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DC prepares prequels for Watchmen while Alan Moore shares his disdain

02.01.2012

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Technically this is comic book and not movie news, though it's certainly always possible that movies galore will come out of DC's next major endeavor:

AlanMoore"On Wednesday DC Entertainment is expected to announce that its DC Comics imprint intends to publish seven comic-book mini-series that will continue the stories of the adventurers introduced in Watchmen... The new mini-series, collectively called Before Watchmen and scheduled to start in the summer, will not be direct sequels to the original, which has been widely praised for its sophisticated storytelling and for its emphatic (if deliberately ambiguous) ending. Instead a new group of writers and illustrators will expand on the back stories of the costumed vigilantes like Rorschach and Nite Owl."

DC, to be fair, is barging into this while well aware of the concern, doubt, and fan-rage that this move will draw.  The publisher has called the upcoming comics "as highly anticipated as they are controversial," and gone on to say "it’s our responsibility as publishers to find new ways to keep all of our characters relevant, after 25 years the Watchmen are classic characters whose time has come for new stories to be told."  Is that true? Is that bullshit? Your call. 

Alan Moore is of course not pleased, responding to DC's plan by calling it "completely shameless.  I tend to take this latest development as a kind of eager confirmation that they are still apparently dependent on ideas that I had 25 years ago.”  He then concluded his thoughts by stressing his concern that the publishing of these prequels "only [weakens] the argument that comics were an authentic form of literature. 'As far as I know,' he said, 'there weren’t that many prequels or sequels to ‘Moby-Dick.'"

You can find the whole story, along with further words from original artist Dave Gibbons and other industry people here.

Extra Tidbit: Alan Moore: man or wizard? Can it be both?

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6:46PM on 02/04/2012
I'll feel dirty, but I'll probably buy them anyway
I'll feel dirty, but I'll probably buy them anyway
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5:39PM on 02/02/2012
Just when DC takes a step toward telling good stories and doing something pretty good (although the renumbering of Action and Detective still sticks in my craw) they pull this bullshit out of their ass/hat. Fuck. This. Shit.
Just when DC takes a step toward telling good stories and doing something pretty good (although the renumbering of Action and Detective still sticks in my craw) they pull this bullshit out of their ass/hat. Fuck. This. Shit.
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1:15PM on 02/02/2012
Thank Gawd no one ever decided to do a Batman prequel revealing his early days. Could you imagine how awful that would have been? O.o (read:sarcasm)
Thank Gawd no one ever decided to do a Batman prequel revealing his early days. Could you imagine how awful that would have been? O.o (read:sarcasm)
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4:18AM on 02/02/2012
I guess Alan never read my novel, Moby Dick 2: Beluga Bonanza
I guess Alan never read my novel, Moby Dick 2: Beluga Bonanza
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5:10AM on 02/02/2012
Prequel: "Uncircumcised Moby Dick"
Prequel: "Uncircumcised Moby Dick"
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9:26PM on 02/01/2012
While Watchman was an entertaining film, it's messaging is a bit silly in retrospect considering it was in part a criticism on Reagan's handling of the Cold War, and we all know how that turned out. Can't help it if Moore is bitter that Soviet Communism lost, and lost bad.
Someone needs to tell Moore, that the 1960s ended nearly half a century ago; time to engage in some personal hygiene.
While Watchman was an entertaining film, it's messaging is a bit silly in retrospect considering it was in part a criticism on Reagan's handling of the Cold War, and we all know how that turned out. Can't help it if Moore is bitter that Soviet Communism lost, and lost bad.
Someone needs to tell Moore, that the 1960s ended nearly half a century ago; time to engage in some personal hygiene.
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7:14AM on 02/02/2012
I hope one day you die in a freak yachting accident.
I hope one day you die in a freak yachting accident.
8:20PM on 02/01/2012
I really don't understand why people are complaining. Personally I think this is what makes comics unique and refreshing. New people working on old characters putting a new perspective on them. What other medium is like this one? If that makes comic books and graphic novels less of an "art form" so be it. It should be more of a working art that never stops. Thats what makes it unique and in a league of its own. Without new people coming in to work on other people's material we wouldn't have
I really don't understand why people are complaining. Personally I think this is what makes comics unique and refreshing. New people working on old characters putting a new perspective on them. What other medium is like this one? If that makes comic books and graphic novels less of an "art form" so be it. It should be more of a working art that never stops. Thats what makes it unique and in a league of its own. Without new people coming in to work on other people's material we wouldn't have some of the greatest comic titles that exist. But you guys seem to be forgetting that... oh well I say bring it on.
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10:56PM on 02/01/2012
I personally loved the videogame that came out shortly after the movie. It was also a prequel of sorts featuring the supremely awesome duo of Nite Owl II and Rorschach. Any comics that come out now that follow that trend will be great in my book. Sure, Alan Moore has a right to be mad, but still... what the public demands, eventually the public will receive...for better or worse.
I personally loved the videogame that came out shortly after the movie. It was also a prequel of sorts featuring the supremely awesome duo of Nite Owl II and Rorschach. Any comics that come out now that follow that trend will be great in my book. Sure, Alan Moore has a right to be mad, but still... what the public demands, eventually the public will receive...for better or worse.
7:20PM on 02/01/2012
If it were a movie that got the prequel treatment 20 years after being released, everybody would be complaining that Hollywood has run out of good ideas. If making prequels is such a great idea, why did DC waited so long to do it?

