Archive for March 25th, 2009

Re: Ninjas Watch The Watchmen

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

It’s a common thing for writers to pull from their own lives elements that get included in their work. Great writing, and great ideas come from experiences. Being witness to something, and having thoughts and emotions about it are key to providing solid context to the written word. Making stuff up is fantastic, but making stuff up that you know about is where the really great stuff comes from.

I don’t do this often enough, but Today’s comic is one of those times I’ve culled from my own life. I finally got to see The Watchmen again this past weekend, and a few weeks into it the moviegoers were quite different from when I saw the movie opening weekend. One time I actually reeled in reaction to one particularly dumb observation. Yes, the above gaffes were actually spoken.

I think what bothered me about it the most is that this wasn’t a teenager. This was a well dressed adult, likely with a job who is otherwise a functional human being. This person confused Reagan for JFK. They also wondered why that dead guy kept coming back up if he was dead already. It was a heck of an evening to endure, I’ll tell you that.

Also, an apology for those unfamiliar with either the graphic novel, or the movie versions of The Watchmen. This comic will be very confusing to you. If you get the chance, dig into BOTH of them. This story is well worth your time in either medium.