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Alan Moore's Mask

When Alan Moore and his artist David Lloyd published V for Vendetta in the early 1980s, their batmanesque anti-hero was a reaction to the Thatcher and Right-Wing era they lived in.   They had no idea that, a few decades later, another right-wing advance would respawn their story in a post-9/11 world, and catapult the most visually distinctive aspect of their story into the real world.  Moore reflects on how the mask became what it is today, and its growth beyond its humble beginnings in the comic.   The "Guy Fawkes" mask doesn't really look like actual masks, but are more harsh, angular, and representative of Vendetta's motives.  Moore is known for being vicious towards mainstreaming his content, but he's downright positive about the V Mask gaining a foothold as a popular symbol.  It's probably a combination of a genuine recognition of what the mask means, combined by the grassroots adoption of it for the sort of cause that V for Vendetta represented. Warner Brothers still owns the copyright for the masks themselves, so big business is still laughing all the way to the bank, but that may be a short-sighted benefit for the ultimate consequences that may result from the actions of the Occupy and Anonymous movements in the coming years.

 

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