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Chopsaki 9/3/2009 3:27:00 AM

It's always interesting to listen to Alan Moore talk. He's clearly a genius and yet because of his varying experiences he always sounds like hes full of contempt and self loathing. A very interesting dichotomie.



Cheesey1 9/3/2009 8:16:37 AM

Alan Moore is definitely a great writer, but I get peeved when I keep reading about this "reinventing" of superheroes that he is supposedly single handedly responsible for.  I see it as simply a natural progression of having superheroes with human "flaws" e.g. Spider Man was really a nerd with home issues, The Incredible Hulk was really a nerd with anger issues, Iron Man started out as a conflicted warmonger whose invincible shell hid a critical health condition, the FF were dealing with the consequences of being public super heroes etc.   Alan Moore definitely deserves a lot of credit for adding another layer to this "humanisation" of superheroes, but he needs to chill the f out.

Wiseguy 9/3/2009 9:38:36 AM

Cheesy you said it better than I would have, "a natural progression" is 100% right. Let's stop making it out to be all one man, we can say Lee started it out but I'm sure that someone before him planted some seeds that led Lee to that point.

And why is it that Moore has problems with so many, is every one an asshole. The only constant is him. Screw it, I don't read his shit anyway after the borefest that was Watchmen and that's my effing opinion

Cheesey1 9/3/2009 10:24:38 AM

Thanks man.

spiderhero 9/3/2009 12:37:36 PM

I'm with you Wiseguy I read Watchmen for the first time this year. (I skipped the movie because of it.) I'm 32 and found it to be meh.

gimpythewonder 9/3/2009 2:18:55 PM

Wow this is the first Moore interview I've read in quit some time that didn't make me hate him.  Usually I want to take a screwdriver to his face, his ego is just so damn big.  His stuff is all over the place for me.  I loved Top 10 and LOEG but have never gotten the watchmen hype.  I guess the 80's weren't a paranoid enough decade for me.

obsidian 9/3/2009 3:05:07 PM

From what I've heard of Marvelman, it sounds like a viable movie franchise down the road for Disney/Marvel/Pixar....I can only hope....

obsidian 9/3/2009 3:14:25 PM

Oh yeah.  One thing about Alan Moore.  Yeah, he's an asshole.  Most geniuses I've run into tend to be that way.  I imagine it's like living in a world with blind people and you're the only with sight.  He probably gets impatient with people not seeing things the way he does or believing in the possibilities he so clearly sees. 

It's still not an excuse for being an asshole.  Just a possible explanation.

Love him or hate him, you have to respect the creativity and lasting impact of his work.

Wiseguy 9/3/2009 3:20:14 PM

you're probably right obsidian. And even though I'm not a fan a lot of writers point to him as an influence

Cheesey1 9/3/2009 7:32:18 PM

Obsidian, sorry man, but calling Alan Moore a genius is a bit much.  Of course he can write circles around me (I fancy myself a bit of a decent writer - ha, who is yet to be published and probably never will) and most writers out there.  He's obviously extremely talented, but that does not a genius make.  Lots of geniuses weren't assholes, classic example Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, George Washington Carver, Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe etc., not a hint of assholeness. I don't think he's an asshole per se, I'm just sick of him being elevated to to some sort of mythical status.  I'm from the old school, I like my comic creators to actually create characters that stand the test of time.  The Watchmen universe was excellent, but I don't see those characters being more than mini series type characters.  V for Vendetta was basically 1984 with Zorro.  League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, not a single original character.  Whatever, good for him and the rest of the supposed druids that he hangs out with nowadays. 

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