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OCCUPY GALL STREET: ‘V’ is for Vitriol in Alan Moore vs. Frank Miller war of political words

REMEMBER, REMEMBER THE FIFTH OF DECEMBER? “V for Vendetta’s” Alan Moore has some stinging words for Frank Miller. (Alan Moore & David Lloyd / DC Entertainment)

WHEN TO COMES TO OCCUPY WALL STREET, as in so many other areas, comics titans Alan Moore and Frank Miller stand tall on opposite sides of a thickly rendered line.

And in this case, V is for Vitriol.


Well over the weekend, in the second part of an interview with Honest Publishing, Moore — the British brain behind “Watchmen” and “V for Vendetta” (with David Lloyd) — trains Miller square in his sights:

“Frank Miller is someone whose work I’ve barely looked at for the past twenty years,” Miller tells Honest Publishing. “I thought the ‘Sin City’ stuff was unreconstructed misogyny, ‘300’ appeared to be wildly ahistoric, homophobic and just completely misguided. I think that there has probably been a rather unpleasant sensibility apparent in Frank Miller’s work for quite a long time.”

[OCCUPY GUY FAWKES: What does the man behind the mask think of the movement?]

Moore continues to address not only Miller’s stance on Occupy demonstrations, but also comics-field politics in general:

“Since I don’t have anything to do with the comics industry, I don’t have anything to do with the people in it. I heard about the latest outpourings regarding the Occupy movement. It’s about what I’d expect from him. It’s always seemed to me that the majority of the comics field, if you had to place them politically, you’d have to say centre-right.”

.Last month, Miller referred to the Occupy protesters as “louts, thieves and rapists” who should join the military — “an unruly mob, fed by Woodstock-era nostalgia and putrid false righteousness. These clowns can do nothing but harm America.”

[FRANK MILLER: The anti-Occupy rant]

Moore’s retort: “I’m sure if it had been a bunch of young, sociopathic vigilantes with Batman make-up on their faces, he’d be more in favor of it. We would definitely have to agree to differ on that one.”

[For Honest Publishing’s full interview, you can click here]


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Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.


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