Alan Moore gave his take on why he thought Guy Fawkes masks, which he originally invented as part of the V for Vendetta comic series, had achieved iconic status at protests around the world. Although cautious in putting too much of his own stamp on what it represented, the 58 year-old author told The Guardian that he believes the identity shielding mask has an appeal as a unifying image of the "voice of the people": "And I think that if the mask stands for anything, in the current context, that is what it stands for. This is the people. That mysterious entity that is evoked so often – this is the people."
Via The Guardian.