This isn't a writer finding a great story to tell with these characters, it's a corporation reuniting a bunch of star writers to make a franchise with a suddendly popular again property.

There's no way we get anything better than mediocrity.
If it were a movie that got the prequel treatment 20 years after being released, everybody would be complaining that Hollywood has run out of good ideas. If making prequels is such a great idea, why did DC waited so long to do it?

This isn't a writer finding a great story to tell with these characters, it's a corporation reuniting a bunch of star writers to make a franchise with a suddendly popular again property.

There's no way we get anything better than mediocrity.
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4:39PM on 02/01/2012
I love how everyone on here keeps talking about how this masterpiece shouldn't be touched and comics being an artform. I'm sorry but I really don't care about that, I'm interested in seeing more of that universe and what happened before the Watchmen. The fact is those characters are comic book (or GN) characters and someone else was going to work on them in some way eventually. If the stories are done well this will be very worthwhile, stop complaining about art when all of you know if these
I love how everyone on here keeps talking about how this masterpiece shouldn't be touched and comics being an artform. I'm sorry but I really don't care about that, I'm interested in seeing more of that universe and what happened before the Watchmen. The fact is those characters are comic book (or GN) characters and someone else was going to work on them in some way eventually. If the stories are done well this will be very worthwhile, stop complaining about art when all of you know if these prequels are good you'll love them.
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5:28PM on 02/01/2012
Hang your head. Hang your head in shame.
Hang your head. Hang your head in shame.
8:14PM on 02/01/2012
No thanks chambers, I stand by what I said and feel no shame. Thanks for the suggestion though. I'm not saying I agree that this should be done... but am I interested... yes I am. Sorry if that makes me unworthy or stupid or whatever else you'd want to call me.
No thanks chambers, I stand by what I said and feel no shame. Thanks for the suggestion though. I'm not saying I agree that this should be done... but am I interested... yes I am. Sorry if that makes me unworthy or stupid or whatever else you'd want to call me.
7:12AM on 02/02/2012
I said: Hang that head in shame! You know you have to do it.
I said: Hang that head in shame! You know you have to do it.
4:22PM on 02/01/2012

