Comic books and global demonstrations / by Katie Edmonds


In this piece published today in the Guardian shines a light on the relationship between the Guy Fawkes mask in Alan Moore's V or Vendetta.

"I suppose I've gotten used to the fact," says the 58-year-old, "that some of my fictions percolate out into the material world."

As the article aptly points out, the mask is a relevant fixture in the story, but was turned into a promotional product for the motion picture release in 2006. Then Anonymous picked it up, which blended well with the leaderless occupations in the US, and the need for anonymity in uprisings in more immanently dangerous political climates.

"I suppose when I was writing V for Vendetta I would in my secret heart of hearts have thought: wouldn't it be great if these ideas actually made an impact? So when you start to see that idle fantasy intrude on the regular world… It's peculiar. It feels like a character I created 30 years ago has somehow escaped the realm of fiction."

This instance of a character fluidly transitioning from sequential art to cinema to political action is transmedia.