Thursday, May 21, 2009

Dr. Manhattan

Here's an illustration I did of Dr. Manhattan from the "Watchmen" graphic novel and movie.

I first read the book way back when it came out in 1986, and have been a fan of it ever since. I've lost count of how many times I've read all or parts of it. I really liked the movie too. It's a brilliant adaptation, but I wonder if I would like it if I'd never read the book? I honestly can't tell.

Sadly the movie didn't do as well at the box office as the studio hoped it would. Maybe it'll find its audience on DVD. I suspect the general public didn't know what to make of it, and probably found it overly complicated and impenetrable. The lack of recognizable characters might have scared people away too. Even my mom knows who Batman and the Hulk are, but Rorschach and Ozymandias? Not so much.

If I had a dollar for every movie review that mentions Dr. Manhattan's penis, I could buy a Hi-Def TV and have enough left over to put a substantial dent in my mortgage. The way they go on about it you'd think IT was the star of the movie (and now I'm talking about it too. D'oh!). It's just a wiener, folks. Everybody's seen one before.

I wonder if DC Comics would be open to doing a Watchmen kid's book in this style? ;^)

Drawn in Photoshop on the graphic tablet.

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