More From Alan Moore On BEFORE WATCHMEN And Its Potential Readership

He now loves the idea! Ok, not really. Click to find out what the legendary writer makes of the controversial spin-offs AND the fans that are thinking of purchasing them..

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 3/14/2012
We have already heard a little from Alan Moore on what he thinks about DC's decision to release a series of Watchmen prequel comics. Not surprisingly the outspoken writer was not best pleased, but in a new in-depth interview with comics writer Kurt Amacker for publisher Seraphemera Books, he really lets loose. Not only on DC but on those that might be considering picking up the Before Watchmen comics when they hit shelves. It's a long, fascinating read so be sure to check out the full interview, but here are the relevant excerpts..



“This latest news wasn’t even really a surprise. I can’t imagine that if there was anybody of even average intelligence at DC, that they wouldn’t have ever wanted to bring out a load of substandard prequels and sequels… It would seem to me that in bringing out 35 books – even if these, for some reason, sell remarkably well; even if there are some people out there who are so undiscriminating that they are going to have to collect every one of these books – even if that happens, that is not going to generate enough money to reverse the comics industry’s rapidly declining fortunes. That’s not the reason why they’re bringing these things out. I don’t think that DC are interested in comics anymore.”

“As for the readers, I have to say that if you are a reader that just wanted your favourite characters on tap forever, and never cared about the creators, then actually you’re probably not the kind of reader that I was looking for. I have a huge respect for my audience. On the occasions when I meet them, they seem, I like to think, to be intelligent and scrupulous people. If people do want to go out and buy these Watchmen prequels, they would be doing me an enormous favour if they would just stop buying my other books.“


So if you are thinking of reading Before Watchmen, stop reading anything of Moore's! Right. I have enormous respect for Alan Moore and consider him one of the greatest comic writers there are, but his habit of completely dismissing these types of things before seeing how they turn out is annoying. I mean I understand where he is coming from and you have to admire his conviction, but the fact is these characters/stories are out there now and they are going to be expanded upon by others whether he likes it or not. Shouldn't he just hope for high quality? What do you guys think?






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bigkev12 - 3/14/2012, 8:08 AM
What an annoying man, go grow your Santa beard a little longer clown. Also please Alan tells us more about the characters you didn't really create but where just Pastiche's of Carlton characters I do so love those stories. Also don't forget to plug your League of Non copyrighted characters so I can read stories about characters you didn't create. How's Superm.... I mean Supreme doing? Such originality. What a douche
connorblaze - 3/14/2012, 8:11 AM
Haha what a dick. Get over yourself mate. Imagine Stan Lee coming out and saying 'they're making another Spider-Man comic, those money hungry bastards! Don't buy it! I created something people love but I don't want them to enjoy more of it until I'm ready!' Would love it if suddenly everyone bought the prequels and nobody bought any of his books, see if he enjoys getting what he wished for.
SpideyDude - 3/14/2012, 8:27 AM
was going to comment almost exactly the same @bigkev12 what a self righteous douche bag he has become (or maybe always was) he based these characters directly on someone elses creations.... he has written characters he didnt create countless times without ever having the original creators permission.

i have a passing interest in these prequels but I might just buy them to help contribute to their inevitable success and hope that even more watchmen things get made...
SpideyDude - 3/14/2012, 8:28 AM
no need to bring nationality into this thornstockton, you xenophobic tool
LaputaHeir - 3/14/2012, 8:31 AM
Gotta admit, I'm with Moore.

I'm not the type of person who'll get interested in a comic purely based on how it's drawn.
RorMachine - 3/14/2012, 8:36 AM
^^^ This is also true. DC screwed him over big time, if you read the rest of the interview it goes in depth on that. I still think his gripes are hypocritical outside of that though. I mean I don't want the prequels either! But they are happening so most we can hope for are good comics.
SINema666 - 3/14/2012, 8:38 AM
i think alan moore keeps forgetting that he makes COMIC BOOKS!
comicb00kguy - 3/14/2012, 8:39 AM
Typical intolerant haters, calling people names and insulting people who you disagree with. Whether or not you agree with him, Moore is certainly entitled to his opinion. He is also deserving of respect for the great stories he has given us over the years. So he's a little protective of his stories and his characters. Wouldn't YOU feel that way if you were in his shoes? How about showing a little tolerance? Disagree with Moore's opinion if you like- that is certainly your right- but really. Insulting the man and calling him various profane names is f*cking juvenile.
HavocPrime - 3/14/2012, 8:42 AM
I'm with Moore, Watchmen was complete to begin with and doesn't need expanding anymore, we already know what has affected the characters and what shaped them to become what they are, what else can they possibly write about that can expand on them.
Durango95 - 3/14/2012, 8:45 AM
Gotta say Im with Moore on this one.DC is just trying to capitalize on the success of the Watchmen series.Id never buy any Watchmen book that Moore wasnt involved with.
ThaMessenger07 - 3/14/2012, 8:47 AM
This f*cking pretentious pseudo intelligent, magician, snake worshiping, prick needs to shut the f*ck up.

