Alan Moore, most notably know for writing Watchmen and V for Vendetta, has announced that he will be retiring from comics.
According to The Guardian, while promoting his upcoming novel Jerusalem in London, Alan Moore explained why he decided to bring an end to his comics career:
“I think I have done enough for comics. I’ve done all that I can. I think if I were to continue to work in comics, inevitably the ideas would suffer, inevitably you’d start to see me retread old ground and I think both you and I probably deserve something better than that.”
Moore did acknowledge that he wouldn’t retire immediately from comics, but that he only had about 250 pages of comics left before finishing up the last of his current projects. Moore’s current projects include an HP Lovecraft inspired comic, the remainder of his work on the series Cinema Purgatorio, and the final volume of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Moore also expressed his distaste for the superhero dominated mainstream and said that this century needs and deserves its own new culture. It would seem that More is specifically tired of one caped hero who stalks the night.
“The superhero movies – characters that were invented by Jack Kirby in the 1960s or earlier – I have great love for those characters as they were to me when I was a 13-year-old boy. They were brilliantly designed and created characters. But they were for 50 years ago. I think this century needs, deserves, its own culture. It deserves artists that are actually going to attempt to say things that are relevant to the times we are actually living in. That’s a long-winded way of me saying I am really, really sick of Batman.”
It seems Moore will still be keeping himself busy with other media, such as films and literary novels. Moore feels that he has proven what he is able to achieve with regards to comics and that it is time to challenge himself in new media.