End plans for sequels to Watchmen
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End plans for sequels to Watchmen

    1. Alan David Doane
    2. Petition by

      Alan David Doane

      Glens Falls, NY

Writer Alan Moore co-created Watchmen and signed a contract with DC Comics that under normal industry practices of the time would have seen control of the work revert to Moore and artist Dave Gibbons after the work had gone out of print for a period of time, as was the case with every DC graphic novel created under a similar contract up until Watchmen. Because of the unprecedented quality and success of Watchmen, DC has never allowed the work to go out of print, and therefore has retained legal control of Watchmen for decades longer than anyone at the time could have imagined they would have. We recognize that DC has the legal right to act as they have, but believe that their ongoing stewardship of Watchmen has been ethically dubious at best, and morally reprehensible at worst.

We, the undersigned recognize the rights of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons as co-creators of Watchmen, and we strongly object to DC's continued marketing of this property against the intent of the original contract and the wishes of one of its creators. Further, we abhor DC's frequent attempts to knowingly act in opposition to Moore's wishes, and their attempts to profit off of Watchmen merchandise without paying royalties to the work's creators.

Until such a time as DC Comics can make things right with Moore and reach an accord in which he approves of and endorses further Watchmen sequels, we ask DC to act ethically and in the spirit and intent of the original contract and cease any plans to create derivative works without the permission and approval of the creators, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. We further ask that all writers and artists refuse to work on any derivative works related to Watchmen until DC, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons are all in agreement on the creation of new Watchmen properties.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Moore "Grateful" For Petition

      Alan David Doane
      Petition Organizer

      Alan Moore speaks out on Watchmen 2 and addresses this petition in a new interview. Please spread the word!

    2. New essay on the wrongness of Watchmen 2

      Alan David Doane
      Petition Organizer

      Please give this a read and share it with your friends and followers. I'd like to see us get to 400 signatures this week!

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. News Coverage of Stop Watchmen 2 Petition

      Alan David Doane
      Petition Organizer

      A number of sites have noted our efforts:

      http://www.geeksofdoom.com/2011/12/30/dont-make-it-happen-sign-the-petition-against-a-watchmen-prequel/

      http://www.themarysue.com/petition-to-stop-watchmen-2/

      http://blog.newsarama.com/2011/12/28/we-the-undersigned/

      As I write this, we're closing in on 150 signees. Please spread the word about the petition and help us hit the goal of 1000 signatures.

    5. Reached 100 signatures
    6. Christopher Allen of Trouble With Comics Comments on the Watchmen Petition

      Alan David Doane
      Petition Organizer

      Over at Trouble With Comics, Christopher Allen explains why he signed the petition.

    7. Reached 50 signatures
    8. Abhay Khosla posts the "official announcement" of Watchmen 2

      Alan David Doane
      Petition Organizer

      Abhay Khosla is a lawyer and longtime comics commentator of note.

    9. Reached 10 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Pascal BERGER BOINVILLE, FRANCE
      • over 2 years ago

      Innovate rather than copy.

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    • Shawn Churchill SEFFNER, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      Alan Moore's Watchmen is complete already. To pen "Before Watchmen" displays a lack of creativity and propriety at DC Comics. Not to mention a slap in Moore's face, continuing to profit from one of the best selling DC graphic novels of all time by essentially writing prequel rubbish.

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    • Simon Barré-Brisebois DORVAL, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      One of the reason why Watchmen worked so well was because Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons were the soul of this series. Without them, the "Before Watchmen" project wouldn't have the same charm and respect for its readers Watchmen has. Unless DC Comics end their dubious ways and give Moore and Gibbons the money and rights they deserve, I refuse to read something that could possibly turn Watchmen into some Gazillion franchise and, if DC wants to make more volumes of Watchmen, turn it into one of those endless soap operas.

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    • Eric Rimes STATESBORO, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because Watchmen exists as a finished story. Everything needed 1s there, and adding to it is just an obvious way of trying to cash in on an artist's creation. It reeks of anti-art.

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    • Brian Wiliamson TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      If Moore had given his blessing, I wouldn't be signing. If I write a book and someone else wants to write a sequel to it, i figure I should have some say in how that plays out.

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