Pioneer of the graphic novel, and one of the most beloved contemporary authors, Alan Moore has recently confirmed his retirement from the medium which he mastered. Following the release of his behemoth of a novel, Jerusalem, Alan Moore has stated that he had “about 250 pages of comics left in me”.
The reason for the dramatic retirement from comic writing; boredom. “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. Alan Moore has stated that his initial attraction to the form was how little attention it traditionally received. He enjoyed the freedom to experiment and push boundaries in ways that would ultimately be in part responsible for the resurgence of the medium as a serious art form.
“So, the things that interest me at the moment are the things I don’t know if I can do, like films, where I haven’t got a clue what I am doing, or giant literary novels. Things I wasn’t sure I’d even have the stamina to finish … I know I am able to do anything anyone is capable of doing in the comic book medium. I don’t need to prove anything to myself or anyone else. Whereas these other fields are much more exciting to me. I will always revere comics as a medium. It is a wonderful medium.”
We can expect Moore to continue to exercise his commanding imagination in new and exciting projects, in the same vein as Jerusalem, whose first draft contained about 1 million words. Imagining the editing process is headache inducing. The sheer vastness of the novel is even more impressive when considering that it takes place exclusively in Northampton, the half-square mile town he grew up in. The novel weaves in and out of times as it explores the history of the small town, experimentation abounds in the narrative with segments following Moore’s brother through the 4th dimension alongside a “Lucia Joyce chapter, which is completely incomprehensible … all written in a completely invented sub-Joycean text”.
Alan Moore has always wowed with his ability to remain completely faithful to his vision, executing grand works the way he wants them done. He’s become infamous for having his name stripped from works he does not own, and has turned down large sums of money in movie deals in order not to compromise his work. I, for one, am excited to see what the next Alan Moore project will look like.
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