One Of The Best And One Of The Longest
The Mindscape Of Alan Moore - Dez Vylenz great documentary film on Alan Moore - is now on dvd and available, hopefully, at your local dvd store. If not go to Dez' s blog for more info - http://www.shadowsnake.com/web/blog/index.php.
And talking about Alan, I thought I'd take this opportunity of letting you know about one of the more obscure but extraordinary works he helped with in 1991, if you didn't know about it already. The Worm : The Longest Comic Strip In The World was an attempt at creating a record-breaking ' longest comic strip in the world ' to benefit the London Cartoon Centre - the only charity-financed school of comic and cartoon art in the country, which was set up in 1984 to give accessible teaching in that area of craft to those who weren't able to find it anywhere else at an affordable level. Alan wrote it's basic story and Jamie Delano, Garth Ennis, Steve Moore, Hilary Robinson, and Andrew Cartmel wrote the final scripts. And a fantastic team of cartoonists and strip artists of all kinds did two frames each over a period of 8 hours to complete a 250 frame, 250 ', continuous strip. It didn't establish a record - for reasons that were beyond our control, and which I'll tell you more about it here later when I can - but the full genesis of it is detailed in the book of the strip, which was published in '99 with the assistance of a grant from the Swedish Council For Cultural Affairs and great help from Simon Bisley, who did a terrific cover for it. It's still available from Amazon and from the Cartoon Museum in London. All profits from it's sale there go to the Museum and it's teaching programmes, so next time you hit London make a stop there and buy one.