Alan Moore, Out from the Underground

Cartooning, Performance, and Dissent

  • Maggie Gray

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels book series (PSCGN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Maggie Gray
    Pages 1-20
  3. Maggie Gray
    Pages 255-262
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 263-298

About this book


This book explores Alan Moore’s career as a cartoonist, as shaped by his transdisciplinary practice as a poet, illustrator, musician and playwright as well as his involvement in the Northampton Arts Lab and the hippie counterculture in which it took place. It traces Moore’s trajectory out from the underground comix scene of the 1970s and into a commercial music press rocked by the arrival of punk. In doing so it uncovers how performance has shaped Moore’s approach to comics and their political potential. Drawing on the work of Bertolt Brecht, who similarly fused political dissent with experimental popular art, this book considers what looking strangely at Alan Moore as cartoonist tells us about comics, their visual and material form, and the performance and politics of their reading and making.


comics studies Alan Moore zine underground cartoonist comics writer United Kingdom comics history literary criticism art history cultural history

Authors and affiliations

  • Maggie Gray
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Critical Studies and Creative IndustriesKingston School of Art‚ Kingston UniversityKingston upon ThamesUnited Kingdom

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