Dear Alan Moore,
I have been reading on the internet how you maybe upset over the whole Before Watchmen thing. I know you are upset about Watchmen because the contract you signed was standard fare and you never thought the product would be in publication forever. Now that you made a deal that happened to make you rich, you have been crying about how unfair it is to you. Of course I never noticed that you really cared about the fact that you were ripping off the work of the original Charlton characters that DC had purchased. Of course your first big hit which was Swamp Thing was your creation, oh no wait it wasn’t and I believe Len Wein and Berni Wrightson get credit for that. Of course that was derivative of other earlier work. Let’s move on to you doing work on LOEG which is I believe is your creator owned work, although someone else had the rights to market the movie I guess. LOEG is very original using famous characters throughout literacy history that are now in the public domain and making them work all together in a group. Again, originality I guess for the story, not so much characters. In fact I can’t think of one character that you personally created that were unique as to not be derivative.
I believe you have some strong ideas and write some terrific stories that turn conventions on there respective ear and see things in a different way then most of us. Tom Strong was damn fun and about as original as anything you have done. Derivative is not a bad thing, and stuff like Tom Strong, Top Ten and other books are great reads. I admire how strong of a writer you are and wish that you would write for Marvel or DC to give these stale pieces of junk a kick in the arse. It is just that I have no sympathy or sorrow that the Watchmen are not in your control. Blue Beetle, The Question, Captain Atom and the rest were never your creations in the first place.
In fact the whole creator argument is a little warped. I seldom see anyone stating that while Siegel, Shuster, Lee, Kirby, Ditko and all the rest did not get perhaps what we now perceived as their due for how much money their creations make for the big companies, but would Avengers have made it this far if it was not for the tons of writers and artist who have continued the series forever. Let’s face it we are not seeing characters like the Shadow, The Spider, Silver Star, Ms. Mystic, Iron Jaw and the rest on lunchboxes, underwear, video games, cartoons and the movies. The most popular characters have been known for years because writers and artists build from what came before.
Now I’m also tired of the cape and cowl set and have no great love for Marvel or DC as corporate giants and have been reading more and more off the wall stuff and creator owned material. Happily Walking Dead is showing that creator owned material can become as successful as many corporate owned properties. I love to see more and more creator owned material as it is often fresher and has the ability to allow change and growth. No big two company would have let Kirkman kill off Rick’s wife and baby and now Abraham. So let creators rule, but let the past be built on by other writers. Just remember that Bob Kane is known as Batman’s creator but many of the concepts that made the movies by Nolan so cool were done by others years and years later. So Bob Kane would not get to say all the money made on Batman is because of him, because it took a hell of a lot of people to make it something this special.
To end my letter to you Mr. Moore I just want to say, please be quiet about the bad breaks that made you so much money you can tell everyone to f**k off and die. Just go back and be the crazy guy who produces fantastic stories and I will look out for them to read. If you self publish or whatever I’m sure you will have good stories to tell and I respect your decision to never work for DC again, but from what I can see they did not rape you. If anything they took you out to a fine dining restaurant, shared a bottle of fine wine with you and then had consensual sex with you.
If my letter angers you please feel free to comment or e-mail me directly. Heck come by the house and we can have a few drinks and talk some more. Maybe you can bring the mushrooms.