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Moore On Moore

There's one name you won't see anywhere on the Watchmen credits, and that is the name Alan Moore, the man who wrote the graphic novel. The comic book legend has made it clear that he has no interest in being involved in any adaptation of his works: leery about Hollywood from the get-go, he removed his name from both V for Vendetta and Watchmen, having decided that he doesn't even want to receive any money from the adaptations. So if you don't know who he is or why he matters, here's the skinny - and if you're already a fan, read on for some fascinating Moore facts.

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1 The mans a legend.
Posted on Monday March 9, 2009, 09:58 by Lupin 3
He may have cut his ties from his films, but he does not go out of his way to actively discredit them. Seems like his choice to make, Watchmen was a lot better than I expected but still not the graphic novel (it may seem like a "geeky" rant but I feel similarly about, say, the works of Stephen King or even Dickens. If you wish to adapt it into a film, your going to lose valuable material) which has been compared to LOTR but is even a lot more complex then that. (more like the Silmarillion). I also like V, despite the differences. I think his best book is From Hell which is epic and very very deep Read More

2 Totally respect Him For Cutting All Ties BUT...
Posted on Friday March 6, 2009, 18:11 by fang
why split whatever funds you would have received between cast and crew - why not have it given to worthy causes and do some good with it rather than making the bank balances of those who don't really need it even bigger? Jeez, what were you thinking Alan? Read More

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Posted on Thursday March 5, 2009, 21:37 by markasmarv
he seems ok in any interview iv seen, like a nice enough bloke. But hes a miserable, crochety, viscious old bastard when it comes to his work. Read More

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Posted on Thursday March 5, 2009, 16:20 by dgribble
Fair enough LXG and From Hell were pish movies, but V For Vendetta was excellent. I'm a massive fan of Moore's work (Vfor Vendetta, Watchmen and Killing Joke in particular) but personally I prefer the movie of V For Vendetta to the graphic novel, However I know this will not be the case for Watchmen, but I'm still gonna see it and enjoy it anyway. Sorry Alan, but not all adaptions of your comics are or can be bad. Read More

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Posted on Thursday March 5, 2009, 16:18 by dgribble
Fair enough LXG and From Hell were pish movies, but V For Vendetta was excellent. I'm a massive fan of Moore's work (Vfor Vendetta, Watchmen and Killing Joke in particular) but personally I prefer the movie of V For Vendetta to the graphic novel, However I know this will not be the case for Watchmen, but I'm still gonna see it and enjoy it. Read More

6 I interviewed Alan Moore a couple of weeks ago
Posted on Thursday March 5, 2009, 14:11 by ColonelMustard
He's a really down-to-earth, friendly guy. Top bloke. Sure, get him onto the subject of the movie adaptations and he's - understandably - very unhappy with them. But he's very calm and matter-of fact when he talks about it - though, as he pulls no punches with his opinions of them, it can sound a lot angrier in print. Here's what he said about anyone making a Watchmen movie: "It's a completely pointless idea, because Watchmen, at least in my mind, wasn't about a bunch of slightly dark superheroes in a slightly dark version of our modern world. It was about the storytelling techniques, and the way that me and Dave were altering the range of what it was possible to do in comics; this new way that we'd stumbled upon of telling a comic book story." To be honest, much as I'm very excited to see Watchmen on the big screen, he's got a point. Anyway, you can read the interview in the latest copy of my indie comedy mag Mustard: go to mustard web dot org. Read More

7 Alan Moore is a rare thing...
Posted on Thursday March 5, 2009, 14:00 by batfunk
If only more creative people were like Alan. Apart from his incredible talent, integrity is his shining virtue. The League movie was awful and the Wachowski's V was a complete missed opportunity in tone, content and style. If more writers and artists defended their work, then we might live in a world where we didn't have to put up with such mainstream mediocrity. We need more people to take risks and challenges. Alan's comic books broke away from the mainstream and almost threatened to change the industry at a time when they were creatively redundant. He is the HBO of comics. Read More

8 RE:
Posted on Thursday March 5, 2009, 13:05 by FGT
To be honest I think he's got an extremely inflated opinion of his work. Call them graphic novels all you want Al baby..they're comics not great literature. I've had V, Killing Joke and others from when they came out and I've enjoyed reading them, I even put Boland's Killing joke cover on my wife's crash helmet. However all of this..'oh my precious creation has been corrupted' malakey cracks me up. I'll go to see Watchmen.hope it's ok....God please don't let nit be like League..if it's as good as V I'll be happy Read More

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Posted on Thursday March 5, 2009, 12:03 by keef_mac
Of course he's entitled to his opinion, because he created the damn thing. He creates a story, the characters, narrative and puts years into his work, he's more than entitled to feel agrieved when someone makes a hack version of his work. V for Vendetta wasn't terrible, but movies are too short to convey the full sense of Alan Moore's work. League of Extraordinary Gentleman was just crap. Read More

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Posted on Thursday March 5, 2009, 11:48 by keef_mac
Of course he's entitled to his opinion, because he created the damn thing. He creates a story, the characters, narrative and puts years into his work, he's more than entitled to feel agrieved when someone makes a hack version of his work. V for Vendetta wasn't terrible, but movies are too short to convey the full sense of Alan Moore's work. League of Extraordinary Gentleman was just crap. Read More

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Posted on Thursday March 5, 2009, 09:40 by Anduril666
oldstuff I agree, he does come across as a bit of a nutjob, "spewing bile" (or whatever the hell he said) at films before he's even seen them and being very judgemental about movies like Watchmen, V for Vendetta etc. and point blank refusing to concede that they have some good points. While V was no masterpiece it was not universally panned as a complete disaster as Mr. Moore would have you believe, and it is a bold and interesting movie that deserves more attention, while, if we are to believe the initial reviews of Watchmen, at the very least it is not one great fuck up, again as Moore would have us think. So the guy's either still too angry about his experiences with Hollywood business/politics and consequently judges all new films based on his own bad experiences, too egotistical to not think anyone could possibly make a competent film based on one of his graphic novels, or he's a grumpy old twat: personally, I think it's a mix of all three. Still, that's one magnificRead More

12 the man is a god??
Posted on Thursday March 5, 2009, 04:18 by smiley316
is this alan moore in disguise Read More

13 Just don't get it!
Posted on Wednesday March 4, 2009, 21:23 by oldstuff
I've read the "V for Vendetta" graphic novel and I, honestly, prefer the film. There are minor plot differences between the two but the way that Alan Moore has described it just bears no resemblence to the quality of the film. He is entitled to his opinion but he just comes across as a bit of a loon. Read More

14 RE: 10 Things About Alan Moore
Posted on Wednesday March 4, 2009, 17:34 by Dirty Hartigan
I must say, I love photo #2: Alan Moore, wizard and cuddly tea-drinker! Read More

15 The man is a god
Posted on Wednesday March 4, 2009, 17:28 by Stu Version 1.0
I would give this man my feet, should he request them. Every one of the film's I've seen based on his work has been awful, and Watchmen looks no better, if not worse. It's shiny and overblown and looks like its missed the point entirely, not to mention Zak "Slow-mo" Snyder doesn't exactly help the situation. Read More


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