AND BY THE WAY

just be fuckin grateful this has Azzarello, Straczynski, and Cooke instead of Bendis, Fraction, and Loeb
just be fuckin grateful this has Azzarello, Straczynski, and Cooke instead of Bendis, Fraction, and Loeb
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5:42PM on 02/02/2012
But it's still a Watchmen prequel, so ten pounds of vomit or ten pounds of shit is still ten pounds. JMS, Azz and Cooke are MILES better than the likes of Loeb, but it's still Watchmen. That trumps all and negates any possibilities brought on by usually talented creators.
But it's still a Watchmen prequel, so ten pounds of vomit or ten pounds of shit is still ten pounds. JMS, Azz and Cooke are MILES better than the likes of Loeb, but it's still Watchmen. That trumps all and negates any possibilities brought on by usually talented creators.
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4:15PM on 02/01/2012

Moore = hypocrit

How many 19th century novels do you think he had to go through before he thought of his little example there that he did not re-use characters from for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen?
How many 19th century novels do you think he had to go through before he thought of his little example there that he did not re-use characters from for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen?
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5:26PM on 02/01/2012
I kiiiind of get what you're talking about (the comment reads like you were high when you wrote it) but it's a WEAK arguement and irrelevant.
I kiiiind of get what you're talking about (the comment reads like you were high when you wrote it) but it's a WEAK arguement and irrelevant.
12:36PM on 02/02/2012
I think 'Ishmail', the narrator from Moby Dick, was first mate on Nemo's ship in LOEG if I remember correctly...
I think 'Ishmail', the narrator from Moby Dick, was first mate on Nemo's ship in LOEG if I remember correctly...
5:10PM on 02/02/2012
Yeah, I guess what I wrote didn't come out as clear as I had intended, but you're still wrong, top.
Yeah, I guess what I wrote didn't come out as clear as I had intended, but you're still wrong, top.
3:40PM on 02/01/2012
The Watchmen were originally intended to be a revamp of characters previously owned by Charlton Comics. Nite Owl is basically Blue Beetle. Yes, Moore created an original story, but in many ways he was still working off of someone elses material.
The Watchmen were originally intended to be a revamp of characters previously owned by Charlton Comics. Nite Owl is basically Blue Beetle. Yes, Moore created an original story, but in many ways he was still working off of someone elses material.
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3:26PM on 02/01/2012
Fuck you Moore. What was your excuse for doing a batman comic if it wasn't to expand on someone else' work. Damn hypocrite! Bring on Rorschach Origins.
Fuck you Moore. What was your excuse for doing a batman comic if it wasn't to expand on someone else' work. Damn hypocrite! Bring on Rorschach Origins.
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3:29PM on 02/01/2012
yet another miss informed individual. So sad really.
yet another miss informed individual. So sad really.
4:51PM on 02/01/2012
He's not misinformed at all... Moore is a jackass and a hypocrite. His work is derivative of several other works. And he bitches constantly about his work being adapted, but still sold the rights... If he didn't want anyone touching his work, he could've kept the rights and made it so no one did... He sold out and then turned around and placed blame before there was anything to complain about. Snyder's work was fantastic, and Moore refuses to even watch it, but that doesn't stop him from
He's not misinformed at all... Moore is a jackass and a hypocrite. His work is derivative of several other works. And he bitches constantly about his work being adapted, but still sold the rights... If he didn't want anyone touching his work, he could've kept the rights and made it so no one did... He sold out and then turned around and placed blame before there was anything to complain about. Snyder's work was fantastic, and Moore refuses to even watch it, but that doesn't stop him from trashing it. Even Frank Moore held onto his rights to Sin City until Rodriguez proved to him it could be done well, and Miller's Sin City was a hell of a lot more original than Moore's Watchmen... The OP is completely right. Maybe you should know a little something about the subject before you criticize their comment.
5:39PM on 02/01/2012
He is misinformed and so are you. He didn't sold the rights at all, they always belonged to DC. They were supposed to revert back to Moore after certains conditions were met, which never happened. As for Sin City, since it was published by an independant publisher, it was a lot easier for Frank Miller to keep the rights.
He is misinformed and so are you. He didn't sold the rights at all, they always belonged to DC. They were supposed to revert back to Moore after certains conditions were met, which never happened. As for Sin City, since it was published by an independant publisher, it was a lot easier for Frank Miller to keep the rights.
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2:55PM on 02/01/2012

