At N.I.C.E., the Northants International Comics Expo in the UK in September, legendary wizard and comic book creator Alan Moore will finally come out of hiding.
Alan Percival Wulfric Brian DumbleMoore has been taking a lot of fire recently. The skilled wizard and headmaster of Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardy wrote some of the most acclaimed books in the history of comics, such as Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and From Hell, as well as some of the, shall we say, less acclaimed ones, such as that one with the fish semen. Despite this status, DumbleMoore has been under nearly constant assault from DC Comics since the launch of their Before Watchmen line of Watchmen prequel comics. The company, in an effort to discredit the headmaster, has unleashed a non-stop barrage of humiliating attacks, such as making Watchmen branded toasters and having J. Michael Straczynski tell Moore to stop his whining at C2E2. But recent reports indicate that DumbleMoore may have finally had enough, and is preparing to strike back.
At the Northants International Comics Expo in September, the tides against the Dark Lord Didimort and his forces of evil may finally be turning, as DumbleMoore will be making what the press release published on muggle website Comic Book Resources claims is his first convention appearance in 25 years. Of course, the veracity of this claim is difficult to prove, as Moore sightings are as common and unverifiable as sightings of Elvis or Bigfoot.
The timing is certainly interesting. Rumors have been swirling recently that DumbleMoore has been amassing an army of creators who have left mainstream comics in order to "focus on creator-owned work," which The Outhouse can now exclusively reveal is secret code for joining the war against DC's Co-Publisher and the most feared dark wizard of all time, Dan Didimort. Grant Morrison, another highly skilled and respected wizard, recently announced that he was done with superhero comics, allegedly leaving to write pedo christmas stories at Image, but, The Outhouse must assume, secretly motivated by a desire to join DumbleMoore's Army in its fight for the future of the wizarding world. It is rumored that Morrison may also fill the Defense Against the Dark Arts teaching position at Hogwart's, which can't seem to retain an instructor that lasts longer than a year.
Adding more fuel to the fire, there are whispers that Chris Roberson, who severed ties with DC Comics after openly speaking out against DC's treatment of Moore on Twitter, as well as their reported use of the three "unforgivable curses" - Replacus Batgirlus, Liefeldus Bookwritus, and Bode Illus For Vertigous, has already joined DumbleMoore. In fact, many believe that Roberson would never have even escaped the company's corporate headquarters at the Ministry of Magic alive if DumbleMoore had not appeared at the last moment and saved Roberson by engaging Didimort himself in an epic midnight wizard battle which is said to rival even the classic message board clash between Didmort follower Rob Liefeld and Rags Morales on the Newsarama forums in 2007.
Roberson, a muggle, soon started the Order of the Monkeybrain Comics, a digital comics company that has been a thorn in the side and embarassment to DC, as Monkeybrain's comics have been successful on Comixology without a single issue needing to be written by a nineties superstar, something many at DC previously believed to be impossible. Other well-known creators, such as Ed Brubaker and Mark Millar, have also hinted at "focusing on creator owned work" lately. The extent of their magickal powers is yet unknown, but if DumbleMoore trusts them, then so does this reporter, because this reporter trusts Alan DumbleMoore.
It is not yet known whether DumbleMoore will make a formal delcaration of war against Didimort at N.I.C.E., nor whether Didimort himself will show up along with his most trusted and dangerous Death Eaters: Bob Harras, Jim Lee, Geoff Johns, Len Wein, JMS, Scott Lobdell, and Rob Liefeld. However, it is almost certain that Moore, the guest of honor at the event, will give an unprecendented hour-long talk about writing comics, followed by another hour of fan Q&A. At the Q&A, it is suggested that fans avoid controversial topics such as motion pictures made from Moore's films, as the surly and unpredictable wizard is known to carry the Elder Wand hidden in his magnificent beard, and is likely to pull it out and hex anyone mentioning the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie at a moment's notice.
Didmort, whose reign of terror at DC Comics has lasted for a decade, has used his dark powers and influence to cast a killing curse on some of DC's most beloved characters, particularly Cassandra Cain, Stephanie Brown, and Wally West. There is a growing belief amongst many fans that DumbleMoore, if he can defeat Didimort and put an end to the madness, may bring these characters back to life. Fans should be cautious, however, as there is no telling whether DumbleMoore would do so in order to return the characters to the prominence that they deserve, or simply to have them star in a slightly embarassing and self-indulgent pornographic comic that would just serve to make everyone uncomfortable.
