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15 Responses to “Watchmen Poster”

  1. Wrecktum says:

    I don’t get it.

  2. Ian Sinclair says:

    Dave Gibbons was drawing the first few WATCHMEN comics in England when he moved house. He told the fellow he sold his house to that he was still expecting several packages to be delivered to that address and to please call him when they arrived, as one of them he was very eager to receive. So the fellow did and Dave drove to his old house, ripped open the box and, excited, pressed a copy of WATCHMEN #1 into the guy’s hands. The guy resisted, telling Dave he never read “comics” (as comic books are called in England) and Dave practically had to beg him to take a copy. A month later the guy calls Dave and tells him “Dave – WATCHMEN number two is here.. and it’s fantastic!”

  3. That surely can’t be “the” poster….I think it’s a comic-con teaser poster. I LOVE the casting for the film and just ordered the entire 12 issues on Amazon (paperback ed.) for $7.00!

  4. Aris P says:

    Wrecktum – what don’t you get exactly?

  5. Wrecktum says:

    I assumed it was a theatrical one-sheet, which makes no sense. Upon reflection, if it’s just a comic-con one-off, then I understand.
    But what I still don’t get is the lack of depth of field in the poster. And I don’t understnad why there’s an absence of any sense of motion in the illustration. I’d chalk it up to shitty drawing by teh artist but that would be absurd, wouldn’t it? So what gives?

  6. Me says:

    I would wager serious money that is not the movie poster. That is specific art from one of the issues of the comics (they all had very strange perspective openings).
    I doubt it has anything to do with the movie, other than people selling the original comic posters or did a reprint of the comic posters to go with the news that the movie might finally be in the works.

  7. Alan Cerny says:

    Wrecktum, I’m not sure if you’ve read the comic at all, but that’s very indicative of the cover art. It’s also a very important scene in the story.

  8. Me says:

    The more I think about it, it could be by the movie guys to tell the comic fans that they’re not going to change all the strange and wonderful things that made Watchmen so special. Alan Moore fans could use a little reassurance after all the shitty movies made from his other comics.

  9. IOIOIOI says:

    A very important scene in the story, that the poster sums up very well. I am sort of shocked we have to wait til March 09 for this flick, but apparently Warners see that time of year as a honeypot. Yay for hyping a movie a roughly 19 months out.

  10. Mr. Gittes says:

    If only Paul Greengrass was doing this…oh the imagination…

  11. Aris P says:

    He’s being punched, near a wall, and things are flying all over the place. I dont understand the sense of motion remark.
    Also, this is an original drawing by Gibbons, it’s not a panel from the original book.
    And I think (and hope) the studio uses its 19 months to come up with creative posters. I’d love to see 12 different posters, like in the book, each illustrating one of the 12 chapters. The one above would perfectly sum up chapter one, not to mention the inciting event.

  12. Wrecktum says:

    “He’s being punched, near a wall, and things are flying all over the place. I dont understand the sense of motion remark.”
    The fist and arm are frozen is place. It looks like a wristwatch ad. Or maybe a left-handed black power salute. Certainly not a punch.

  13. Wrecktum says:

    ^ Please note from the above statement that I’ve never been a big fan of comic book art nor its pop art progeny (screw you Roy Lichtenstein).

  14. Aris P says:

    Um noted.

  15. jeffmcm says:

    Wrecktum: the image was captured at a very high frame rate, hence the sharpness of the image.
    Is everything okay? You’ve seemed unusually contentious lately.

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