Those Things That Only Comics Can Achieve: An Analysis of Watchmen on Page and Screen

This paper responds to a statement made by Alan Moore, the writer of Watchmen:
“Whenever anybody talks about comics, they usually make a great deal about the relationship between comics and film; and while I agree that a comic creator who understands cinematic technique will probably be a better creator than one who doesn’t, I feel that if we only see comics in relationship to movies, then the best that they will ever be are films that do not move. I’d found it in the mid-eighties preferable to try and concentrate on those things that only comics could achieve.”
– Alan Moore

The series was adapted into a film, and in the light of the release the remark above became an interesting and relevant jumping off point for a comparison, contrasting the manners in which time structuring is built and created across both media, through a careful analysis of the differences in function between shot editing in film and page layout in comics.

The full text is here: Those Things That Only Comics Can Achieve: An Analysis of Watchmen on Page and Screen

Presented to Dr. S. Humphreys, ENGL 4807H, 10 April 2009

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