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New Meetup: Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

From: Greg
Sent on: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 1:41 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for a ne{o}lit book club!

What: Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

When: January 8,[masked]:30 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Graphic novel time! And not just any graphic novel - the one that started everything. The book that changed what graphic novels were, and what comic books could be. The Hugo award winning Watchmen was originally a twelve issue comic book series from the mid 80's that was later collected into one book, and that book hasn't been out of print since.

And for good reason: It's a complex, very adult story that redefined what a superhero is, treating them as fallible humans with problematic relationships and the potential corrupting nature of power.

Here's a summary excerpt from Wikipedia:

Moore used the story as a means to reflect contemporary anxieties and to deconstruct the superhero concept. Watchmen takes place in an alternate history United States where the country is edging closer to a nuclear war with the Soviet Union. After government-sponsored superhero The Comedian is found murdered, the vigilante Rorschach warns his former colleagues of what he believes is a conspiracy to kill costumed heroes. As the story progresses, the protagonists discover that one of the heroes has resolved to stave off war between the United States and the USSR by carrying out a plan that will kill millions of innocent people.

Creatively, the focus of Watchmen is on its structure. Gibbons used a nine-panel grid layout throughout the series and added recurring symbols such as a blood-stained smiley face. All but the last issue feature supplemental fictional documents that add to the series' backstory, and the narrative is intertwined with that of another story, a fictional pirate comic titled Tales of the Black Freighter, which one of the characters is reading.

Watchmen has received critical acclaim both in the comics and mainstream press, and is regarded as a seminal text of the comic book medium. After a number of attempts to adapt the series into a feature film, director Zack Snyder's Watchmen is scheduled for release in March 2009.

I've read it several times and look forward to reading it again. If you've never read it, here's your excuse to read a comic book. (Not that you need one, but some people seem to.) I've been wanting to do a meetup on this for a while (our last graphic novel was Blankets by Craig Thompson, still highly recommended) and now that the high-profile movie is to be released in March, I want to make sure we get to it before then.

And it wont take you more than two hours to read :)

See you on the 8th!

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