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COMIC LEGEND: Alan Moore was banned from traveling to the United States because of his graphic novel, Brought to Light.
In 1989, Alan Moore released one of his first independent comic book projects, one half of the graphic novel anthology Brought to Light (the other half was by Harvey Pekar’s wife, Joyce Brabner, and artist Thomas Yeates).
Moore and Bill Sienkiewicz tell the story of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) through the words of a retired agent (represented by an anthropomorphic American Eagle)…
As you can see, the comic was quite critical of the CIA and the whole thing was a controversial release at the time. Anyhow, over the years, a rumor has circulated that the CIA was so pissed off at Moore that they blocked him from ever traveling to the United States.
Moore discussed the story with Frank Beaton, and debunked the story:
“Yeah, I have heard the rumours about how I’m not allowed to visit America because the CIA are still cross with me about BROUGHT TO LIGHT. That’s not true. The reason I can’t visit America is that I haven’t got my passport renewed, and getting one doesn’t really sound like something I can see myself doing at the moment.
Apathy is the key to an awful lot of my behaviour. It’s the reason I’ve got this ridiculous beard and haircut. It’s just simple laziness. I can’t be bothered to shave every morning like ordinary people do. I can’t be bothered going to the barbers or places like that. I could be sitting here writing my silly-arse comic books or composing some new incomprehensible magical tract, which is much preferable to me.”
Sounds about right to me.
Thanks to Alan Moore and Frank Beaton for the information!
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