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Nobody Wants Another Watchmen Adaptation, Especially Alan Moore

OK, I mean, I'm exaggerating: there are apparently a couple of Warner Bros. executives who want to keep milking the Watchmen cash cow. But you know who really, really doesn't want to see Watchmen on screen again? Its creator, Alan Moore.

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Alan Moore Set to Retire From Comics, But Not Before the “250 Pages of Comics Left” In Him

Alan Moore is one of the most revolutionary, as well as one of the most controversial, creators in comics. From innovative stories that changed the medium like Watchmen, to stories that shift the way we think about a character, like his run on Swamp Thing — and yes, *sigh*, The Killing Joke — Moore has been entertaining and challenging comics readers since the early 1980s. Now, he thinks he's just about done.

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Watchmen Co-Creator Dave Gibbons Says He Was Never Contacted About DC’s Rebirth

If you've read DC Universe: Rebirth #1, you know that elements of Vertigo's Watchmen have been incorporated into the main DC Universe, including the full-on intro of Dr. Manhattan into the world. However, Watchmen's creators were apparently never contacted about their characters' inclusion in the new DC status quo.

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Things We Saw Today: Mariska Hargitay Is Narrating the Hamilton Audiobook

Did you know that Mariska Hargitay is a huge Hamilton fan? She'll have the honor of reading the prose portions of the audiobook version of Hamilton: The Revolution, and the musical's composer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda will perform the verse.

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Who Watches a Watchmen Series on HBO? Zack Snyder Hopes You Do

Six years after the movie, Watchmen is apparently headed to HBO in the form of a series to be developed by none other than Zack Snyder, the original film's director.

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WTF Comics Club Reads Watchmen: “Neckbeard Shenanigans” and Mansplaining

Published in 1986/87 by DC, Watchmen is listed in Time magazine's 100 Best Novels, and you’d be hard pressed to find a list of the best, most important, or must read comics that doesn’t include Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s magnum opus. That means it must be pretty good, right? Right?

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Ted Cruz Lists Rorschach Among His Top 5 Comic Book Characters. Wait, What?!

Funny story. Sounds unbelievable. Probably true.

Last week, Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz revealed his top five favorite superheroes: Spider-Man, Wolverine, Batman, Iron Man, and ... Rorschach. The online version of the interview doesn't include this list, perhaps because Cruz has since faced some critique for including everyone's favorite antisocial Watchmen character in his top five.

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Minus Jon Plus Jon Is Garfield Minus Garfield With Dr. Jon Osterman

God is real and he hates Mondays.

Garfield Minus Garfield is so last decade, man. So Jon Arbuckle's a weirdo who lives alone and talks to himself. At least he's still a human being whose corporal essence adheres to the laws of physics and reality. Also he doesn't live on Mars, probably. That's why Minus Jon Plus Jon is a much better depicting of existential loneliness and angst.

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Here’s the Greatest Watchmen/SpongeBob Mashup You Never Knew You Needed [Video]

We're all goofy goobers.

I really love the juxtaposition here between the deliberately weighty Watchmen and the deliberately nonsensical SpongeBob universe, but who even cares? Patrick is the Comedian, Spongebob is Rorschach, Gary is Doc Manhattan, and all of the SpongeBob/Watchmen crossover humor is just somehow perfect. The rest of your day is all downhill from here.

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Things We Saw Today: An Indiana Jones & Star Wars Combination Logo

Things We Saw Today

Previously, we posted Homer Liwag's Indiana Jones engagement ring and Star Wars wedding band. Turns out, his fiancé Aimée Reich decided to make a combination logo for both their geeky loves. (via reddit

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Feel the Fury of Alan Moore in Before Before Watchmen [VIDEO]

And So It Begins

Alan Moore has made no secret his distaste for how DC has handled the rights to Watchmen. (Though "distaste" is a little light—maybe "apoplectic rage" would be better?). Mat Rees has therefore made Before Before Watchmen, a two-part series depicting Moore's reaction to prequel spinoff series Before Watchmen. You've brought this on yourself, DC. You should've known better than to make Alan Moore angry. You won't like him when he's angry.* *Yeah, I'm mixing Marvel and DC, what of it? Part two is behind the cut.

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Researchers Study Owls For Clues to Reducing Aircraft Noise, Making Planes More Interesting to Hipsters

Remember when Harry Potter fans all wanted pet owls, but then realized that they are vicious winged harbingers of death? Turns out they're also silent harbingers of death, and new research is examining how owls stay so quiet in flight. The goal of the study is to make modern aircraft more silent and owl-like. We suggest building an aircraft made from feathers and that runs on mice.

