Alan Moore Talks, People Think He’s a Jerk

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 bellwether 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.

Comments

  1. "Last comics interview ever"? Oh, Alan, please don’t toy with my emotions like this.

  2. Alan Moore’s been burned so bad by comics companies over the years he’s become very bitter towards the entire industry. He’s completely isolated himself and really doesn’t know what’s happening in comics at the minute. I love his work but the man himself is really going off the edge.

  3. Just because he has an opinion it does not mean he us a jerk. Of course it does not mean he is right either. I’ve met him and “he is who he is”- his work is still outstanding and at a level most other writers still aspire to. Let him be a unique voice- don’t expect to love him and everything about him. But nothing should take away from you enjoying his work. (……except perhaps that damn beard!!!)

  4. It sucks that BOTH the internet and the comic industry was declared dead today.

  5. Alan Moore’s last words will be, "Kids, GET OFF MY LAWN!"

    And he will be talking to kids in a public park.

  6. The full interview is a little more nuanced, although not a lot. There was little in there that he hasn’t said before and this is partly the problem with these Uncle Alan interviews; he keeps getting asked the same questions. We know was burned by the comics industry and he keeps being asked about it.

    He keeps being asked because the interviewers know they can sell copy on the back of him. I think that’s why we keep seeing this stuff rather than him trying to keep his work selling.

  7. Just wait until Watchmen Babies is released! His faith will be restored.

  8. Oh man I really hope this isnt his last actual comics interview…They’re so fun to read when your drunk!

  9. I know no one will agree with me but watchmen was one of the worst comics I have ever read.  I found it tremendous boring.  This was one of the rare cases I feel where the movie was better then the book.  Although I must admit I enjoyed V for Vendetta.  But I can’t stand him or most of his work he is just a pretentious jerk who can’t let go of his glory years and does nothing but bag on anything new  because he didn’t have any part of it he’s just a bitter man.  So he got screwed around TOUGH thats life bud don’t spend the rest of your career whining about it

  10. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Well, he also bags on anything new because he felt he DID have a part in it. 😉

    Dude can write.

    Terrified of snakes, personally.  

  11. Alan Moore is the Allen Iverson/Terrell Owens of comics….for all you non sports fans, i mean he is a hall of fame talent, and a total headcase who burns bridges every chance he gets and at the end of the day no one wants to deal with him. 

  12. I love the fact that Alan Moore doesn’t read comics anymore. It means that anything he does is completely without the influence of current comic industry tropes and traps. The curmudgeon-ness(?) doesn’t bother me, since it is so seperate from the work. If we all followed creators based on their love for the industry, then god help us, Youngblood would still be in publication. If you know what I mean.

  13. I’ve reached a point in my life where I no longer care about the personality, beliefs, or sanity of the creators of my favorite products/entertainment.  I don’t care if Satan wrote the comic book if it is fun to read.  Alan Moore has an opinion.  Good for him.  I no longer care what it is.

    Grant Morrison often appears to be a lunatic.  That doesn’t affect my ability to enjoy the hell out of his Batman as a pirate book.

    The creator him/herself might be very interesting or he/she might be a horrible douche.  I just want good books. 

  14. @stulach: Couldn’t agree more. People need to see the difference between a creator and their creation. Although Grant Morrison being a lunatic increases my enjoyment of some of his comics (The Invisibles in particular). 

  15. The title of this article really told me everything I needed to know about the interview. Good ol’ Uncle Al.

    I definately agree with him on the progress point, though, especially after it turned out that Blackest Night was an elaborate ploy to erase the 90’s from continuity. Of course, I’m interpreting this in terms of characters and plotlines, whereas he’s probably talking about the craft and whatnot. You know, the smart stuff.

    The thing about Disney and Marvel not producing anything good in decades is just madness.

    And finally, is it really good form to talk about your work of genius like it’s a work of genius? I mean, he’s not wrong, but when a creator says stuff like that about his own work… I dunno, it always sounds so pretentious, especially after he just finished shitting on everyone else.

