Parting Shot: Grant Morrison Responds To Alan Moore’s Ongoing Criticism
Alan Moore has lost a few friends, and fans, in recent years. The legendary writer has spent quite some time voicing his vehement opposition to the practices of DC, Marvel, and mainstream comics publishing in general, but what has bothered many is Moore’s dismissive tone toward current creators, as he often illustrates that he has little to no regard for the work of any writers who have come up in recent years.
This consistently negative rhetoric has led some, including Jason Aaron in a notable post from last year, to renounce their previous support of the famed Watchmen scribe. Now Grant Morrison — spurred by a recent series of articles from writer Pádraig Ó Méalóid that cover, among other things, the perceived feud between he and Moore — has responded to Moore’s ongoing accusations that that Morrison has been stealing from him for years.The entire thing is worth a read, but here’s a highlight from Morrison’s response that certainly stands out:
I find it tragic but quite pertinent to this piece that the loudest voice in our business – the one that carries the furthest and is taken most seriously by the mainstream media – is the one that offers nothing but contempt and denunciation, with barely a single good word to say about any of the many accomplished and individual writers currently working in mainstream comics, let alone the wealth of brilliant indie creators.Does he ever, for instance, use his high media profile to do anything other than steer potential readers away from modern comic books and their creators – while over-playing his own achievements and placing himself centre stage at every turn? How hard would it be to say something encouraging, positive, or hopeful about the generally improved standard of writing in all comic books these days? Or at least say nothing at all.
And if I may untangle the logic behind so much of his hectoring: Moore constantly reiterates the idea that all modern comics are copied from stuff he did in the ’80s – and they’re all rubbish!
Is he genuinely saying that his influence has been entirely malignant? If he actually believed that, I’d almost feel sorry for him. I see my own influence all over the place and I’m quite chuffed.
(Via The Beat)