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Once Upon A Time, Alan Moore Turned Down George R.R. Martin Who Turned Down Neil Gaiman [VIDEO]

BAD IDEAS FROM SMART PEOPLE

Writer George R.R. Martin is known for more than just his A Song of Ice and Fire series. For years he's been involved with a science fiction and superhero fantasy anthology called Wild Cards. We found out last year around this time it was going to be made into a film by Syfy and Universal, and while we have no word on the progress of that project, we did hear some interesting tidbits concerning the original anthology. Turns out, Martin was keen on getting Watchmen creator Alan Moore involved. He didn't want anything to do with it but someone else did. Martin described him as "a skinny british kid dressed all in black." Yup, a young Neil Gaiman wanted to create a character for Wild Cards but since he had no credits to his name at that point, Martin turned him down. He's obviously kicking himself now. Hit the jump to watch him tell the entire story because Gaiman chimes in near the end to tell his side of things and it's even worse than you can imagine.

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Alan Moore Will Love This Officially Licensed Watchmen Toaster

Warner Brothers has unveiled their latest Watchmen tie-in and it's a toaster. Let me say that again: A toaster. In addition to ripping out Alan Moore's soul and converting regular bread to crispy bread, the officially branded toaster officially brands your toast -- presumably with the logo displayed on the side of the device. This makes Before Watchmen look like an exciting, artistically respectful project.

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Things We Saw Today: Winter Time

Things We Saw Today

A Game of Thrones/Adventure Time mash-up featuring Jon Snow and Ghost as Finn and Jake? Someone make Daisy Edwards' creation happen for real. (via Ashley Hay)

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What Superheroines Would Look Like In Comfy Pants

Why Not Do It With Some Style?

Previously, we put forth a challenge to our readers to illustrate what Batman would look like fighting in stilettos to juxtapose the norm that is superheroines constantly being drawn wearing (or actresses forced to perform in) high heels to fight crime. One of our readers, Joanna (@super_widget) talked about how superheroes are constantly being drawn by fans outside their usual costumes, i.e. steampunk, Rule 63, etc. But it was when she wrote the phrase, "female super heroes in comfy pants" that we knew we had our next challenge. We left it pretty open this time, they didn't have to be fighting, just wearing any sort of comfortable trousers. Above is Sarah Levine's (@morphmaker) illustration of Batwoman Kate Kane in not just comfy pants but her famous pink bunny slippers. Hit the jump for seven more fantastic images!

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Things We Saw Today: Darth Vader On a Vespa

Things We Saw Today

So, Darth Vader was cruising around on his vespa one sunny afternoon, when all of a sudden, a bus pulled up. Does the Sith Lord: a) Ask the bus driver for directions before strangling him with the Force, b) Board the bus and use the Force to propel the vespa into a safe parking spot, or c) Continue calmly to the nearest Red Mango? Choose your own adventure, everyone! (via Blastr)

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The Watchmen Prequels: Allow Us To Explain

Essay

DC Comics, safe to say my biggest love-hate media relationship, announced this morning in an veritable online media blitz that they are working on seven new miniseries, each based on a different major character from Alan Moore's Watchmen, expanding and adding to the "Watchmen universe." Naturally, the comics world has kind of exploded. This post is going to serves two functions. First, I'm willing to guess that, fractured as the geek community is, there are a lot of you out there that don't understand why this move would be controversial, or why it touches on the subjects of creators rights, creative innovation, and the future of the mainstream comic industry in America. DC owns Watchmen, right? It's just like making more Superman, right? Is this just a bunch of nerds complaining about adaptations of '80s nostalgia and endless sequels, again? Second, I'm going to share some personal opinion. So lets start. Allow Us To Explain: Before Watchmen:

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DC Officially Confirms Watchmen Prequels

When you're dealing with a hallowed franchise like Watchmen, you have to watch your step around the rabid fanbase. Or maybe, you don't have to watch it at all, because no matter what you do, you're going to piss some of them off. In either case, DC Entertainment has just officially confirmed a set of Before Watchmen prequel comic books; guess who's pissed?

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52 Funny, Geeky Valentines Cards

Power Grid

Valentines Day: perhaps the silliest of the recognized holidays, whether you think it's silly and fun or silly and stupid. In my opinion, probably the best thing about Valentines day is fan-made nerdy Valentines, whether or not you're actually giving them. So here's more than fifty geeky valentines, some of which you can print, some of which you can buy, all of which you can enjoy and then have enough time to use later this month.

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