I agree, they should leave it alone but shit do you sound like an asshole!
Dedpool - 3/14/2012, 8:50 AM
WOW! So we're supposed to like the characters, enjoy the work but never want to see them again because he created them? Really? So anyone that creats something should keep it to themselves so no one else can create new works? I can't get behind that. sorry
fedup - 3/14/2012, 9:02 AM
What bothers me is that he went out of his way to disparage the other artists and writers on the book and even Dave Gibbons. Gibbons doesn't receive nearly enough credit on that book when you consider the fact that the visual design, including all of the visual nuances and structure, part of the plotting, and even the character of Niteowl were all him. When you step back and consider that, he really did most of the work. Alan Moore wrote a great story with great dialogue, but the fact is if you take away Dave Gibbons' brilliant art and direction, it's not really a masterpiece anymore.
KaneVonDoom - 3/14/2012, 9:02 AM
The point of Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and From Hell was not to make comic books... The whole point of them was to use the comic book medium to make stand alone novels and that's what the publishers agreed on when they picked him up for those specific projects. To Legitimize the art form and be a piece of literature, not to make another serial like Spider Man or Superman. He has had takes on serials that other people have had their takes on and that's not where his gripes are.

He has said that over & over and obviously it doesn't sink into people's thick skulls... This isn't about him being a dick. This is just a slap in his face to what he put his energies toward. I'm curious about Before Watchmen too but ultimately I agree with Moore.
fedup - 3/14/2012, 9:03 AM
When I said other artists and writers on the book, I meant the prequels.
OdinsBeard - 3/14/2012, 9:03 AM
what a nice guy!

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OdinsBeard - 3/14/2012, 9:04 AM
i think i might take him up on his offer. i won't buy anymore alan moore books and i'll buy these intead!
GUNSMITH - 3/14/2012, 9:06 AM
JohnnyKrypton - 3/14/2012, 9:06 AM
Ok...this is my OPINION...

Alan Moore is an extremely talented writer. He can also be a self-important, hypocritical douche. That said, he's dead-on about one thing:

"I don’t think that DC are interested in comics anymore.”
LtAnarchy - 3/14/2012, 9:07 AM
haha DOUCHE!
RorMachine - 3/14/2012, 9:08 AM
Kanevondoon - "To Legitimize the art form and be a piece of literature"- great, totally understand that and those books were amazing. BUT, isn't expanding on already established and much loved works of literature exactly what Moore did with TLOEG?
KaneVonDoom - 3/14/2012, 9:08 AM
...aaaand since you all who disagree with him on this specific argument, you take personal swipes at him about the way he lives his own life when they aren't even relevant to the issue?! Pathetic and ignorant.
evyllsummer - 3/14/2012, 9:09 AM
So you have a "huge respect for your audience", but only if they agree with you?

Got it!
Tevii - 3/14/2012, 9:09 AM
Is he a great writer? sure. Did DC dick him over? sure. But how hateful and bitter of a person do you have to be? Everyone in the creative field has experienced SOMETHING like this. But you learn from it and grow and move on. How many decades does it take for him to move on? Let it go. His bitterness and anger is very self-defeating and counter productive.

I think the prequels are a terrible idea, but they are being made so I just want good comic books.
KaneVonDoom - 3/14/2012, 9:11 AM
@ Ror: I agree with you there to a point. I don't think that TLoEG was necessarily expanding on those characters mythos as it was using the characters and established archetypes in a different context and setting. But that is purely my opinion and understand how someone could see it differently.
skidz - 3/14/2012, 9:13 AM
I think Alan Moore WAS an extremely talented writer. Nobody's made the point that it's been a while since he's WRITTEN ANYTHING. I can understand being angry and upset, but most people GET OVER IT! The guy's so insecure that he can't just be happy that WATCHMEN is a fantastic read. He's no Stan Lee.
mrHJK - 3/14/2012, 9:17 AM
I don't really want a Watchmen prequel either, but Alan Moore definitely is full of himself. V for Vendetta and Watchmen were great films that improved on the original source material. As stated above, Moore's objection to people writing stories with "his" characters is completely ridiculous. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a cool idea and read (not necessarily the masterpiece I think he considers it), but none of those characters are his; Moore has taken the beloved characters of dozens of writers and completely altered them to fit his own vision. And what about Lost Girls??? How do you think J.M. Barrie, Lewis Carroll and L. Frank Baum would feel about their children's fantasy characters turned into a pornographic graphic novel about children having sex that Moore expects everyone to view as art? And he thinks he has the right to insult DC comics and the writers/artists of Before Watchmen and the comic book fans in general. The guy needs to get over himself.
GUNSMITH - 3/14/2012, 9:17 AM
ALAN MOORE CAN RIGHT A DAMN GOOD STORY. HE'S NOT INTERESTED IN PREQUELS OR MOVIES OR WHAT AND HE DOESN'T CARE, HE'S A STORYTELLER PERIOD.
fedup - 3/14/2012, 9:19 AM
If Alan Moore didn't care, he wouldn't be so vocal about it.
LoudLon - 3/14/2012, 9:22 AM
There's no arguing Moore is an amazing, amazing writer and is certainly entitled to his opinion, but his opinion is the opinion of a prima donna. He should know by now, after, what, almost forty years in the comics game, that comic books, like any other product, are motivated by profits. He should know by now that any creative property is going to be capitalized on as long as there's an audience to buy it. If the prequel is a success, he can rest comfortably knowing that his creation is still loved. If it tanks, he can rest comfortably knowing that nobody can do his stuff like he can. It's a win/win for him, and I would think he's intelligent enough to realize that, no matter how much bile his serpent-worshipping ass spews at it.
Ceejay - 3/14/2012, 9:22 AM
Its amazing how easy it is to sell to the average American comic reader anything of zero value as long as the publisher tells you its gonna be collectable. This kind of blatant scam to make an extra buck would never happen in any other country except America. This is the reason the rest of the world considers Americans as the stupidest most gullible bunch on the planet.

