For those of you who are fans, Alan Moore will be signing copies of 'Fashion Beast' at Waterstones (Piccadilly) between 4.30 - 7.30pm, this coming Friday. Apparently he will sign other stuff but only titles from Avatar Press (according to the press release) so don't be taking your copy of 'Watchmen' along. Unless you want to read it on the train that is, in which case go right ahead :o) I'd like to be there so we'll see what happens on Friday... In the meantime, blurb and a picture it is!
Alan Moore wrote Fashion Beast as a screenplay in 1985, during the very same period of stunning creativity that yielded seminal works such as Watchmen, Miracleman, Swamp Thing, and V for Vendetta. The project came to be when Malcolm McLaren, the fashion designer best known for founding the Sex Pistols, approached him with the offer to write a film… that was ultimately never produced.
Fashion Beast follows Doll Seguin, a sassy coat-checker who escapes into the carefree lifestyle of fashion, music and decadence while the world outside fears an oncoming nuclear war. It’s a re-telling of the classic fable Beauty and the Beast that immerses readers in the rich, living characters of its dystopian future setting.
I'm always up for some 'dystopian future' so will be reviewing 'Fashion Beast' sooner rather than later. If you want to check out Alan Moore for yourself then 'Watchmen' is the obvious place to start. Give 'Swamp Thing' a go as well though and 'Neonomicon' is worth a look too (although that particular book is heavy on sexual assault and should be approached with caution).