ALAN MOORE On The Fans Who Will Buy ‘BEFORE WATCHMEN’ ILU, Alan.
Yo! I’m riding on this here high horse, and I’m swooping down with some awesomeness from Alan Moore on the fans who will buy Before Watchmen. Note: I know he’s generalizing since I think Rendar and others here at OL are going to buy it, and they seem like decent enough people. You know. Friends. A brother. But still. I fist-pump to the sentiment while acknowledging the necessary middle ground everywhere in Existence.
“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 theseWatchmen 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.”