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A Disease Of Language

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  127 ratings  ·  17 reviews
From Alan Moore?s interest in magic he created two performance pieces The Birth Caul and Snakes and Ladders, which Eddie Campbell has adapted as graphic works. This book also contains the acclaimed interview with Alan Moore by Eddie Campbell from Egomania, and features a never-before-seen sketchbook of the working drawings for Snakes and Ladders
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Knockabout Comics (first published 2005)
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Mark Love
This slim volume brings together two Alan "Watchmen" Moore graphic stories (illustrated by Eddie Campbell): The Birth Caul, and Snakes & Ladders together with the transcript of an interview with Northampton's most celebrated self-proclaimed magician and author extraordinaire.

You expect darkly provocative territories from Moore, and this volume does not disappoint. The main story (The Birth Caul) centres around a piece of cloth found amongst his dead mother's possessions that contains the amn...more
Tancredi
L'Alan Moore più visionario, criptico, occultista è raccolto in questo prezioso volume. Due racconti illustrati dall'ottimo Eddie Campbell, più una succulenta intervista diretta dall'illustratore all'autoproclamatosi mago.
Tanto Sacco amniotico quanto Serpenti e scale in realtà nascono come performance: registrati e poi trascritti i testi dei monologhi di Moore, hanno ispirato i visionarissimi disegni di Campbell. Una breve premessa, ma doverosa, per far capire quanto questo prodotto sia in realt...more
Kai
Ipnagogico, esoterico ma semplice e potente come un gancio al mento. Alan Moore è un genio. Su questo tutti gli amanti di fumetti e graphic novel sembrano concordare, ma ora che la BD pubblica Un disturbo del linguaggio anche i fan più accaniti dell’autore inglese potrebbero trasalire. Un disturbo del linguaggio non è un fumetto, non è un racconto e non è nemmeno il resoconto disegnato da Eddie Campbell di una performance teatrale di Moore. O meglio è tutte è tre le cose ma è anche, olisticament...more
Artur Coelho
Alan Moore tem uma visão muito própria da magia, seguindo um esoterismo indivual alicerçado em conhecimentos arcanos e na sua interpretação pessoal. Obras como A Luz do Fogo estão imbuídas desse espírito, e o autor deixa transparecer essa veia em comics mais esotéricos como Promethea, 1969 e From Hell.

Mais do que um album de banda desenhada, A Disease Of Language é a ilustração de divagações, saídas de performances de Moore em Northampton. Na primeira, The Birth Caul, traça-se o percurso inverso...more
Mel
From Hell is one of my favourite books and I was pleased to see Eddie teaming up with Alan again for this book. It was gorgeous and spooky and wonderful and everything that the Cthuthlu story and Promeathea were trying to do but done perfectly. The book features two illustrationed stories by Campbell to two performances done by Alan Moore. The first The Birth Caul seemed to be about the futility of life and the search for meaning with time running backwards in a really interesting way. It was in...more
Dan
Oct 29, 2008 Dan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell
Shelves: comics
Disease of Language collects two comic interpretations of Moore's performance art, an interview, and a sketchbook.

The Birth Caul: Imagine a more eloquent and poetic Tyler Durden ranting after listening to Pink Floyd’s “Time.” The angry and cynical teenage me would have loved this; the twenty-something isn’t so enamored.

Snakes and Ladders is a complex rumination on creation, magic, art, and history, full of literary and historical allusions. Less nihilistic than The Birth Caul, I found it to be m...more
J
Ipnagogico, esoterico ma semplice e potente come un gancio al mento. Alan Moore è un genio. Su questo tutti gli amanti di fumetti e graphic novel sembrano concordare, ma ora che la BD pubblica Un disturbo del linguaggio anche i fan più accaniti dell’autore inglese potrebbero trasalire. Un disturbo del linguaggio non è un fumetto, non è un racconto e non è nemmeno il resoconto disegnato da Eddie Campbell di una performance teatrale di Moore. O meglio è tutte è tre le cose ma è anche, olisticament...more
Tita
Bila hanya melihat sampul depan buku ini, orang akan mengira bahwa ini adalah buku popular science: bagian atas berwarna merah gelap (deep red), dengan samar2 gambar bayi di sudutnya, bagian tengah sebuah bidang putih bertuliskan judul, dan bagian bawah merupakan detail motif sisik ular dengan warna merah gelap - kehijauan.
Namun A Disease of Language berisikan karya Alan Moore dalam kolaborasinya dengan Eddie Campbell, yg menampilkan:
Birth Caul – Birth Caul, sebuah talisman masa kanak2, pertama...more
Aladino
Mi è dispiaciuto dare solo una stella.
Ero abbastanza prevenuto quando ho iniziato a leggerlo: ero convinto che essendoci la firma di Moore mi sarebbe piaciuto per forza. Poi aveva i disegni di Eddie Campbell che avevo apprezzato, sempre assieme a Moore, in From Hell. Tuttavia mi sono dovuto ricredere. Troppo troppo troppo pesante. Un pippone metafisico che non finisce più... In passato aveva affrontato argomenti esotici / esoterici o comunque impegnativi (Promethea, From Hell, V for Vendetta) ma...more
Alex Johnson
I find Alan Moore's use of language stunning, so this got me through what is a pretty intense and in some ways repetitive first section. Not something to pick up when you've run out of Prozac. Probably mainly for die-hard Moore fans (or fans of virtuoso wordsmiths.) The idea, by the way, is that something Alan Moore recorded as a monologue has been turned into a sort of cartoon strip illustrated by a guy called Eddie Campbell. There follows an interview between the two, which I abandoned - more...more
Doilum
This is more Eddie Campbell than Alan Moore, turning two of Moores's spoken word pieces into illustrated stories of sorts at Campbell's suggestion, and filling the book out with an interview of Moore by Campbell at the end.

The stories take their cue from Voice of the Fire, but don't have the essential tight storytelling that makes that and Moores's other work so compelling. Without it you're left with rambling psychogeographical and majikal musings, broad, unfocused and pretty unreadable. The i...more
Tommi
The greatest graphic novel (not a comic) I've ever read. Alan Moore is a genius.
Joseph
A hardback reprint of The Birth Caul (1999) and Snakes and Ladders (2001), capped by a wonderful, lengthy interview of Moore by Campbell, The Disease of Language will have to be the definitive word on the redemptive nature of human/snake sex acts, at least until The Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic comes out in 2010.
Jeremiah Genest
A Disease of Language collects between the same covers two lesser known collaborations from the creative team behind From Hell. A superbly complementary pairing, The Birth Caul (1999) and Snakes and Ladders (2001) are ecstatic monologues on the implications of art and the imagination.
Jason Bootle
I struggled through the first short story, The Birth Caul and found Eddie Campbell's artwork challenging. It was all a bit abstract for my liking and as a result I didn't get to read the second story Snakes and Ladders. Perhaps next time…
Philip
Jun 14, 2012 Philip rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Probably best read in conjunction with listening to the recordings of Moore's spoken word pieces/magical workings "The Birth Caul" & "Snakes & Ladders".
Ben
...my brain...expanding...aaaaaaaaaaagggghhhhhh!
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Alan Moore is an English writer most famous for his influential work in comics, including the acclaimed graphic novels Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell. He has also written a novel, Voice of the Fire, and performs "workings" (one-off performance art/spoken word pieces) with The Moon and Serpent Grand Egypt...more
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