a long story with a happy ending.
Or, if you prefer, a fan's dream comes true.
is no secret to I say I love Alan Moore's work. He is the best writer
the comics medium has ever had. And I conceived a whole "online
special" as a homage to his work and genius!
let's get straight to the point.
Recently I co-edited the enriched Italian edition of "The Pocket
Essentials - Alan Moore" and I had the great fortune to have
contact with The Man himself. He was very gentle and supportive
with the project. A real Extraordinary Gentleman.
he had a huge collection of strange objects and paraphernalia. I
mean, he is a Magus, he had to like strange stuff!
So, some weeks ago I thought to send him a special gift. An early
gift for his 49th birthday.
Living in Sardinia, a beautiful island set in the middle of the
Mediterranean sea, it was easy to find a typical product from local
And I decided to send Alan a traditional mask used during the carnival
ceremonies in a little Sardinian town called Ottana.
It's a wooden mask in a shape of a horned bovine. It is related
to the ancient agro-pastoral rites performed by the locals to pray
that Mother Nature be fruitful in Spring and, maybe, to drive the
evil spirits out. Anyway, I am not an expert, so don't believe everything
is important is Alan liked it very much and was very pleased by
the "originality" of the object. And I know he has reserved
it a special place on one of the walls in his home.
PHOTOS that you can
see HERE are the proof
of this fan's dream come true (a special thanks to photographer
and friend Piet Corr and to Alan for his permission to show them).
if I am still dreaming please don't wake me up ;-)
to Gary Millidge for his help]