V for Vendetta first appeared in the Eighties British anthology comic magazine, Warrior. After the curtailment of the serial due to the cancellation of Warrior, DC Comics decided to reprint and complete the story via a mini-series published in 1988.
Created by Alan Moore and David Lloyd, V for Vendetta tells the story of an anarchist anti-hero who dons the disguise of the 17th century revolutionary, Guy Fawkes, to do battle with a Fascistic government in a near-future England.
In creating the milieu and characters for V, Lloyd and Moore were heavily influenced by British film and television from the Sixties and Seventies, as well as classical dystopian works such as George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Night-Raven, a masked vigilante character that Lloyd helped create with writer Steve Parkhouse for Marvel UK was also influential as a model for the kind of character asked for in the brief given to Lloyd for the new work in Warrior. More importantly, however, it was the political climate of the late Seventies, and the severe economic, demographic, and cultural changes that followed it, which motivated the duo’s storytelling.
In Moore and Lloyd’s imagined world, fascists come to power after a limited nuclear exchange between major global players creates a breakdown of social order in the UK. The nature of this political force closely resembles that which governed Nazi Germany, and, just like that crowd, it soon begins to persecute, eliminate, and imprison minorities and dissidents. One of these unfortunates is the person we later get to know of as, V. A survivor of cruel medical experimentation in a concentration camp, V vows to destroy all those connected to his imprisonment, and the government itself. In the course of this mission, he forms a close partnership with one of the oppressed society’s casualities, Evey Hammond, who ultimately becomes his disciple.
In 2006, a feature film adaptation of V for Vendetta was released. Subsequently, the Guy Fawkes mask that Lloyd designed for the strip has become a symbol of protest and rebellion throughout the world.
A collection of David Lloyd’s artwork from V will be on display in the second floor gallery at the Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators from March 21 through April 29, 2017.
Lloyd will also be featured as a Guest of Honor at the 2017 MoCCA Arts Festival, held on April 1 – 2nd from 11:00AM – 6:00PM at the luxurious and modern Metropolitan West located on West 46th Street between 10th and 11th Avenue. Further scheduling information regarding his visit will be available in future announcements.