Review – Dodgem Logic #1


Dodgem Logic #1

Contributors: Alan Moore, Graham Linehan, Josie Long and many others

Publisher: Tony @ Knockabout

Clearly, what the world needs is a trippy-looking underground mag with a self-confessed agenda of aggressive randomness”. So says Alan Moore in his introduction to the first issue of Dodgem Logic. Trippy-looking it is. Articles are backdropped by psychedelic patterns, photographs and prints. The occasional cartoons are of nightmarish green monsters with more mammaries than could possibly be necessary. But against the surreal backdrops sit the kind of features that you might not expect to find here, in an underground magazine spearheaded by someone as far outside of the cultural mainstream as we are often led to believe Moore is.

I picked up Dodgem Logic out of sheer curiosity. I wouldn’t have thought it was written with the likes of me in mind. I work 9 to 5 and waste entire Sunday mornings in Ikea. I think I even tried a frappuccino once. But the content of Dodgem Logic is far more accessible than I anticipated. Following Moore’s introduction and his potted history of underground publishing we are into familiar lifestyle magazine territory, albeit with a rebellious edge. There is a guide to guerilla gardening, a cookery feature and a piece by IT Crowd writer Graham Linehan on the potential benefits of networking through Twitter. These articles feel random only in the sense that their inclusion in an offering from Moore is most unexpected.

Dodgem Logic contains 40 pages of features and articles. Most are presented in the familiar format of conventional journalism. Others, including the offering from comedy panel show regular Josie Long, as sequential doodles. An insert, Notes From Noho, focuses on issues of specific interest to natives of Moore’s beloved Northampton, and free CD Nation of Saints offers 50 years of Northampton Music. The collision of ideas works but the result is less Large Hadron Collider, more an artfully balanced bag of Woolworth’s Pick ‘n’ Mix, and Dodgem Logic oozes with as much charm.

Alan Moore is the closest thing comics has to a superstar. What separates Moore from most superstars is his integrity. Would Bono turn down a few more million in order to avoid compromising a creative vision? Moore has, on more than one occasion. Dodgem Logic is testament to this stubborn resistance to capitulate to The Man. Creator of some of the most enduring behemoths in comics, Moore has made this return to the grass roots of publishing simply for his love of it. Dodgem Logic won’t spark a revolution, but the irrepressible enthusiasm of Alan Moore and the rest of the team behind it is both uplifting and inspiring.

@gazbox

To get Hold of Dodgem logic try your local comics shop or buy direct online at http://www.dodgemlogic.com/ where a limited number of signed copies can also be found.

GS reviewer: Gareth Webb

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