ULTRASPECIALS

ALAN
MOORE's

Special

22nd part

 

ALAN MOORE
and the Sardinian Mask
by Smoky Man

ITALIAN VERSION

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James Kochalka

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It's a long story with a happy ending.
Or, if you prefer, a fan's dream comes true.

It 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!

But 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.

I knew 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 folklore.
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 I've said.

What 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.

The 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).

Ah, if I am still dreaming please don't wake me up ;-)

[thanks to Gary Millidge for his help]

 
   
[november 2002]

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