    Wouldn’t it be awesome if Alan Moore put his money where his mouth is? He wants progress? Go to one of the big companies, get a book, hell, get your own LINE, and write the fuck out of it! Show us how it’s done, Al! He’s really one of the only guys who could go anywhere he wants and write whatever he wants based on his CV alone. Or, at the very least, talk to some of these young hotshots you’re bitching about and share some of your wisdom with them. Use your power (both creative and political) to improve the industry rather than drunkenly mourning it. 

    And GET A HAIRCUT! Howard Hughes lookin’ mutha@#$%&!

  16. @canuckster: you’re not the only one 😉

  17. Hopefully Geoff Johns knows not to do any more interviews for the rest of his life, otherwise we’ll all know he’s copying what Alan Moore has already done.  

  18. I was hoping the interviewer would be like: "Uh huh….dying you say?…..That’s great Alan, so when is LOEG III: Century part 2 is coming out?"

    I personally don’t pay attention to anything he says coming out of his mouth. It’s better to just read his work and ignore what’s going on in his head. Trust me whenever the second part of ‘Century’ comes out we’ll all forget this.

  19. @canuckster  I’m with you, there’s almost nothing Alan Moore wrote that I can even finish. 

    @ActualButt while youngblood might still be in publication, maybe a younger crowd could be reached without the "curmudgeon-ness" 

    don’t get me wrong, there are a lot more problems  that just the curmudgeon-ness of comics stopping it from growing to younger readers, but that doesn’t help any.  

  20. I think he comes off worse in print. The documentary on him was damn cool.

    He already had his own line of comics then DC came in and bought the company he was working for: Wildstorm.

    People think that he isn’t in touch with mainstream entertainment culture, but if you look at his ABC stuff, he was dropping pop culture references all the time.

    I think he is just maintaining his mystique through these interviews.

    Part of being a cutting edge creator is the image.

    And I think Alan Moore is stubborn enough to never do another comic book interview again.

  21. @Scorpion: I think there is truth to what your saying (somewhat). Cause you’re right, he does seem to be in touch with the mainstream and has wrote more ‘modern’ ideas in his work. I mean this guy was on the Simpsons singing ‘Libby Lu’ for god sakes! That’s gotta count for something…

  22. @Stuclach-I agree with what you are saying, but there are limits.  There are people that I will not give money to no matter how good their stuff is, because I do not want to see them around. 

    As an admittedly extreme example, what if the creator was really into something that one was completely opposed to like killing puppies in front of children.  I feel that there are reasons aside from the merits of the work that would make me choose another product to consume.

    Or as a more realistic example, how about refusing to fund forced child sweatshop labor, even though the company makes your favorite shirts/pants/shoes, etc.

  23. @Stuclach As much as I love twitter, you really get to see a talents personality, and sometimes, it’s something  I wish i didn’t know. does it effect your love for thier work, not neccesarily, but it does make you think about them when you read something. I still think about Moores comments everytime i pick up watchmen. and by the way, Dave Gibbons was a big reason why this comic is so awesome as well, just a thought.

    @canuckster. I guess you were wrong, someone did agree with you.

  24. I met him at a thing a few months ago and he seemed like a really nice guy, very approachable (even with the beard) doesn’t come over particularly well in interviews maybe but if I had been asked the same questions for 20 years I may be a bit tired of it too.

    He was more than willing to sign my copy of V for Vendetta and seemed excited about the new league of Extraordinary gentlemen book.  I don’t agree with everything he says here by any means but he’s entitiled to his opinion of course. 

     

  25. While I do agree with both Josh and Mr. Moore on the fact that the comic book industry doesn’t want to progress forward in the current age, I completely disagree with the fact that the industry isn’t capable of it. I feel ANY MEDIA is capable of change. It just takes the right person, the right time, and the right piece of art work for the change to come about. While Mr. Moore is a genius, I feel that he will not be the only genius to work in the industry as long as it lives. No one saw Watchmen coming and no one will see the next great piece of art that will change the industry in the furture. May it takes months, years, or decades, but I feel it will come. We must have faith.

