Rich Johnston pulled out some choice quotes from Alan Moore's "last ever comics interview" in the UK's Comic Heroes magazine, which was out last month. Basically, it's nothing you haven't heard before, but he basically said, the comics industry is stuck in the late 80's and early 90's, and things aren't changing, but he also hasn't read anything either, so what does he know? In short, he's even more curmudgeonly. He's Super Curmudgeon.
If I didn’t want to be associated with Marvel comics before they were bought by Walt Disney, then I certainly don’t want to be associated with them afterwards. Disney, much like Marvel, has not produced anything that I’ve thought was attractive since well before The Jungle Book.
Really? Disney runs several movie studios, as well as the ABC network, and there's been nothing good since prior to 1967? I mean, Disney owned Miramax for example. Pixar? So that's insane.
I very much doubt it would be possible for anybody to come up with a comic like Watchmen today and have it accepted or nurtured by one of the big companies – that isn’t going to happen. because, frankly, I think that Watchmen probably caused as many problems for the big companies as it rewarded them financially.
Here, I have to wonder if he's talking about a book like Watchmen, either in tone, or one that shook the ground in such a way. I guess he's right in that there hasn't been a story that made such waves since then. There have been plenty of good books, but nothing like the monolith that was Watchmen. There wasn't another Citizen Kane either though. There were a hell of a lot of other movies that were both good and important though. And comics. I'm also going to go out on a limb here, and suggest that the financial profit of Watchmen has, over time, far outweighed any problems they've gotten from it. I'd like to read the rest of this quote though, because it's possible that Watchmen was the bellweather for turning the industry into something for adults, with a limited audience, than trying to appeal to a younger audience. Everyone wanted to do "real" work, not kids work, and now we're stuck in this gradually shrinking issue market, because there's no one to replace the kids who grew up. Maybe that's what he meant.
I belatedly came to realise that the comics industry does not want progress. In fact it isn’t capable of it.
This I agree with entirely. I assume he's talking about the mainstream comics industry, the direct market, and most of the readers. It's true. People, in large part, want things not to change. It wants to continue, sustain, and not rock the boat too much, and sales indicate the same. I suspect this has been true for a long time.
The comics industry is already reacting on Twitter.
Mike Oeming says: "It is sad Alan Moore is so out of touch."
Andy Diggle says: "Maybe we should just start sending Alan Moore examples of the best modern indie comics."
At the end of the day, I don't care what Alan Moore says. I don't care what many wonderful artists say. Their talent is still undeniable, and the fact is, Alan Moore's comic writing is still my favorite, and the best stuff I've ever read. There's nothing he can do to change that, but I do sometimes, sort of wish he wouldn't do stuff like this. But then, at the same time, I wonder if this is his way of remaining in the spotlight just enough to keep sales going on his stuff, which is still in circulation, and he's still getting royalties from. I suspect that's not the case, but it is a shame that his genius (yes, genius) has to be touched by these weird tirades. It saddens me that his work gets tainted by this stuff, which has nothing to do with the work.