Alan Moore has been talking to The Guardian about the impact of his V for Vendetta graphic novel on the Occupy protest movement. He says, among other things, that the protesters are challenging the traditional view of protests as dull and uninspired, and are instead showing that they are having fun while making their political point.
The V for Vendetta Guy Fawkes mask has become a symbol of both Anonymous and the wider cultural protest in general. The version of the mask used by many seems to be taken from the recent movie adaptation of the graphic novel, but much of the philosophical influence comes direct from Moore’s work.
Moore also notes the irony of the fact that as more and more of the masks are sold, some of the profits allegedly go to Time Warner, the media company that owns the rights. Some campaigners have tried to get around this by buying the masks from China, but it’s still estimated that more than 100,000 of the ‘official’ marks are sold each year at around £5 a time.