One of the most influential voices in the comic book medium, Alan Moore, is retiring from the craft. The man who has created some of the most important character arcs in superheroes and who feels that adults who enjoy superhero movies are emotionally subnormal has bid farewell to the medium which made his career. Well, after “about 250 pages of comics” that are left in him he’ll be retiring in order to pursue his other interests.
While talking to the press about the release of his upcoming novel ‘Jerusalem’ he stated:
“There are a couple of issues of an Avatar [Press] book that I am doing at the moment, part of the HP Lovecraft work I’ve been working on recently. Me and Kevin [O’Neil] will be finishing Cinema Purgatorio, and we’ve got about one more book, a final book of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen to complete.
After that, although I may do the odd little comics piece at some point in the future, I am pretty much done with comics.”
So fans of Lovecraft mythos and those looking for a final chapter to the ‘League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ still have things to look forward to but for the most part, his work in comics is done.
What is his reason for moving on past pursuing his new interested? Quite frankly he is worried about keeping his creations original:
“I think I have done enough for comics. I’ve done all that I can. I think if I were to continue to work in comics, inevitably the ideas would suffer, inevitably you’d start to see me retread old ground and I think both you and I probably deserve something better than that.”
As someone who has always done an amazing job at giving us top notch writing, you can’t fault him for wanting to leave on a high note. When your world is creating new things the last thing you want to do is “retread old ground” which is a disappointment to both yourself as a creator and fans. While I wish he had retired talking about comics years ago, retiring from writing them is something anyone could be sad for. Moore has always been a truly creative individual and his lifelong body of work clearly proves that many times over.
Moore, your talent on page will be missed. We can only hope your future endeavours are able to give us new ways to enjoy your skill and imagination.
Stuart Conover is an author, blogger, and all around geek. When not busy being a father and husband he tries to spend as much time as possible immersed in comic books, science fiction, and horror! Would you like to know more? Follow him on Twitter!