Yeah yeah, this is great...

but when the hell is Watchmen Babies coming out?
but when the hell is Watchmen Babies coming out?
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2:45PM on 02/01/2012
I admire so much about this man, accept his inability to be humble. After all these years, considering the changes he's made in his life, I thought he would have adapted the attitude of "Don't sweat the small stuff." Everyone's heard of Moby Dick. Prior to the Watchmen movie, I think I only had one friend who 'd actually heard of the graphic novel, which probably saw a huge increase in sales leading up to it's release exposing his material to new potential fans. He should be thankful.
I admire so much about this man, accept his inability to be humble. After all these years, considering the changes he's made in his life, I thought he would have adapted the attitude of "Don't sweat the small stuff." Everyone's heard of Moby Dick. Prior to the Watchmen movie, I think I only had one friend who 'd actually heard of the graphic novel, which probably saw a huge increase in sales leading up to it's release exposing his material to new potential fans. He should be thankful.
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3:28PM on 02/01/2012
Except he's not that kind of guy i would think. I'm assume he's of the mind of rather having a few ppl who actually appreciate his work enjoy it instead of a much larger group that only cares about it cause they happened to make a movie of it. For some reason he doesn't strike me as a man who is driven by mainstream success.
Except he's not that kind of guy i would think. I'm assume he's of the mind of rather having a few ppl who actually appreciate his work enjoy it instead of a much larger group that only cares about it cause they happened to make a movie of it. For some reason he doesn't strike me as a man who is driven by mainstream success.
2:44PM on 02/01/2012
Wow. Much more mixed reaction than I thought. I don't care if Moore cranks the a-hole meter up another 10 notches, Watchmen is his. There is NO story for these characters that doesn't come from inside his noggin'. Screw you, D.C. . . .
Wow. Much more mixed reaction than I thought. I don't care if Moore cranks the a-hole meter up another 10 notches, Watchmen is his. There is NO story for these characters that doesn't come from inside his noggin'. Screw you, D.C. . . .
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2:44PM on 02/01/2012

Why not?

Whatīs the big deal? Literature like Shelleys "Frankenstein" or Stokerīs "Dracula" spawned hundreds of stories in books, comics and movies. Some were horrible, some medicore and some pretty good! Itīs the way you treat the material that matters. And Iīm sure there are quite a lot of capable authors out there who grew up with "Watchmen" and know how to come up with good stories based on Mooreīs work.
Whatīs the big deal? Literature like Shelleys "Frankenstein" or Stokerīs "Dracula" spawned hundreds of stories in books, comics and movies. Some were horrible, some medicore and some pretty good! Itīs the way you treat the material that matters. And Iīm sure there are quite a lot of capable authors out there who grew up with "Watchmen" and know how to come up with good stories based on Mooreīs work.
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2:36PM on 02/01/2012
Well I can't hold it against DC for wanting to expand the Watchmen Universe as long as they do it right. I love the original GN but I hated the movie. Moore needs to get over himself. Don't get me wrong he's one of the most important people in comics but my good the guy is a douche. Heaven forbid the DC executives want to make money. If it's bad I won't read it. It wont ruin the legacy of Watchmen. The gn is just too damn perfect.
Well I can't hold it against DC for wanting to expand the Watchmen Universe as long as they do it right. I love the original GN but I hated the movie. Moore needs to get over himself. Don't get me wrong he's one of the most important people in comics but my good the guy is a douche. Heaven forbid the DC executives want to make money. If it's bad I won't read it. It wont ruin the legacy of Watchmen. The gn is just too damn perfect.
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1:13PM on 02/01/2012

I'm trying to be the change I want ot see in the world.

