Yeah I guess I feel similarly about the racist stuff in LEAGUE (Fu Manchu, and the Pollywog). The series is all about taking these public domain characters, and telling an alternate history with them. There’s a lot of fucking racist shit in history, and in literature! So I get what he’s doing.
Also…if someone says that maybe Moore isn’t the best person to be reclaiming racist literary tropes by embracing them in a postmodern way, that’s a fair argument too!
He really does ask a lot of his readers, doesn’t he? That’s not bad, of course, but when you’re elevating a genre often considered to be little more than for children, you have to expect bumps in the road…
I wonder if part of “he’s a grumpy old curmudgeon” is from Moore coming from Northampton and having a Northamptonshire accent. Just like Stuart Lee’s Telford accent maybe sounds unfamiliar and flat to folk from foreign parts; like Cambridge, Peterborough or Derby, and beyond.
I’ve been hung up on this for the past couple of days. This is for all future adaptations of his work. When did he make this request? If it were made prior to the release of the Watchmen HBO series, then we can see if Warner Bros. followed through. But if it were made after, like in response to the series, then that means no money has been donated so far.
It’s a great request that he’s made. I’m just confused about whether or not it’s happened yet.
Is it true that he refuses all money he is entitled to from the film companies, asking for it to be divvied up among the film’s writers and other creatives? “I no longer wish it to even be shared with them. I don’t really feel, with the recent films, that they have stood by what I assumed were their original principles. So I asked for DC Comics to send all of the money from any future TV series or films to Black Lives Matter.”
And there is also this article from 2008 which seems to back that up:
Grumpy he may seem. But what he did with Watchmen is to point out how horrible the idea of the super hero would be applied to the real world. My experience is that sometimes comic fans have a problem with Moore coming in and putting things on their head and using the medium of comics to take a good look at what super hero comics are.