in his interview the unavoidable irony that every Guy Fawkes mask sold to an activist sees the media conglomerate Time Warner, which own the rights to V For Vendetta and with whom Moore has a famously frosty relationship, pick up a cut of the £4-£7 price tag.
 
"I find it comical, watching Time Warner try to walk this precarious tightrope," says Moore, adding that he has heard the corporation is troubled by the increased sales. · 

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