I'm of tired of jumping on the bandwagon of the "that idea sucks" train. These people are professionals, doing a professional job, that we all, supposedly, love.

As for the grumbling rantings of Moore, this guy has never liked anything anyone has ever done with his work, yelling at every company that ever commissioned him for work, even though they he willingly took there cash and signed the rights to is work over to them.

He is like the crazy uncle that you see twice a year, yeah he
I'm of tired of jumping on the bandwagon of the "that idea sucks" train. These people are professionals, doing a professional job, that we all, supposedly, love.

As for the grumbling rantings of Moore, this guy has never liked anything anyone has ever done with his work, yelling at every company that ever commissioned him for work, even though they he willingly took there cash and signed the rights to is work over to them.

He is like the crazy uncle that you see twice a year, yeah he shouts at "the man," and makes outrageous claimes like he invented Post-it's or he was Original Drummer for the Beatles, but he tells great stories and he makes oyu laugh, so enjoy his work, and don't take him too seriously.

Also, there was a reason that there was not a sequel to Moby Dick, the interesting character went down with the whale, he's dead. Had anyone other than Ishmael survived, I'm sure Melville would have at least thought what happened to him. The characters that Moore created have a rich history that is just glanced at original work, someone wants to explore that history. Where's the problem.
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1:23PM on 02/01/2012
No. Melville would not have written a sequel to Moby Dick. And Alan Moore gave the money from the film versions of his work away. He's not "like the crazy uncle," because he's a fucking genius and his work would be left alone if there were any goddamn dignity left in the world.
No. Melville would not have written a sequel to Moby Dick. And Alan Moore gave the money from the film versions of his work away. He's not "like the crazy uncle," because he's a fucking genius and his work would be left alone if there were any goddamn dignity left in the world.
1:05PM on 02/01/2012

i may be the only one to love this

that lineup of writers and artists is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING
that lineup of writers and artists is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING
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12:48PM on 02/01/2012
Alan Moore wrote The Killing Joke, a Batman comic.... you know, based on someone else's characters. He wasn't crying foul when he cashed that paycheck.
Alan Moore wrote The Killing Joke, a Batman comic.... you know, based on someone else's characters. He wasn't crying foul when he cashed that paycheck.
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1:02PM on 02/01/2012
You do realize that Moore actually did lots of work for DC and its their shady practices in holding onto things they never created that split them apart.
You do realize that Moore actually did lots of work for DC and its their shady practices in holding onto things they never created that split them apart.
1:49PM on 02/01/2012
Batman was created as a serial. Watchmen was created as a self-contained story. Huge difference.
Batman was created as a serial. Watchmen was created as a self-contained story. Huge difference.
3:54PM on 02/01/2012
Moore doesn't own Watchmen. He of all people should know that. DC can do whatever they damn well want with the property, and I for one am open to this idea and will at least give it a shot before I label it bullshit. I'd be more inclined to agree with Moore if he wasn't such an egotistical baby -- the guy refused to watch the film adaptation of V For Vendetta (which was pretty faithful) and said it was a piece of shit. He says DC is dependent on ideas he has 25 years ago... the whole comics
Moore doesn't own Watchmen. He of all people should know that. DC can do whatever they damn well want with the property, and I for one am open to this idea and will at least give it a shot before I label it bullshit. I'd be more inclined to agree with Moore if he wasn't such an egotistical baby -- the guy refused to watch the film adaptation of V For Vendetta (which was pretty faithful) and said it was a piece of shit. He says DC is dependent on ideas he has 25 years ago... the whole comics industry is dependent on ideas that were had by Bob Kane, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Joe Shuster and others years before Moore. The only thing out of his mouth should be, "I'm surprised it took this long."
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12:46PM on 02/01/2012

Don't buy it

I'm not even slightly interested and won't give them my money or time. Everything we need for and from the Watchmen has been said and done. Anything else is just a cash grab and we shouldn't encourage it. Unless of course you support it.

