If you absolutely had to interview Alan Moore about Big Two Comics (or else, I dunno, face the wrath of Adamm Hawke), could you think of five worthwhile questions?
1. You’ve made clear in recent years that your disdain for the face of modern ‘mainstream’ comics stems not only from corrupt industry practices, but at this point a general distaste for the superhero genre that dominates it after years of working in that field. Is that primarily as a matter of their current status as corporately controlled IP farms, or have you come to view there being a fundamental rot to the concept?
2. In what regard would you say that reflects on the success or failure of your attempts at the reclamation and restoration of the genre with the likes of Supreme and America’s Best Comics?
3. You’ve repeatedly commented on the unhealthiness of 21st century pop culture lionizing and recapitulating stories made to address the 20th. Your own recent comics work on the other hand - including your reputed final substantial project in the medium with Kevin O’Neill, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 4: The Tempest - has been dominated by protagonists of the 19th, with the most recent LOEG volume concluding with them defeating one of the 21st century’s most beloved pop-cultural figures. You clearly see your work with Mina Murray and Allan Quatermain as in a significantly different category than the continued usage of the likes of Superman; there are obvious financial, legal, and moral dimensions to working with public domain characters as opposed to a licensed figure of Warner Brothers, but on a storytelling level, what do you see as differentiating your continuing their adventures from similar efforts with other, typically more contemporary figures?
4. I apologize in advance for the next question, given the inevitability of both the discomfort and the familiarity associated with it, but I’m quite sure I will be literally fired and quite possibly murdered in the street if I fail to touch on this: have you been made aware that DC’s Chief Creative Officer is currently penning a comic book crossover between Watchmen and the larger world of DC?
5. On a final note, given the subject matter at hand I have to admit surprise that the last time I’m aware of that you brought up the superhero genre it was in a decidedly positive light, as you expressed your admiration for Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s Young Avengers alongside their work in Phonogram and The Wicked + The Divine. It’s of course a comic above and beyond the vast, vast majority of its contemporaries, but what drew you to that project to a degree that overrode your distaste for the circumstances it was born into?
The Doomsday Clock was created in 1947 to representing how close we are to a global catastrophe. It’s maintained by the members of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board.
The group of scientists, including 16 Nobel Laureates, announced this morning that we have moved dangerously close to all-out disaster. The Clock’s recent advance to two and a half minutes means that scientists and experts agree that we are teetering on the brink of societal collapse or an apocalyptic scale nuclear war, which symbolically occurs at midnight exactly.
In the years since the Clock was created we have only been this close to midnight once, in 1953 when the Hydrogen Bomb was first tested. Further, the minute hand has only changed nineteen times since the Clocks creation.
This is not an announcement to take lightly or brush off – these scientists are all renowned geniuses in their respective fields and they have never been known to change the Time casually or without very strong reasoning.
To those that are sick of politics and don’t see the point in discussing the current state of the world: THIS is the point. THIS is the result of widespread apathy, lack of education, and disinterest in current events.
Once upon a time Rome was a magnificent and powerful empire, but it still crumbled to the ground at the peak of its glory. As an Archaeology student I can tell you that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
The final sentence in the Doomsday report this morning gave a warning, “Wise public officials should act immediately, guiding humanity away from the brink. If they do not, wise citizens must step forward and lead the way.”