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Fashion Beast by Alan Moore

Fashion Beast

by Alan Moore (Concept creator), Malcolm McLaren (Concept creator), Facundo Percio (Illustrator)

Other authors: Hernan Cabrera (Colorist), Antony Johnston (Adapter), Jaymes Reed (Letterer)

Series: Fashion Beast (TPB)

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The artwork is solid, and occasionally interesting (ref: the Madame's tied-on faces). The preface about Malcolm Mclaren is interesting. Beyond that, it's pretty weak. Stereotypical characters, uninteresting world, poor resolution. ( )
  sometimeunderwater | Sep 12, 2016 |
Love Moore's writing and this is a good intro to Moore with out the heaviness of a Watchmen. Beautiful artwork. ( )
  lushrain | Sep 29, 2014 |
genres and genders bend, there's a steampunk look to the future, plenty of social commentary floats by, and the pathology of the maitre's psyche gets a look so close it's claustrophobic. but then, an aesthetic of beauty based on deliberate isolation from the culture is a kind of pathology in itself. Dior's Nazi Paris translates scarily well onto the mean streets of a near-future metropolis, just before nuclear winter arrives. and of course, that's an opportunity for haute couture to distract the masses with a revolution in... right, high style. the dystopic vision shows Alan Moore in surprisingly playful mood, and the artist joins him there, splashing colour onto his dark canvas, ebulliently replacing the drab and downright dirty by painting his climaxes in blood and violence right off his palette onto his screen. and it all works: you can still tell it started from a screenplay, because the dialogue is sparse but the artistic detail is legion, giving the artist plenty of room to create gorgeous work. but the original concept came from Malcolm McLaren and commenting on Moore's elaborate screenplay translation he did suggest that Alan, calling the detail and angle to govern every shot, might consider leaving a bit of room for the director and the cameraman. as if. but Moore, notoriously disinterested in screenwriting (and of course fashion), seems to have been freed up by the alien form and subject matter to keep it loose and have fun with the material. written in 1985, it still looks contemporary, incisive, and even prophetic. ( )
  macha | Feb 16, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Moore, AlanConcept creatorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
McLaren, MalcolmConcept creatormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Percio, FacundoIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Cabrera, HernanColoristsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Johnston, AntonyAdaptersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reed, JaymesLetterersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Dedicated to the memory of Malcolm McLaren. Too fast to live, too young to die.
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"Oh look."
"Cassiopeia, the lady in the chair. That's the constellation you were looking at... or at least, it would be if you could see it. Too much shit in the air. That's why the sky's so goddamn boring these days... no more moon, no more stars... I guess the only stars are down here now. Ground constellations, stretching right to the horizon, all revolving around the hub, around this salon, Celestine... all trapped in their own little orbits. Is it nice? Being a star?"
"...you finally got to be a star... just as all the stars start going out."
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"Alan Moore and Malcolm McLaren developed a story that redefined Beauty and the Beast in a dystopian future city dominated by a fashion house, which Moore then fully-scripted into a huge screenplay. Never previously published, this epic work is now adapted for comics by long-time Moore collaborator, Antony Johnston (Courtyard) preserving every scrap of Moore's original dialogue" -- From Amazon.com review.… (more)

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