Oh snap! Curmudgeonly genius Alan Moore delivers one of his most vinegary interviews yet, taking to Adi Tantimadh at Bleeding Cool mostly about DC’s abortive attempts to get Moore to give his blessing for those Watchmen sequels and spin-offs and what-nots. As Moore tells it, DC sent Dave “Watchmen” Gibbons to discuss the matter with Moore, which, to the shock of no one, upset Moore’s feelings. Moore wonders why DC is even seeking his approval, speculating that perhaps there is some kind of legal reason for the move. (Moore doesn’t seem to think that maybe they were just…trying not to hurt his feelings.) Anyway, Moore also wonders why they even need him anyway and delivers s bunch of sharp zings to today’s comics creators:
When Dave Gibbons phoned me up, he assured me that these prequels and sequels would be handled by ‘the industry’s top-flight talents’. Now, I don’t think that the contemporary industry actually has a ‘top-flight’ of talent. I don’t think it’s even got a middle-flight or a bottom-flight of talent. I mean, like I say, there may be people out there who would still be eager to have their name attached to WATCHMEN even if it was in terms of “Yes, these are the people who murdered WATCHMEN”. I don’t want to see that happen.
Was he that badly frightened by DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN?
Along the way, Moose also indicates that he doesn’t want to talk to any of his comics pals if they are coming as emissaries and notes that he isn’t friends with V for Vendetta artist David Lloyd any more because Lloyd didn’t thank him for his movie money> And Dave GIbbons, you were skating on thin ice and now it’s broke clear through!
So you know, it’s not as if I have some vendetta against the comics industry, I just want them to leave me alone and to leave my work alone. I don’t want anything to do with the comics industry in future. This is regrettable because I’ve got a lot of old friends in the comics industry. However, given the way that Dave Gibbons was apparently used as a messenger boy, it seems to me that I can’t really afford to have any contact with anybody who is employed in the mainstream comics industry, because, it’s a shame, they may have just wanted to get in touch for old times’ sake, but I can never know that for sure anymore, because I’ve been given an illustration of what they are prepared to do in order to get me to play ball.
Moore remains busy with his recent audio project UNEARTHING, his magazine Dodgem Logic and some comics projects for Top Shelf. However, if he wants to leave current comics industry behind, the feeling is decidedly mutual. Cully Hamner got into some tweeterments with Kurt Busiek and others, having caught feelings a bit at Moore’s statements
Y’know, I actually agree with some of Alan Moore’s criticisms of the comics industry and its practices, BUT…To then add that this business is currently *totally devoid of talent* is just a bit uncalled for, I think. Insulting, even.
Skottie Young quipped:
Ever had a friend w/ a girl that cheated on him & says he doesn’t care but won’t stop talking about it. Similar to Alan Moore interviews.
Rob Liefeld remembered past interactions:
Been saying Alan Moore is a certifiable nut job for years. He continues to prove it over and over again. Moore used to dangle Steve Moore and his other buddies over me in order to produce more Supreme work. Funny how kharma works Alan.
And Frank Tieri delivered it Brooklyn style:
My mom thinks I’m top flight talent so fuck you Alan Moore.
Suffice to say… there won’t be many callers in Northampton very soon.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.