Weekend Table Talk: The Extremely Abridged Edition

Yeah, it’s been a slow week. So read this one slowly. Let’s kick it off with something that’ll get the people debating…

Watchmen 2 is real and on its way, along with a bunch of character prequels 

Perhaps you read about it here or elsewhere, but the point remains – DC is putting out a Watchmen 2, along with prequels about the main characters written by Darwyn Cooke, J. Michael Straczynski, Brian Azzarello and a host of other really talented people.

Now would be the time to call up your buddy and scream “WHAT THE HELL?!” into the phone as loud as you can. He’ll know what’s up.

So what did Eric Stephenson, Image Comics’ publisher have to say about it? Good things, of course.

Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, meanwhile, created Watchmen under the impression that the rights would be returned them eventually. Within a year after it was concluded, in fact. That’s not my opinion. That’s a fact. It’s public knowledge. Due to the nature of the deal that had been agreed upon by Moore, Gibbons and DC Comics, it was widely discussed. It was a genuine victory for creators’ rights.

But then the book was kept in print forever, and the rights to Watchmennever reverted back to Moore and Gibbons.

And people wonder why Alan Moore felt betrayed.

It was a dirty deal, and the fact that there are people who want to rationalize it by saying, “Well, Alan Moore wrote League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Lost Girls, and those books used other writers’s characters, so how is this any different?” just shows that truth is a sadly devalued currency. It’s different because Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons negotiated, in good faith, a deal that would have allowed them to retain the rights to Watchmen.

Speaking of Image…

Image Comics turns 20 this week

So dig out your favourite back issues of Spawn and avoid watching the movie at all costs – the home of Savage Dragon, The Walking Dead and whatever else Robert Kirkman scribbles on the back of napkins – is younger than you.

DC superheroes want you to help Africa

DC, in partnership with Time Warner and Warner Bros., is heading a campaign called “We Can Be Heroes” that stars various Justice League members urging people to donate to the Horn of Africa. So, not only is it helping a good cause, you may also get the chance to see Green Lantern sing a David Bowie song.

Isn’t that what you’ve always wanted?

Alex Pardee’s creations will haunt your dreams

Over at the always-excellent io9, they featured Alex Pardee, an artist who has done some seriously horrifying stuff. Now, he has turned his attention on superheroes.

That’s it for this week, so enjoy some of Mr. Pardee’s work. But don’t check it out right before you go to bed.

You will never play Mega Man the same again.

The best way to ween your cat off its all-lasagna diet.

Now imagine this clinging to your ceiling while you are sleeping.

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