Alan Moore may claim he wants to retire from comicdom, but he’s still been involved in writing well after saying he’d withdraw. Now, in another dumb stunt attempting to defy irrelevancy, he writes his own absurd jab at the Comicsgate consumer movement in a joke letter, even after most other writers/artists have learned such taunts will do them no good.
Writer Alan Moore seems set to retire from comics with the release of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. IV, The Tempest #6, on which he’s working with artist Kevin O’Neill. However, the legendary comics writer didn’t leave the business without making a statement on Comicsgate.
The letter reads, “Dear Al and Kev: As a middle-aged conservative incel sitting wedged behind my keyboard, trolling Alexandria Ocasio Cortez with my Batman T-shirt covered in Pringles, can I just ask, with a straight face, why you’re leaving the comics business? Yours, Hiram J. Comicsgate III, Oklahodahio.” The response from Moore and O’Neill is an equally tongue-in-cheek response, reading at one point, “You’re the most intelligent and appreciative we could ever have hoped for.“
The letter is a joke written by Moore, as each issue of the series features obviously fake letters for the creative team to answer.
Well, Moore’s awfully late to the game, as most other writers who were making fools of themselves attacking a consumer movement that was intended as a call for artistic improvements finally cut it out by the end of last year. Still, it’s a shame that a guy who you might have thought wanted to challenge establishment rule would stoop to something juvenile as this.
And is he really retiring from comicdom? These scribes all say stuff, but it later turns out this is hardly the case. I honestly wish Moore would, since that way we could retain our ability to be impressed with his past resume far more than this idiocy allows us to do. A pity folks like him can’t just keep their mouths shut as they’ve clearly got nothing more to say.
Originally published here.