"Um...I don't really like The Watchmen"...
I've said that a bunch of times lately. In response to many eager and kind-hearted comics retailers offering me some buttons or even a T-shirt to "normal" people that know I read comics asking me how excited I am about the movie. The better answer's probably to take the stupid buttons or just be like, "Yeah, the movie's gonna be awesome" but then I might actually have to discuss Watchmen, which I don't want to do.
The same ugly awkward feeling I get when someone assumes because I'm young and vaguely hip that I must really like say, Death Cab for Cutie or NO AGE, when you know, I'm too busy listening to The Best Gucci Mane Tracks of 08, rediscovering Rick James' Street Songs, or wrapping my head around Oneiromantical War by WRNLRD...
Anyways-none of us like Watchmen around here. Some of us even hate it. We all kinda loathe it. And this isn't some contrarian, anti-hype bullshit either because a) A hyped-up comic book is like the tallest midget and b) Watchmen supporters aren't like obnoxious or anything. This isn't Bob Marley or Che Guevara where you hate the dude because you hate his fans because Watchmen fans are generally smart, discerning--although not discerning enough, ZING!--comic book readers. This week wasn't fueled by dislike, but by the fact that when confronted with my walking-into-a-minefield statement of "I don't like The Watchmen", rarely can fans of the comic really explain or articulate the comic's supposed greatness.
This little blog's all about questioning the canon and douchey terms like "graphic novel" and being real nerdy and hyper-intellectual, but about shit that deserves it and hey, Watchmen doesn't deserve it. Believe me, I had big, dickhead plans for "FUCK THE WATCHMEN Week" or something of that nature, but it's not something that loathsome, it just ain't all that good. Also, see this as a kinder way of demanding discussion and interaction and some sense of community which the Comics Blogs World basically lacks. This week'll be less about complaining and snark and more about rebuttal.
And so, this week you'll see a whole lot of rants about other way better Superhero deconstructions and comic book movies as a medium and some other cool stuff. We're going to start the week off with a re-post of David's "BETTER-THAN" post about Doom Patrol and Watchmen later today and move to new content from there.
Hope you enjoy it and think about it and disagree with us and tell us why we're wrong or right or dicks or whatever.