Items related to Watchmen

Alan Moore Watchmen ISBN 13: 9780446386890

Watchmen - Softcover

 
9780446386890: Watchmen
First printing. Trade paperback.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:
Has any comic been as acclaimed as Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen? Possibly only Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, but Watchmen remains the critics' favorite. Why? Because Moore is a better writer, and Watchmen a more complex and dark and literate creation than Miller's fantastic, subversive take on the Batman myth. Moore, renowned for many other of the genre's finest creations (Saga of the Swamp Thing, V for Vendetta, and From Hell, with Eddie Campbell) first put out Watchmen in 12 issues for DC in 1986-87. It won a comic award at the time (the 1987 Jack Kirby Comics Industry Awards for Best Writer/Artist combination) and has continued to gather praise since.

The story concerns a group called the Crimebusters and a plot to kill and discredit them. Moore's characterization is as sophisticated as any novel's. Importantly the costumes do not get in the way of the storytelling; rather they allow Moore to investigate issues of power and control--indeed it was Watchmen, and to a lesser extent Dark Knight, that propelled the comic genre forward, making "adult" comics a reality. The artwork of Gibbons (best known for 2000AD's Rogue Trooper and DC's Green Lantern) is very fine too, echoing Moore's paranoid mood perfectly throughout. Packed with symbolism, some of the overlying themes (arms control, nuclear threat, vigilantes) have dated but the intelligent social and political commentary, the structure of the story itself, its intertextuality (chapters appended with excerpts from other "works" and "studies" on Moore's characters, or with excerpts from another comic book being read by a child within the story), the finepace of the writing and its humanity mean that Watchmen more than stands up--it keeps its crown as the best the genre has yet produced. --Mark Thwaite

A Q&A with Dave Gibbons on the Making of Watchmen

Question: You were tasked with drawing new illustrations of key shots from the new Watchmen film. Was it a difficult challenge to re-imagine your work in this movie format?

Dave Gibbons: I don’t think that I actually did many key shots from the film. I had to actually imagine them rather than exactly recreate what was going to be in the movie. But as far as the drawings I did for the licensing purposes, accuracy was the real key so that they looked exactly like the movie. Whereas doing the graphic novel was creating stuff afresh and being very creative, this was more the case of interpreting something that already existed. So it was rather more a commercial art job than a creative thing.

Q: How many scenes from the original graphic novel did you redraw in the new "movie" format?

DG: I kind of did them piecemeal, these licensing drawings. I did do a section of storyboarding for Zack Snyder. There is a part of the movie that isn’t in the graphic novel and he wanted to see how I would have drawn it, if it had been in the graphic novel. So I redid the storyboards as three pages of comic on the nine-panel grid, also getting it coloured by John Higgins so it looked authentic. But I think there were probably only 3 or 4 scenes that I drew, which were from the movie.

Q: What was your working method for producing these new illustrations from the film? And how has it changed from when you originally illustrated Watchmen?

DG: When you’re producing things from existing material, you have to look at and assemble the references... you know, keep looking backwards and forwards to make sure what you’re drawing is accurate to what’s in the photos. I did have lots of photos from the movie and in some cases I had more or less the illustration I was going to do in photo form, which made it a lot easier. On others I had to construct it from various references: really just the usual illustrator’s job of drawing something to reference. And on the original illustrations of Watchmen, I was free to come up with exactly the angles and exactly the costumes and everything that I wanted to. When you’ve designed a costume and drawn it a few times, you actually internalize it and you find you can draw it without having to refer to reference at all. So in some ways it’s more creative and in some ways it’s easier!

Q: In Watchmen: The Art of the Film, there are concept designs by other artists of their visions of your iconic characters. What do you think of their versions and did you offer any guidance while they were working on these?

DG: It’s always really interesting to see versions of your characters drawn by other artists. You tend to see things in them that you hadn’t noticed before. So I really enjoyed looking at those. I certainly didn’t offer them any guidance. The purpose of getting those kinds of drawings done is to get a fresh perspective on what exists. I noticed actually that they really stuck more closely to my original designs than those, but I really enjoyed seeing them.

Q: Watchmen: Portraits is Clay Enos’s stunning black and white collection of photos of each character from the Watchmen movie. What was it like looking through this book at all the characters you had conceived years ago now being brought to life by actors?

