Alan Moore, the bearded madman of comics, might not be the most agreeable person on the planet, but no one can deny his profound contributions to the art and the many amazing characters, stories, comic books, and graphic novels he has graced posterity with. From his epic run on Swamp Thing, From Hell and V For Vendetta to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Promethea, Providence and a little series called Watchmen, Moore has earned his place in history as a firebrand and fearless champion of originality and free speech.
His latest uproar is a rant on the state of the comics industry and the deluge of superhero films that has left him seeking refuge in semi-retirement. It's an unexpected announcement that is both profoundly sad and exhilarating, especially when daydreaming of the types of provocative things Moore might conjure up in other areas of interest like novels, a web series, video games, mobile apps or filmmaking.
Here's what Moore told The Guardian during a recent London press conference for his new novel, Jerusalem:
There are a couple of issues of an Avatar [Press] book that I am doing at the moment, part of the HP Lovecraft work I’ve been working on recently. Me and Kevin will be finishing Cinema Purgatorio and we’ve got about one more book, a final book of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen to complete. After that, although I may do the odd little comics piece at some point in the future, I am pretty much done with comics.
So, the things that interest me at the moment are the things I don’t know if I can do, like films, where I haven’t got a clue what I am doing, or giant literary novels. Things I wasn’t sure I’d even have the stamina to finish … I know I am able to do anything anyone is capable of doing in the comic book medium. I don’t need to prove anything to myself or anyone else. Whereas these other fields are much more exciting to me. I will always revere comics as a medium. It is a wonderful medium.
The superhero movies – characters that were invented by Jack Kirby in the 1960s or earlier – I have great love for those characters as they were to me when I was a 13-year-old boy. They were brilliantly designed and created characters. But they were for 50 years ago. I think this century needs, deserves, its own culture. It deserves artists that are actually going to attempt to say things that are relevant to the times we are actually living in. That’s a longwinded way of me saying I am really, really sick of Batman.
That's a pretty funny statement when you stand back and view our currect mania for crusaders in capes and cowls. Whether or not Moore will stick to his guns and keep away from comics for good is yet to be seen, it sounds like he has enough side projects and current endeavors to keep the shelves stocked with his wild imagination for a while.
What do you think of Moore's retirement announcement and his declaration of his boredom with Batman?
(Via Geek Tyrant)