Britain v the US who has the best comic writers, I choose you Alan Moore

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  1. Whirlysplat

    Whirlysplat Registered

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    In recent years all the best writers seem to be British. Weird huh, we lost the war of independance but we reinvented your only true art forms. A bit like the Beatles did with Rock n Roll. ;) At least you had Warhol :confused:
     
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    Yeah lost the war but the USA hasn't exactly done much with it's freedom.
     
  3. Xofenroht

    Xofenroht The Mad Moreno

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    Aww cripes...I'm going to have to go with Neil Gaiman, out of sworn allegiance.
     
  4. TheCorpulent1

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    Pound-for-pound, I'd go with Britain (or the UK in general, if you're counting guys like Ennis and Millar). Moore and Gaiman are pretty much enough to settle it right there. Who does the US have that compare to those two?
     
  5. The Question

    The Question Objectivism doesn't work.

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    The UK've got Moore, Gaiman, Millar, Morrison, Ennis, and Ellis. That group right there would make the greatest comic company anyone would have the honor of reading. The only U.S. writers who I think might compete are Miller, Waid, and Loeb.
     
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    Well, since Neil Gaiman is my favorite comic book writer I have to say that Britain wins.
     
  7. Whirlysplat

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    I went to Gaimans book signing in Charing Cross road around Christmas time and sneaked my copy of Sandman 1 in for him to sign as well. :) He was at the Bookshop opposuite Foyles although the name eludes me right now.

    :supes: - Whirly
     
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    Awesome. I would love to meet the man and have my Sandman Vol. 1 tpb signed by him.
     
  9. The Question

    The Question Objectivism doesn't work.

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    Gaiman was at a comic convention in a town near mine, and ate dinner in the Japanese resturant I like to go to. I wasn't there, but the owner of my comic shop was. Talked to him. Said he was a nice guy.
     
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    Don't discount the US, now. It's got Siegel, Shuster, Bob Kane, Elliot S! Maggin, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Jim Steranko, Mark Waid, Kurt Busiek, and Frank Miller.
     
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    Yeah. I don't know, Stan the Man might just trump all considering all the characters he created.
     
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    We also have Speigleman and McCloud. That said, the combined might of Gaiman, Ellis, Ennis, and Moore just comes out on top.
     
  13. TheCorpulent1

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    Hmm... I hadn't thought about past creators. America's got Eisner, Joe Kubert, and Kirby...

    Isn't Spiegelman German or Polish? I was under the impression that he's certainly not American, which would take him out of the running for US writers.
     
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    The question, I think, comes down to the characters. The US, with Bob Kane, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Siegel & Shuster, created the characters and stories that inspired Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman.

    Reading Astro City, The Fourth World, Waid's run on Fantastic Four, and other American-penned classics, I really think the US takes it. Sure, only Frank Miller has written a story that (in the opinion of most, mind) competes with the Watchmen or the Sandman. But Americans created Marvels and Kingdom Come. Americans created Astro City and Batman and Spider-Man.

    I love Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, and Ellis' stuff is some of the best out there, but you can't face down Stan & Jack and Siegel & Shuster and the mythos they created.
     
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    Speigelman was born in Sweden, but he grew up Rego Park in Queens. He's American, and he certianly identifies as a New Yorker.
     
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    Only in the vaguest sense. Eisner, now there's a man who inspired all of them. Lee, Kane, and Siegel? Not so much.

    Out of those, Astro City is the only one that comes close to the work of UK artists. Now Maus, there's competition. Most of the superhero work was formulaic, and lacked variety. There was a long period of time where you could pick up a Superman, Batman, or Spider-Man comic and see no difference in the way that they told the story.

    Watch me
     
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    Eisner would put the US on top, hands down. However, I think this is about modern writers.

    EDIT: On further consideration, I think it's fair to call Eisner a modern writer despite his recent passing. US on top then.
     
  18. Xofenroht

    Xofenroht The Mad Moreno

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    Eisner is GREAT...

    ...but if someone made me choose, it would be either Gaiman or Moore.
     
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    We did give you guys John Byrne and what made me laugh is......

    You took him. :)
     
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    I don't know about that. The Contract With God Trilogy, City People Notebook, Last Day In Vietnam are by far some of the greates works of sequential art ever made. The Spirit will always be my favorite "superhero". Eisner, along with Jerry Iger, also started Kane, Kirby, and Lou Fine on their careers. Sandman may be my all time favorite graphic novel, but Eisner was, in my opinion, the authority on the medium. Since he died only recently, and since he worked right up to his death, I think it would be fair to consider him a part of the modern US comics creators. Combined with Speigelman and McCloud (Boston baby!!!) I'd say that puts the US at the same level as the UK, if not above it.
     
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    Will all due respect the strips you are talking about are not the same as the deconstrctionist post modernism spin of Moore and the UK crew and whilst groundbreaking at the time are not on a level with twenty year old works like the Watchmen.

    - Whirly
     
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    Bull****. You look at how those stories were told, not just content, and you'll find levels upon levels of complexity.
     
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    If we look at it in terms of the amount of influential comic writers in relation to population, then the UK takes it hands down. The UK has about 1/10th the population of the US, yet in the past two decades it has produced at least as many, if not more, ground-breaking writers than we have. This shouldn't be surprising considering that this is the country that gave us Shakespeare, William Blake, George Orwell and all those other dead guys that we have to read about in English class. Of course if you want to talk about great comic artists, then I think the US has it no constest. Regardless, kudos to you Brits for helping to advance the medium.
     
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    I agree that if you go by ratio, the UK certainly tops, but on the overall, more good and excellent work has come out of the US
     
  25. TheCorpulent1

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    If we're going into artists, the UK's still not too shabby. Alan Davis, Bryan Hitch, Dave Gibbons, Dave McKean, and many other really, really great artists are from the UK.
     

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