Happy International Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day! Woohoo! I mean, uhh, aaaargh argh argh argh me booty n’ ye swab wit’ me gob in the gonk. I don’t know. But I do know that in honor of International Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day, I’ve written an article for Quirk Books on my Top 10 Fictional Pirates of all time.
I also know that EL James, author of the bestselling and highly controversial 50 Shades book series, retweeted my article. So if her follow up novel is a Momerotica Pirate epic — well, now you know who to blame.
Alan Moore has a reputation. Besides being crazy, he’s also famously curmudgeonly. If there’s a problem with my grammar and use of adverb in the preceding sentence, then, well, Alan Moore can cast some crazy black magic spell on me. I don’t really care.
There’s been a lot of news and opinions spewed forth around the internet regarding the recently announced Before Watchmen from DC Comics, a collection of prequel miniseries based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ universally acclaimed Watchmen. When it all comes down, Moore may have been screwed (multiple times) in the past, but DC currently has every legal right to make this happen, and, well, comics have a history of picking up from someone else’s characters and making a run for it.
But that’s neither here nor there. This post is just to tell you to check out my latest post on Five By Five Hundred, which was inspired by a comment made by Alan Moore in the video embedded below (which, fair warning, is a two-and-a-half hour long interview in which he is not surprisingly verbose and curmudgeonly and also crazy black magic wizard plus beard).
I’ve been doing some guestblogging for Quirk Books, publishers of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and that soon-to-be hit Broetry (what you mean, you haven’t bought a copy yet?!), and my first post is up today. It’s a countdown of one of my favorite character types in pop culture/literature: the Chessmaster, that brilliant strategist who plays 50 moves ahead of the rest of the cast in the story, and always seems to have some grander scheme in mind that we as readers/viewers/audience can hardly even begin to comprehend. And they always know how to manipulate and play the other characters into going along with their plans, whether they realize it or not. We’re talking Nick Fury, Ben Linus, Dumbledore, the Cigarette Smoking Man — you know the type.
Check out the full list at the link below. Agree? Disagree? Let me know on the Quirk comments!