Alan Moore Retires From Comics….Again

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Legendary comic book writer Alan Moore announced yesterday at a press conference in London for his new novel Jerusalem that he will be retiring from comic books.

Moore told The Guardian that he has “about 250 pages left of comics left in him.” and added that “those will probably be very enjoyable”  Moore plans on finishing the last book of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and a few other titles that he is currently working on. Once those are complete Moore said he would do the odd comics piece in the future, but he is essentially done with comics.

Moore explained to The Guardian that he felt too comfortable in comics saying  “I think I have done enough for comics. I’ve done all that I can. I think if I were to continue to work in comics, inevitably the ideas would suffer, inevitably you’d start to see me retread old ground and I think both you and I probably deserve something better than that.

Moore has been a harsh critic of the comic book industry for a long time and is  designated by many as “the grumpy old man of comics.” He has made some valid points about creativity, and the big two but for the most part he has attacked the very industry and medium that gave him a voice and a living. One can argue that he has earned that right with works as great as Watchmen, V for Vendetta, but Moore has expressed publicly his dislike for those books now and especially the movie adaptations (which is entirely understandable).

So while Alan Moore is on the tail end of his comics career again (this isn’t the first time he’s announced it), it seems a little more certain this time with the plan he’s laid out. Moore has not been doing mainstream comics for decades, and now and then is independent work get some buzz, but it’s hit and miss. The majority of comic fans assumed he stopped creating comics long ago. I appreciate what Moore has contributed to comics, but I’m not sure it’s a big loss for the industry.

He will still be writing novels and will tackle film an area he admits he know nothing about and likes the challenge. It will be interesting to see an Alan Moore film that’s for certain.

 

 

 

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  1. Alan Moore has always made me think about those creative genius types. The medium doesn’t matter as long as he is creating quality content and I can respect that. Still, he might be good at what he does but shouldn’t be so crotchety!

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  2. concreteshawzee says:

    Ya, I get being opinionated and being a genius, but when you lash out against everyone in comics saying no one’s good it’s time to check yourself lol.

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