Cornelius has a posse


It’s the 25 anniversary of the Miner’s Strike.
I was around 11 or 12 at the time, along with the Falklands War and the ongoing existential background-radiation (!) of the Cold War it was one of the defining events of the 1980s that I ‘woke up’ in.

My elder siblings were watching Boys from The Blackstuff to make sense of the recession, the end of Britain-as-industrial-power and the human toll it was taking.

I read Skizz.

Skizz is still one of the best slices of storytelling, and certainly characterisation Alan Moore has ever done I think.

If you’re not familiar with it, then the all-too-brief wikipedia entry sums it up quite well as “E.T. meets Boys from the Blackstuff“. It can still bring me to the verge of tears, and to think this was in a comic still at the time aimed at and read by kids is remarkable and wonderful.

The sad demise of the DFC aside, I really hope that as we tumble into seemingly-similar times, someone else will write something as powerful and moving and life-affirming for a younger audience.

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2 thoughts on “Cornelius has a posse

  1. As a geeky high-school student in Australia, I suckled UK comic weirdness from the 2000AD nipple – and Skizz (next to, perhaps, the surreal beauty of The Clown or Revere) was one of my favourite characters. And despite the altar-eque place my copy of ‘From Hell’ enjoys on my bookshelf, I didn’t even *know* that Alan Moore was originally responsible, (or the socio-economic connotations of the text when it was published.)

    So thanks for the heads-up. 🙂

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