Fast Company’s Co-Create blog has a great story on Before Watchmen, including input from Alan Moore that goes beyond the cartoonish curmudgeon that he seems to be in danger of becoming in a lot of reports:
I thought about it for a while–I could perhaps sue, although I suspect DC would be very comfortable with that. They have a whole battery of lawyers who could continue to fight this case for decades. And it’s not like I’m after money. It’s always been about the dignity and integrity of the work. I just want them not to do something. There’s no point in wasting resources for decades, when effectively, if there’s a legal case, I’d be prohibited from speaking about it, which DC is more worried about.
Moore also thanks those protesting the announcement of the project, and bemoans the franchise-centric nature of comics these days… a point that Jim Lee’s response underscores, as he talks about “[o]ne of the key characteristics of the comic book medium [being] that it is not brought to life by just one voice… These universes are developed and evolved by multiple creative voices, over multiple generations.” The entire medium, Jim? Really?