Now, one could read Morrison's comics and easily accuse him of being obsessed with violence and "erasing" the reality of rape. If I had a hate on for Morrison, I would go through his work obsessively and cast the ugliest light on his themes that I possibly could. But I don't hate Morrison. I've enjoyed some of his work. If Moore is the Beatles of comics, Morrison is the Bee Gees. Which, I grant, is a bad analogy. I don't think the Bee Gees have ever badmouthed the artists who inspired them.
Here's the question to ask about Moore and rape: Does his work glorify sexual violence? I haven't read everything he's written, but I've read a lot. In the work I've read, consensual sex is presented as a glorious thing, and rape is presented as one of the most horrible acts a person can commit.
And that is all that a responsible artist should be asked to do when writing about sex and violence.
One of Morrison's fans, a comics writer named Gerard Way, tweeted this:
Dear Alan Moore pic.twitter.com/dUiew0KCeMFor me, the most revealing part is "chosen industry". Way sees comics as a business; Moore sees them as an art. The second odd bit is the use of "comic book" to denigrate Moore's art—does Way think comics have to be inferior to fiction? I assure you, there are a great many comics out there that are better than a great many novels, and if comics are currently behind, it's because they haven't been around for as long.
— Gerard Way (@gerardway) January 10, 2014
And if they ever catch up, it'll be because writers like Alan Moore take the art seriously.
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