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Fashion Beast [Paperback]

Alan Moore , Malcolm McLaren
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5 Sep 2013 Fashion Beast
In the 80s Alan Moore wrote the most acclaimed graphic novel of all time - Watchmen. His next project, working with Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, was for a screenplay ultimately never produced. Now that screenplay comes to life as an incredible comic book series - a classic re-telling of the fable Beauty and the Beast set in a dystopian future city!

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Avatar Press (5 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592912117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592912117
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 16.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The art is superb, deep rich colours paint the late twentieth-century cold-war dystopian-future/past beautifully... It s all very dark." --Novel Heights

"An engrossing narrative that highlights Moore's talent for shaping worlds and characters quickly and economically, perfectly visualised in a style that combines the realistic and grotesque in equal measure." --The Skinny

"A beauty-and-the-beast story, with sexually ambiguous characters caught up in a fashion house in an almost cyberpunk dystopia. Moore s script was adapted by Antony Johnston and gorgeously illustrated by Facundo Percio." --Fortean Times

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Alan Moore is one of the most respected and admired writers in comics today, with a host of industry awards and accolades. His credits include The Ballad of Halo Jones, Captain Britain, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Lost Girls, Promethea, Swamp Thing, V For Vendetta and Watchmen.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite so fashionable 17 Nov 2013
By Ian Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Considering that this is set in the fashion industry, of a sort, this is distinctly unglamourous and, in fact, downright ugly thought that, I suppose is part of its intent. Set in a city which reminds me of the perpetual night-shrouded locale of the excellent film Dark City, this is a grim read. The art, while accomplished and effective, is not attractive to look at.

The story, being by Alan Moore, is of course effective, particularly with its motif of illusion and reality which is best exemplified in ambiguity of the sexual identity of two of the story's main characters. However, it's worth remembering that Moore wrote this as a film script and it has been adapted as a graphic novel by someone else -Antony Johnston- so the reader is not getting a graphic novel by Moore as one would normally consider it.

Ultimately it's a bleak depressing piece and one which I believe will come to be considered as one of Moore lesser works. Read it if you must but make sure any sharp objects you own are locked away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 8 Nov 2013
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I didn't quite know what to expect, but I quickly got into the story and ended up reading it almost all in one go. A great read, highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Different ana a little weird 16 Sep 2013
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Alan Moore is a strange beast and to be honest you can never be sure what you're going to get when you open a book written by him, after all he loves to throw in twists, at times the macabre and at other times leave the reader thinking what the hell.

Here in this title, is a story that brings elements of Phantom of the Opera, a world on the brink of apocalypse giving the people the only break in the monotony of their lives with fashion. Its definitely quirky, its beautifully illustrated and having sat back and read it cover to cover, I'm not really sure what I was expected to take away from it other than Alan poking fun at the ridiculousness of the fashion world.

All in definitely something unique, something differing far from the norm and I suspect something that's going to be collectable more from the name attached than for what unfurls within.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Dedicated Follower of Fashion 16 Sep 2013
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I'd never heard of Fashion Beast up until very recently. Not a massive surprise really, I was eleven years old when it was originally written. At first glance it doesn't sound like my sort of thing - a re-imagining of Beauty and the Beast set in the fashion industry, with direct input from pop svengali, Malcolm McLaren. That feels like a pretty weird mix to me. I'll happily admit that initially, I was a little dubious there would be anything that I'd enjoy. One look at me would have you asking the question "What does this feckless jabroni know about intricacies of haute couture?"* I persevered however, and as I suspected, Fashion Beast is about much more than the vagaries of the fashion industry.

I've long been a fan of Alan Moore's work. If you asked me, I'd probably rate V for Vendetta as one of my all-time favourite graphic novels. I remember the first time I read it. I was an angry young man back then, and even now years later, I still recall it left a distinct impression. That's the real genius of Moore's writing. Don't believe me? Try this little test. Read anything that he's written, doesn't matter what. When you begin everything appears relatively straightforward, but by story's end, you find yourself with more questions than answers. I suspect that this is always his intent. Moore wants his audience to question everything. He wants them to continually explore the ideas and theories he infuses his work with long after the final page has been read. Fashion Beast, like all his other masterworks, falls squarely into this category

Doll Seguin's journey from cloakroom attendant to internationally recognised style icon, is a direct counterpoint to the journey of the reclusive designer who "discovers" her.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good plot, well written, radiantly drawn and coloured 11 Oct 2013
By Niklas Pivic - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was thought of by Malcolm McLaren, the utter svengali as far as punk rock comes to mind; the man who at least orchestrated the Sex Pistols and Bow Wow Wow, and changed a bit of music history simply by being in the background.