I'm not even slightly interested and won't give them my money or time. Everything we need for and from the Watchmen has been said and done. Anything else is just a cash grab and we shouldn't encourage it. Unless of course you support it.

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12:29PM on 02/01/2012
Interesting how Moore compares himself to Herman Melville and Moby Dick. A bit egotistical.
Interesting how Moore compares himself to Herman Melville and Moby Dick. A bit egotistical.
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1:04PM on 02/01/2012
I particularly like the line about they are "dependant on ideas I had 25 years ago." All of the grmblings of perfectly well adjusted and humble man.
I particularly like the line about they are "dependant on ideas I had 25 years ago." All of the grmblings of perfectly well adjusted and humble man.
1:40PM on 02/01/2012
Is it? While not wanting to get into the realm of comparing comics and books, look at it this way. In the circles of ppl who feel comics are capable of being more then funny pages hold Moore in extremely high regard for his work. Just like how i'm sure the literary world holds Melville for his.

Its not a matter of saying Watchmen is on par or close to Moby Dick with what ever stick you want to measure with. Its matter of a person who is held in high regard in a medium's work getting trashed
Is it? While not wanting to get into the realm of comparing comics and books, look at it this way. In the circles of ppl who feel comics are capable of being more then funny pages hold Moore in extremely high regard for his work. Just like how i'm sure the literary world holds Melville for his.

Its not a matter of saying Watchmen is on par or close to Moby Dick with what ever stick you want to measure with. Its matter of a person who is held in high regard in a medium's work getting trashed while in another medium it would never happen.