  26. I agree with everything Alan Moore says because he is smarter than us all.

    And he knows magic.

  27. I stopped listening to alan moore a long time ago.  I still try to read his stuff but I just ignore anything that comes out of his mouth otherwise.

  28. Josh, I always appreciate your articles discussing Moore because you tend to write the most even headed critiques of him even though you are an enormous fan of his. You really boil down what he says and what it means and why it’s (usually) crazy. Thanks.

  29. Actually Moore likes the limelight. Thats why times to times he appears with the last ever interview saying pretty much the same thing.

  30. Ya know, that bit about Disney is enough for me not to take anything he says seriously again. That’s like saying there hasn’t been any good Alan Moore work since his 2000AD stuff.

    He’s a crackpot clearly. A great, talented crackpot but a crackpot nonetheless.

  31. I’m just going to say this and get it over with…Alan Moore just doesn’t do it for me. He is like the Jean-Luc Goddard of comics, everyone else in the world loves him but I just can’t get into it. I respect watchmen for how it reshaped what kind of stories creators could tell in comics and how they are able to tell them, but I just didn’t think it was that good.

  32. Oh Alan, you silly goose, you.

  33. He just needs a hug.

    Any volunteers?

  34. I hate to agree with him, but there seems to be a severe lack of ambition in comic storytelling. Of course, that’s only if you have never heard of Mike Allred or Chris Ware or Kim Deitch. None of them are dealing with ideas like Moore, but have the same drive fo storytelling. As othes have said, Alan Moore is a cranky old man who needs to get with the times, but that does not make him a jerk. It makes him an old kook, who happens to be quite talented.

  35. Dear Mr. Moore,

    Reading Brian K. Vaughn, Grant Morrison, Garth Ennis, Geoff Johns,Greg Rucka, Mark Millar, Robert Kirkman (just to name a few) make me quite HAPPY about the state of modern comics. Thank You

  36. It should be noted in audio/video interviews he generally sounds a LOT more agreeable than in text, as he’s usually half-joking and pretty amiable. That is he often over-reacts for comic effect. And he doesn’t go out seeking interviews for attention, but clearly he doesn’t mind doing one when he’s asked. And he appears to be saying the same things, because he’s asked the same bloody questions. 

    I actually heard him for the first time in ages last week on a BBC pop science podcast about the relationship of science and science-fiction. The guy is pretty damn smart, he should have a chat show. 

    And usually I can see his point of view, but complaining about the state of comics and also proudly claiming not to have read any in years sounds fairly short-sighted. It’s a shame he hasn’t read Asterios Polyp for instance, however that’s his business, I couldn’t care less. I just hope this LoeG series isn’t the last (although by the time Kevin O Neill finishes…).

  37. Moore being a kook? nothing new here. 

  38. It’s funny how whenever Alan Moore speaks, as out of the blue as it may be, there is always widespread reaction whether negative or positive (mostly negative as of late). Just shows the weight that his name holds.

    Regardless of how he’s viewed, one of the best writers ever in my eyes, forget comics.

  39. I love Cut and Paste blogging. It’s the best.

  40. Well, they don’t sell the magazine here. We do the best we can.

  41. So overrated.

  42. @Josh It would be easier to believe you dont care what Alan Moore thinks if you didn’t post articles about what Alan Moore thinks and then try to dissect why he must be wrong.

    I find it mildly disturbing that so many people simply cannot accept Moore’s opinions about modern media.  He doesn’t like it.  Does that make it bad?  Can you think your own thoughts?  Is he not entitled to his own?  How many of you are/have been ridiculed during your life for your beliefs.  Has the fact that you have given them up or held them dear shaped you as a person?

