At a recent press conference to promote his second novel, Jerusalem, writer Alan Moore announced that he was planning to retire from comics. “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,” he said, before adding he had something like “250 pages of comics” left in him.
Moore, of course, has contributed significantly to the modern comics scene, trying his hand at everything from superhero adventures to dark urban fantasies. “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 longwinded way of me saying I am really, really sick of Batman,” Moore said.
Instead of comics, Moore plans to work on projects in other mediums. “The things that interest me at the moment are the things I don’t know if I can do, like films . . . or giant literary novels.” Moore continues that he will always revere comics as a medium, however.
Moore plans to finish up “Cinema Purgatorio” with Kevin O’Neill. He also has one more “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” book in the pipeline and another book for Avatar. Jerusalem is slated to release on September 17.[Via]