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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2010
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    Reading the reactions to the Alan Moore interview over at Bleeding Cool, among other places, has really gotten my goat, as we used to say.

    Seriously, what is their problem? I don't think he said anything wrong and I'm sure he knows whereof he speaks. To see people say "Alan Moore's a douchebag because he won't talk to David Lloyd" is just bullshit, in my opinion. Whatever happened between them IS THEIR BUSINESS and Internet fuck-heads have no right to comment on it. If Alan's had a falling out with someone he used to work with and respect, I think that's more sad than anything else. To see people try to tear him down and defend DC makes my blood boil. THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT! They weren't there, they have no idea about the scale and scope of DC's fuckery and yet, because it's the Internet, everyone's an instant expert on either contract law or psychology.

    THE BEAT, which is usually a good site, presents a fairly balanced take. COMICS ALLIANCE, another site I like, basically called him a crazy old man. At Bleeding Cool itself, the place where it all started, there's currently a minor flame war going on in the comments. It just sickens me.

    One thing people keep harping on is his comment about "top-flight talent" or the lack of it in the comics world. He's right. There are maybe a handfull of creators whose work I will read without question - Warren Ellis (natch! not sucking up, boss.), Garth Ennis (he's not for everybody, I know but dammit, I like him), Alan Moore and .... Peter Bagge? (He's gone a bit libertarian these days but dammit, I like him!) They're top-flight talent, all of 'em. Do they, SHOULD THEY feel slighted by Alan Moore? That's not my call to make, it's theirs. (I like other creators too - Mark Waid, Bendis, Millar - hell, I love ALL comics, good, bad or ugly.) I used to idolize Grant Morrison but now I'm strangely indifferent to a lot of his work. Should he feel slighted by this? Fuck No! If I don't like something, I don't consume it. That's my right as a consumer. That's THE ONLY RIGHT I HAVE as a consumer.

    One fanboy, I forget where (Bleeding Cool, I think) was outraged that Alan Moore refused to allow DC to make (in his words) "insanely articulated action figures" of the Watchmen crowd. "He let down the need- yes, needs- of his fans." Other commentators rightly ridiculed him. I felt like smashing his stupid fanboy face in.

    Thanks for letting me get that out of my system. I put this in the Blogs because Warren instantly killed a thread somebody started about it. He obviously doesn't want what's happening all over the Internet to happen here. (So don't even try.) I'd love to hear his thoughts on the matter but he's a busy man and this ... this is just stupid. Plus, I don't want sealife crawling around in my bum.

    Comments are welcome. You don't have to agree with me. But if you don't, at least be civil and show your work.
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2010
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    Reading this over, I sound like that whiny kid telling people to "Leave Britney Alone!" But I don't care.
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    I think Tom Spurgeon has the best take on it.
    • CommentAuthorjoshdahl
    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2010
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    I respect Moore's right to his very strong opinions about his work and what is being done with it and to it.

    He is someone who has been an inspiration to me and brought me a lot of joy.

    That's why I think this whole thing is kind of sad. Not pathetic. I don't pity him or look down on him. I just wish that he would take the good advice to not confuse business relationships with personal relationships. He has every right to complain about things that bother him (just like everyone else on the web) but I wish that he did not have to lose friendships as a result.

    My hope is that in a few years this will all be some silliness that he and Gibbons laugh about.


    On the other hand....

    It's just a comic book. Really, at the end of the day, it is just a comic book. There is a lot of fanboy fury like "who would want to read a sequel anyway?". That is dumb. Almost all of the comics that we know and love are continuations of stories that were started by other people. It is part of how the industry works. It is how people make comics and make money.