In other words "that's comics"
4:30PM on 02/01/2012
@vesaker Yeah except that Herman Melville and Moby Dick are known around the world as classic by everyone. No body knows who the hell Moore is and some people... not all only know about the watchmen because of the movie... so yeah that is a horrible comparison for him to make.
@vesaker Yeah except that Herman Melville and Moby Dick are known around the world as classic by everyone. No body knows who the hell Moore is and some people... not all only know about the watchmen because of the movie... so yeah that is a horrible comparison for him to make.
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12:18PM on 02/01/2012
Moore seems to sling a lot of shit at DC for wanting to expound on characters considering this is the guy that wrote The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. I have long been a fan of his take on a lot of comic characters, and I have probably read Watchmen a dozen times over the years, but as for these prequels...time will tell. If they are done well they will add a layer of substance to already great characters. If not they will be dismissed and forgotten.
Moore seems to sling a lot of shit at DC for wanting to expound on characters considering this is the guy that wrote The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. I have long been a fan of his take on a lot of comic characters, and I have probably read Watchmen a dozen times over the years, but as for these prequels...time will tell. If they are done well they will add a layer of substance to already great characters. If not they will be dismissed and forgotten.
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12:14PM on 02/01/2012
Why even bother to post his reaction? I'm not an Alan Moore afficianado, but I'm pretty sure he has not reacted positively to anything that has come from his work. I do agree you shouldn't crap on a masterpiece, but thats comics, and thats what happenes when other people own your stuff, get over it.
Why even bother to post his reaction? I'm not an Alan Moore afficianado, but I'm pretty sure he has not reacted positively to anything that has come from his work. I do agree you shouldn't crap on a masterpiece, but thats comics, and thats what happenes when other people own your stuff, get over it.
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1:25PM on 02/01/2012
I'm pretty sure "that's comics" sums up what Moore's trying to say about comics not being a legitimate art form.
I'm pretty sure "that's comics" sums up what Moore's trying to say about comics not being a legitimate art form.
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11:54AM on 02/01/2012
I'm not opposed to this idea at all. DC knows this is one of their masterpeices and can only handle it with great care. If they really wanted to money grab this would have been made years ago. I know there has always been talk about making a second part to watchmen I think they wouldnt decided to make it unless they could appeal to the cult following. Also its really no suprise that Moore is gonna hate this. I think this can lead to some great story telling from some different writters and
I'm not opposed to this idea at all. DC knows this is one of their masterpeices and can only handle it with great care. If they really wanted to money grab this would have been made years ago. I know there has always been talk about making a second part to watchmen I think they wouldnt decided to make it unless they could appeal to the cult following. Also its really no suprise that Moore is gonna hate this. I think this can lead to some great story telling from some different writters and artists who have grown up on watchmen and know the universe and will be respectful of it when writing it.
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11:42AM on 02/01/2012
Okay, so while I am resistant to this whole idea, I think it's only fair to point out Alan Moore's own hypocrisy. He made name his name by writing pre-existing characters. Yes, he usually re-imagined these characters and their world, but the fact remains that Moore did not "Invent" Miracleman or Swamp Thing. Also, he originally pitched 'Watchmen' as a script titled "Who Killed the Peacemaker" and which used pre-existing characters from Charlton Comics (that DC had recently purchased).
Okay, so while I am resistant to this whole idea, I think it's only fair to point out Alan Moore's own hypocrisy. He made name his name by writing pre-existing characters. Yes, he usually re-imagined these characters and their world, but the fact remains that Moore did not "Invent" Miracleman or Swamp Thing. Also, he originally pitched 'Watchmen' as a script titled "Who Killed the Peacemaker" and which used pre-existing characters from Charlton Comics (that DC had recently purchased).
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11:29AM on 02/02/2012
By that same token, although the Watchmen characters are all pastiches of existing characters, the story is completely his. DC could've easily created a mini-series based around the original Carlton characters, but they went for the name recognition instead. They may own the rights, but it doesn't change the fact that they're still trying to piggyback off the success of his 80s output instead of fostering new talent.
By that same token, although the Watchmen characters are all pastiches of existing characters, the story is completely his. DC could've easily created a mini-series based around the original Carlton characters, but they went for the name recognition instead. They may own the rights, but it doesn't change the fact that they're still trying to piggyback off the success of his 80s output instead of fostering new talent.
11:15AM on 02/01/2012
Watchmen the movie and graphic novel were both perfect in my opinion. No need for prequels.

Just be creative and write something original.
Watchmen the movie and graphic novel were both perfect in my opinion. No need for prequels.

Just be creative and write something original.
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11:11AM on 02/01/2012

tough one

I am inclined to agree with Moore on this one and even more with Vesaker's comment. However you have to admit Moore is a bit of a difficult guy(the mark of a true artist) and I can't deny the fact I will probably read these prequels. Mostly out of curiosity, but I'm also kind of intrigued what other talented people(there's a couple involved) can do with these characters.
I am inclined to agree with Moore on this one and even more with Vesaker's comment. However you have to admit Moore is a bit of a difficult guy(the mark of a true artist) and I can't deny the fact I will probably read these prequels. Mostly out of curiosity, but I'm also kind of intrigued what other talented people(there's a couple involved) can do with these characters.
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11:07AM on 02/01/2012
I realize there may be fans hungry for more insight into the Minutemen, Crimebusters, and Watchmen. If done in the spirit of fanfic, I'd be more in favor of it. I thought that "Watchmen" successfully encapsulated quite a bit of the extraneous characters who had been at one time or another a part of the group. I may not have agreed entirely with Alan Moore's thoughts regarding turning his book into a movie, but I fully agree with him with regard to this latest bit of news. I don't care if the
I realize there may be fans hungry for more insight into the Minutemen, Crimebusters, and Watchmen. If done in the spirit of fanfic, I'd be more in favor of it. I thought that "Watchmen" successfully encapsulated quite a bit of the extraneous characters who had been at one time or another a part of the group. I may not have agreed entirely with Alan Moore's thoughts regarding turning his book into a movie, but I fully agree with him with regard to this latest bit of news. I don't care if the guy comes off as an asshole, it doesn't make him wrong.
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11:01AM on 02/01/2012

