A master of his craft is saying goodbye to the comic book medium. Alan Moore has officially announced that he's moving on from comics to try new challenges (well, after a few more current projects),
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. Me and Kevin [O'Neil] 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.
Although Moore's official retirement from comics is sad news -- the man's extensive, incredible bibliography speaks for itself. So many iconic pieces of comic book history have his fingerprints all over them. But Moore has been discussing this exit for a while now, and has long expressed a desire to pass the torch to a younger generation of comic book luminaries. As he told The Guardian, he thinks he's reached his natural end point already:
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.
While there is that promise that one day he might come back for a project here and there, it's a little heartbreaking to see the end of an era like this.