    If Moore thought like all of you would Watchman, V, LoEG exist at all? 

  43. @Those saying Moore just likes the spotlight/limelight/attention.  These are excerpts from an interview.  That means someone asked Alan what he thought, and he replied unflinchingly, without regard to poo-pooing from those less talented.

    You may notice the lack of comic opinion expression in his magazine Dodgem Logic.  Why?  Cause he doesn’t care to share it unless asked. 

  44. I run a comic book site. I post articles about what he says because our readers are interested in it.  See all the comments above? That’s my job.

    I was talking about myself personally, and how I don’t let his comments ruin the enjoyment I get from his work. I find his comments to be terribly interesting, even if I don’t agree.

  45. I’m gonna give Alan a book for christmas. It’s written by Dale Carnegie.

  46. Can somebody tell me the last time Alan Moore commented on something besides his own work that he liked? I can’t for the life of me recall this ever taking place. Especially over the last decade or so. Seems the dude thinks anything not done by him is utter garbage. Be it adaptations of his work or other creators’ work. Comic genius or insignificant internet troll, if I come across someone who does nothing but talk crap about everything and anything. I tend to not take their opinions too seriously. Doesn’t mean Moore hasn’t done some great work. Dude just loves to hate.

  47. @davidtobin100 – I can see his insanity helping.

    @MisterJ – Obviously there are limits.  There is a big difference between an artist being an asshole and him/her being a criminal.  I shouldn’t have used Satan as an example.

    @WeaklyRoll – If I find a creator on twitter to be irritating/offensive I stop following them and try to ignore all than when deciding which books to read.

  48. Though I’m obviously not a hermit that Alan Moore (nearly) is, I definitely see where he’s coming from and I  can’t blame him.

    Asking Alan Moore to participate in "fandom" is like expecting Shakespeare to take the time to join your amateur book club.

    It also amazes me that people are so defensive about his intimating that Disney and television might not be the best things in the world. In case you don’t realize it, Disney is propaganda for children, and tv is propaganda for you. Almost every movie, and almost every television show, all they do is dumb you down and limit your ability to think critically for extended periods of time. PERIOD. PERIOD. That doesn’t mean "never watch tv", but I’m speachless when I see grown men defending Pixar movies. Are they technically "good"? Sure. But McDonald’s makes tasty hamburgers too.

    And, again, this is Alan Moore we’re talking about.  If anyone deserves to consider himself "too good" for the mainstream media, it’s him. If that upsets you, and you’re a 35-year-old man, you can always go read a Darkwing Duck comic book if that makes you feel better. And, hey, I read kids comics sometimes too. But I can’t expect Alan Moore to.

    Lastly, to post creators’ TWITTER responses to Alan Moore is really ironic. Since twitter represents the complete anti-thesis of all Alan Moore stands for, so of course the tone of all Twitter responses are going to be anti-Alan.

    I have to ask, though, what’s Grant Morrison’s response? Oh that’s right, the SECOND greatest modern comic writer ever doesn’t use Twitter either, nor does he feel the need to potshot and critique everyone’s opinions before the entire internet on a minute-by-minute basis. Some people have different priorities, I guess.

    The culture in general is falling in upon itself in a mass of silly soundbytes and endless snarky one-liners, so, of course Alan Moore at his most pessimistic is right about nearly everything. (Kind of unfair what he said about Johns’ debt to him, though.)

  49. What happens if the artist is a pedophile? Does that take away from the finished artistic product?

    And Alan Moore is gonna put a hex on you motherfuckers talking shit.

  50. @ScorpionMasada: I would think that being a pedophile falls under the heading of "criminal".

  51. Atleast Alan Moore is comparing the current state of comics to the late 80’s and early 90’s and not to mid to late 90’s.

  52. @scorpionmasada–Alice and Wonderland was written by an accused pedophile…and that book is pretty well loved as well as taught in schools…….civility has an unfortunately short memory. 

