The Cleverest Boy in the World

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There are many things about legendary comic-book writer Alan Moore that are difficult to understand: why he’s turned down so much of the money from film adaptations of graphic novels like Watchmen and V for Vendetta, why he still lives in rundown old Northampton, why he keeps his beard like that. (Okay, that last one’s obvious—the beard is awesome.)

In a Guardian profile, Moore sheds light on some of these questions as well as some of his personal history, including an alcoholic caricaturist grandfather named Ginger.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →