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Before Watchmen, After Moore

DC's announcement that a slew of prequel Watchmen comics were in the pipeline caused quite the fuss in February. The latest issue of The Drink Tank, a Hugo award winning fanzine, has just gone live with a Before Watchmen special - you can read my contribution on page 17.

The "Watchmen moment", as my lecturer in Comic Studies describes it, is when we read a comic so great and revolutionary that we have to rush out and tell everyone we know to read it and share in the experience. In comics history, these moments are few and far between. What is perhaps more common is the "Before Watchmen moment", when we discover that our beloved medium has been pressed once more into chasing profitability through the ashes of past glory and ethical wrongs.

Download issue #309 here!

Drink Tank #309: Cover by Maureen StarkeyCover by Maureen Starkey

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  1. Thanks. The cover turned out pretty good.
    Liked your article. Maurine

  2. Good article, and we’re right with you on all the main points. Regardless of the legality of contracts, it seems like the Big Two are hell-bent on screwing the creators every chance they get. Would it kill them to make allowances for Moore, Friedrich, Kirby, and all the others? Would it be such a bad PR move to show some respect and honor creators beyond the narrow extent of the letter of the contract? Wouldn’t the ‘lost’ revenue via some creator royalties more than make up for the lost revenue caused by being viewed as complete jerks by the very fans they try to bleed dry with relaunches and repackages? DC may have a hit on their hands, but we won’t know. We won’t be reading it.

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