  53. I have difficulty separating an artist’s views from their art. Both Alan Moore and Warren Ellis say shit that annoys me to no end and it makes me not want to read (much less pay for) their stuff. I also have this problem with Mel Gibson, now.

     

  54. Ha. JumpingJupiter, you made me laugh. 

    I’ve long thought Moore was was pretty arrogant when he wasn’t cranking out awesome comics, but I was glad to see him on the Steve Ditko special by Jonathan Ross. He was goofy, silly, and eccentric. AND he thinks he’s a wizard. It helped me to not take his vaguely targeted shots at an entire medium (looooooopy) so seriously. And I enjoyed his song about Mr. A.

    For reasons I’ve never been able to pinpoint, every time I see a picture of Alan Moore, I start thinking of the Brownies in Willow. Go figure. 

  55. Remember in Lost Girls, Alice’s descent into Wonderland is due to sexual abuse. Genius.

    I understand it is criminal. For me, it is the worst kind of crime. That is why I asked.

    Polanski is one as well. Still love me some China Town and Macbeth.

    Guess I can divorce my feelings even with the worst kind of creator. Probably would have more of a problem with it if my money directly profited the child molester.

  56. or the work promoted crimes against children as being okay.

  57. Karl Marx being racist didn’t stop Huey P. Newton from absorbing his ideas into a transformative world view.

  58. @j206 "Can somebody tell me the last time Alan Moore commented on something besides his own work that he liked"

    Well he runs his own magazine bringing in all sorts of different creators so I think we can assume he like’s their work, and I doubt he’s so down on Leah Moore and John Reppions work either. 

  59. If we listen (opposed to reading) an interview I suspect we’ll find that we all get a little less worked up. I remember the Fanboy radio one being fairly good. 

    I think for those hoping this is Uncel Alan’s last ever comics interview it’s the magazine that makes that claim not Alan, so Josh you still have a chance to get that interview yet. 

  60. In the few years I’ve been reading comics, I’ve become more and more pessimistic about the comics industry. It really seems to be doing nothing but dying and hiding truly inspired work. It feels like every hope lies with digital comics, yet the publishers are sloshing around with it, and I can’t really blame them because public interest in comics isn’t really very high either. I want more Nightly News to hand out, I want more Walking Deads, I want more Dear Billy’s, and I want more Astro City. I want one of those every damn week. And I know it’s possible. I know there are enough talented people. 

  61. @ScorpionMasada I will totally concecde that Huey P. Newton was a better man than I will ever be. (Of course, he was a better man than Karl Marx, too.) As for Chinatown…I consider that a Robert Towne film. 😉

     

     

  62. PymSlap (@alaska_nebraska) says:

    The corporations are pretty awful. Remember how they stripped Wolverine bare for those underware ads?

  63. You could agrue that Watchmen was more trouble than it was worth. You could say Watchmen and DKR almost killed the comic industry (not that this is my opinion).

    Every second rate writer in the comic industry during the early to mid ninties was trying to replicate the success of these two books, leading to a lot of crappy comics in both mainstream and indie comics.

    @CaseyJustice

    he already had his own line of comics (america’s best comics).

  64. I don’t agree with what the man has to say often, but I love the fact that he can get people talking. 

  65. I won’t let a creator’s ramblings effect what comics I buy. If I like something I’ll read it. That said, I disagree with his comments. In my opinion Moore is one of those people who always think they are entitled and deserve something more and therefore are never happy.

    The comics industry, like any industry wants progress. Progress means more money, it’s that plain and simple. The industry is trying many different ways to pull in new readers. Today we have multi-million dollar "comic movies", motion comics, digital comics, and many other ways to entice new readers. However, if it doesn’t take, it doesn’t take. You can’t force kids to read what they don’t want. The only part of the industry I would fault for wanting things to stay the same are the retailers. They fear that if digital comics go more main stream that will hurt their sales.

