A Word From One of the Creators
From the desk of Eric Ratcliffe
Okay, so right off the bat this week, I do want to mention that New Comic Day is still looking for a new artist. We of course have a letterer and a colorist so all we’d need is some pencils and inks and honestly just someone awesome who will gel well with myself, Brant and Alyssa. We do have several interested parties. (One of them is a new friend and I’m still heavily looking forward to seeing what he comes up with) So if you’re at all interested, shoot me an email at Eric@newcomicday.net and we shall go from there!
Alright so…the topic at hand, Before Watchmen. Let me be as blunt as possible on this one: I’m not reading this; I have only a little interest in it and I’m not sure why it’s happening. I know Dan Didio’s reasoning was something along the lines of “After people saw the trailer for the movie, 1,000,000 copies of Watchmen were sold” but how exactly does that translate into: “Alright, folks, a series that had a beginning, middle and end totally needs a bunch of prequel material”
It doesn’t. I’m not saying that Watchmen was the most original thing ever here because a large portion of comic fans know that Moore originally wanted to use the Charlton characters so Captain Atom, Blue Beetle and The Question would have been in the respective roles we see in the book filled by Dr. Manhattan, Rorsach and Night Owl. But at the same time it was a limited series that told a full story, it gave you hints into a backstory and really fed you all the information you needed.
Not everything needs a full on prequel. Especially something that had its complete story already told. I love a lot of the creators involved. Darwyn Cooke, Amanda Connor and a few others are incredibly cool, but I just don’t get what the idea was that made editorial go “hey, let’s add more backstory into this world!”
I honestly believe that no matter what, these prequel stories will hurt the original story and mythology in that book. A book that, might I add, was essential to the history of comics when it came out. It’s one of those books that showed a growing audience that comics just weren’t for children, that they could very much be this amazing artistic medium that could give you this mature, dark and unique story.
I mean, I really am trying not to be jaded on the whole thing, but I can’t recommend people read this stuff. I’d honestly just tell them to check out the original book.
Next week…the countdown to Chad’s last few New Comic Day strips continue as things in the Watchmen arc get a bit more…explosion centric? Find out what I’m talking about in 7, folks!