The leak of the trailer for Zack Snyder’s Watchmen reminded me of this essay from Alan Moore that was included in the V for Vendetta paperback, specifically the introduction:

There’s one at every convention or comic mart or work-in or signing, always one nervous and naive young novice who, during a lull in the questions-and answers session will raise one fluttering hand aloft and inquire, tremulously, “Where do you get your ideas from?” And do you know what we do? We sneer.

The reason why we have to do it is pretty straight forward. Firstly, in the dismal and confused sludge of opinion and half-truth that make up all artistic theory and criticism, it is the only question worth asking. Secondly, we don’t know the answer and we’re scared that somebody will find out.

Learning where the character of V started from, how the process of collaboration transformed him from something dull and perhaps too simple into someone as marvelously complex as he ended up being, always helps to remind me how important it is not to become too attached to any one perspective.

If you’re already there, you’ll never find out where you could have been.