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A man of many talents
Filthy hippy.

Alan Moore is a cantankerous mentally-unbalanced British anarchist-wizard who authored supposedly "epic shit" including From Hell, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Lost Girls, V for Vendetta, Watchmen, Swamp Thing, and Neonomicon. While he is generally regarded by comic book nerds as the greatest writer ever, he has also been the center of lulzy incidents involving the debate of creator's rights and fistfights with other writers of the comic book media.

Also, if you are going to criticize Alan Moore's works in the Internet, be ready to be brutally assaulted by his horde of white-knight fans.


   
 
I was reading some Alan Moore Marvelman for some reason today. I found one in the back there and I couldn't believe. I pick it up and there are fucking two rapes in it and I suddenly think how many times has somebody been raped in an Alan Moore story? And I couldn't find a single one where someone wasn't raped except for Tom Strong, which I believe was a pastiche. We know Alan Moore isn't a misogynist but fuck, he's obsessed with rape.
 

 
 

—Grant Morrison

A Brief Resume of His Career

Alan's final form

Moore already started out his career with mind-boggling works such as The Ballad of Halo Jones, which is about the bizarre misadventures of some chick in a dystopian future with her cyborg dog; Captain Britain, in which a British clone of Captain America fights against an insane English politician who can warp reality into a cesspool of non-sensical shit; and Marvelman (which was later changed for Miracleman because Marvel Comics threatened to sue the company of that comic for simply using the word Marvel), where he basically shows what would happen if Superman abused his powers to the extent he would cause a massive carnage. His breakthrough in the comic book industry finally came with V for Vendetta, in which he explored his controversial political views with the adventures of a terrorist that went around exploding buildings and killing fascists while wearing a Guy Fawkes mask. This comic also spawned a generation of retards who believed that wearing a Guy Fawkes mask in public would make them feared by conservative fags just like Moore's hero.

Astonished with Moore's talent, DC Comics decided to hire him so he could use his mind-screwing stories in DC's iconic characters such as Superman, Batman and Swamp Thing. In 1986, Moore reached the peak of his career with Watchmen, which to this day is constantly mentioned by comic book geeks as the landmark of the comic books the source of countless unfunny memes featuring Watchmen character Rorschach. However, Moore didn't have a chance to taste the success of his work, as eventually he would get in a messy dispute with DC for the ownership of Watchmen. Obviously, the sneaky jews DC are, Moore lost all the rights of his comic, which let him utterly bitter with the comic book industry in America. This didn't stop him of releasing other works such as From Hell, but this time he was smart enough to publish them in minor companies that certainly wouldn't treat him as an expendable insane hippie.

Attitude to Moralfags

In 2009, London Anon member Drunk Jedi managed to corner Moore in Forbidden Planet and asked him how he felt about the EFG mask being used by various causes.

Being a gigantic egofag, Moore flounced self-importantly about how OBVIOUSLY he hates all the movies based on his work and weeps orphans' tears over every (or ever other) million dollars they make him, and how objectionable it was that Anon was using MOVIE LICENSED MERCHANDISE masks for their IRL raids.

What, does he want us all to look like this?

He did, however, admit pride at how his work had become a universally adopted symbol of the angry, anonymous body politic. This has been analysed by scientists at Lolledge U as both unspeakably faggy, and kind of cool.

Take it how you like it.

Before Watchmen

That makes sense to him because he used to take LSD.

In 2012, DC Comics managed to outrage Moore again by announcing the release of the series Before Watchmen, their latest blatant attempt to cash out of Moore's characters. Mr. Moore is already angry enough with the way how DC exploited Watchmen over the years, but this recent turn of events seems that hit the high point of Moore's angry meter, as his below comment shows:


   
 
My reaction [to the prequels] is a certain degree of weary contempt -- It’s gone beyond anger. It’s almost tragically comical. It’s commerce over art. I’m proud of the work I did on Watchmen, but it’s surrounded by such a toxic cloud of memories. I wish I didn’t have to go through them. I don’t even have a copy of the book in the house.
 

 
 

Moreover, Moore showed to be strongly disapproval to anyone who agrees with the idea of Before Watchmen. He even burned bridges with his long-time friend and Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons because Gibbons accepted the offer of being a creative consultant in the Watchmen prequels, and harshly criticized the readers who thought in buying those comics.

 
 
I have to say that if you are a reader that just wanted your favorite characters on tap forever, and never cared about the creators, then actually you’re probably not the kind of reader that I was looking for. I have a huge respect for my audience. On the occasions when I meet them, they seem, I like to think, to be intelligent and scrupulous people. If people do want to go out and buy these Watchmen prequels, they would be doing me an enormous favor if they would just stop buying my other books. When I think of my audience, I like to have good thoughts and think about how lucky I am to have one that is as intelligent as mine and as moral as mine. [...] The kind of readers who are prepared to turn a blind eye when the people who create their favorite reading material, their favorite characters, are marginalized or put to the wall — that’s not the kind of readers I want. So, even if it means a huge drop in sales upon my other work, I would prefer it that way. I mean, there’s no way I can police this, of course. But, I would hope that you wouldn’t want to buy a book knowing that its author actually had complete contempt for you. So, I’m hoping that will be enough.
 

 

The comment seemed that divided the community between nerds who agreed with Moore's opinion and nerds who felt butthurt that their British comic god is bashfully disapproval of them if they consider to buy the Before Watchmen comics. There was also another faction who didn't agree with Moore's words, this group mostly basing their opinions on the fact that most of Moore's characters are based in characters that were created by other people, so he would come across as a huge hypocrite for criticizing other creators for using his characters:

   
 
Yeah, I will not be buying Watchmen. The professionals who worked on it are scabs. If you are buying it, you are a scab.
 

 
 

—Stuart

   
 
I find these statements more insulting to other creators than to the fans. So we are immoral if we want to support a new comic by, for example, Darwyn Cooke? That’s ridiculous.
 

 
 

—Neal K

   
 
Id agree with what he said if he hadn’t ever written Lost Girls and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. So, fans of Stevenson, Wells, Barrie, Carroll, Stoker, Baum and Doyle should… go Fuck themselves then?? Because I’m fairly certain at least ONE of the above authors would be a might upset with certain aspects of Moore’s work on characters he didn’t create.
 

 
 

—Nic

   
 
Siegel and Shuster got screwed over the rights to Superman. Alan Moore earned income by writing Superman stories. Just throwing that out there.
 

 
 

—Cory Arsenault

Slapfight with Other Creators

As previously mentioned, Moore tends to have a heated relationship with some of his fellow comic book creators. Aside of defriending his colleague Dave Gibbons because of the Before Watchmen fiasco, he has a notorious animosity with writers Frank Miller and Grant Morrison, who, interestingly enough, are creators of likewise batshit insane nature as him. In Miller's case, this rivalry has been going since they both started working with comics during the 80's - Moore even went to make fun of Miller's take in the Marvel Comics character Daredevil by making a comic about him, featured in the gallery below.

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