I feel bad saying this but I haven't read much Moore. Probably because there's so much agreement in his greatness and my tendency to go against the grain, but I've stayed away from his stuff as if it were hot garbage.
HEATHEN. And you call yourself a comic-book fan?! You should feel bad.
Haha, I'm just kidding. But you should definitely check out Moore's stuff - even if there's a lot of hype surrounding it, there is merit to the acclaim that Moore has. You'll be missing out on some of the finest stories in the medium. Check out the DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore trade, it has most of his best DC work collected in one book - For the Man who has Everything, Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow, and Killing Joke. I'd also thoroughly recommend his Saga of Swamp Thing work as well as Miracleman (though the latter is nigh-impossible to get).
thanks for the recommendations! I own the Killing Joke and Watchmen. But I definitely want to check out the DC one you've suggested as well as League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and V for Vendetta.
The problem with Watchmen and V is that I've seen the movies first which will probably ruin my experience slightly. I actually never finished reading Watchmen as it is literally scene for scene like the movie.
Yeah, I can't recommend the DC collection enough - it's just packed with so many classic Moore stories and some lesser-known but still fun ones. Best part is that the colors for the Killing Joke are the original colors - meaning that it's not Bolland's own (in my opinion) dull, realistic colors, but the trippy, LSD-drug look of the original. Really enhances the reading experience.
I also saw Watchmen before reading the comic (don't judge me!), but I find that it's still alright. The movie omits a number of things, and seeing Dave Gibbons' expert use of the nine-panel grid to tell Moore's story is superb.