Anyone planning to boycott Before Watchmen on principle because Alan Moore objects to how DC’s handled his work might want to consider how that same principle applies to Superman and anything that builds on Kirby’s back catalog; Moore’s situation isn’t unique just because he’s still alive and available for withering comment.

from Alex Pappademas’ great  "Great Moments in Nerd Trolling: The Watchmen Prequels piece in Grantland

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not thrilled with the idea of Watchmen Prequels for a whole host of reasons.  But I think all of us, particularly comics creators, have blood on our hands when it comes to working on properties whose creators have still not been properly compensated for our work. 

That includes me and my work-for-hire Marvel and DC work, as well as Alan Moore, who arguably built his career on other people’s characters (some in the public domain, many not).

 I wrote and co-created an animated short for called DRAGON, for SUCKER PUNCH,  the new movie by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen).  I wasn’t actually allowed to read the script, but the upside of that was that I was given free reign to create the characters and world.  (If people are interested, I may post the script, and if I can figure out how, the animatic…the latter is a big ass file).

For something that was envisioned as a “motion comic”, I think they animated the hell out of it, and I love that Keith David (Spawn) is speaking words that I wrote.

There’s an HD version of this on iTunes, which you can download for free.