Which is a bit of a sensationalist headline, honestly, because he’s not actually retiring from writing, just from writing comic books. Given how disgusted that Alan Moore has seemed with the comics industry as a whole and the adaptations of his work specifically, that’s not really a huge surprise. He made the announcement at a press conference for his newest book, Jerusalem, along with the following comments:
I think I have done enough for comics. I’ve done all that I can. I think if I were to continue to work in comics, inevitably the ideas would suffer, inevitably you’d start to see me retread old ground and I think both you and I probably deserve something better than that,” he said.
“So, the things that interest me at the moment are the things I don’t know if I can do, like films, where I haven’t got a clue what I am doing, or giant literary novels. Things I wasn’t sure I’d even have the stamina to finish … I know I am able to do anything anyone is capable of doing in the comic book medium. I don’t need to prove anything to myself or anyone else. Whereas these other fields are much more exciting to me. I will always revere comics as a medium. It is a wonderful medium.”
As much as we joke around about Moore and his role as comics’ resident curmudgeon, the amount he’s done for the medium and allowing it to be taken seriously is unprecedented. Thank you very much, Alan Moore, and we’ll miss you, but we’re really looking forward to the books and films you’re about to right. There’s more mediums for your and your beard to conquer.