  66. obviously the man has earned a right to an opinion about the industry he’s in, but I feel like he just constantly insults his peers which no matter who are is the wrong thing to do. Martin Scorsese is a better actor than most but he doesn’t go around saying that Michael Bay and Zack Synder are shit (regardless of what he or you might think). It’s just not a classy thing to do. I know he’s attacking the "big" company, but in reality he is insulting the creators and people whos names are on the books.

  67. @froggulper WORD!

    Alan Moore is dedicated to comics despite the fact that he doesn’t believe in the "industry" anymore. IMO that shows you just how seriously he takes his work and that means he wants others to take their work seriously. To be upset about his opinion just proves him right, comics are for kids why are people so offended that a grown ass intellectual is not reading them anymore? There are comics for adults but they really are not on the level they should be by now. There is plenty of great stuff out there and there is some art out there that makes me think DAMN! this is like an art gallery in my hands! In terms of the stories, well they are fun touching and clever but nothing on the level of Alan Moore. When I read Moore i learn something new every time, and I need a dictionary and wikipedia to satisfy the thirst that he creates for knowledge. Please name something like that because I want to read it! 

    p.s. don’t take him so seriously, the man has a sense of humor. I hate it when people use stereotypes like cranky old man or bitter old man, or kook (what does that mean anyways?) 

  68. @Devyn – Good point. Withdrawn.

  69.  @Hush6830, You do hear directors commenting on other directors all the time. It’s just been less likely to see print because the studios and artist are conscious of their P.R. You hear the endless ( paraphrase) " Oh it was great, their movie was fantastic "

     I know these are just snippets from an article, which we all can interpret one way or another. Alan Moore has earned the right to state his opinion on the comic industry. When I think about what is his overall theme, it’s always a interpretation based on his own surroundings and his life. We should have any industry which tackles issues being bought up within our generation, and a not a mass amount of copying of old ideas. DMZ and Ex-Machina are series which took events in America and ran with it.

     The indie scene is hard, because your LCS may not get the books at all, and you learn about them years down the line. The industry as a whole is doing a poor job of growing the buisness, or I should say the buissness marketers hired at the companies are doing a terrible job.  

  70. Moore is a great comic book writer despite being altogether insane.  I myself am content to read his stuff without giving a single shit about his personal opinions on the industry and how everyone besides him basically suck at their jobs.  The boys are right to honor the man’s genius as part of their self-ascribed mandate to celebrate comics with a website.  As for whether the works of an asshole should or should not be celebrated, I don’t really care – as long as it’s the works and not the behavior or opinions of their creator that are lauded.  On that subject, I think Josh has been pretty clear.

    Personally, I don’t see what all the hulabaloo is about with Moore.  The Killing Joke is my favorite work of his, but I don’t consider it any more amazing than, say, Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns or Batman: Year One.  I honestly can’t tell the difference between the way he plots, writes dialogue or anything else compared to other writers like I can with artists.  Yet his status is undeniable.

    Plus he’s a real prick. 

  71. Comparing it Frank Miller’s Batman work is about as amazing as you can get in mainstream comics on a premier character. 

    From Hell

    Watchmen

    V

    Swamp Thing

    Promethia

    Those five books alone make him one of the best writers in any medium.

    Alan Moore cannot be overrated.

  72. Yes, Alan Moore has a sense of humour, SHOCK!

    There’s another interview with Mr Moore in this week’s NME which uses a quote from the bearded one as the heading: "I AM A WIZARD AND I KNOW THE FUTURE"!  (The article doesn’t appear to be online, but there’s a scan of the page here: http://www.nme.com/magazine – just scroll down a bit)…

    The reason he’s in the New Musical Express is due ta music related project called ‘Unearthing’ (based on the novella) which is being released on hip hop label Lex this week.  According to the article it’s "a two-hour long monologue spread across two CDs and soundtracked by musicians including Mike Patton, Adam ‘Doseone’ Drucker and Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite… it’s part fantasy and part biographical sketch, a dense piece of prose poetry concerning the life of an old comics acquaintance, Steve Moore… and his strange and seemingly sexual relationship with an imaginary Greek moon goddess."  Check out the preview film on the Lex website: http://lexrecords.com/2010/06/unearthing-live-preview/

    Is anyone else digging Dodgem Logic?  At last a magazine you can really sink your teeth into! What’s not to like.

