Alan Moore has announced his pending retirement from writing comic books. The Watchmen author made the announcement at a press conference for his 1,000,000 page novel Jerusalem (via The Guardian), saying he has "about 250 pages of comics left" before he calls it quits.
“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,” Moore explained.
He went on to say his final works would "probably be very enjoyable," listing his remaining output.
"There are a couple of issues of an Avatar [Press] book that I am doing at the moment, part of the HP Lovecraft work I’ve been working on recently," said Moore, referring to the current Providence with Jacen Burrows. "Me and [artist] Kevin [O'Neill] will be finishing Cinema Purgatorio and we’ve got about one more book, a final book of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen to complete. After that, although I may do the odd little comics piece at some point in the future, I am pretty much done with comics.”
“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," Moore continued. "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.”