I don't know how much of this story he really contributed to, but in Alan Moore's introduction - yes, there is one! - Moore claims that McLaren asked a comic store proprietor which artist is considered the best thing in comics, to which the young man answered "Alan Moore, left hand of God". Moore writes that if he ever should write an autobiography, this will be its title.

Speaking of God, it's suitable to have it in mind when thinking of the fashion industry: braggadocio, better-than-thou and unspoken rules and hierarchies. It's all in this book, wonderfully illustrated by Facundo Percio. I don't think I've ever seen computer-generated colours better used prior to this book.

This is a collection of 10 issues of a magazine that was supposed to be a film to begin with. Still, it's here as a graphic novel, one tome, and it's good. Despite the very sits-in-a-tower-ishness of the book, it's not hard to think of real-life examples that make it seem painfully real, e.g. the film "The September Issue" and Tim Gunn's "Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work", where very few people run the lives of many. And in this book, that's really the case, borderline on fascism; Moore admits that this book, much like his "V for Vendetta", is based in an England where Margaret Thatcher rules (or possibly John Major) and hence, the Dark Ages is still the case despite what some people may feel about it.

I shan't say much about the book's contents. A person is thrown into a hyper-superficial world where one creator runs The fashion house that rules, while people on the streets literally run hungry and amok; very French revolution. Or Britain under Thatcher, if you don't mind.

Percio's drawing is impeccable, and suits this book marvellously. Moore's writing is simple yet effective, and I have no qualms with envisioning the rôle of McLaren as the hurt man behind the mask, so to speak. All in all, enthralling and a philosophically simple, yet effective, read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Put Your Lipstick On... 21 Dec 2013
By ladygagaluv - Published on Amazon.com
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A collaboration of extremely talented writers, especially Alan Moore. I have read much of Moore's work and found them incredibly thoughtful and dramatic. From Watchmen to V for Vendetta each has left an everlasting impression on me. I wish the same can be said for Fashion Beast. While it is no doubt a Moore experience the characters and setting don't pop out at me throughout the novel. There are interesting character no doubt but lack the impactful presence like the enigmatic V or disturbingly insightful Comedian. The Beast, who I found to be the more intriguing character hardly gets any time to be fleshed out or studied. All in all I was left feeling a bit disappointed with the story but they are plenty of compelling themes throughout but not enough character development to keep one interested.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Worthwhile Revival 26 Nov 2013
By K. A. Laity - Published on Amazon.com
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I have dragged my feet on reading this, partly because it got set down in one of the many piles of books round here and got covered (ahem) but also because I have not much interest in most of the Avatar stuff that’s resurrected things better left dead from Moore’s past (I’m one of those of the opinion that most Lovecraft pastiche should be sunk into oblivion with the Old Ones). Yet I was curious about this collection and have had the original movie script for some time and never finished reading it. I suppose that’s also a bad sign.

So I was quite pleasantly surprised that I really enjoyed this. A big part of the reason is the evocative art by Percio. He uses a gorgeous dark palette to create the dystopian world of a Thatcheresque nation depleted by radiation and nuclear winter as well as the bright little island of fashion in its midst — which is of course another fascist dictatorship.

I have a love/hate relationship with fashion — what it can be vs. what it is — so I was intrigued. McLaren found Moore on recommendations from comic shop workers who referred to him as “the left hand of god” — a familiar story retold in the introduction — so as usual McLaren played the role of Situationist provocateur and Moore ran with the ideas. Johnston has done a terrific job of sequentialising the script.

This ‘Beauty & the Beast(s)’ story may not break any new ground, though considering its age, it gives some potent clues to directions that Moore didn’t realise he was headed for (including the somewhat clunky use of tarot cards as a framing device, which would be used much more naturally and dramatically in Prometheus). It’s got a wonderful connection to current notions of gender play and slippage that Percio’s art makes the most of. I ended up really enjoying this and the success is that it felt like a period piece rather than an old chestnut shined up for re-release.
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be the story board for a very interesting movie ... 4 Nov 2013
By cme_phx - Published on Amazon.com
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Alan Moore + Malcom McLaren = 'nuff said.

Very 1980's throwback = think Liquid Sky + a plot + Beauty&TheBeast

Beautiful artwork.

Should be the story board for a very interesting movie ...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very Disturbing 10 Sep 2013
By Libertarian1967 - Published on Amazon.com
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I was getting the individual comics, but decided to wait for the trade. It was well worth the wait, I enjoy Alan Moore's work. This I am not so sure about.
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