Alan Moore says he turned down $2M to endorse Watchmen prequels

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Dec 17, 2012

We already know original Watchmen creator Alan Moore isn't a fan of the new Before Watchmen run of prequel comics. He's so opposed, in fact, that he apparently turned down about $2 million when DC asked for his blessing. Now, that's sticking to your convictions.

In an interview with Left Lion, Moore touched on his experience in the lead-up to the release of Before Watchmen, which is currently rolling out new issues. Judging by his statement below, it seems he didn't even blink at the offer:

"Well, they asked me if they could give me a huge amount of money to bring out these Watchmen prequel comics - which they were going to do anyway - and that was probably a couple of million dollars. I should imagine with all of the films it would be another few million? In a way it's really empowering to do that.

You can't buy that kind of empowerment. To just know that as far as you are aware, you have not got a price; that there is not an amount of money large enough to make you compromise even a tiny bit of principle that, as it turned out, would make no practical difference anyway. I'd advise everyone to do it, otherwise you're going to end up mastered by money and that's not a thing you want ruling your life. Money's fine if it enables you to enjoy your life and to be useful to other people. But as something that is a means to an end, no, it's useless."

Now, though Moore remains a staunch opponent of the prequel series, original Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons was reportedly paid in the neighborhood of half a million dollars to get behind the series, which he did, bringing some legitimacy to the project in the eyes of hardcore fans.

What do you think? Do you respect Moore more for sticking to his guns, or do you think he's nuts for turning down the cash?

(Bleeding Cool via Left Lion)

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