Brian Azzarello, Lee Bermejo, Amanda Conner, Adam Hughes, Len Wein, J. Michael Straczynski, Joe Kubert, Dan Didio, other DC crew including Bob Wayne, Mark Chiarello and Will Dennis sat down to have a chat about the Before Watchmen Prequels.
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Dan Dido was surprised there wasn’t more negative reaction for BeforeWatchmen. They were looking forward to defending it.
J. Michael Straczynskiwas described Nite Owl as an origin story about how Dan became that character. Straczynski says, “The story will go from his early childhood through to his partnership with Rorschach and how that went badly.” The Alan Moore question was brought up immediately and J. Michael Straczynskiwas was quick to point out Moore’s hypocrisy. “He’s been using characters like the Invisible Man, Peter Pan, Jekyl and Hyde in what one fan basically called fan fiction — in ways their original creators probably wouldn’t have approved of.” He ended with, “Did Alan Moore get a crummy contract? Yes. So has everyone at this table. Worse was Segal and Shuster, worse was a lot of people.”
Joe Kubert came in late and the place went wild. Asked about working with his son Joe said, “Working with Andy was both a blessing and a little bit of a curse.” Kubert got a laugh. “Any variation of any line and you see creases lining his face!” Joe ended his talk with a warm sentiment and said it was a pleasure to work with his son. “How lucky can you get?”
When asked fs drawing Dr. Manhattan was Adam Hughe’s dream job he said,”I really wanted to draw Nite Owl.” Everyone laughed. Dan Didio suggested a death cage match between Adam Hughes and Joe Kubert. Adam continued,”It wasn’t a dream come true, but it is becoming really interesting.” Asked if whether there will be nudity on Dr. Manhattan Adam Hughes replied, “Shit yes… If you have a good face day, you draw faces. If you have a bad face day, you draw trees.” The room snickered. “I took the Hemmingway approach and drank a lot. I treated it like experimenting in college.” Hughes explained that Watchmen was so shocking back when it was released because it was under the guise of a superhero comic, but he understands that times have changed. In closing, Adam talked about respecting the original tone of Watchmen in terms of profanity, raw truth and adult situations. Then quipped “Sex, violence & penises galore. Straczynski added to the Dr. Manhattan discussion that the plot is rather dark and about the quantum aspect of freewill.
Dan Didio said, “The Comedian is the first pages that made them say, ‘legal needs to see these’.” Brian Azzarello went on about the book, “Ozymandias is the spine of the story. Eddie’s the balls.”
Len Wein talked briefly about his Ozymandias series. “Exploring what made him want to almost end the world in order to save it was a lot of fun to work with.” He talked about Jae Lee’s art on it as if it was fine art.
Lee Berjmo on Rorschach, “We’re going to do a grind house movie. Lots of 70’s Porn shops. What better porn than 70s porn?”As the panelist discussion degenerated into more porn talk and Lee joked,”I was conceived in a porn shop.”
Brian Azzerello was asked about favoring the Comedian over Rorschach and he clarified his position, “I like the Comedian more as a person than Rorschach. I don’t prefer writing one over the other.” Expounding on this Brian said, “Rorschach is a blast because it’s so ugly. You people like that character? Well, you’re going to get it exactly the way you like it.” The room erupted in laughter.
Silk Sceptre will have a lot of easter eggs. Amanda Conner will put some personal moments into the story. Apparently an ex-boyfriend pastiche will pop-up as well. Amanda says it will be a, “romance comic with beatings. We are trying to keep a little bit of that tone, not make it too dark and angst-ridden.” Conner explained , “When I was a teenager, my mother and I had a contentious relationship, so I’m bringing that to the table a little bit. I’m just trying to remember all that stuff from when I was a teenager.”
Crimson Corsair is a backup feature that will be running across all prequels and the reflect the themes or the narratives in the same way Tale of the Black Freighter did in the original Watchmen.
At the end of the panel there was a question about the Silk Spectre Tijuana Bible in the “Watchmen” universe. “You might see it.” says Conner.
There was some new B&W interior work that was revealed as well as new covers for #2 issues.