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This week: Graphic Novels in Movie Form
Posted by Mr. Pulsar on January 19, 2009, 00:00 EST
This weeks discussion is as the title declares, about the art form of Graphic Novels being adapted in to movie form.

This ideas usually tend to start out with my roommate, and they lead off usually to some interesting results.

As most of you probably know, The Watchmen is being released soon in theaters, whenever that dispute is taken care of. I had never read or honestly heard of the watchmen before my roomie started talking about the movie last year. I got a copy and could not put it down. It's obviously popular for a reason and Alan Moore is some kind of weird genius (with magnificent facial hair I may so boldly add).

Now Alan Moore has had bad luck in the past with people making movies after his graphic novels. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen for instance, as well as V for Vendetta, which, yes, I did not enjoy.

But the interesting thing is we got sir Snyder doing this adaptation, and his success with 300 should be shining through here. Personally I never really enjoy adaptations of graphic novels, the only exception being Sin City. Sin City is a graphic novel I love to death, Frank Miller holds a place in my heart as a wonderful writer and artist.

The biggest problem with the adaptation is capturing the art style and feel of the comic. The argument Moore made was with panels in a comic you can really analyze them, see them from different points of view. Have all the time in the world to make the experience you want to make. But in movies that reel just keeps on going. (I know this, I was a projectionist for 2 years! I'm certified to make this claim.)

When you get people waiting for a movie version of a comic, that kind of destroys the point. "Oh I'm waiting for them to make a movie out of it." Really, just, that destroys the whole meaning of a graphic novel, doesn't it? It's just taking the whole art form and bitch slapping it.

For fun, lets hear some input from you guys. Email me your favorite graphic novel thats been turned in to a movie and why you like/hate that.

- Mr. Pulsar

Art interests of the week:
Band - Steely Dan
Reading - Norse Mythology
Game - Valkyria Chronicles
Posted by Morr on February 1, 2009, 14:36 EST
Pulsar actually made a new script!

And I was drawing it but it just turned into random squiggly lines and black and white shapes. I feel like sleeping really early today so I'll finish the comic on monday.

You know it was funny how I remembered that we didn't make a comic last week about 5 days late. Just basically forgot about it. And pulsar doesn't pay any attention so..

Posted by Morr on January 30, 2009, 14:20 EST


fuck we're losing readers fast.

Re: Graphic Novels in Movie Form
Posted by Morr on January 19, 2009, 08:25 EST

I on the other hand don't like Frank Millers stuff. His stuff has very annoying, supposedly "mature styles" (don't mean the drawings now) that just don't work in my opinion. Pretentious is probably the word I'd use to describe it.

I mostly enjoyed the Sin City movie because it didn't censor itself. Though like said, don't like the subject matter. I liked the V for Vendetta movie because I didn't watch it as a comic book movie.

Now that I have lost all my fans and friends...

I do think that most comics could be correctly made into movies. It's just hard (removed a long list of why its hard from here). I don't think translating the art style is important... Though these days that seems to be the only reason they call them "comic book movies". Only a few comics (Watchmen for example) are too tied to the unique medium of comics. Still, most comics are best left in the comic form.

On another note, comic to book translations would be fun to see.

No comic yay!
Posted by Morr on January 18, 2009, 05:32 EST
I was gonna do a comic today but then remembered I have to be elsewhere today.

May or may not get something up later. Probably not.
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