Meet the Magus:

Magic in the Work of Alan Moore

Meet the Magus: Magic in the Work of Alan Moore explores the magical belief systems that inform the comics written by Moore from his early career to present day and illuminates the ways in which a knowledge of these concepts can alter and expand our appreciation of these works and their interrelated nature. Even before Moore declared himself to be a “magician” while working on From Hell, his interest in esoteric tradition influenced his writing, forming a gradual groundswell until his major magically-themed series Promethea. Following Promethea, and expanding from it, we continue to see the implications of a magical view of the universe in Moore’s projects, as well as his development as a public figure in society. Meet the Magus acts as a tour guide through Moore’s work from a magical perspective, enabling the reader to learn the basic codas that form the essential framework behind the scenes of some of the most influential comics of the 20th and 21st century.

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Hannah Means-Shannon is a comics scholar, medievalist, and the Editor-in-Chief of She has published articles on the works of Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, and Grant Morrison in the International Journal of Comic Art, Studies in Comics, the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, reference books, and upcoming essay collections. She is working on her first book for Sequart Organization about Alan Moore. She is @HannahMenzies on Twitter.

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