From the owner: “This Gerhard Project was been a long time in the making. A couple years back, I started thinking about the artists I
would want to pair with Gerhard to create a masterpiece. Dave Gibbons
was one that was at the top of the list. I used to have 3 Watchmen
pages, but traded them over the years as each wasn’t the page I really
wanted to own. So, why not create my own ultimate Watchmen piece?
getting a Watchmen commission done by Dave Gibbons was at the top of MY
list, let’s just say, those who have tried may know that getting a
Gibbons Watchmen commission isn’t quite the easiest thing. So, I set my
sights small… and I mean real small. My goal was to get Gibbons to
draw a little Dr. Manhattan on the biggest piece of paper that I could
find. That way, it wouldn’t be so painful for him and would leave a lot
of room for Gerhard to work.
To fill the space, I
envisioned Gerhard drawing a giant Mars landscape. I had always loved
the moonscapes that he drew for Cerebus, so why not tackle Mars?
after 2 years of talking about it, the opportunity finally came last
San Diego to start this creation. Thanks to Mr. Joeseph Melchior, Mr.
Gibbons was kind enough to draw my little Dr. Manhattan figure on the
giant sheet of paper that I then rolled up and proceeded to carry around
Then, off the Canada… It sat there for
awhile as a little thing called my wedding took priority. Gerhard was
kind enough to finish my wedding invitations before embarking on this
monster of a piece.
As we started talking about design,
the design needed something more than just the Martian landscape to
balance it. The crystal palace/space ship was the obvious choice. In
the first iteration, we had it positioned in the ground, but there
seemed to be too much open space so I had Gerhard raise it up off the
But being Gerhard, he didn’t simply copy a shot
of the ship from the Graphic Novel; he created his own model of the ship
so he could figure out what it would look like when it changed
position. Being symmetrical, he figured out one side…. and then
copied it to the other.
Gerhard worked up the piece…
first all the little lines to create the B&W and then he added
color. So, without further ado… Manhattan on Mars!”
I pursue no objectives, no system, no tendency; I have no program, no style, no direction. I have no time for specialized concerns, working themes or variations that lead to mastery. I steer clear of definitions. I don’t know what I want. I am inconsistent, noncommittal, passive; I like the indefinite, the boundless; I like continual uncertainty.
The psychology of religion attributes the inclination towards the sacralization of leadership roles to paleopsychic hereditary dispositions: As all primates develop hierarchies and the higher-ranking group members have defensive functions, one can presume an instinctive willingness to seek shelter among the higher ranks. When this need is not met, because the respected individuals themselves feel a need for protection, imaginary high-ranking figures can close the perceived gap in the security system by way of fiction. If the symbolic regulating mechanisms constitute themselves via the cult of such projectively produced leader figures, this is connected to the fact that living figures of authority inherited their institution’s rules from earlier authorities, meaning that the respective role of authority is a cross-generational archetype that no human individual can embody in the long term. Hence a people’s gods are identical to the prototypical roles that have to be filled anew in each generation.
- Gerhard Baudy, Handbook of theological terminology, 1998