Steve Bissette makes a case against creator-owned comics as he recounts the fate of 1963:
After working hard all through 2010 with former 1963 creative partner(s) to arrive at a planned (with Alan [Moore]’s permission throughout 2010) reprint edition of the original 1963 series (circa 1993) that would adhere absolutely to Alan’s demands—including that of not using or mentioning his name or affiliation with the project (yes, we found a publisher despite that)—it all ended in a heartbeat early in 2011.
Alan simply pulled the plug, and thus it was all over but the tears.
So, an end to it. And, as a result, I no longer care about mentioning or not mentioning his name. That ended with the 1963 project, save for the legal agreements I signed in 1998 concerning my share of the 1963 properties. There’s no appeasing Alan; that dance is over.
For what it’s worth and not worth, 1963 will never be legally reprinted in any language in our lifetimes.
Maybe, after we’re gone, our now-adult kids will be able to sort it all out.
As he puts it elsewhere, “We will never see a dime from any of that work again, while the quarterly royalties from the DC/Vertigo collected Swamp Thing editions (for which I wrote two book introductions in 2011, more on that in a moment) and John Constantine/Hellraiser arrive, for the most part, like clockwork.” It’s a genuinely depressing story, and another sad entry into the “Alan Moore May Be A Great Writer, But His Interpersonal Skills Might Need Work” annals.