Watchmen

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An iconic cover image from the Watchmen comic series.

Introduction

Watchmen began as a twelve-issue comic book limited series created by writer Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons, and colorist John Higgins. The series was published by DC Comics during 1986 and 1987, and was later re-published in collected form. It is considered a groundbreaking comic book series for the way it critiqued and re-imagined the super-hero concept, while dealing with the rampant anxieties of the 1980s, specifically related to the Cold War. Influential and highly regarded by many, numerous attempts to turn the series in to a movie were planned through the years but failed until director Zack Snyder released his version in March of 2009.

With the release of the film, the fandom has grown significantly and widely crossed over into media/fan-fiction producing fandom. It is a fandom, however, not free of kerfluffles and issues, ranging from conflicts between new fans of the movie and old fans of the comics, those who object to certain gender and sexual issues in both versions of the canon, and those who support and object to certain "ships" within the fandom.

The Canon

Watchmen is set in an alternative reality where superheroes--or "costumed heroes" as they are more specifically referred to--are part of history and have had influence on the shape of modern events, including the Vietnam War, Richard Nixon's presidency, and the Cold War. In the comic's universe, the only character who has true "superpowers" is Doctor Manhattan, and due to social unrest costumed heroes have become unpopular and in fact outlawed in 1977. The story picks up in 1985 after the murder of Edward Blake, otherwise known as The Comedian. He, along with Doctor Manhattan, are the only heroes working with U.S. government support at the time. Rorschach, a costumed hero who has continued his vigilante ways despite the laws, suspects that Blake's murder is part of a plot or conspiracy to kill off all remaining heroes, even if no longer active. He sets out to warn his former associates, thereby leading the reader (or viewer) into the world of the former costumed heroes, their stories, and how they eventually rally together once more to fight a global threat which could lead to the destruction of the human race.

Characters

The main characters in Watchmen are:

Other featured characters in Watchmen are:


Terminology

Below is a list of terms and their definitions that are used in this fan community.

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Timeline

Below is a partial timeline of events that took place in this fan community.

1986

  • In 1986 and 1987, DC Comics published a twelve-issue original monthly limited series, called the Watchmen. [1]

1987

  • In 1987, Moore picked up his third Jack Kirby Award for Best Writer, which he won for Watchmen. [2]

1989

  • In or around 1989 (Terry Gilliam, in The Comics Journal #182, on page 88, said that it was "right after [1989's The Adventures of Baron] Munchausen") that Joel Silver, who had produced Die Hard and Lethal Weapon, talked to director Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Twelve Monkeys) about directing a Watchmen film. [3]

2000

2001

2002

2004

2007

2008

2009

Kerfluffles

Release kerfluffle

On August 20, 2008, Entertainment Weekly published an article about battle between fans, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Brothers. [25]

On August 31, 2008, SocialMedian linked to the Entertainmet Weekly article on their site and on Twitter. [26]

Fan fiction

Compared to other comic book fandoms, the fan fiction community for the Watchmen is really small and only started to actively organize when news of the movie came out.

As of September 2009, there are over 1,000 fan fics archived at watchfic_dir on Livejournal.

Influential fanworks

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Fandom members

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Fandom size

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External links


Sources

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