DG: It’s rather interesting; you know if you look at the Watching the Watchmen book you can see these characters as fairly sketchy rough conceptual versions. Then when you look at Clay’s book you can actually see them right down to counting the number of pores on the skin on the end of their noses! It’s incredible high focus! It’s like zooming in through space and time to look at the surface of some moon of Saturn or something. I thoroughly enjoyed his book... it had a real artistic quality to it that was really so good. And of course to see these actors who so much are the embodiment of what I drew, that it’s a tremendous thrill to see them made flesh!

Q: Watchmen: The Film Companion features some stills from the animated version of The Black Freighter. What do you think of the look and design of this animated feature?

DG: It looks really interesting! Although I drew my version in the comic book in a kind of horror-comic style, these are very much in a savage manga style. I think they work really well... they’ve got the kind of manic intensity, which I think that work should have and I really can’t wait to see the whole feature. I’ve seen the trailer for it and that looks great and again they’ve used a lot of the compositions that I came up with but just translated them to this kind of very modern drawn animation.

Q: How much time did you spend on the set of Watchmen? Was it a surreal experience to see your work recreated like this?

DG: I was on the set of Watchmen for a couple of days and it really was surreal to walk through a door and then suddenly be in the presence of all these people in living breathing flesh! I was there for what you would call the Crimebusters meeting where they were all there in costume in the same room, which was incredible. They had obviously planned that so I would get to see everyone. It was surreal though quite a wonderful experience to see it come to life.

About the Author:
Alan Moore is perhaps the most acclaimed writer in the graphic story medium, having garnered countless awards for works such as WATCHMEN, V FOR VENDETTA, SWAMP THING and Miracleman. He is also the mastermind behind the America's Best Comics line, through which he has created (along with many talented illustrators) THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, PROMETHEA, TOM STRONG, TOMORROW STORIES and TOP TEN. As one of the medium's most important innovators since the early 1980s, Moore has influenced an entire generation of comics creators, and his work continues to inspire an ever-growing audience.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

  • PublisherWarner Books
  • Publication date1987
  • ISBN 10 0446386898
  • ISBN 13 9780446386890
  • BindingPaperback
  • Edition number1
  • Number of pages384
  • Rating

Buy Used

Condition: Fair
This is a used book. It may contain... Learn more about this copy

Shipping: US$ 3.95
Within U.S.A.

Destination, rates & speeds

Add to basket

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9783899219722: Absolute Watchmen First Printing

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  3899219724 ISBN 13:  9783899219722
Publisher: DC Comics, 2005
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Stock Image

Alan Moore
Published by Warner Books, 1987
ISBN 10: 0446386898 ISBN 13: 9780446386890
Used paperback

Quantity: 1 available

Seller: Once Upon A Time Books, Siloam Springs, AR, U.S.A.

Seller Rating: 4-star rating, Learn more about seller ratings

paperback. Condition: Acceptable. This is a used book. It may contain highlighting/underlining and/or the book may show heavier signs of wear . It may also be ex-library or without dustjacket. This is a used book. It may contain highlighting/underlining and/or the book may show heavier signs of wear . It may also be ex-library or without dustjacket. Seller Inventory # mon0000575199

Contact seller

Buy Used

US$ 2.19
Convert currency
Shipping: US$ 3.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

Add to basket

Stock Image

Alan Moore
Published by Warner Books, 1987
ISBN 10: 0446386898 ISBN 13: 9780446386890
Used paperback

Quantity: 1 available

Seller: Orion Tech, Kingwood, TX, U.S.A.

Seller Rating: 5-star rating, Learn more about seller ratings

paperback. Condition: Good. Seller Inventory # 0446386898-3-29658441

Contact seller

Buy Used

US$ 6.29
Convert currency
Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

Add to basket

Stock Image

Alan Moore
Published by Warner Books, 1987
ISBN 10: 0446386898 ISBN 13: 9780446386890
Used Softcover

Quantity: 1 available

Seller: Red's Corner LLC, Tucker, GA, U.S.A.

Seller Rating: 5-star rating, Learn more about seller ratings

Condition: Good. All orders ship by next business day! This is a used paperback book. Has moderate wear on cover and/or pages. Has no markings on pages. Spine has been opened/creased. For USED books, we cannot guarantee supplemental materials such as CDs, DVDs, access codes and other materials. We are a small company and very thankful for your business!. Seller Inventory # 4CNOOA001SVI

Contact seller

Buy Used

US$ 1.81
Convert currency
Shipping: US$ 4.49
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

Add to basket

Stock Image

Alan Moore
Published by Warner Books, 1987
ISBN 10: 0446386898 ISBN 13: 9780446386890
Used Softcover

Quantity: 1 available

Seller: Seattle Goodwill, Seattle, WA, U.S.A.

