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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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Ademption
Jun 18, 2016 Ademption rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
A Disease of Language is the graphic novelization of two spoken-word sets/magic sessions by Alan Moore. In the first and better piece, "The Birth Caul," Moore discusses finding his mother's birth caul among her effects after her death. His grandmother had wrapped it in butchers paper, keeping it as an amulet against drowning and bad luck. The second piece, "Snakes and Ladders," concerns imagination as transcendence from the earthly plane of sex and death. The second piece goes on a bit long, bu ...more
Kai
Jan 14, 2011 Kai rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
J
Jan 09, 2011 J rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 17, 2007 Tita rated it it was amazing
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
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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
T4ncr3d1
Mar 09, 2011 T4ncr3d1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
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
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Mark Love
Dec 25, 2010 Mark Love rated it liked it
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
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Artur Coelho
Sep 02, 2011 Artur Coelho rated it it was amazing
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
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Dan
Oct 29, 2008 Dan rated it liked it
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
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Ben
Oct 05, 2014 Ben rated it it was ok
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
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Aladino
Jun 15, 2013 Aladino rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Alex Johnson
Mar 20, 2011 Alex Johnson rated it really liked it
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
Joseph
Aug 25, 2008 Joseph rated it really liked it
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.
Jason Bootle
Apr 03, 2013 Jason Bootle rated it did not like it
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…
Jeremiah Genest
Aug 29, 2007 Jeremiah Genest rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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.
Philip
Jun 14, 2012 Philip rated it really liked it
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".
Drew Clay
Aug 21, 2015 Drew Clay rated it liked it
If you liked "Watchmen" and "From Hell" but not so much "Primothea" and you're wondering exactly where in his body of work Alan Moore went off the grid:

Look no further!
Sarah
Jan 24, 2015 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The illegible handwriting style text made it such a headache to read this I was never able to give over to the dreamy, pseudo philosophical words.
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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 Egyptian Theatre of Marvels, some of which have been released on CD.

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