Defeating Lord Didimort will be no easy task, as he is a ruthless and powerful wizard, but Alan DumbleMoore has a power the Dark Lord knows not: integrity. N.I.C.E. takes place on the weekend of September 22-23 at Wicksteed Leisure Park, but attendees are welcome to park at Kings Cross Station and take a shuttle departing from platform 9 3/4.
Here's the press release:
ALAN MOORE MAKES FIRST CONVENTION APPEARANCE IN 25 YEARS AT N.I.C.E. 2012
On the weekend of September 22nd - 23rd, Wicksteed Leisure Park will play host to Northants International Comics Expo 2012. N.I.C.E is the UK's newest, most unique and family friendly comics expo. Headlining guest of honour for the inaugural event is one of the most acclaimed comic creators of all time, Alan Moore. This is a unique opportunity to attend convention panels with Moore, as it is the first comic convention he has attended in over 25 years.
N.I.C.E Guest of Honour - Alan Moore
For nearly 30 years Alan Moore has been universally acclaimed as the most ground-breaking and literate comic writer in the world. His early days in UK comics such as 2000AD and Warrior led to the creation of enduring stories such as The Ballad of Halo Jones and V for Vendetta. He redefined the idea of superhero icons in The Killing Joke, Marvelman and most notably Watchmen, which is still the only graphic novel on TIME magazine's 100 Greatest Novels list. From there he has created an eclectic body of work such as From Hell, Lost Girls and The League of Extra-Ordinary Gentleman. Renowned as both an entertaining and enlightening speaker by those lucky enough to have experienced one of Alan Moore's rare readings or talks, N.I.C.E 2012 is delighted to announce that he has graciously accepted the invitation to be Guest of Honour at our inaugural 2012 event.
On the Saturday evening of N.I.C.E 2012, Moore will give an unprecedented hour-long talk, sharing his comic-writing expertise. Visitors to the convention can then experience an hour-long Q&A session.
The convention will also feature signing and sketch sessions from an array of major international comic creators. In addition, N.I.C.E 2012 will host art workshops for children, cos-play competitions, original art galleries and auctions, live music, discussions and Q&A panels, and much more! There will also be a large dealers’ area to search for those rare back issues and collectables. The dealers, cos-play and art gallery areas will all be free to access all weekend with no entrance ticket required.
N.I.C.E. and Alan Moore will be supporting a donation program on behalf of Northamptonshire Libraries. Throughout the weekend you will be able to visit the Library's table and donate your old graphic novels and trade paperbacks. Please help and recycle those unwanted books so these local libraries build a better selection of graphic novels and TPB's for your communities! Every book that is donated will also be matched by another thanks to the generosity of Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc.
To kick-start these donations it will be requirement that a donation is made to this program for entry to either of the ALAN MOORE panels. Your proof of donation, along with your show ticket, will be required for admission. Please note that due to the expected high demand for these panels they will take place in the evening after the main convention day has ended and attendees may enjoy the rest of the Park's facilities before re-entering the main venue after seating has been reorganised.
The list of further confirmed guests features acclaimed creators from all the major UK and US publishers. They include Charlie Adlard, Simon Bisley, Doug Braithwaite, Ian Churchill, Alan Davis, Steve Dillon, Marko Djurdjevic, Glenn Fabry, Melinda Gebbie, R.M. Guera, Adi Granov, David Hine, Shaky Kane, Dave Kendall, Clint Langley, Ben Oliver, Esad Ribic, Greg Staples, John Watson.
All signing sessions will be free of charge to convention ticket holders.
Venue - Wickstead Park
Both a country and a leisure Park, Wicksteed provides a beautiful and entertaining surrounding for the inaugural N.I.C.E. event. As well as being one of the UK's oldest theme parks, it is also an English Heritage Grade II Listed Park and Garden, and will provide a unique venue for a comic convention.
Visitors can walk into the park 365 days a year, free of charge. The grounds and gardens of Wicksteed Park cover 147 acres, and include something for everybody to enjoy, whether you are visiting as a family, enjoying one of the many live daytime shows or attending a private hire event.
Wicksteed is located on the outskirts of Kettering in Northamptonshire, and is easily accessible from London by Rail (via London St. Pancras). If you wish to drive, the park has a large number of parking facilities available. Please see www.wicksteedpark.co.uk for all the details of the many attractions that this historic British park has to offer.
Tickets and Enquiries
Tickets, contact details and further information, are available from the convention website: www.northantsinternationalcomicsexpo.com
Prices are £15 (+£1 handling charge) for a Saturday or Sunday day ticket, or £25 (+£1 handling charge) for a full weekend ticket.
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