Dave Gibbons: When DC said to us supposing we get some other people to continue WATCHMEN….

Fiona Jerome: How the hell do you continue it?

Alan Moore: We stopped them from doing it.

Gibbons: But what I’m trying to say is - I really believe that Alan and I doing it is intrinsic to its success.

Watchmen roundtable discussion with Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, Martin Skidmore, Fiona Jerome, Steve Whitaker, and Peter Hogan in Fantasy Advertiser #100, March, 1988

From the audience: Do you actually own WATCHMEN?

Alan Moore: My understanding is that when WATCHMEN is finished and DC have not used the characters for a year, they’re ours.

Dave Gibbons: They pay us a substantial amount of money…

Moore: … to retain the rights. So basically they’re not ours, but if DC is working with the characters in our interests then they might as well be. On the other hand, if the characters have outlived their natural life span and DC doesn’t want to do anything with them, then after a year we’ve got them and we can do what we want with them, which I’m perfectly happy with.

Gibbons: What would be horrendous, and DC could legally do it, would be to have Rorschach crossing over with Batman or something like that, but I’ve got enough faith in them that I don’t think they’d do that. I think because of the unique team they couldn’t get anybody else to take it over to do WATCHMEN II or anything else like that, and we’ve certainly got no plans to do WATCHMEN II.

Watchmen panel, moderated by Neil Gaiman, at London’s UK Comic Art Convention, September 21, 1986 (as printed in The Comics Journal #116, July, 1987).