The co-creators of the anarchist British comic series "V For Vendetta," are onboard with the newly-launched Occupy Comics project, according to an update on the project's Kickstarter page. Wired reports Alan Moore and David Lloyd will work with the group to release a comic anthology based on the Occupy movement, plus a prose piece by Moore, possibly with illustrations.
Penned by Moore and illustrated by Lloyd in the early eighties, the "Vendetta" series pitted a masked revolutionary, "V," against a totalitarian UK government of the future. A fuzzy-headed Natalie Portman starred in a movie version in 2006, and this fall, Occupy Wall Street protesters adopted one of "Vendetta"s most striking totems -- V's Guy Fawkes mask -- as their own.
In an email to Wired, Occupy Comics organizer and Halo-8 founder Matt Pizzolo described why Lloyd's and Moore's participation rounds the Occupy Comics offshoot toward its origin:
It's really amazing to see two creatives whose work was inspiring to street protesters join a creative project that is inspired by the street protesters. It's a pretty virtuous cycle.
Moore is a noted fan of the protests. Earlier this week, he railed against his American comic artist rival and "Sin City" creator, Frank Miller, for dismissing them. In a post Miller wrote on his blog titled "Anarchy," he called the OWS protesters "nothing but a pack of louts, thieves, and rapists...fed by Woodstock-era nostalgia and putrid false righteousness." Moore responded by defending the protests as "a completely justified howl of moral outrage," saying "if it had been a bunch of young, sociopathic vigilantes with Batman makeup on their faces, [Miller would] be more in favour of it."
Moore and Lloyd join a growing list of artists and musicians signing onto Occupy Comics, including Dresden Dolls' lead singer Amanda Palmer, "Howl" illustrator Eric Drooker, and Dean Haspiel, who worked with comic artist Harvey Pekar on his autobiographical "American Splendor" series.
The project debuted on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter in early November, and this week exceeded the minimum amount required to launch. The group has until Friday to solicit additional donations, which Pizzolo says, are needed "to curtail hard costs that would take away from the amount of money donated."
For images of the "Vendetta" mask at Occupy Wall Street, click through the slideshow below: