Trivia / Alan Moore

  • Artist Disillusionment: In a 2013 interview with The Guardian, Alan Moore admits that he "hates superheroes" and that he no longer feels that the genre has any value and meaning. Of course, this only applies to the tired superhero genre - he has stated that he loves the comics medium more than ever.
    • More recently, Moore expressed worry that this Millennial generation will produce no culture at all — it will remain trapped forever in the gravity of 80s. He views the superhero movies craze as a symptom of a culture that refuses to grow up.
    • Moore has also, more than once, criticized creators for paying homage or creating follow ups to his old stories, when he wanted them to follow his lead and do something new.
  • Creator Recovery: Moore has admitted that he was going through a period of depression while writing Watchmen. Most of what he's written since (with the exception of From Hell) has been much more optimistic, although Neonomicon and the later volumes of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen have made his early 2010s very grim.
  • Disowned Adaptation: Any adaptation of anything he's ever written — EVER.
    • V for Vendetta: Moore specifically requested that his name be removed from the production after Joel Silver (the film's producer) lied about Moore's enthusiasm for the shooting script. This, and the rather poor quality of previous adaptations of From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, prompted his (in retrospect, possibly hasty) decision to have his name removed from any and all adaptations of works he has no ownership of, and his pseudo-royalties distributed amongst the relevant artists. Hence, he has received no money from the filmmakers behind V for Vendetta, Constantine, or the Watchmen movie.
    • Zack Snyder, director of Watchmen once said that the best-case scenario of ever getting Moore to watch his movie was that there might come one odd day where Moore accidentally puts the DVD into his player and turns it off after a second. Moore replied to this by saying Snyder was giving the movie too much credit.
    • One of the confirmed exceptions is For the Man Who Has Everything.
  • Old Shame: He's publicly said that he doesn't want his very early strips from Sounds magazine, Roscoe Moscow and The Stars My Degradation, ever reprinted.
  • Schedule Slip: V for Vendetta, Lost Girls, and From Hell were all heavily delayed due to problems with publishers/publications collapsing, but were eventually finished.
  • Screwed by the Network: He and David Gibbons don't get any royalties from Watchmen. Their deal with DC stated they would get the rights back if the book was out of print for more than two years, and it's never been out of print since.
    • In DC's defense, this isn't entirely their fault. Almost thirty years after its publication, Watchmen continues to enjoy massive popularity - Moore made it too good to ever be out of print. The market for reprint collections is also something few saw coming in the mid-eighties.
    • At the time, the TPB collection did not exist and the idea of publishing the full 12 issue run in bulk did not enter into the debate and conception of both Moore and Gibbons, who saw it as a limited mini-series rather than "graphic novel", a term that came into being at the end of the 80s. So in their view, the rights returning them after the miniseries run made sense. Moore regards the later reprints of Watchmen as Moving the Goalposts on the part of DC, and this is partly why he hates the term "graphic novel".

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