StudioHEAD #46 StudioHEAD #46
Mr. Head meets Alan Moore (“V for Vendetta”, “Watchmen”, Batman: The Killing Joke”, “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”). StudioHEAD #46

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I Am Better

Coming from the frozen wastelands of Finnish tundra. Mr. Better seeks warmth from his television & home theater and all the wonders they provide. He occasionally dabbles in the arts of drawing and photography.

  • I_am_better

    Also known as: “The StudioHEAD where I gave up and scrapped the original idea halfway through, then couldn’t come up with anything else proper and gave up and scrapped that and got BACK to the original and then finished it and lo and behold – published it under the wrong title and again scrapped the article and republished it…”
    I think I have a migraine

  • Cannonball

    Ha ha. Pretty good.

  • Cannonball

    Creative process, dude. Final product speaks for itself.

  • Cannonball

    Of COURSE Alan Moore thinks he’s Batman.

  • Jen 💕

    So much detail AB – u make it so real! … cant wait to see his lovely assistant again 😀

  • Dee-abolik

    A typical day for Alan Moore.

  • I_am_better

    I know, right?
    XD

  • I_am_better

    Of course.

  • I_am_better

    I coulda titled it “nervous breakdown – the comic”

  • I_am_better

    Thanks. I just hope I won’t have such insane problems the next time

  • Cannonball

    It works though. I don’t know what you had in mind but this holds together organically to me. All the more so if you’re familiar at all with Moore.

  • Cannonball

    They aren’t hindering you.

  • I_am_better

    Well that was my main concern. Should I make something that only 0.01% of the Earth’s population will get?

  • Cannonball

    Why not? Then that 0.01% really appreciates it.

  • I_am_better

    I dunno; my typical non-existent-self-esteem issues…

  • Cannonball

    Same here.

  • Jen 💕

    Looking at this – I wld never gave guessed there were any probs – u just present so confidently AB

  • Jen 💕

    Sooo true

  • franks_television

    Very nice. Very nice.

  • franks_television

    SH seems to be getting progressively more surreal.

  • I_am_better

    It’s all part of the plan

  • Breaking the 4th wall? Noice!!!
    Moore is a nutbag, but I respect him for his conviction. Any guy who would flake off marvel for the mistreatment of Comic collaborators, deserve my utmost respect!

  • I_am_better

    I think I’ve broken through every single wall
    XD

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Perfectly captures Moore’s contrarian nature. He’s so contrarian he even dismisses his own work, like The Killing Joke.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Moore’s amusing and talented, but I don’t respect him; his so-called “conviction” and “radicalism” is clearly a put-on (as well as a by-product of his eccentricity). After reading an interview wherein he trashed the very concept of cinema (the “all movie suck” thing is drawn from life), as well as about his hatred and dismissal of all superheros as “juvenile”, I realized the man was full of shit and didn’t really believe half the things he was saying.

    Moore’s like Lars Von Trier – a professional troll.

  • I_am_better

    The things that kinda triggered this comic were his “announcement” of quitting comics THIS WEEK and then a few days later I ran across a magazine I had which had an ad for his “final interview about comics ever” – from 9 YEARS ago…

  • KilliK

    he doesnt dismiss it, he admires its visual aspect but he is not happy with the final story. he wanted Joker to be right in the end (imho, a better ending) and he didnt want to cripple Barbara (his editor forced him though).

  • I just like how he dissed marvel for fucking Kirby over. So he can’t be all bad, amirite?

  • KilliK

    ? Where did he say that about cinema? do you have a link?
    dont mind him though, Moore has become a grumpy old man who is fed up with the industry and how it treated him and his work all these years. He also hates the fact that the fanboys prefer to waste their time with the same recycled stuff, while not giving a shit about the comic art itself and the artists behind them. and he is right. I remember fanboys attacking Moore for not giving his blessing for the Watchmen movie, even going to the extreme to dismiss him as an artist (ie, they argued that without Gibbons, Watchmen wouldnt have been successful. Remind you of someone else?)

    anyway, Moore is the God of the comic medium, and he has the balls to always express big truths about everyone and everything else. Maybe he is a bit of a troll (and rapey), but I will respect him forever.

    KIMOTA.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Yep, that’s Moore in a nutshell. Also, he directed and starred in some sort of surreal short film a few years ago and, when promoting it, claimed he was very interested in cinema as an art form – after stridently dismissing it years prior (his defenders would no doubt argue he was only referring to “commercial” cinema, but no, he really did decry it as a poor medium for relaying art altogether).

    I think he’s someone who wants to appear radical but, in reality, is nowhere near as revolutionary or anarchic as the image he projects.

  • KilliK

    you can watch the Steve Ditko mini doc, he mentions, here:

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Well, I know how you feel about Kirby, but I think you’re way too harsh on Lee. Not that I believe Kirby wasn’t screwed out of credit/money, but a few posters at AICN did raise some fair counter-points about Kirby’s bold claims, his perpetual victim mentality, and his willingness to peddle his work to the highest bidder. It’s not just one thing; there’ve been consistent patterns to these guys’ behavior.

    Both Lee and Kirby have been guilty of making dubious and unverified statements over the years. It’s too bad that Kirby isn’t alive so we could continue to hear his side of the story. As Lee is still active, very extroverted, and an expert salesman, we get to hear too much of his perspective – but that doesn’t mean he’s always lying or wrong. I’ve a suspicion that if Lee had been the one to have died two decades ago, before the current media blitz, many comics fans would now be claiming him as the unsung hero in the partnership.

