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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

V FOR VENDETTA - My favorite comic book of all time

From the movie trailer:

The original advertisement in the comics:

The cover of the graphic novel:

Well, it's coming March 17th... the V FOR VENDETTA movie. See the trailers here.

V FOR VENDETTA is my favorite comic book of all time. Written by Alan Moore, with stark artwork by David Lloyd, V FOR VENDETTA tells the story of a slightly-into-the-future world where an ugly Fascist government has taken control of England in the wake of a nuclear exchange. It's the story of how one person can make a difference, and how you should never bow your head to those who would enslave you with fear. I don't want to give any of the story away, but if the movie can manage to hold on to even HALF of the great Alan Moore plot, then it'll be one of the best movies of the year.

I still have a home-made V FOR VENDETTA t-shirt (back when they didn't make too much peripheral comic book-related gear), and the hardcover that was released by the Science Fiction Book Club (again, DC didn't do all those nifty hardcovers that they do now), and I located a copy of the EP of music from V FOR VENDETTA, including the song "This Vicious Cabaret", which appears in the comic. This record was released only in England and was composed and arranged by Alan Moore and members of the band Love & Rockets... I guess once the movie hits there will be more stuff for me to covet...


(For years I have tried to find a "Guy Fawkes" mask like the one worn by the mysterious V so I could be V for Halloween, with no luck. I suppose now with the movie coming out, someone somewhere will make one that I can afford. And yes, DC is releasing a V For Vendetta "prop mask", but that's more for display, not for wearing...)

This just in: I scanned an image of that EP (record) I was talking about...


Even MORE V for Vendetta goodness... I found the T-shirt I made back in 1987, which was almost TWENTY YEARS AGO! Check it out:



Hey DC COMICS! Please make some new V FOR VENDETTA t-shirts (designs from the original art, not the movie) because there is -NO WAY- that I can cram my bloated torso into this t-shirt anymore...

14 Comments:

At 2/07/2006 10:10 AM, Blogger Linnen said...

What's going on? This post says it's from Tuesday the 7th, but I know I saw it yesterday afternoon! Oddly enough, it was gone last night - but now it's back! Am I mad???

I really hope that they do a good job with this movie! "V" is easily in my top ten comics ever, but so far, no one has been all that successful bringing an Alan Moore creation to the silver screen.

Hope springs eternal though....

 
At 2/07/2006 12:35 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

Heh heh. I posted this yesterday, then wanted to rewrite it so I wrote a huge screed about the greatness of V For Vendetta and the mastery of portraying a protagonist who wears a mask, thus no facial expressions, just head-tilt and body language, etc., and how this story has parallels today and how my relatives experienced a fascist regime up close and personal and how that has shaped my beliefs and how this stuff needs to be taken seriously... and then realized that better writers have written better screeds, so I pulled it down after a bit and posted this truncated version today.

I can't get ANYTHING past you guys...

What, do you work for The Eye or are you a Fingerman?
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At 2/07/2006 12:54 PM, Blogger Linnen said...

Neither. I work for the branch of the gov't that jails people for writing run-on sentences.

Be afraid....

 
At 2/07/2006 1:58 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

That wouldn't be my worst crime...

 
At 2/07/2006 10:02 PM, Blogger stymieresh said...

Hey Bill!
I think they were giving away masks at the Comicon in San Diego or one of the biggies earlier this year. I've seen them on eBay and they weren't TOO ridiculously expensive. And they were MASKS, not prop replicas to display. (Who has room around the house to "display" something like that - talk about asking for trouble. Course, I have a lil one)

Also, the one thing about V the movie that will NEVER match V the comic is the fact that you NEVER find out what he (or even perhaps she) looked like. Since they've cast Hugo Weaving in the role, even though I'm sure he won't be unmasked in the film, you will still KNOW that he's doing the dialogue, therefore you will SEE his face.

Do I care too much? hmmmmmmm

 
At 2/07/2006 11:04 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

Fortunately I have NO idea who Hugo Weaving is, so I will still visualize who I did whan I read the comic...

 
At 2/07/2006 11:27 PM, Blogger stymieresh said...

You know - Agent Smith in the Matrix!

Or Elrond in Lord of the Rings...

 
At 2/08/2006 12:05 AM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

Uh... I read comics. I don't get out much to the movies. I did see Matrix, I think. Slo-mo gunplay and "what is reality?" plot, right? Don't remember the specific characters.

 
At 2/08/2006 1:53 AM, Blogger Tathrin said...

You need to find a way to get the EP onto cd. Then we can play it in the store!
It'd be nice if they could put that in the movie. Maybe during the credits...?

 
At 2/09/2006 10:30 PM, Blogger MegoSteve said...

Since you loved the Matrix so much, you'll be happy to know that the guys that did it are responsible for the movie.

 
At 2/09/2006 11:29 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

Yeah, I saw that the Warchawhowooeeeskeedeeboomboom Brothers were involved... maybe they'll be able to direct their creative vision towards something that's worthy, story-wise.

Fingers crossed!
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At 4/19/2008 2:24 AM, Blogger complexvanilla said...

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At 4/19/2008 2:26 AM, Blogger complexvanilla said...

I loved the movie and enjoyed reading your post too. I'm trying to get my hands on to the original comic or at least an online version of it. Any idea where I should look for it? I'd really appreciate if you could suggest me where to look.
Thanks!

 
At 2/22/2009 9:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@complexvanilla

chek PBay?

 

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