Here’s another hypothetical mix CD, this one called “Jeff Bridges… I Don’t Need No Jeff Bridges To Put Music To My Poem!” The title’s taken from one of my favorite Tom Goes To The Mayor episodes (though, really, they’re all pretty dang great), and the main idea of this mix is to expose people to bands or songs they might not know otherwise. None of the songs were chosen for ironic value; I tend to find all these songs very listenable, and hope others do as well. The songs worked themselves out into “sides” like an LP, although, length-wise, each “side” here would probably be about 2 sides of a real record, but since this is hypothetical, no one will mind.
Alan Moore is a genius. This isn’t something that should be considered news to anyone. It’s practically a given, a truism. He may have had a misfire or two (unfortunately, A Disease of Language left me cold, though it was beautiful to look at with Eddie Campbell‘s art), but even those are at the very least interesting.
The Mirror of Love is not a misfire. It’s also not a standard comic — though it did start life that way. The text first appeared in a 1988 comics anthology to bring attention to Clause 28, a 1986 Local Government Act in England and Wales prohibiting anything from the government to be seen as “promoting” homosexuality as well as labelling gay relationships as “pretend”. In this original incarnation, the text was illustrated by Steve Bissette and Rick Veitch. The new version by Top Shelf omits the drawings for photographs by renowned artist José Villarrubia.