silkcuts's Big Numbers #1 - Big Numbers: Part 1 review

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Dealing with Big Numbers can make you go nuts Part . 1

Big Numbers:  The most talked about of the unfinished Alan Moore body of work.  Part of the reason why Big Numbers is a story many Moore fans still talk about today is because it really was one pace to be another one of Moore Medium Pushing stories.  Big Numbers is a rare series to find and I only just read issue #1 for the first time yesterday.  I can truly now understand why it is sad that this series remains unfinished, when its sisters and brothers like From Hell and Lost Girls have been finished. 

What makes this a possible opus and tour de force was the fact Moore was trying to do so much within the narrative.  Concepts like Chaos Theory, Fractional Geometry and Visual communication (like sign language) as well as mathematical theories from Benoit B. Mandelbrot. Big Numbers was not just a project by Alan Moore alone, his wife Phyllis and their mutual lover Debbie both helped with research.  Canadian Mark Askwith helped as well with giving Moore articles on this such as Chaos Theory. 
Besides the research that went into the comic, Bill Sienkiewicz must be talked about because it was his "photo real" pencil art that give life to the pages.  The story of Big Numbers is a story about a big American backed Mall is coming to a small British town.  Even if this story has lost its shock (modern relevance), because companies from American are all over the place now, the visual narrative is interesting and needs to be celebrated.   The story is laid out that we see many different people and how this Mall will affect them all.  Some of the panels are very linear , while at times there are visual puns and symbols to suggest other things happening.
 
Because it is part of the big body of work from Moore at a time, when he really was being daring and experiential with the medium, I would look into seeing if your library has it.  If not maybe a  friend who is winning to lent it to you, because it is a book you should read.  It is okay not to understand it, because I am not sure if I understand it. It is a comic that was ambitious and ultimately a learning block for those who aspire to be involved in comics.  
 
Cheers
- Silkcuts 
17 Comments
Posted by Roxanne Starr

Big Numbers was about ALL THAT? All I remember it being about was the plans to open a mall. :-)

Posted by Silkcuts
@Roxanne Starr said:
" Big Numbers was about ALL THAT? All I remember it being about was the plans to open a mall. :-) "
lol.. may be I let the conspiracy get to me..lol
Long live Walmart!
Posted by Roxanne Starr
@Silkcuts: 
 
You can find Walmarts in malls but also as stand-alones. There is no conspiracy as far as Walmart is concerned. It is everywhere!  :D
Posted by Silkcuts
@Roxanne Starr:  Big Business 1: Alan Moore 0
...lol j/k
Posted by Roxanne Starr
@Silkcuts said:
" @Roxanne Starr:  Big Business 1: Alan Moore 0 ...lol j/k "
Yeah. Usually Alan has no idea what he's talking about. LOL!
Posted by Silkcuts
@Roxanne Starr said:
" @Silkcuts said:
" @Roxanne Starr:  Big Business 1: Alan Moore 0 ...lol j/k "
Yeah. Usually Alan has no idea what he's talking about. LOL! "
This is why everyone who reads Spider-Man thinks he is crazy.
Edited by Roxanne Starr
@Silkcuts: 
 
Spider-Man fans would probably rather eat glass than read a comic that is so consumed with people going around taking opinion surveys concerning the opening of a shopping mall.
Posted by Silkcuts
@Roxanne Starr said:
" @Silkcuts:   Spider-Man fans would probably rather eat glass than read a comic that is so consumed with people going around taking opinion surveys concerning the opening of a shopping mall. "
This would explain why Marvel comics is so big of a company, when the fans know its the same recycled plot lines over and over and still buy it. 
Posted by Roxanne Starr
@Silkcuts: 
 
They buy Spider-Man because they love him no matter how boring he can get. Better to be bored by someone you love than by total strangers. That's what continuity is all about.
Posted by Silkcuts
@Roxanne Starr said:
" @Silkcuts:   They buy Spider-Man because they love him no matter how boring he can get. Better to be bored by someone you love than by total strangers. That's what continuity is all about. "
Never more truer words spoken
Posted by Roxanne Starr
@Silkcuts: 
 
So are we going to move away from Alan now and talk about someone who looks HOT?!...like Paul Pope? :D
Posted by Silkcuts
@Roxanne Starr: ...lol
I am a straight guy, I can admit when a guy is hot.  Johnny Depp is hot, Paul Pope is just good looking.
Have you met, Paul Pope?  His work is awesome.... I missed out when he was in town last, was working.
Posted by Roxanne Starr
@Silkcuts said:
"Have you met, Paul Pope? "
HELL, YEAH!
 
...and I've lettered him too!!!  :D
Posted by Silkcuts
@Roxanne Starr:  okay, stop drooling...lol
what books?
Posted by Roxanne Starr
@Silkcuts: 
 
Look for the Big Book of the 70's and we'll talk about Paul over there.
 
I don't feel comfortable drooling on Alan's thread. Yikes!
Posted by Silkcuts
@Roxanne Starr:  your too funny.
Should I just PM you instead? Or on one of my Paul Pope reviews, like Batman Year 100.
There is not review on the big book of the 70s
Posted by Roxanne Starr
@Silkcuts: 
 
How 'bout you start a topic in the Paul Pope forum?

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