Big Numbers is an unfinished comic book series by Alan Moore (writer) and
Bill Sienkiewicz (artist). Two issues were published by Mad Love in 1990.
Moore described this series as a potential magnum opus.
In the two issues which were published the broad story is about the effect
of a new US backed shopping centre development on an English town. In a
similar way to his graphic novel and comic book series Watchmen Moore tells
the story from a number of perspectives using a range of disparate
characters. Another level of understanding is through fractal geometry,
chaos theory and the mathematical ideas of Benoξt Mandelbrot. The series
intended to show that patterns existing at the large scale (the effect of
the town) would have existed at a micro scale (the effect on individual
Unlike many other comic books however, the story is told in an entirely real
world. This is emphasised by Sienkiewicz's use of "photo-realistic" pencil
drawings for the series.
The series won the Squiddy Award for Favorite Limited Series in 1990.