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As curator Emma Stirling-Middleton tells Inverse, the anonymity provided by the masks and the grassroots nature of protests make it impossible to tell who was the first to connect V for Vendetta to real-world uprisings.
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The comic’s success owes much to the relationship between writer Alan Moore (pictured) and illustrator David Lloyd, who spent hours on the phone developing the world of V for Vendetta, Stirling-Middleton tells Inverse.
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“They took in so much inspiration from pop culture, from art history, from politics, but also from the social context of 1980s Britain.
This is the era that Margaret Thatcher was in power and there was a great deal of social unrest.”
— Emma Stirling-Middleton