4/07/2007

Rorschach's Journal: October 12th, 1985...

If you read my blog with any type of regularity, you know that it would be easy to believe that I'm a huge nerd. This post will do nothing to alleviate that.

I went to Borders last night and bought a book. I have no idea how this book got in my mind, but for some reason, it was there. So, as is my custom when something is on my mind, I researched it, located it, and then purchased it. The book of which I speak is Watchmen by Alan Moore. Now before I say anything else I would like to say these three things: 1) Watchmen is a graphic novel. It's not a comic book. They're different. 2) It was written by Alan Moore. Along with Frank Miller, Moore's writing has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry. Most will say that he (Moore) is responsible for the creation of the "adult comic". Yes, he looks like a crazed, rabid pirate lumberjack, but he's an amazing writer. How do I know? 3) Watchmen is on Time Magazine's list of All Time Top 100 Novels. Yeah, you know who's not on that list? Stephen King, Nicholas Sparks, Charles Dickens, T.H. White, Michael Crichton, Mitch Albom and a bunch of other "stereotypically good" authors.

Here's a brief description from wikipedia:
Watchmen is set in 1985, in an alternative history United States where costumed adventurers are real and the country is edging closer to a nuclear war with the Soviet Union (the Doomsday Clock is at five minutes to midnight). It tells the story of a group of past and present superheroes and the events surrounding the mysterious murder of one of their own. Watchmen depicts superheroes as real people who must confront ethical and personal issues, who struggle with neuroses and failings, and who - with one notable exception - lack anything recognizable as super powers. Watchmen's deconstruction of the conventional superhero archetype, combined with its innovative adaptation of cinematic techniques and heavy use of symbolism, multi-layered dialogue, and metafiction, has influenced both comics and film.

So, why am I telling you this? Easy. I read the first chapter last night, and it's good. But not just "good". I mean GOOD. If you've ever doubted the validity of graphic storytelling, read this book. I'll be in my Lay-Z-Boy finishing it myself...

P.S. Zack Snyder, director of 300, is making Watchmen into a movie. It's release date is set for sometime during 2008. Here's a test image that he released from the movie. Dude, it's going to be so sweet...

4 comments:

Lauren Faiai said...

Yes...you are definitely a nerd.

Alli Hibb said...

This was Ryanne's 3rd Birthday...just FYI

Ryanne said...

I did not read this post...but October 12th is my birthday!

Brent said...

Time Magazine? Who trusts them?