Seller Rating: 4-star rating, Learn more about seller ratings

Condition: Good. May have some shelf-wear due to normal use. Your purchase funds free job training and education in the greater Seattle area. Thank you for supporting Goodwills nonprofit mission!. Seller Inventory # 0KVOFY00FOTS_ns

Contact seller

Buy Used

US$ 3.37
Convert currency
Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

Add to basket

Stock Image

Alan Moore
Published by Warner Books, 1987
ISBN 10: 0446386898 ISBN 13: 9780446386890
Used Softcover

Quantity: 1 available

Seller: Books Unplugged, Amherst, NY, U.S.A.

Seller Rating: 5-star rating, Learn more about seller ratings

Condition: Good. Buy with confidence! Book is in good condition with minor wear to the pages, binding, and minor marks within 1.5. Seller Inventory # bk0446386898xvz189zvxgdd

Contact seller

Buy Used

US$ 8.85
Convert currency
Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

Add to basket

Stock Image

Alan Moore
Published by Warner Books, 1987
ISBN 10: 0446386898 ISBN 13: 9780446386890
Used Softcover

Quantity: 1 available

Seller: Book Deals, Tucson, AZ, U.S.A.

Seller Rating: 5-star rating, Learn more about seller ratings

Condition: Fair. Acceptable/Fair condition. Book is worn, but the pages are complete, and the text is legible. Has wear to binding and pages, may be ex-library. 1.5. Seller Inventory # 353-0446386898-acp

Contact seller

Buy Used

US$ 8.85
Convert currency
Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

Add to basket

Stock Image

Alan Moore
Published by Warner Books, 1987
ISBN 10: 0446386898 ISBN 13: 9780446386890
Used Softcover

Quantity: 1 available

Seller: Irish Booksellers, Portland, ME, U.S.A.

Seller Rating: 4-star rating, Learn more about seller ratings

Condition: Good. SHIPS FROM USA. Used books have different signs of use and do not include supplemental materials such as CDs, Dvds, Access Codes, charts or any other extra material. All used books might have various degrees of writing, highliting and wear and tear and possibly be an ex-library with the usual stickers and stamps. Dust Jackets are not guaranteed and when still present, they will have various degrees of tear and damage. All images are Stock Photos, not of the actual item. book. Seller Inventory # 37-0446386898-G

Contact seller

Buy Used

US$ 8.88
Convert currency
Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

Add to basket

Stock Image

Alan Moore
Published by Warner Books, 1987
ISBN 10: 0446386898 ISBN 13: 9780446386890
Used Paperback

Quantity: 1 available

Seller: HPB-Ruby, Dallas, TX, U.S.A.

Seller Rating: 5-star rating, Learn more about seller ratings

Paperback. Condition: Very Good. Connecting readers with great books since 1972! Used books may not include companion materials, and may have some shelf wear or limited writing. We ship orders daily and Customer Service is our top priority!. Seller Inventory # S_400251288

Contact seller

Buy Used

US$ 7.49
Convert currency
Shipping: US$ 3.75
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

Add to basket

Stock Image

Alan Moore
Published by Warner Books, 1987
ISBN 10: 0446386898 ISBN 13: 9780446386890
Used Softcover

Quantity: 1 available

Seller: Book Deals, Tucson, AZ, U.S.A.

Seller Rating: 5-star rating, Learn more about seller ratings

Condition: Very Good. Very Good condition. Shows only minor signs of wear, and very minimal markings inside (if any). 1.5. Seller Inventory # 353-0446386898-vrg

Contact seller

Buy Used

US$ 15.60
Convert currency
Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

Add to basket

Stock Image

Alan Moore
Published by Warner Books, 1987
ISBN 10: 0446386898 ISBN 13: 9780446386890
New Paperback

Quantity: 1 available

Seller: GoldenDragon, Houston, TX, U.S.A.

Seller Rating: 5-star rating, Learn more about seller ratings

Paperback. Condition: new. Buy for Great customer experience. Seller Inventory # GoldenDragon0446386898

Contact seller

Buy New

US$ 12.54
Convert currency
Shipping: US$ 3.25
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

Add to basket

There are 9 more copies of this book

View all search results for this book