vendredi 25 décembre 2009

Alan Moore + JH Willams III : Promethea #1/12


Chaque fois que j'essaye de lire Promethea en V.O. (achat inconsidéré sur Amazon puisque la fin de l'intégrale tarde à paraitre en France) je cale entre le fascicule 10 et le 12.
Soit entre le moment où la demi-déesse est initiée aux mystères de l'amour tantrique par un mage noir décalqué sur un Jodorowsky décati, et celui où elle fait un voyage à travers les arcanes du tarot qui lui sont explicités par deux serpents pédagogiquement intarissables.

"I believe Promethea may be properly considered as a descendent of religious art: art that can function to inspire spiritual experiences as well as instruct. Although Moore cannot create in a comic book the kind of multisensory input that a worshipper in a medieval cathedral had, the kabbalistic issues of Promethea combine word and image in an intensely experiential way. Each issue, through specialized color palette, unusual layouts, and precisely crafted dialogue and imagery, invites the reader to do more than simply read the book... As Sophie travels through these various levels of consciousness, the reader is encouraged to do the same – to contemplate each page slowly, immersing him- or herself in the complex play of images, words, and colors that capture each issue’s unique state of mind. Although these issues tell a story as well as attempt to educate, they also serve the unusual purpose of being meditational tools, triggers for altered states of consciousness. As he told Comic Book Artist in an interview published in June 2003, Moore wrote many of these issues in a state of ritual meditation. In order to describe each of the kabbalistic states of consciousness that Sophie and Barbara would explore, he sought to achieve them, and to produce his art as an expression of that state. “What you were seeing in the comic is not the report of the magical experience,” he told CBA. “It was the magical experience” " - Christine Hoff Kraemer, From "Promethea : Comics as Spiritual Tool" “I diverge from a lot of magicians who feel that to work magic is to become a god, whereas I’d say that to work with magic is to become a complete human being. I think that it grounds people to reality. People might think that statement is strange, when we’re talking about something that’s infested with gods and demons. For me, magic isn’t about new alien worlds, it’s about different ways of seeing this world and those ways of seeing it are often more sophisticated than current methods." - Alan Moore, The Tripwire Interview, 2001

Copieux et roboratif, mais souvent bourratif aussi, pour mon niveau d'anglais et de pratique spirituelle. Un peu comme si Pline Junior se lançait dans la bédé après avoir bu deux caisses de Monster Energy Drink.
Mais au moins c'est pas un nivellement par le bas.
Et Moore n'est pas le seul sur ce terrain de la panspiritualité, dont Blanche Neige et les sept chakras offriraient une version moins ludique.


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