Momentos selectos de una vida en los comics.
Lo impensado sucede. DC Comics decide publicar una serie de precuelas para Watchmen, el comic más aclamado de la historia moderna. Su autor, Alan Moore, no está de acuerdo con ello y denuncia la negligencia del medio del comic comercial para crear a los nuevos clásicos.
“I no longer have a copy of Watchmen in the house. Yes, I was proud of what we did with that book. But, all of the betrayals and the lies and the cheating that surrounds that book for me now—no, of course I don’t want a copy of it in the house. I was then offered by an increasingly frantic-sounding Dave Gibbons an unspecified but really, really large sum of money to just give my blessing for them to do these sequels and prequels.
The money would’ve been from DC. He was acting as an intermediary. He told me they were planning to do these prequels and sequels, and that he had been offered something in the region of a quarter of a million dollars to oversee the project—that it would be handled by the top talent in the industry, to which I said some quite intemperate things. I said that, as far as Watchmen was concerned, I didn’t really think that there was any talent in the mainstream comics industry. If there had have been, they presumably, sometime over the past 20 or 25 years, would have perhaps come up with something that was as good as Watchmen—or as notable or as memorable—after they’d already been shown how to do it. So yeah, I was angry and I said some things which I still stand behind. And, that was the end of it. And, that was the end of my friendship with Dave Gibbons: because he hadn’t phoned up and thanked me and he had done the one thing that I’d asked him not to. When I mentioned this in an interview, he phoned me up again to say, “Oh, thanks for that money, Alan.”
At that point, I said, “Well, it’s a bit late Dave. Let’s call it a day.”
— Alan Moore.