The microphone is mightier than the pen? Alan Moore, the comic-book artist famous for graphic novels like Watchmen and V for Vendetta, has turned away from drawing. His latest work, Unearthing, is a spoken-word recording with a musical soundtrack and accompanied by a book of photographs. “After all those years of working within the comics industry and quietly going mad, this is what erupts,” the 56-year-old Moore tells The New York Times. Unearthing began as an essay that he wrote in 2006 when he was asked to memorialized part of London that was vanishing. He chose not a place, but his mentor and friend Steve Moore. The recording recounts the birth of the British comic-book scene in the 1960s.