This page features annotations for the Disappearing chapter of Unearthing. Disappearing is the first chapter, located on (unnumbered) pages 6-xxx of the 2012 Unearthing book.
Words by Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins.
Page 6 (Disappear)
Page 7 (Disconnecting…)
- The “he” is comics writer Steve Moore.
- Alan Moore touches on the significance of “liminal” spaces on page 34 of Providence #8, where Robert Black, noting a dream about bridges, writes: “the central symbol of the bridge itself, this structure – I believe the word is “liminal” – which exists at the ambiguous limits of two worlds and also joins those worlds together.”
- Don’t move “for almost 60 years” speaks to Steve Moore living nearly all his life in the same house.
- “In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king” is an ancient saying. Moore has added the “better yet, invisible.”
Pages 8-9 (invisible)
Page 10 (Steve Moore sat…)
- “Man with a foolish grin, perfectly still” references lyrics from the Beatles song The Fool on the Hill.
Page 11 (grin…)
Page 12 (Slowly, )
Page 13 (Excuse themselves…)
Page 14 (Black on…)
- “Selenites Rhombiodalis” is a common mineral found in large quantities on Shooter’s Hill.
- Shooters Hill (or Shooter’s Hill) is a south London district/place/landscape feature. It is one of the highest places in London. As much as Unearthing is about Steve Moore, it is also about Shooters’s Hill where he was born and lived nearly all his life.
For what it is worth, Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta character Evey Hammond mentions living on Shooter’s Hill – see chapter 3, page 5, panel 6.
Page 15 (London up: …)
- “Chav” is derogatory British slang for a type of brash young dressed-up lower-class lout.
- “Trinovante” were a Celtric tribe that ruled the London area before the Romans took over in 55-54 BC.
- “Squints” is slang for a smart person, similar to geek.
- The “Laing Estate” was a 1930s housing development, now designated a “conservation area” (apparently similar to a U.S. historic preservation overlay zone) called Shrewsbury Park Estate. A map of the Shrewsbury Park conservation area is online.
- The “railed-off and grassed over hump” burial mound (called the Shrewsbury Tumulus) is shown in the photos on pages 14 and 15, and is visible via Google street view.
- Kent is the next county over, southeast of the county of London.
Page 16 (Back in the bedroom…)
Page 17 (crest, sees…)