(Originally published in Arthur. No. 4/May 2003) Magic Is Afoot Celebrated comics author ALAN MOORE gives Jay Babcock a historical-theoretical-autobiographical earful about the connection between t…
"The idea of magic as some weird alien Dr. Strange dimension that one can escape to from this one doesn’t really appeal to me. I think that if magic his anything, it’s about realizing the [stage whispering] unbelievable supernatural magic is that in just the fact that we are thinking and having this conversation. Realizing just how magical every instance is, every drawn breath, every thought."
Magic as Buddhist concepts of Enlightenment, anyone? Irrespective if your vantage point, this is a pretty interesting conversation with the undisputed heavyweight of English comic-book writing.
Seems to me that these threads are often largely the same throughout different cultures, but simply explored in different ways and discussed in different terms. You could call it magic or enlightenment, you could come to access the mind state via the ingestion of hallucinogenic vegetation or meditative drum sutras… or a host of other methods.
Image courtesy of another excellent Alan Moore piece which can be found here