Friday, 18 May 2007

Moore Evidence of How Porn Brings People Together

I was haunting Neil Gaiman's blog recently when I saw some rather intriguing (and somewhat frightening) pictures of the wedding of Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie's wedding.

If you're wondering who Alan Moore is, you must be either new to this blog or you should be reading more graphic novels. Moore wrote V for Vendetta, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, From Hell, Top Ten, and also what is thought to be the greatest graphic novel ever written - Watchmen.

When I met Gaiman in Singapore, he describe Moore as 'Big, hairy and not at all scary". I don't know about you, but he definitely looks scary to me:


(all pictures on this post were Googled)

As for Melinda Gebbie, she's no less famous either. She's a well-known comic artist, and had been collaborating with Moore for the past 16 years on a pornographic graphic novel called Lost Girls.

Yes, a PORN graphic novel.

(BTW, this is the closest I'll be talking about the subject on this blog, so don't get so excited just yet.)

Anyway, according to Wikipedia's entry on the book, over Lost Girls' sixteen year production, Moore and Gebbie 'entered into a romantic relationship, and in 2005 they announced their engagement to be married.'

Moore even said, "I'd recommend to anybody working on their relationship that they should try embarking on a 16-year elaborate pornography together. I think they'll find it works wonders."

Now, since it's er... porn and all, Lost Girls is obviously not available in Malaysia (though it was once spotted in Kinokuniya, but was gone in an instant). However, I recently managed to obtain a copy of Lost Girls thanks to a friend who went to Bangkok and managed to smuggle a copy back for me. How he managed to pull that off with a tiny backpack on his bag and nothing else, I don't know.

Initially, I thought that all the talk about it being pron was merely exaggeration. But when I got the book and started looking through it, I was amazed.

THE ENTIRE BOOK IS FULL OF SEX! ALL KINDS OF SEX! IN EVERY WAY, POSITION AND NUMBER OF PEOPLE IMAGINABLE!

GASP! SHOCK! HORROR! Ooooo... kinky.

Ahem.

What's more, it's not even the kind of subtle 'pron' that many books or comics merely HINT at. It's full-blown, graphically explicit and very much in your face kind of pron.

Of course, this being an Alan Moore book, Lost Girls actually isn't just about the sex.

Oh wait it is. Aww heck.

But anyway, unlike all those pron movies you tend to see, Lost Girls actually has a story behind all that nudity and screwing around. It's about these three women - Alice, Dorothy and Wendy, who meet at a hotel and start talking about their sexual encounters in the past.

Yes, that's the story.

Wait, there's more. In case you were wondering, Alice is the rabbit-hole spelunking Alice from Alice in Wonderland Dorothy is that red shoe clicking Dorothy from Wizard of Oz, and Wendy is that flying to Never-Never land Wendy from Peter Pan. And somehow, Moore manages to weave elements of those timesless classics into his er.. more sexually explicit plot and actually make it interesting.

But seriously. The story is good and all, but er... it doesn't change the fact that this is pron in its most glorious and graphically-novel state. Gebbie's illustrations are gorgeously done (even if certain depictions of ah... body parts are rather in your face at times) and the colours are vibrant.

Yup, Lost Girls is pron like you've never seen it before. It's artistic, crative, and at times disturbing. And it's proof that porn isn't really EVIL. Eheh. Heck, if Moore and Gebbie actually getting MARRIED after finishing the book isn't proof enough that pron DOES bring people together, I don't know what is.... hehe.

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