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9-11, Artists Respond, Volume one
Annotations written by Ng
Updates in BLUE.
Page 185 (Page 1)
Panel 2 A left hand is depicted holding the card. This image is repeated on Page 2 Panel 7, Page 5 Panel 6 and Page 6 Panel 4.
Card tower pictures.
Panel 7, 8, 9 The left hand is shown sticking out.
Page 186 (Page 2)
Panel 2 The left hand is holding the TV remote. This image is repeated in Page 3 Panel 2.
Panel 4 Real newsphoto of people falling. Reports noted several instances of jumpers, and one of a man and a woman holding hands as they fell..
Panel 5 Image of hands clasped. This will be repeated. Note the (slightly) different skin tone of the two.
Panel 6 I honestly could not find the Tarot card Alan Moore used in his story. I found several others, but none featured two falling people holding hands like the one in Panel 4. It was a surreal touch Alan Moore put in, if it was made up.
Page 187 (Page 3)
Panel 1 and 2 The Rev. Jerry Falwell is famous for being the voice that branded Tinky-Winky (of the Teletubbies) gay, casting doubt and question marks on the BBC children’s show in 1998, among other things. He also called (celebrity lesbian) Ellen DeGeneres “Ellen DeGenerate”. Go figure.
Fallwell announced that God was angry with the nation for abortion, homosexuality, et al, and therefore allowed the 9-11 tragedy to happen.
Falwell said, "The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked."
He also famously said, "I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America--I point the finger in their face and say, 'You helped this happen.". He later apologised.
Panel 7 That
scene could very well be (I’m really just guessing, but I checked Snakes
and Ladders, and it does seem possible) Westminster Hall,
Page 188 (Page 4)
Panel 7 The
“Bars and Mullets” was the Coat of Arms of the
Page 189 (Page 5)
Panel 4 The
Mahdi uprising against the Turks (and their British
“Conan” is Cockney
slang (from Conan Doyle) for “Boil” and “Khyber” (from
Panel 6 Card castle again.
Panel 7 Black chess pieces are the Turbanned, scimitar-wielding , robed folk, evidently the Freedom Fighters of the Great Jihad.
Panel 8 Lady Liberty is clearly the one tied up, but I’m unable to ID the villain. IT seems as though it is a common stereotypical conventional persona.
Panel 9 “Choose your next witticism carefully, Mr. Bond. It may be your last.”
- Auric Goldfinger
was the original quote from the Bond franchise, and it was rewritten to fit the story. Cute.
was the villain in “From Russia with Love”, and the Moonraker was a Bond film where the space shuttle Bond was
in was named “Moonraker”. The annoying abundance of alliteration
in popular culture probably led Alan Moore to label Bin Laden a “Beige Blofeld” (after Bin Laden’s
monotonous monochrome sash) and “Mujahedin Moonraker”, since
Page 190 (Page 6)
Panel 1 From left, the characters are
“Great White Explorer”,
US soldier brandishing M16 with the Star and Stripes (Bars and Mullets ???) emblazoned on his right sleeve.
All these are _stereotypical_ pictoral depictions of these characters. All of these folk, however, are _staunch_ adherents of what they believe in.
“We are all puppets, Laurie.”
- Dr Manhattan, Watchmen – Alan Moore, 1986
Panel 3 Clasped hands image again.
Panel 4 Card castle image again.
Panel 5 Tarot card image again.
The Tarot deck has many magickal connotations, and chief among them is that "The Tower" is a very strong symbol for destruction. Leaving out the occult interpretation of the card, it shows 2 people falling towards the ground from a great height and the building behind them is in flames.
Tarot decks don't
normally show the 2 holding hands, so
The Magician Moore very likely intended this further
extrapolation, that in the midst of death,
Panel 6 Black-white chess pieces image again.
Panel 7 Left hand image again.
Is Alan Moore lefthanded??? Perhaps, and perhaps
not. I might be very wrong,
but leftys do feature in several instances of
I’m unable to ID Jim Osbourne.
The story annotated above is without question, one of the most beautiful and heartwrenching I’ve read about the tragedy. While it is very natural for people (or nations) to fight in response to provocation, Moore and Gebbie’s story was not about retaliation at all, as with all the other stories in the memorial editions. Their approach was simple, and very heartfelt and enormously emphatic.
This work was saluted in ‘Alan Moore, Portrait of an Extraordinary Gentleman’, a fitting tribute to a truly extraordinary person. Dylan Horrocks heaps appropriate praise on it, and justly so.
Updates (in blue) by Kay A. Ching (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. – eliminate “nospams” to e-mail)