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Get Ready to Buy a Book About Watchmen!

This October, a book by SequArt is coming out containing essays about Watchmen.

One of them is by our very own Chad Nevett. The editor and that Callahan guy are also good, but Chad actually writes here, so he gets top billing!!

So you know you have to get it!

Click here to read a sample chapter (not Chad’s, of course).

This is in the August Previews. The Diamond orders for August are due this Tuesday, so if you want to make sure your local comic book store gets a copy of this book, let them know before then! The order code is AUG101288.

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Thanks for the plug, Brian! People definitely want to buy this book.

This is awesome. Congrats Chad!

And get ready to buy more comics!

Forgive me while I go hurl.

I loved Callahan’s LoSH book, Chad is awesome and everyone loves WATCHMEN, right? Good news.

I can’t wait until they make a movie of this book!

Who would play Chad, though? I’m thinking a young Dabney Coleman, with a manual typewriter, listening to his Discman as he makes the literary magic happen.

More watchmen fawning? No thanks.

Why do you assume its fawning? It’s a book of cricism… theoretically, that could mean people pointing out flaws/why things didn’t work. I know I do that in my essay partly. Another essay is titled “Why You Shouldn’t Read Watchmen First,” which doesn’t sound fawning. Though, it could be. I don’t know since the only essay I’ve read is my own. But it’s rather good. Well worth the price of admission.

Were I able to afford to go to the comic store by the end of the month, I would order this book. Alas, finances are a bit tight. Maybe a reorder in the next few weeks.

Did young Dabney Coleman have hair, or is Chad also bald?

But wait, there are things in Watchmen that don’t work? Egads. Actually, THAT I do need to read, as I tend to mythologize the book in my mind. There must be something wrong with it, and these 12 writers will let me know what!

Of course, I read Watchmen on 9/11, so imagine the mind fucking that came from THAT. If I believed in the 9/11 conspiracy theories, THAT would be why.

And I enjoy typing THAT in all caps.

Don’t worry about people accusing you guys of Watchmen fawning. Especially from people that go completely the other way and say the story is “retarded”.

Who did that cover art?

Did you read Watchmen for the first time on 9/11? That’d be one hell of a day. But you couldn’t read a huge book like that all in one day on THAT of all days, could you? It all went down in the morning. That’d be either really callous or really dedicated comics readin’ or both. I’ll assume you had been reading it before 9/11and continued afterwards.

Umm….

Well, it wasn’t the first time I’d read the book. From what I remember, I got it done in one shot, probably that night (so probably into the next morning). As someone who was in a crap living situation at the time and jobless, I didn’t really have anything else TO do, other than watch the coverage over and over.

Callous? Maybe. And I think that’s all I’ll say about that topic, other than I read Watchmen that day because, I think, some of the talk of nations coming together against a common enemy after a horrible attack on NYC made me think of a particular book…

Golly! The war on terror mae you think of watchmen!? I’ll say!

I think that publishing a book of essays on a work sends a strong message that “this work is very, very important.”

Maybe the word “fawning” is not fair, but I think the criticism that Watchmen has been scrutinized, analyzed, celebrated and held up as very, very important more than enough by this point is at least legitimate. Whether or not one agrees with it or any conclusions it might imply.

Maybe the word “fawning” is not fair,

And the word “fawning” was all that was being disputed.

Well, you can bet your sweet ass that if watchmen wouldn’t be about superheroes, it would never have had this amount of overexposure over the years. As the US comics industry is dominated by superhero readers, this is reflected in reviews, essays and top lists to this day.

No sober critic would put Watchmen’s status anywhere near Love and Rockets or Eightball. (to name two modern examples)

No sober critic would put Watchmen’s status anywhere near Love and Rockets or Eightball. (to name two modern examples)

Watchmen could be about WWII nurses, and it would still be one of the best books of all time. Yes, books, period– I list it right after Slaughterhouse-Five, my favorite novel.

Not much deconstruction to do with world war 2 nurses, i guess. :)

And books? Na, comics are comics. A novel is much more nuanced than spoonfed images.

But I guess we agree to disagree, and besides: everybody who disagrees with me is wrong anyway.

Yes boss.

I like how the “modern examples” are also over 20 years old. In fact, L&R predates Watchmen.

And I remember 10 + years ago in college reading comics essays by academics that held non-superhero comics up as standard. I can’t remember the guy’s name, but someone wrote a book with essays about spiegelman, Jack Jackson, and, I think, Pekar. There were also plenty of other books and articles by academics about comics that weren’t just superhero books. But I will concede that there still has been a superhero bias, since for years things I read made it sound like from 1945 until Showcase 4 (or FF 1) there were NO comics, when it was more that there were just LESS superheroes.

And I do believe that even the curmudgeons at the Comics Journal would put Watchmen in the same category/level of quality as the two books mentioned above. And they PUBLISH those ones.

And Bill, I prefer Breakfast of Champions to Slaughterhouse-Five. And Cat’s Cradle is pretty damn good too. But I’ve read CC more recently than the other two.

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