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“I Am an Amanuensis” 18: Alan Moore 2

“‘Let us mock newsmen in return!  Let us reclaim from them the myth they sought to shape for profit.  Let us give them truer legends, grand enough to stake their morbid thirsts.  Let us acquaint these fabricators with reality.’” From Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s From Hell, chapter 9, page 32, panels 6-8.  The speaker is Jack the Ripper, but the quote reminds me of Bob Somerby’s work.  Paddington Q, Australia:  Eddie Campbell Comics, 1999.

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“I Am an Amanuensis” 17: David Berlinski

“The hypothesis that we are nothing more than cosmic accidents has been widely accepted by the scientific community. Figures as diverse as Bertrand Russell, Jacques Monod, Steven Weinberg, and Richard Dawkins have said it is so. It is an article of their faith, one advanced often with the confidence of men convinced that nature has equipped them to face realities the rest of us cannot bear to contemplate. There is not the slightest reason to think this is so.” From David Berlinski’s essay “The Evidence of Things Not Seen,” excerpted from his book The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific…

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“I Am an Amanuensis” 16: Ralph Ellison

“‘I remember that I am invisible and walk softly so as not to awaken the sleeping ones.  Sometimes it is best not to awaken them; there are few things as dangerous as sleepwalkers.’” From Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man.

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“I Am an Amanuensis” 15: Jules Feiffer on Lenny Bruce

“’What’s remembered is his dirty mouth. What’s forgotten is his purely American innocence. He believed that his act, his honesty, could open doors. And it did for the generation of comics, satirists, writers and artists that followed him. At his New York obscenity trial Lenny was found guilty, inspiring the rest of us to be free.’” Jules Feiffer on Lenny Bruce, quoted in Life’s Legends: The Century’s Most Unforgettable Faces. New York: Life, 1997. 21. If you’re not hip, Feiffer is one of the best comic artists ever, and Bruce one of the best comics. Dig.

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“I Am an Amanuensis” 14: Alan Moore

“Art, in the human truth of it, touches the universal. Seeing art we recognize a thought we had but could not utter, are made less alone.” Alan Moore in Snakes and Ladders.

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The Scratch Papers, Page 32: “Batman versus the Swordsman”

1989. I loved this scene from Tim Burton’s version, where Batman takes on an alley full of bad guys, including a sword-wielding madman! Notice the inner circles of the title “Batman” are made up of Bat-signals.

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The Scratch Papers, Page 30: “Roman General”

From a statue in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 2004.