Alan Moore: Storyteller is the first serious examination of the life, career and work of one of the UKs most distinctive and popular creative voices. It traces Moores creative development from his modest contributions to Northampton Arts Lab fanzines and local newspaper strips to the very top of his field, writing some of the most widely read and critically acclaimed comics and graphic novels ever produced: Swamp Thing, Watchmen, From Hell, Lost Girls, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and V for Vendetta. The book provides an unparalleled insight into the mind and work of this enigmatic and at times controversial creator. Moores extraordinary body of work is examined in depth, with rare and previously unseen material, glimpses into unfinished and abandoned projects and new light shed on overlooked masterpieces. With co-operation from Moore, and full access to his archives, Gary Spencer Millidge has written a book which will not only be essential reading for Moores many fans, but for anyone interested in contemporary literature and pop culture.
Gary Spencer Millidge is the creator of the critically acclaimed Strangehaven comic book series. Born in East London, barely a stone's throw from where the infamous Whitechapel murders took place, in 1961 (which puts him in the clear). Millidge attended Southend Art School and was involved in UK comics fandom in the late 1970's and early 1980's. He also began playing bass for hippy-rock outfit Sorcerer, culminating in a gig at the penultimate Stonehenge free festival. He got himself heavily into debt by opening a comic shop in 1985 and frittered away his free time by playing soccer and resuming his music career with a number of local rock bands, including the embarrassingly named Rebel, and 'The' Watchmen, who very nearly made the big time. Honest.
Millidge finally hung up his guitar and began writing and illustrating the comic book series Strangehaven which he self-published in individual comics and collected 'trade paperback' editions between 1995 and 2006. Strangehaven has been translated into several different languages, none of which Gary can speak, and while Gary has gained many industry award nominations for his work, he's terribly bitter at having won only one. Millidge has also contributed to and published the hefty Alan Moore tribute book, Portrait of an Extraordinary Gentleman and has had stories published in Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror and Negative Burn among others.
Personal circumstances and a miserable spiral of self-pity caused him to shelve the self-publishing thing and instead he took on various commissioned non-fiction books to supplement his meagre income including two how-to-draw books (in collaboration with James McKay) Draw Fantasy Figures and Draw Dragons, the obsessively thorough 2008 coffee table tome Comic Book Design and the visual biography Alan Moore: Storyteller.
Strangehaven is set to resume serialisation in 2014.
Millidge resides in Leigh-on-Sea in the south east of England where he plays cricket, catches butterflies in his net and eats scones and jam at tea-time every day.