I made these comics as my final project for a class I took this semester which analyzed the comic medium as a form of literature. I worked pretty hard on them and since the semester is finally over I’m sharing them with all of you! Hope you like them and have a great summer!
Rorschach (Watchmen), Long Beach Comic Con 2009/10?
The first cosplay I did when I moved out to LA! My grappling gun was and still is a key portfolio piece for me, it’s blades spring out and it actually fires it’s grapple! I made my start selling a short run of these, (the run is now retired, please don’t ask!) With the lovely @coelasquid as the Comedianne! Her cigar was actually Cuban. Also our first cosplay together!
Doug Rattmann (Portal), SDCC 2013
Portal 2 is still my favorite vidya game I’ve ever actually played, and played through a million times. About a week before the convention I realized I wanted to dress as Rattmann, and with a donated wig from a friend, a three-day companion cube build, and a fake beard later, a blast was had!
I’ve watched Kelly and her fiance play hours and hours of Dragonage, and when she said “I bet Cole would be your favorite”, she knows me too well. I was all for this cosplay group if only to own that fantastic hat! Even our buddy @emilykcomicsmith flew in from Australia to be our Varric! With @coelasquid as Iron Bull. The best part, not going to lie, was riding the train to the convention in costume. Thank goodness it was actually on Halloween or we would have gotten even more funny looks!
The Watchmen Are Officially Joining The Rest of the DCU
Your eyes do not deceive you.
In the coming weeks DC Comics is going to reveal that Alan Moore’s team of melancholy superheroes will be joining the canon DC Comics Universe. Photos of comic panels have leaked from the upcoming DC Universe Rebirth #1 issue, implying that Doctor Manhattan himself was responsible for the previous reboot - The New 52.
Watchmen ran as a 12 issue mini-series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons from 1986 to 1987 before being packaged together as a trade paperback shortly after its run. In 2009 it was adapted into a nearly 3 hour feature by Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder. In 2012 DC Comics launched a standalone prequel series without Moore and Gibbons’ involvement called Before Watchmen. The series was met with mixed reviews.
I keep seeing annoying thinkpieces say that Cap was rejecting the very idea of external oversight of any kind, which— no he wasn’t?? Even remotely??
was basically saying that he wouldn’t be comfortable signing something
unless there was a system of checks and balances in place that would
prevent The Avengers from becoming “Winter Soldier Death Squad:
USA Edition”. (Yes, I know he didn’t know about the deathsquad at that point. But he’s done his homework on US military policy. His concerns are not unfounded.)
Remember what Bucky said about his former
co-workers? “Their most elite death squad. More kills than anyone in
HYDRA history, and that was before the serum. They speak 30 languages.
Can hide in plain sight. Infiltrate, assassinate, destabilize. They can
take a whole country down in one night, you’d never see them coming.”
Steve is asking for assurances that whatever governing body gains control of the
Avengers won’t decide to use THEM that way— and, in fact, won’t even
THINK of them that way. I think that’s part of why he becomes so furious
whenever people refer to Bucky, Wanda, Thor, and Bruce as “weapons”
instead of people. When you talk about a person as BEING a weapon, you
have taken the first step towards using them AS a weapon.
fact, in many ways, I feel like CACW was basically Watchmen: Redux, but
the version Zack Snyder refused to make. The central question is the
same: who watches the watchmen?
In Watchmen (book more than movie), the
answer is not “no one.” The answer is: different people/groups (and
yes, sometimes no one) at different periods throughout history. But
remember when the group watching the Watchmen was the US Government?
Because when the US Government was in charge, after the Keene Act (cough Sokovian Accords cough), the Watchmen had the
option of either retiring, or accepting orders to destabilize foreign
governments and commit mass slaughter, all in the name of “keeping
order”. AKA, literally what the Winter Soldier Deathsquad in CACW were
built for. Remember, Hydra’s #1 goal is “order”, but an authoritarian order that they
get to decide and enforce.
In CACW, I don’t see Steve saying
“The Avengers are perfect and no one can tell us what to doooooooo!” He
knows perfectly well that they are not infallible (see A:AoU). But he also
knows that on the ground and in the field, things go FUBAR and you have
to restrategize and do the best with what you have at the time. One of
Cap’s superpowers is his instinct for strategy in battle (clearly
serum-based, since pre-serum Steve Rogers’ favorite strategy was “spend
entire life running into brick walls both metaphorical and literal”). He
is asking: will the Accords allow him to use that power? Would he be
allowed to use his own judgment? Would the rest of his team? INCLUDING
Tony? When Tony flew the nuclear bomb up into the sky-hole way back in The Avengers, he was
essentially violating the will of the government agency that decided to
nuke NYC, because he saw a way to stop the invasion without causing the
deaths of millions. Would the policies of the Accords allow him to make
that decision (or a parallel one) in the future, or would he be arrested
and locked up for violating his “contract”?
I mean, sure, in the
midst of the initial discussion, Peggy dies, so Steve bails, and
then all the Bucky stalking starts up and Steve is all “I WILL BURN DOWN THE WORLD FOR
HIM, SEE IF I WON’T”, so the initial conflict gets ratcheted up about a
million times, but the central question of “who gets to be in charge of
these superpowered weirdos, and what does being in charge really mean”
still runs through the whole plot. It runs parallel to the question of
Bucky’s culpability. When you are turned into a weapon and used as a
weapon, are you to blame for the destruction that follows?
I keep seeing the conflict framed as this—
TONY: We need to be held accountable! CAP: No we don’t!
But I don’t see that at all in the actual movie. I see this—
TONY: We need to be held accountable! CAP: Accountable to whom? And what does being held accountable mean?
punching breaks out, no one ever answers Cap’s implied question, Tony
himself finds out that being “held accountable” means being shoved into
the nautical oubliette where you get de-powered and possibly beaten for
the rest of your life, T’Challa proves that his government is the only one that should be trusted to be in charge of anything]