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"It was a dirty deal, and the fact that there are people who want to rationalize it by saying, "Well, Alan Moore wrote League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Lost Girls, and those books used other writers's characters, so how is this any different?" just shows that truth is a sadly devalued currency. It's different because Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons negotiated, in good faith, a deal that would have allowed them to retain the rights to Watchmen.

And yes, the characters in Watchmen were inspired by characters like Peacemaker, Thunderbolt and The Question. We know that, because Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons told us as much. Had they kept that inspiration quiet – would anyone anywhere have mistaken Watchmen for something published by Charlton Comics? Dr. Manhattan is no more the same character as Captain Atom as Captain Marvel is Superman or Blue Beetle is Spider-Man."
-- Eric Stephenson

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“Some really good people are working on Before Watchmen and it saddens me to see that. I won’t be supporting it in any way. I just can’t. And in all honesty — I can’t help but feel a little bit less for every creator who works on these books. Have you no decency?” -- Erik Larsen

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"At the end of the day, if they haven’t got any properties that are valuable enough, but they have got these ‘top-flight industry creators’ that are ready to produce these prequels and sequels to Watchmen, well this is probably a radical idea, but could they not get one of the ‘top-flight industry creators’ to come up with an idea of their own? Why are DC Comics trying to exploit a comic book that I wrote 25 years ago if they have got anything? Sure they ought to have had an equivalent idea since? I could ask about why Marvel Comics are churning out or planning to bring out my ancient Marvelman stories, which are even older, if they had a viable idea of their own in the quarter-century since I wrote those works. I mean, surely that would be a much easier solution than all of this clandestine stuff? Just simply get some of your top-flight talent to put out a book that the wider public outside of the comics field find as interesting or as appealing as the stuff that I wrote 25 years ago. It shouldn’t be too big an ask, should it? I wouldn’t have thought so. And it would solve an awful lot of problems. They must have one creator, surely, in the entire American industry that could do equivalent work to something I did 25 years ago. It would be insulting to think that there weren’t." -- Alan Moore

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I've always found this scene from Watchmen, particularly the closing speech from Dr. Manhattan, to be particularly touching as well as life-affirming.

Major spoilers if you haven't read it.

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beforewatchmenozymandias100

"What has surprised me about writing Ozymandias is how much we actually DO NOT know about him, despite all the back-story he supposedly provided in the original series. I'm having great fun filling that in." - Len Wein

Writer: Len Wein
Artist: Jae Lee
Colorist: June Chung

8 out of 25 pages

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beforewatchmenniteowl100

"Leaving aside the fact that the Watchmen characters were variations on pre-existing characters created for the Charleton Comics universe, it should be pointed out that Alan has spent most of the last decade writing very good stories about characters created by other writers, including Alice (from Alice in Wonderland), Dorothy (from Wizard of Oz), Wendy (from Peter Pan), as well as Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, Jeyll and Hyde, and Professor Moriarty (used in the successful League of Extraordinary Gentlemen). I think one loses a little of the moral high ground to say, “I can write characters created by Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle and Frank Baum, but it’s wrong for anyone else to write my characters." - J. Michael Straczynski (I do question the "very good" stories part when it comes some Moore's later works)

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Artist: Andy Kubert
Inker: Joe Kubert
Colorist: Brad Anderson

8 out of 25 pages

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"Well, yeah, that's one of the reasons I'm doing it, is because it's a challenge. And it's like, what is the approach to take on these characters now? We're telling stories that happened in the past, but you don't want those stories to seem too dated.

There's 30 years of cultural change that I'm looking at bringing to these two books that I'm doing.

Just like Watchmen is a product of the time it was written, these are going to be the same. I hope.

Again, the approach I'm taking, whether or not I succeed or fail, that's not for me to say.
" - Brian Azzarello

Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist: J.G. Jones

8 out of 25 pages

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beforewatchmensilkspectre1cover

"I poured a lot of intensive labor into this which I don’t think I could replicate, so I only hope that I don’t disappoint anyone in the future on other other projects." - Amanda Conner

Writer: Darwyn Cooke & Amanda Conner
Artist: Amanda Conner
Colorist: Paul Mounts

9 out of 28 pages

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I didn’t have a lot of input in it. To me anything to do with the movies – as far as I’m concerned, what Alan and I did was the Watchmen graphic novel and a couple of illustrations that came out at the same time. Everything else – the movie, the game, the [laugh] prequels – are really not canon. They’re subsidiary. They’re not really Watchmen. They’re just something different.

“So I was quite happy to say with the video game, yeah, I like that, and I don’t like that, and, that’s okay, because it wasn’t really anything that impinged on what we’d done creatively.
” - Dave Gibbons

"You know, honestly, let’s cut through all the bulls**t, and let’s just say: to tell the reader a good story. Honestly, that’s such a trite, bulls**t answer, but it’s the truth of it, right? When you cut through all of this stuff, we want the reader to walk away from it feeling like they were told a good story, and that they felt something for the people that lived through it. Outside of that, it’s up to other people to decide what the thing is." - Darwyn Cooke

Writer & Artist: Darwyn Cooke
Colorist: Phil Noto

10 out of 30 pages

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Don't know if there's any 'father's day' event going on or not but I figured now would be a good time to post this.

I have mixed feelings on the 'Before Watchmen' event as a whole given how its existence is effectively a giant middle finger to Alan Moore but it did have a few good moments.

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