Alan Moore recently did an interview with The Guardian, and shared his thoughts on current movie goers and fans of superhero comics.
"I haven't read any superhero comics since I finished with Watchmen. I hate superheroes. I think they're abominations. They don't mean what they used to mean. They were originally in the hands of writers who would actively expand the imagination of their nine- to 13-year-old audience. That was completely what they were meant to do and they were doing it excellently. These days, superhero comics think the audience is certainly not nine to 13, it's nothing to do with them. It's an audience largely of 30-, 40-, 50-, 60-year old men, usually men. Someone came up with the term graphic novel. These readers latched on to it; they were simply interested in a way that could validate their continued love of Green Lantern or Spider-Man without appearing in some way emotionally subnormal. This is a significant rump of the superhero-addicted, mainstream-addicted audience. I don't think the superhero stands for anything good. I think it's a rather alarming sign if we've got audiences of adults going to see the Avengers movie and delighting in concepts and characters meant to entertain the 12-year-old boys of the 1950s."
Respect his opinion and he makes a good point about the audience changing, but I think he's sounding a little mean spirited to some older fans. If he doesn't read comics on his own, what's the point of being insulting towards people who do? He doesn't know how they're written these days, and a lot of modern writers and comic fans look at Moore's work as a major influence in rebranding comics and making them for adults. I mean, surely when he wrote the Killing Joke it wasn't for 9 - 13 year old boys.
So are you with Alan Moore here, or do you think he's a dick because of this?