Would you write new sequels to Tom Sawyer or spin off novels and comics just for the cash?

Would you make buildings similar to the old World Trade Centre just to make extra cash from tourism?

Would you create younger versions of the Statue of Liberty and erect them all over town so people knew what she looked like when she was all ages?

At what point do you stop respecting the integrity of a thing be it art or any form of expressionism and simply consider it game to make an extra buck from to a majority of consumers who no no better than to spend money on anything they're told is gonna be worth collecting?

The people who bought Watchmen and understood it were in most cases not your regular idiot buying Marvel and DC spandex crap and measuring their dicks. Like Alan Moore said, most of them were intelligent readers who saw a TALE, not a FRANCHICE! The average idiot simply thinks like a hollywood fool, that everything is made for prequels, sequels, spin-offs and merchandise! Every IMPORTANT story about every character in Watchmen, is TOLD in the damn story over a 30 year period. And that's all you need to know!

Now some scheming money bags at DC Studios tells a bunch of fanboys that there's more stories that popular writers and artists need to tell you who have and had NOTHING to do with the actual conception of the Watchmen and like A-Typical idiots the whole "Must collect every issue" fanboys strain kicks in as predictable as ever.

No wonder they call your kind dumb ass nerds!
Ceejay - 3/14/2012, 9:29 AM
xcan28|@ - The difference is the intent of the creation! Watchmen was not created to be an ongoing series or a franchise, it was not made for the DC Universe of make it up as you go heroes who never die and never get old stupidity. X-Men on the other hand was created exactly for that level of base writing and franchise making.

What you guys as basic buyers of everything that's thrown at you every year do not understand and probably never will judging by the kind of comics you read. Is INTEGRITY!
Ceejay - 3/14/2012, 9:30 AM
I give up, you can't debate with people hell bent on spending their money on funding Landfill!
HavocPrime - 3/14/2012, 9:31 AM
The prequels could be worse.....
RorMachine - 3/14/2012, 9:36 AM
Mr Eko, but the principal is the same. Moore was screwed over by DC, fine , he should have a big problem with that. But he is ALSO saying he has a problem with fans who may buy the prequels because the sanctity of his original work should not be defiled or whatever way he wants to put it. So regardless of whether LOEG is canon with the original works or not, it's a bit of a flimsy argument to avoid the fact that he's being hypocritical imo. You say those characters were already pout there in the public domain..guess what, so are The Watchmen. The circumstances behind how and why they are in relation to the Moore/DC thing are actually irrelevant in the big picture.
JohnnyKrypton - 3/14/2012, 9:38 AM
@Superbatlantern85

FAIL. Stan Lee changed the comics industry. Period. Yes, he had some of the best talent working with him when he created many characters but without Stan there's no Alan Moore. Comparing him to Kane is ignorant.
SamWinchester - 3/14/2012, 9:39 AM
I agree with Alan Moore. The only reason people are jumping on his back these days is mostly because they're sheep who'll buy practically anything the big two put out on the shelves....
RorMachine - 3/14/2012, 9:40 AM
..that's not to say I'm not sympathetic to Moore's beef with DC but c'mon! Where does it end? Should be boycott every DC comic because one of their writers got a raw deal 100 years sago?
KaneVonDoom - 3/14/2012, 9:41 AM
Amen, Ceejay...
prettynuclear2 - 3/14/2012, 9:41 AM
"If you read any of these, I'll kill you."
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