Watchmen creator Alan Moore has launched an extraordinary attack on the makers of the new prequels to his much loved Watchmen.
Nobody it seems is safe from the comic book icon as he blasted everyone from DC Comics to Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons to comic book fans.
In an interview with Seraphemera.com, the cantankerous Moore said he felt he was duped by DC over the rights to Watchmen and the final straw came when Gibbons asked for his blessing for the prequels.
“I was then offered by an increasingly frantic-sounding Dave Gibbons an unspecified but really, really large sum of money to just give my blessing for them to do these sequels and prequels… and that he had been offered something in the region of a quarter of a million dollars to oversee the project — that it would be handled by the top talent in the industry, to which I said some quite intemperate things… So yeah, I was angry and I said some things which I still stand behind. And, that was the end of it. And, that was the end of my friendship with Dave Gibbons.”
His ire wasn’t reserved for Gibbons and DC though, as the talent behind the new stories got it in the neck as well.
“I don’t want to use “creators.” I feel that the industry employees who are actually working upon this book–I had only heard of about three of them–but I’m certainly not interested in seeing any of their work. But, I’m unlikely to because I don’t read comics anymore and they’re never going to do anything outside of comics. I think it’s a shame.
“I can see why the people concerned are involved, having either never created anything original themselves or they did, but it wasn’t good enough to get DC out of their current hole. It strikes me that, yes, I can understand why they took on Before Watchmen. It will probably be the only opportunity they get in their careers to actually be attached to a project that anybody outside of comics has ever heard of. So, I can see how that would be a great lure.”
If that wasn’t coruscating enough he rounded off by hitting out at those interested in the prequels.
“As for the readers, I have to say that if you are a reader that just wanted your favorite 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 favor if they would just stop buying my other books.”