|Alan Moore in The Simpsons: Husbands and Knives.|
At the DC Nation panel at Comic-Con, Ian Sattler was asked if there were any plans to use the Watchmen characters, to which Sattler refused to comment. I really think one is coming, folks.
But what I'm even more angry about is the sheer blatant disrespect of some comic book fans to Moore, which I've generally outlined here. It's honestly disgusting how many fans are on his case because they feel that they deserve stuff from him.
Folks, Moore has been coming out with stuff nonstop since 1978. If you want work by Moore, it's easy to find - there's probably a lot from back in the day that you haven't even read yet. There is no shortage.
But then I get comments like this. I won't name names, but I will cite that it's from Robot6.
How come so many other creators are able to work with the big two? They realise that comics is a business. In life sometimes you have to compromise. Moore won't and hasn't. He has to hold on to his precious moral values, and the result is that the fans, and other creators he works with, suffer.
It's incredibly selfish of him, to value his principles over the benefit of others.
It's one of the most egocentric, shortsighted, and selfish responses to the matter I've ever seen. Here was my response.
Yes, it's incredibly selfish of him to think of himself instead of fans want him to do! For shame that he should live his life in such a way that HE'S comfortable, that HE'S happy! It has to be in accordance to what the fans want!
The creators he has worked with have NEVER suffered, ever. Why do you think he went on to continue ABC even when Wildstorm was bought by DC? So he wouldn't screw over his artists. And for shame that he should turn down the movie royalties and HAVE HIS SHARE FORWARDED TO THE ARTISTS. The creators SURE suffer!
If people want to work with Alan Moore, there are many opportunities, as there have always been, because Alan Moore doesn't just write superheroes. But that's the thing - there are a bunch of you folks who aren't Alan Moore fans; you're superhero fans who just happen to like the way Alan Moore does them, and you think he's wasting his time doing stuff that he wants to write (a highly enviable position in life) instead of writing what YOU want him to write. If he'd followed that line of thinking, we would have never had From Hell. We would have never had Promethea. We would have never had Lost Girls. We would have never had Jack B. Quick. We would have never had Big Numbers.
Moore keeps doing comics and not just comics, and there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy his work and work with him. But you're all miffed because he won't do Watchmen sequels or prequels. Because he won't live his life according to YOUR dictates.
Fan entitlement, as said by a poster above, is a huge disease. We're not entitled to anything and Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman and Grant Morrison and Mark Waid and James Robinson and Garth Ennis and Steve Ditko and whoever else aren't obliged to give us what we continually clamor for. They should write what they want to write, and let it find its audience, instead of producing work specifically suited to the tastes of a bunch of fans who can't seem to appreciate the fact that writers have their own wishes and their own desires. That, my friend, is the very definition of hack work.
While it MAY be selfish of Moore to withhold this from his fans (it's not, in my opinion), it's far more selfish of fans to be pissy about it, because Moore won't write in accordance to their demands.
Honestly, it is mind-boggling to me how superhero fans, who grew up on the values espoused by Superman or Spider-Man or Batman, can be so incredibly corporation-biased when it comes to creator's rights. An incredible and disgusting sense of fan entitlement - "I like Watchmen, there should be more stuff! How dare Moore create a new underground British comic that entertains and provides something new on the market? He should be writing about the glory days of Rorschach and Nite Owl, damn it!" - is a disgusting disease. I imagine these same people are cursing Bill Watterson for not doing any Calvin and Hobbes comics.
On another discussion board, someone said Moore should be the bigger man. Pol Rua stepped up and provided the following response:
When he first signed the deal with DC, it was agreed that rights would revert after the book was out of print for 12 months. 24 years later, DC has not let print runs of Watchmen ever go out of print.
Alan Moore was the better man and said, what the hell, that's business.
When DC made money of Watchmen merchandise - posters, badges and whatnot, Moore, Gibbons and Higgins asked that they be given a share of these profits. DC claimed that the items (which were being sold) were 'promotional materials' and therefore the creators were not entitled to a share of profits.
Alan Moore was the better man, and didn't push the issue.
When DC bought up Wildstorm Publications (chiefly in order to obtain the publishing rights to Moore's ABC line), Moore could have just screwed over his co-workers like Rick Veitch, Jim Baikie, Chris Sprouse, Kevin O'Neill et. al. and pulled out of the deal altogether...
But Alan Moore was the better man, and once arrangements were made, he went back to work making money for DC.
When DC went back on their agreement not to interfere with the running of the ABC line by pulping issues of 'League of Extraordinary Gentlemen' and censoring a 'Cobweb' story in 'Tomorrow Stories'...
Alan Moore was the better man, and kept working for DC.
When he was accused of conspiring to rip off another writer's work and passing it off as his own with the 'LXG' trial, he was annoyed that DC/Warners settled the case, which he saw as an admission of guilt (partly on his behalf).
Alan Moore was the better man, and continued working for DC.
When he asked DC editorial to arrange for his name to be taken off future film projects involving his work, and they refused point-blank to do so until he was forced to go over their heads to get it done...
Alan Moore was the better man, and continued to work for DC.
It wasn't until Joel Silver lied in print about Moore's contribution to the 'V for Vendetta' film and DC Editorial refused to contact Warner Brothers and seek a public retraction on his behalf that he severed ties with the company for good, and even then...
Alan Moore was the better man, and agreed to produce the work he had been contracted to do before taking his property elsewhere.
Yeah, he's an absolute prick all right. What an unreasonable bastard!
I'm exasperated at this whole mess, and I'm unbelievably annoyed at so many comic book fans who will put their desires over a plain and simple issue of respecting the creators who gave you the stuff you enjoyed in the first place. Go read some Big Numbers. Go read some Top Ten. Go read some League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Oh, wait, here's a better idea - you want a Watchmen sequel? Make it yourself. Channel those hostile energies you're putting into bitching and complaining and try making one yourself. It will probably be better for you.