Watchmen. Batman: The Killing Joke. V for Vendetta. What do all of these titles have in common? Alan Moore. The celebrated writer, whose career has spanned almost 40 years, has brought a great deal of wonder & social commentary to the landscape of comic books.
It was revealed by CBR.com today, however, that the iconic writer has recently announced his plans to retire. During a press conference for his latest novel entitled Jerusalem (named after the poem by William Blake), Moore stated that he has “about 250 pages of comics left in me”. In an interview with The Guardian, Moore also mentioned that he has “a couple of issues of an Avatar [Press] book that I am doing at the moment, part of the HP Lovecraft work I’ve been working on recently. Me and Kevin will be finishing Cinema Purgatorio and we’ve got about one more book, a final book of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen to complete. After that, although I may do the odd little comics piece at some point in the future, I am pretty much done with comics.”
Mr. Moore said that his decision came to him when he realized that he had become too comfortable in the medium of comics. He mused that if he continued with them, “inevitably the ideas would suffer”. Moore mentioned that his interests have now shifted to “the things I don’t know if I can do, like films, where I haven’t got a clue what I am doing, or giant literary novels.”
Back in 2014, after writing a rebuttal to accusations that there was racism & sexism in his work, Moore said in an interview that he planned to retire from public life. However, it seems that this time, his plans may stick.