Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons has released a wonderful table top book collecting the art behind the making of what many consider to be the greatest graphic novel of all time – The Watchmen.
Don’t get me wrong, this is not an art of the making of the movie – this is a unprecedented behind the scenes look at the making of the comic book. If you’re a fan of the graphic novel, I can’t stress enough how cool this is. I was going to take a bunch of photos of the inside of the book, but I decided to record this 4 minute video showing some of the content inside instead:
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“Providing the ultimate companion to the comics masterpiece, artist Dave Gibbons gives his own account of the genesis of WATCHMEN in this dust-jacketed hardback volume, opening his archives to reveal excised pages, early versions of the script, original character designs, page thumbnails, sketches and much more, including posters, covers and rare portfolio art. Featuring the breathtaking design of Chip Kidd and Mike Essl, WATCHING THE WATCHMEN is both a major art book in its own right, and the definitive companion to the graphic novel that changed an industry.”
The 256 pages are filled with artwork and notes that will have you flipping through the book over and over again. It’s the type of table top book that you open and randomly flip to something you’ve never seen before. At least, I feel that is the way this book is meant to be experienced.
The best parts for me come from the first third, where a lot of the more conceptual artwork and doodles are contained. It is here that you get to see the real origin of the Watchmen. The book is now available in book stores everywhere for $39.95, but Amazon has it on sale for $26.37, which includes free Super Saver Shipping.
It wouldn’t be the 6th of the month if we didn’t get a new Watchmen video diary. Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons takes you on a walking tour through the production design of Zack Snyder’s film adaptation in the latest video which is available on UGO. I wasn’t really excited about this project until I first saw all the incredible detail of the New York City set. And in this video diary Gibbons focuses on all the little details that come off the page onto the screen. Watchmen hits theaters on March 6th 2008.
Watchmen has surprised even the harshest of critics so far. Even original artist Dave Gibbons has praised the film’s production for it’s accuracy and amazing detail that Zack Snyder is putting into the big screen adaptation.
So what about creator Alan Moore, who has been extremely vocal in the past against the adaptations of his comics? Has he drunk the Kool Aid as well? Nope. Moore spoke with Wizard about the upcoming film, and here is what he said:
“I spoke to Dave [Gibbons] the other day. I got a piece of paper-they must’ve learned something from the V for Vendetta debacle. I got a piece of paper a couple of months ago saying, “I, the undersigned, hereby give you permission to take my name off of the film and to send my money to Dave Gibbons.” So I sent that back to them all signed and sealed, which means that now I don’t have to rant and spew about the film. I’m just simply not interested in it. Dave phoned me up, and it’s always nice to talk to Dave, but he understands that I’m not really interested in “Watchmen.” So when he phoned, he asked me if I was interested in being kept up to date on it, and I was saying, “Well, it’s always nice to talk to you, but not really.” I don’t really know much about it. I believe that it’s going ahead. I won’t be watching it, obviously. I can at least remain neutral to it as long as they’re taking my name off of it and not playing these silly, ultimately futile games like they were doing last time, which worked out so well for them. No, I’m keeping well away from all of that.
Director Snyder told fans at Comic Con 2007 that the best he can hope for is that Alan Moore will someday watch the DVD and say, “You know, they didn’t fuck it up that bad.”
“We all want to please Alan, and I think that’s a noble thing to want to do. There’s nothing wrong to get the guy who frickin’ created the thing to not hate it, I don’t think that’s an outrageous thing to want,” said Snyder. “I think the approach is to assume that the movie is better, and that’s a mistake. I would never make any assumptions.”