Well, the headline really says it all. In one of the longest running creator/publisher bitchfests in the comic industry, Alan Moore has taken to the fans for the next move in the saga of The Watchmen.
“I have a huge respect for my audience. On the occasions when I meet them, they seem, I like to think, to be intelligent and scrupulous people. If people do want to go out and buy these Watchmen prequels, they would be doing me an enormous favor if they would just stop buying my other books. When I think of my audience, I like to have good thoughts and think about how lucky I am to have one that is as intelligent as mine and as moral as mine.”
Ok, that sounds kind of catty, doesn’t it? Sure the bad blood continues since DC Comics baffled a young Alan Moore with legalese and retained the rights to the seminal graphic novel of the modern age for a seemingly indefinite amount of time. He does have a right to be a bit pissy, but still.
As for the creators and supports of DC’s forthcoming return to the characters? He’s even pissier.
“It strikes me that, yes, I can understand why they took on Before Watchmen. It will probably be the only opportunity they get in their careers to actually be attached to a project that anybody outside of comics has ever heard of. So, I can see how that would be a great lure. I don’t think I would have done it, though, because to go down in history as the people who did the lame rewrites and prequels to Watchmen—well, that’s not for me. But, of course everybody has to make their own choices. So, no, obviously I won’t want anything to do with any of the people who are attached to this project at any point in the future, but that isn’t a huge loss.”
Yeow, he’s really handing out the comments here isn’t he. Sticks and stones Mr. Moore. Yes you were treated poorly buy the comic book publisher, but don’t pick on the new generation of creators that are trying to carve a name out for themselves. Pick on the publisher if you are going to toss out anymore hurtful statements.
“I know a way that they (DC Comics) could have sorted out their continuity. I could have gotten rid of all of their problems for them. It would have been really simple. But, like I say, they unfortunately alienated me.”
There, that’s better. Saying that you could have fixed all of the muddled continuity that DC has dealt with for the past 20 or more years but you won’t because they are all big corporate meanies is probably a better stance to take rather than asking us to not read your books. Now take your bat and your ball and go home.
Regardless of where you stand on Before Watchmen, it will be nice when the bitching ends. So, has Moores words inspired you to spend your money elsewhere? If a crazy bearded man threatened you with some large and ancient club to chose between a Moore book or any of the new Watchmen books, which way would you go? I ask, because sometimes I think Alan Moore is crazy and am certain he owns multiple ancient clubs.