The Art of Watchmen

Comic books have gotten to a point where they're transcending the pages that they rest on and are becoming more mainstream. When a book like Watchmen comes along there's an extra helping of reverance (rightfully or wrongfully so is up to you, the reader) that adds an extra mythos to its words and illustrations. The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art would like to shine a light on that mythos by displaying various states of Watchmen illustrations in an exhibit appropriately called "The Art of Watchmen." The exhibit (which runs from March 6 to May 2 at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York) looks at the various renderings of the characters so famously brought to life by Dave Gibbon's pen. Everything from original design sketches to stills from the movie is here in the exhibit and curated by Peter Sanderson and Ellen S. Abramowitz. There are also photographs by Clay Enos of the film's cast and original artwork from the book that look at the interaction between the two mediums, mainly focusing on the striking similarities between paper and film images. The main focus will be on the main characters: The Comedian, Dr. Manhattan, Nite Owl, Ozymandias, Silk Spectre, and Rorschach, showing the evolution of each character from a pencil sketch to colored character in the book to flesh and blood representation on screen. The Art of Watchmen