I didn’t know that Comic Sans was based (badly) upon Dave Gibbons’ hand lettering. He’s not impressed by it, as he tells the Guardian, and is happier with later versions of his hand lettering font.
The Comedian just wants a kiss from Silk Spectre II? That’s just wrong.
From the Watchmen site, a featurette on the film. More new footage in this one, even though it’s all quite familiar. I can spot which bit of the graphic novel most of the shots were from.
also via Pulp 2.0
There are a couple of bits in here that haven’t been in other trailers yet. Are any other films opening next March being promoted this heavily?
Some more preview footage from Watchmen is embedded here. It’s going to look stunning, but will it be disappointing to those of us who’ve read the comic?
I cracked and ordered a batch of books and cds-
Ida Maria – Fortress Around My Heart. On the strength of “I Like You So Much More When You’re Naked”, a song which is close to the most fun you can have with or without your clothes on.
Camper Van Beethoven – Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart. Because I listened to my tape of this album on the way back from Edinburgh last time, driving along the A702 and remembering Cumbrian roads, finding the album in a Woolworths’ bargain bin and having to turn around and go back because the other passenger wanted his own copy by the end of the tape. When I finally make my movie, “Life is Grand” is going to be the end theme.
Making Comics – Scott McCloud. Because I’m making comics, albeit slower than I’d like. And I’m almost halfway through the first graphic novel, so I should probably have picked this up sooner.
I’ve got Reinventing Comics somewhere, which turned me on to the idea of doing a webcomic so many years ago, and I really should read Understanding Comics as well. Most of my understanding of comic book pacing and panel composition has been picked up from reading comics, I’m hoping this book will provide some pointers to where I can improve my work.
Watching the Watchmen. Yes, I’ve fallen for a piece of Watchmen merchandising. Dave Gibbons, unlike writer Alan Moore, is loving the adaptation of his graphic novel and is more than willing to revisit the subject and give us a book full of background, sketches and anecdotes. It’s like the special features bit on a dvd. And it’s considerably cheaper than Absolute Watchmen.
And on pre-order-
Erotic Comics: A Graphic history volume 2. Because I’m creating an erotic graphic novel it seems like a good idea to have a look at the genre’s history. Volume 1 of this set was a breezy trip from cave art to the seventies, telling me some stuff I didn’t know and giving me a fair amount of stuff to folow up on.
The Watchmen trailer. By all accounts it’s going to be absolutely faithful to the graphic novel, and watching the trailer I could guess where most of the shots fitted into the comic. And that will be rather spectacular and lovely, but also a bit disappointing. I know there isn’t as massive a history in superhero movies as Moore and Gibbons had to draw from in comics, but there could be room for a film that examined that in its medium the same way they did in theirs.
(A convoluted way of saying yes, of course I’m going to watch it, I just wish they could come up with something a bit more original.)