Alan Moore’s playing logic games with Dodgems

Published On October 5, 2009 | By Joe Gordon | Comics

Alan Moore, Melinda Gebbie, Kev O’Neill, Steve Aylett, Graham Linehan, Josie Long and others have teamed up to create a new underground journal, Dodgem Logic, which sounds part grassroots, non partisan campaigning and advice, part entertainment and with a touch of the old 70s Punk era DIY ethos about it which I find rather appealing, starting off with the Great Bearded Wizard’s hometown of Northampton but with a section specially designed to insert local interest features so it can be applied across the land.

Dodgem Logic Alan Moore

(the cover to the first issue of Alan Moore’s Dodgem Locic, published by Tony Bennet’s fine Knockabout press)

From the description (excuse the lengthy pasting from the description, I don’t normally do that, but I’m not going to try to paraphrase it and beside, it sounds pretty damned cool: “Drawing upon an overlooked and energetic pool of local talent as well as numerous friends and co-conspirators from comic books, the arts or entertainment, Dodgem Logic sets out to provide a splash of subterranean exotica in a bleached-out cultural and social landscape. Published every other month by counter-culture veterans KNOCKABOUT, Dodgem Logic is a forty page full-colour spectacle that, in addition, has an eight-page local section in each issue, thus inviting other areas to publish regional editions by providing their own inserts.

As cheap and beautiful as a heartbreaking teenage prostitute, Dodgem Logic has a cover price of £2.50, with its content similarly tailored to the fiscal toilet-bowl that we are currently engaged in sliding down. Regular columnists provide delicious, inexpensive recipes, wide-ranging medical advice, simple instructions for creating stylish clothing and accessories from next to nothing, guides to growing your own dinner by becoming a guerrilla gardener, and, in the first of Dave (The Self-Sufficient-ish Bible) Hamilton’s environmental columns, a bold experiment in living with no money. The same approach to helping readers deal with socio-economic meltdown and a blitz of repossessions is there in upcoming features on the present-day resurgence of the squatters’ movement, or in our communiqués from the Steampunk/ Post-Civilisation gang on how to start rebuilding culture and society before those things have broken down completely and our children are reduced to battering each other to a bloody pulp with their now-useless X-Boxes in a dispute over the last tub of pot noodles.

Not only seeking to give practical advice on getting through a rough stretch, Dodgem Logic is also committed to alleviating the attendant sense of anguish and despair by brightening the world with the astonishing cartoon-work of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’s sublime Kevin O’Neill or that of underground legend Savage Pencil; the musings of Father Ted, The IT Crowd and Black Book’s own Graham Linehan or of the nation’s sweetheart, the implacably positive Josie Long; even a delirious commemoration of the lunar landing’s anniversary by the masterful Steve Aylett. In addition to a variously-hosted women’s column launched by Lost Girls co-creator and erstwhile underground cartoon artist Melinda Gebbie, Mr. Moore will himself be contributing a lead feature on the history of underground subversive publishing from its origins in the thirteenth century, along with various illustrations and words of advice. All these and many other sterling features, including a free CD of magnificent home-grown Northampton music over fifty years, will be contained in the historic premiere issue, sporting an hallucinatory front cover by digital artist Tamara Rogers and debuting this November. Wake up and smell the fairground ozone! No ramming!

(thanks to Leah Moore and John Reppion for the heads-up)

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Joe Gordon
Joe Gordon is ForbiddenPlanet.co.uk's chief blogger, which he set up in 2005. Previously, he was professional bookseller for over 12 years as well as a lifelong reader and reviewer, especially of comics and science fiction works.

3 Responses to Alan Moore’s playing logic games with Dodgems

  1. BobH says:

    Wow, that’s an old name dusted off. Dodgem Logic was a potential name thrown out there for an anthology comic that Moore was going to be doing for Fantagraphics back in the mid-1980s. I suppose the “Convention Tension” story would be dated now, but maybe the biography of Aubrey Beardsley would still fit.