Alan Moore’s daughter Leah responded to an article on the superhero film industry by stating that this is why her father was so angry.
Leah Moore, a writer and the daughter of comic book icon Alan Moore, responded to a discussion of a recent Hollywood Reporter article about comic book writers who are underpaid for their work by finding that those in the article The things discussed are part of the reason her father is so angry with the entertainment industry.
Moore has defended her famous father quite openly over the years, disliking the idea of his anger being portrayed as being unreasonable when she obviously feels that it isn’t, and articles like that Hollywood Reporters let people learn how messed things can be for even the best comic book writers in the world like Alan Moore (for example, the article cites complaints from Ed Brubaker and Ta-Nehisi Coates, two of the most successful comic book writers working today) . .
Moore tweeted, “To see people share the Hollywood Reporter article and wonder why this is news? Why did father leave, why has he been angry for over 30 years. Why doesn’t he want to chat about movies or television? He was the best and she did it to him and every interviewer acted like he was an idiot. “
This is reminiscent of a similar social media post the younger Moore made in 2019, which also explains her father’s anger.
At the time she wrote about how much he loved superhero comics so much that “he tried to make them something that provoked thoughts and feelings, that addressed problems, that spoke to people, like superheroes had always spoken to him to me. I have his collection of Marvel comics that I have dumbfounded by reading and loving. I’ve heard of his excitement so many times over finding a stash of second-hand Marvel comics in a junk shop, box, or buying them from the weirdos of Great Yarmouth on vacation. He couldn’t love superhero comics anymore if he tried. Jack Kirby was his idol, Ditko was his idol. “
Moore noted, however, that “the medium he worshiped was ruled by corrupt despots, that the people who did this magic were abused, that their contribution was not appreciated, that it was stolen from them. He hated that even before Watchmen . He already knew. ” Kirby had been bullied. When it happened to him and then again and then again, it wasn’t just a failed business or a bit of bad luck, it broke him. The thing he loved most, the thing … he put * all * time and energy into it all his life, he couldn’t do it anymore. “
So she ended with, “Can you imagine that he wouldn’t have been fucked? What if, instead of being the grumpy Alan Moore Shouting From His Cave, he’d spent the last 40 years editing book after book for DC and the rest? full of superheroes he loves? Do you enjoy comics? It’s a bloody shame. “
And now, with this Hollywood Reporter article, more fans seem to understand what she was talking about in 2019.
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