Sunday, June 13, 2010

Gorillaz/Alan Moore collaboration nixed.

So the John Dee opera planned as a collaboration between the Gorillaz and Alan Moore has crashed and burned (read Moore's side of the story here).  Moore complains that he was doing all of the heavy lifting on the project, but one has to ask: what did he expect? The Gorillaz are in the middle of the life-cycle of  PLASTIC BEACH -  Albarn is leading a stellar touring band around the world's festival circuit, Hewlett is producing a constant flow of video and illustrative artwork for the group.  Besides, the chosen subject matter was always clearly all Moore's handiwork, with nothing in Albarn or Hewlett's past bodies of work indicating they give a fuck about the occult, let alone be willing to set aside their workloads in order to meet the deadline for the next issue of Moore's dreadful DODGEM LOGIC.

7 comments:

David Wynne said...

On the other hand, it does sound very much like they *really* wanted to work with Alan Moore, but entirely on their own terms and without doing very much actual working with Alan Moore. Which begs the question of what the hell did they expect? Hewlett at least should know enough about comics to know that if you work with Alan Moore, he's in charge or it's not happening.

Which, frankly, is as it should be. I've nothing against Albarn's attempt to reinvent himself as a middle of the road hip-hop producer- it's easy enough on the ears- and I'm a massive Hewlett fan; but let's be honest, there's only one real genius in this equation.

Mark said...

I've loved Moore's work for a long time, and I'll allow the word "genius" because he did initiate something of a quantum leap in his field, but the guy does come over more and more as bloomin' hard to work with.

David Wynne said...

hard to work with? Sure. Probably even more so now that he really doesn't need to work with anyone if he doesn't want to. But surely at this stage there isn't anybody left who might want to work with him who doesn't already know that? I just don't understand why the hell anyone would enter into an agreement to work with him and then NOT bend over backwards to keep him happy- you might as well not bother to approach him in the first place then, surely? It's like commissioning work from an artist you can't afford to pay.

Mark said...

I think everyone involved has enough on their plate to walk away from this and not feel hard done by. Yet Moore regularly gives interviews and statements which indicate he's in a permanent state of feeling hard done by.

David Wynne said...

Ah, it's a schtick. The guy plainly walks around most of the time higher than all of the Grateful Dead put together, so I really find it hard to believe that he gives as much of a shit as everyone thinks... but people KEEP asking him these questions, and he knows what his reputation is and plays up to it for a laugh.

And it does sound, from his telling at least, like they completely failed to hold up their end of the arrangement. Fair enough, they're busy, but so am I... which is why I didn't agree to draw an ongoing series for a mate a couple of weeks a go (even though I approached HIM about working together). You don't agree to shit you can't do, especially if it means someone else is going to be doing a load of work for nothing.

How long before this turns into us posting "your mum!" at each other? I give it two more coments.

Mark said...

But we're both agreed he's a dreadful hippy who needs horsewhipped, right?

David Wynne said...

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