  73. He’s also British, which makes him a better writer than any crude American wordsmith.

  74. Are you shitting me!?

    My two favorite creators alive working together??

    Alan Moore/Mike Patton!

  75. Yes, it’s all twue. 

    Also Alan Moore is doing a couple of live readings/performances of ‘Unearthing’ in an old railway tunnel beneath Waterloo Station in London on 29 and 30 July.  Music will be performed by Crook & Flail (Andrew Broder and DoseOne) apparently.

  76. He is even throwing in some nerd rap with Dose One.

    Yeah, I checked the links. Thanks!

    I’m going to keep a look out for the music.

  77. @olivertwist I don’t think it’s on the same level as what alan moore is doing. I think you can be critical without being insulting. If other directors (i said marty was an actor because I can’t type) comment on something, theres a way of being political and classy about it without insulting the entire profession and every single person involved in it. Ofcourse he has the right to an opinion, everyone does. No matter what he says he will always be my favorite writer, I’m just taking the opposite side of his argument.

  78. Just booked my ticket for the Friday show!  Alan Moore comin’ atcha like a marmite munchin’ mastadon!  Woo – and indeed – Ha!

  79. Overreacting to Moore’s comments about Disney is just silly. No matter what Mr. Diggle thinks, I’m Mr. Moore was only taking about marvel/DC. not any of the stellar indie work that has been coming out. and I tend to agree with Mr. Moore about the state of mainstream comics. The big two, as much as i love em, has not put out anything truly great in 10 to 20 years.

  80. With very few exceptions.

  81. @Stuclach-I figured it was hyperbole, but the Satan aspect compelled me to ask.

  82. @JumpingJupiter Buddy Hug!!

    @theapethatescaped Bloody Jealous!!!

     BTW I read every comment you all are funny.

  83. Wooo….boy this is probably the longest posted article I’ve read through.
    Here we go:

    @Josh: Mike Oeming’s twitter response is a clear indication of hostility which is unnecessary. I respect the man (Moore) enough to have his own opinion REGARDLESS of how much I may or may not disagree with it.
    Also, in my entire collection of comics I do believe I own nothing that Mike Oeming has produced so you can see there how much his opinion can apply to the masses.

    @canuckster: yikes. The overall tone of what you said sounds like a bad case of "can’t-seperate-writer-from-work". While what others said who agree with you were much more composed.

    @actualbutt: his method of purging himself from influence is quite remarkable if you ask me. Couldn’t do it myself. Just couldn’t.

    Final Thoughts:
    Here’s my take on the situation. Remember a guy named Warren Ellis*? Remember what he said about PODCASTERS and how they are and I quote "idiots". Do I hold that against his work? No. I still read and love PLANETARY. I still re-read the Authority. I know enough not to let their views effect my enjoyment of their works.

    The way I see it, it’s plain and simple. You could like the writer or not, they’re work won’t be affected by it unless you choose not to purchase their work and if you do that and it turns out to be good then you missed out on something special.

    *see "uncanny x-cast"

    Personally speaking I see alot of truth to what he’s saying. Mainstream media is owned by conglomerates and it’s often hard to see what part of any production (comic, cartoon, news story or otherwise) is filtered by the big bosses like DC titles from Time Warner.

  84. I’m actually still annoyed at Warren Ellis for that podcaster remark and haven’t bought anything of his since.

    *shrug*

     

  85. @mangaman oh I can seperate the writer from the work I read watchmen before I heard much about him and still found it mind numbing boring.  But like I said V for Vendetta I love great work.