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And the new footage. Lordy.

When I got home today, Watching the Watchmen was waiting for me. I spent an hour or so looking through it - it's soo pretty.
I particularly enjoyed Neil Gaiman's sketch of his idea for Watchdogs: "Dead human in the gutter. The city is afraid of me. I have smelt its lamposts..."; also, the preliminary sketches of Dr. Manhattan's penis. what.

Oh god, NaNo ...it looms.


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Oct. 24th, 2008 03:01 am (UTC)
the preliminary sketches of Dr. Manhattan's penis.


I'm getting this book. Tomorrow.
Oct. 25th, 2008 02:49 am (UTC)
It is an integral part of this incredibly complex story. Everything can be traced back to the peen.
Oct. 24th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
the preliminary sketches of Dr. Manhattan's penis.

Oh ok. Um, not really the main purpose of getting such a book. Pfft. Tsk.
Oct. 25th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
Hahaha, it wasn't the MAIN purpose to get it...I just thought it was interesting that pubes vs. no pubes was concerning enough that they needed to sketch it out. Come on, I'm not a perv. Well okay I am, but that's beside the point. :|
Oct. 25th, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
I guess it didn't come out the way I intended. I was referring to the possibility of me not getting the book because of such sketches.
But now that you saw it that way... HAHAHAHA. Ooops.

Edited at 2008-10-25 04:07 am (UTC)
Oct. 25th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
I meant it both ways, but it's relevant nonetheless!
The idea of two talented british dudes sitting around discussing the Doc's peen is very amusing, no? What a world.
Oct. 25th, 2008 09:59 am (UTC)
Sorry to barge into your journal, but what else is in the book apart from the docs peen? I remember seeing preliminary sketches of Rorschach with an entire ink blot costume on scans daily as well.

I want to get the book but I don't want to be dissapointed. :/
Oct. 25th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
I'd say about a third to half of the book is made up of thumbnail sketches of nearly every page, as Gibbons doesn't own any of the original inked pages.

Throughout the book, Gibbons tells the story of how Watchmen came to be made and a bit of context, but most of what he says can probably be found in various interviews online, so I wouldn't necessarily get it for that, although it's a nice read all together.

There are some scanned letters with witty notes from Alan Moore, and a few interesting Watchmen pictures drawn by other artists that you might not have seen before.

There are also various preliminary sketches that detail the design stages some of the characters went through (such as Rorschach's goofy original costume) and visual elements that were never used.

Overall it's a gorgeous book. Nothing revolutionary, but definitely worth owning if you have the money. It's the kind of thing that you'll have on your bookshelf/coffee table for a long time, and will come back to look at over and over again.
Hope that helps!
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