Amazonian artists celebrate work of Northampton graphic novelist Alan Moore with exhibition in Brazil

Graphic novelist Alan Moore
Graphic novelist Alan Moore

He famously rarely travels outside of his Northampton home but there are few remaining corners of the world his work has not yet reached.

And with an exhibition that opens today, iconic graphic novelist Alan Moore will even be honoured in the remote Amazonian capital of Manaus in Brazil.

The city, which is in the middle of the rainforest and hosted England during this year’s World Cup, will pay tribute to Moore with a showcase entitled “The Voice of the Fire,” named after his first novel set in his hometown.

Some 22 Amazonian artists will display pieces inspired by Northampton-born Moore’s catalogue including V for Vendetta, Watchmen and From Hell.

Work from the writer’s early career as well as recent releases such as the film “Show Pieces” will also be exhibited at the Palace of Liberty in the historical centre of Manaus.

The ornate palace was built in 1874, around the rubber boom in the Amazon, which brought many European rubber barons to the city. It was once the mayor’s headquarters and has since been turned into a cultural centre.

Organisers had hoped Moore’s wife Melinda Gebbie would be able to attend on his behalf but she was unable to travel for the opening.

There will also be a series of lectures and roundtable events to discuss Moore’s work and career, including a discussion of the language of Watchmen, and Moore’s influence in graphic literature.

José Augusto Cardoso, culture director at the culturalfoundation Manauscult, said the exhibition would inspire more comic artists in the city.

“Alan Moore elevated the standard of comics to a category of art, with mature and focused stories aswell as being the author of several short stories released by renowned publishers,” Mr Cardoso said.

“The exhibition is yet another initiative from the foundation to open up space for other types of artistic expression.”

The Voice of the Fire was organised to coincide with the National Day of Brazilian Culture, which is commemorated on November 5, the birthday of Brazilian writer, politician and abolitionist Rui Barbosa.

The free exhibition will run until December 5.