Nope

Wow, DC keeps grasping at straws in an effort to stay relevant in the electronic age. I know a lot of you jackasses that don't appreciate the artform of comics will think this is an awesome idea and we'll probably get some more movies out of the deal, but it's not. This just perpetuates the notion that comics are a bastard medium that doesn't deserve the same respect and veneration as others. Moore wrote this with the intention of it being a stand-alone piece of literature, not some crass
Wow, DC keeps grasping at straws in an effort to stay relevant in the electronic age. I know a lot of you jackasses that don't appreciate the artform of comics will think this is an awesome idea and we'll probably get some more movies out of the deal, but it's not. This just perpetuates the notion that comics are a bastard medium that doesn't deserve the same respect and veneration as others. Moore wrote this with the intention of it being a stand-alone piece of literature, not some crass corporate property to be exploited beyond recognition.
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10:58AM on 02/01/2012

hilarious

The only reason characters like Dr Manhattan, Night Owl and Rorschach were even used in Watchmen was because DC refused to let Alan Moore use their established characters like Dr Light, Blue Beetle and the Question respectively.

Now they want to keep Watchmen's characters 'relevant'? With 'prequels'? Go fuck yourselves DC. The comic industry isn't what it was in the 90's and since you're movies outside of Batman always bomb you can't manage to keep up with the times like Marvel manages
The only reason characters like Dr Manhattan, Night Owl and Rorschach were even used in Watchmen was because DC refused to let Alan Moore use their established characters like Dr Light, Blue Beetle and the Question respectively.

Now they want to keep Watchmen's characters 'relevant'? With 'prequels'? Go fuck yourselves DC. The comic industry isn't what it was in the 90's and since you're movies outside of Batman always bomb you can't manage to keep up with the times like Marvel manages to.

Now don't get me wrong, Marvel gets up to just about as much shady nonsense as DC when it comes to their comics but at the end of the day Marvel has turned themselves into a Brand while DC is still a comic book company for the most part.

As to Moore, its a dbl edged sword. Yes DC are dicks for essentially fucking him out of his own work for well.... ever. But at the same time if Moore is such a fucking genius why didn't he read the contract enough to understand what he was getting himself into? At the end ofthe day though, for me, DC is the far worse party of the two.
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9:43AM on 02/01/2012
I think Alan Moore is brilliant, but an asshole. DC should have done this in conjunction with the movie when the fire was hot. Prequels to Watchmen I have no problem and would welcome.

An actual SEQUEL, however, I think would be awful.
I think Alan Moore is brilliant, but an asshole. DC should have done this in conjunction with the movie when the fire was hot. Prequels to Watchmen I have no problem and would welcome.

An actual SEQUEL, however, I think would be awful.
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11:06AM on 02/01/2012
Exactly, what would be left to say after the events of the original?
Exactly, what would be left to say after the events of the original?
9:21AM on 02/01/2012
Moore is an asshole and the fact that this displeases him only makes me like the idea more. As far as the actual prequels, I have no reason not to like the idea so bring it on.
Moore is an asshole and the fact that this displeases him only makes me like the idea more. As far as the actual prequels, I have no reason not to like the idea so bring it on.
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9:08AM on 02/01/2012

Dear DC

Go fuck yourselves, you money grubbing assholes.
Go fuck yourselves, you money grubbing assholes.
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9:08AM on 02/01/2012
Clearly Moore hasn't read the great prequel "The Chronicles of Ishmael: They Tried To Make Me Go To Ahab, But I Said No No No"
Clearly Moore hasn't read the great prequel "The Chronicles of Ishmael: They Tried To Make Me Go To Ahab, But I Said No No No"
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