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Sunday, May 07, 2006

LOST GIRLS -- Having read an advance copy over the past few days, I can tell you LOST GIRLS is about as sacred and profane as comics can get, and an absolutely essential piece of Alan Moore work comparable to From Hell, Watchmen, Voice of the Fire, or whatever your personal favourite Alan Moore work happens to be.

Yes, it is pornographic in nature, but as Moore points out in a recent interview, no one is going to spend $75.00 on this book as jerk-off material; neither are any children likely to accidentally spend their allowances on it. LOST GIRLS is about the most thoughtful rumination on sexuality and fantasy as I have ever experienced (I was going to say "come across," but, well, you know...).

As I said in an e-mail to Top Shelf publishers Chris Staros and Brett Warnock, I am grateful to the both of them for having the courage to bring this work out, and the talent and experience to give it the presentation it deserves.

It features Moore utilizing his full creative power to explore the boundless joys of sex, and the darkest horrors that can come to be associated with it. It's an unblinking, unblinkered insight into human nature, lyrical and passionate, and Gebbie's artwork is a match for Moore's script; lovely, frank and poetic.

There are more Alan Moore books in my graphic novel library than any other single creator, and I'm delighted to add this monumental release to my collection. LOST GIRLS is one of the most important graphic novels yet created, one that will move its readers and very likely would make the world a better place if every adult could lose themselves in its pages and absorb the message of kindness, tolerance and decency that Moore and Gebbie infuse in every page.

The world is a very dark place, as any thinking person knows -- but it doesn't have to be that way. And Moore and Gebbie's LOST GIRLS points the way to dissipating the darkness by embracing who we are, and who we could be. By loving ourselves, and others, and understanding that we all need much the same things, no matter how badly those who seek to control our lives would like to make us believe otherwise.

Learn more about LOST GIRLS at Top Shelf Productions; Comicscape interviews Alan Moore: Part One and Part Two -- thanks, Derik!



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