More from that Mania.com, interview where I last excerpted a bit Mr. Moore’s thoughts on the Marvelman situation. This time, the legendary author takes DC to cause on their epic miniseries, Blackest Night.
To say the least, he’s quite cranky. He frequently goes on tirades blaming readers, writers, artists and publishers for what he sees as an industry circling the drain. I don’t mean to paraphrase, but the amount of venom is rather astounding and honestly, quite sad for me to recount. He even seriously doubts that the industry will be here in five years.
The final straw however was:
I think the lights are going out all over the comics industry. A lot of this is the fault of the publishers, a lot of it is the fault of the artists and writers, and I think, as you say, some of it is the fault of the readers.
The genesis of the interview was how Moore talks about Blackest Night as having been ripped wholesale from a story he did in Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual #2, which is reprinted in DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore. The story predicted the end of the Green Lantern Corps, and well, its not a ripoff if you continue from that story, and actually expand on the eight pages.
If you’re going to call it a ripoff of a story you did, than you can probably say that about a lot of stories in comics as the stories told today came from somewhere before. I mean, V For Vendetta had roots in 1984 and, well, not to be a jerk or anything but League of Extraordinary Gentlemen very clearly came from the works of other authors.
I’ll shut up, but Ethan van Sciver had something to say about Moore’s comments.