    Ditko’s obviously not dead, but it’s always gonna be perpetual radio silence from his end. Plus, he does hold some strange Libertarian beliefs inspired by Ayn Rand. If you know anything about Rand’s self-centered philosophies of Objectivism and the unsung brilliance of certain creative artists and their works, you’ll realize it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to believe those somehow fed into Ditko’s assertions of authorship and being screwed over by his parent company at the time (again, I’m not saying he couldn’t have been). So all in all, I wouldn’t take any of this trio’s claims at face value.

    http://kirbymuseum.org/blogs/dynamics/2012/06/08/kirby-the-liar-vs-lee-the-liar/

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    No, he said more than that. He dismissed Batman and Joker as “licensed characters” (and therefore, by implication, unworthy), and the work as mediocre and “work-for-hire”.

    It’s just Moore getting on his soapbox about capitalism again and trying to prove he’s not a “sell-out”, not merely expressing unhappiness about a few enforced story changes (which would be a fair enough grievance).

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    There are so many Moore rants about similar things that I can’t find the specific one I’m thinking of. All I can remember is that Pink Flamingos was one of the few films Moore praised (lol).

    Anyway, Moore wasn’t just talking about the current state of the industry and its obsession with reboots and recycled franchises; he was dismissing practically everything except homemade “transgressive” low-budget movies like the aforementioned Waters classic (and then only grudgingly, in passing). He also thinks Hollywood hasn’t had an original idea since 1972. Lord knows, then, what he’d consider “original”. Apparently even the 70’s masterworks don’t count.

  • Dee-abolik

    Moore might have been a rebel once, now it’s just a very comfortable, money-generating and safe role, not unlike that of his US-native namesake Michael.

  • Turd, it’s not only Stan who I am pointing my finger at, it’s the entire company (supposedly ran by Lee at the time) who screwed over so many contributors that had it not been for them, Marvel would not be this great “House of Ideas”. But Stan is the biggest opportunist of them all for taking so much credit for everyone’s contribution. Notice that when Kirby left Marvel, Lee didn’t pen as much stories. While jack held his own at Dc with strikingly unique concepts and ideas be it a Demon, a Last Boy on Earth, or even a Forth World!
    Of course these’s this guy here!

    I kinda find it hard to see Kirby as a liar,sure he may have mistakenly exaggerated but lie? Nooooopppppeee!
    I have gotten correspondence from Artist and creator of Deathlok- Rich Buckler who easily backed my claims against lee being the big phony that he is. Ditko sounds a bit too modest but then again, he hasnt contributed to a character as much as Batman’s Bill Finger, let alone, Kirby. Anyway, here’s something not so revealing, but what the fuck, I’ll post it anyway.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Fair enough. I was merely pointing out that even the Kirby faithful admit he’s bent the truth on a few occasions. Perhaps not as many times as Lee, but he still did it from time to time, and other lesser-known creators, such as the aforementioned Iron Man artist or Lee’s brother, Larry Lieber, might have felt slighted in turn. For instance, Kirby claims he created a prototype of Thor for DC back in the fifties, but is there any evidence for this other than his word? (Maybe there is; you tell me.) If he’s referring to unused concepts that never made it past the drawing board, how can anyone prove it one way or the other? Lee did write a lot less after Kirby left, but that was also down to his decision to assume the role of Marvel’s publisher and become more involved in the business side of things.

    Lee has definitely been…shall we say, economical with the truth, and has contradicted himself many times over the years. I saw an interview recently wherein he claimed to have created Dr. Strange…or, rather, the interviewer (ass-licking Kevin Smith, I think) asked him how he’d created Strange and Lee charged on ahead, conveniently forgetting to correct Smith on his error. If pressed, no doubt Lee would say his failure to mention Steve Ditko was a result of bad memory on his part due to his advanced age! Or maybe he’s told so many lies he actually believes them now. Still, I can’t help but like the guy due to his amiable personality and hardly think he’s a monster nor uncreative. I just hope Kirby’s family/estate have won legal battles since and receive plenty of royalties from his many creations.

  • CoolHandJuke

    did he ever say which one of the Watchmen babies was his favorite?

  • I’m somewhat familiar with Kirby’s OG Thor. Which was originally from the Sandman comics.
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-JB87QTuzTp4/ToYTIWzKXJI/AAAAAAAAAeM/I76FjeyOsvo/s1600/Thor+Jack+Kirby+The+Villain+from+Valhalla+DC+Adventure+Comics+75.jpg

    I met Lee in person and asked “What’s the deal between you and Jack Kirby”? Lee was honest enough to tell me; “Jack and I arent speaking to each other anymore”. It was so quiet in the room that you can hear a Mouse farting. True these guys were the Lennon and MCCarthney of Comicdom but at the end of the day, Lee was out for himself and its really a damn shame how Marvel could mistreat not only a man who contrubited so much to the company, but he was also a warhero.
    Anyway, I’m not sure if you had seen this video but it further demonstrates the corporate greed within the comin industry.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Please keep your hatred of Stan Lee up!! Nothing worse than someone strangling the artists. Fuck him. Such a nice old guy?? I doubt it. Sounds like a thief.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Usually the things you hate the most come out the best. You create for your audience. No one cares about you. A hooker told me that once.

  • Tarmac492.1

    You should visit me in NY. And Dee.

  • I_am_better

    When I win in the Lottery, I could afford to leave the country

  • He’s an opportunist as well as a thief. But fuck, they both run in tandem.😉

  • Tarmac492.1

    It is disgusting. Kirby a fucking certified Genius and this momo gets to live until 107.

  • Tarmac492.1

    You will find your treasure and it wont be lottery. It will be something you do. Although, I am on vacay and drunk so you never know.

  • I_am_better

    Enjoy your drunk
    😀