15 December 2012 4:01 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Alan Moore, eccentric genius behind graphic-novel classics V for Vendetta and Watchmen, rejected big-movie riches. Now he has made a low-budget film in his beloved home town, Northampton

Alan Moore strolls through Northampton town centre carrying a walking stick that's been sculpted to resemble a dangerous snake, and a hairbrush. The 59-year-old writer moves with a slight trip in his step, thus the cane, and keeps the brush to hand because he hasn't visited a barber since he was a teenager. For decades Moore has maintained his tremendous mane of hair, his wizard's beard, through bursts of aggressive combing. "That way it tends to manage itself."

Kids at the nearby shopping centre sometimes heckle, Moore says, calling him God, or Jesus, "which I'll take, because Jesus died at 33 and they've obviously mistaken me for a much younger man". But to fans of the landmark comic books Moore has written over the years (superhero whodunnit Watchmen, »

- Tom Lamont

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