It Rhymes with Lust was the first in a short-lived line of Picture Novels from St. John Publications, crossbreeding the comic book with the somewhat more respectable, certainly more adult entertainment of the prose paperback potboiler. The digest-sized volume, with black-&-white interiors under a color cover, hit newsstands in 1950; Dark Horse Comics released a replica edition in 2007 [ISBN 978-1-59307-728-0].
The Daily Show on Monday night was a great example of Jon Stewart and his
writers at the top of their game. Stewart’s rant at CNBC and Jim Cramer in particular is the best excerpt. You could also just watch the whole megillah. [see below]
It's a given that Watchmen the movie won't be Watchmen the book. The content
of Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons' graphic novel is utterly bound to its form — via the reader's ability to linger, to focus on a panel within the context of a page, to flip back and forth between pages when images recall other images or time periods collide. And its original release as 12 issues over 14 months had the added effect of demanding that each chapter be considered as a distinct unit within the larger framework.
I've had some friends and family asking what Watchmen is all about so I thought
I'd offer a primer. The post looks long, but you can pick and choose from among the chunks of information.
Cover to the slipcase of Watchmen: The Absolute Edition
Here's a story overview from my review of the film:
If you have young Batman fans in your family, or are one yourself of any age, the Viking/Penguin Young Readers Group release Batman: The Story of the Dark Knight [ISBN 978-0-67006-255-3] is a perfect gift.
At $15.99 it's rather a slight read for the price — the length of a single issue at the cost
of a graphic novel in comics terms — but that's par for the course in the wider market of children's books. I think you'll find it worth the splurge whether you want to display it as a handsome collectible or read it over and over to your kids.
And I'll have a full review up later [Voilà!], but the short version is this: If you're on
the fence about it? Don't bother... It isn't a very good movie whether or not you've read the book; especially frustrating, though, if you have.
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