James Robison responds to Alan Moore

Robinson fears Moore will send a homunculus to kill him in retaliation.

After Alan Moore railed against the lack of originality in the comic industry this past week, specifically taking aim at Geoff John’s current Blackest Night story, James Robinson opted to respond via Twitter:

"I was thinking about Alan Moore’s remarks about Blackest
Night. And albeit this is me, here, the guy who made such a mess of
LOEG but he’s basically saying that comics are dead because they dare
to draw from past continuity, which is actually I believe one of the
appeals of comics to some degree. Comics are a medium that has since
the 60s at least built stories on the stories that have gone before.

As to the subject of originality, let’s not forget that while the
stories Moore has told were incredible and Watchmen may well be a work
of genius, with the exception of Big Numbers which was never finished,
everything of note he’s written was the reinterpretation of someone
else’s work. Marvelman, Swamp Thing, Watchmen (Charlton heroes) even
From Hell (although he denies it) borrows greatly from Jack the Ripper:
The Final Solution by Stephen Knight which was very much the read du
jour back in the day.

And let’s not forget that Watchman, as brilliant as it was, had an
ending taken from an episode of the Outer Limits. I know this sounds
mean, but all I’m saying is that comics are a medium where one creator
feeds off the work of others. That’s the nature of the beast (I guess I
should amend that to say superhero comics). I love reading Moore’s
work, but I find a sliver of hypocrisy in him taking such holier than
though view of things. But then as talented as he is, if he has a flaw
it, it’s that he’s always taken himself too seriously.

Oh and while I list the major works of Moore that wouldn’t exist
without the prior work of others how could I forget Lost Girls and
LOEG? Now him being a warlock and all he’s probably going to send a
homunculus to get me. It’s taken me this long to train the one have to
do the dishes. I don’t know if I have the patience to go through that
all over again. And my apartment building has a rule about too many
pets."

We’ve got your back here at the Outhouse James.  Mr. Poolman is preparing the Poolbots for your defense as we speak.

Source: Bleeding Cool

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Posted originally: 2009-09-23 08:26:41

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