Ya Gotta Love Alan Moore…

(Alan Moore. Photograph: Joe Brown)

…And here’s why, from Sam Leith’s recent article in The Guardian about his retirement from writing comic books to concentrate on writing fiction:

“I’m really enjoying just writing prose fiction,” he [Moore] says. “Because, in some ways, to me, that seems the purest medium. You’ve got 26 characters, and a peppering of punctuation. With that, you can describe the entire conceivable universe.”

And, of course, there’s this one:

I’m definitely done with comics…I haven’t written one for getting on for five years. I will always love and adore the comics medium but the comics industry and all of the stuff attached to it just became unbearable.

What I see here in this piece is the true yin and yang of the professional writer. We loves us the words, but the people who pay us for them are a whole ‘nuther matter.