On Auster’s City of Glass and Karasik & Mazzucchelli’s graphic novel adaptation
By Serena Huang
In Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli’s graphic novel retelling of the story, the plot, characters, and setting essentially remain the same as in the original text version, but the approach used to describe the protagonist, Quinn, and his attempts to solve a case differs noticeably due to the additional range of storytelling tools that the graphic novel provides. This essay examines the ways in which the graphic novel is either more effective or less effective in its message compared to the original text ….
On Moore & Gibbons’ Watchmen
By Naomi Girard
Throughout the graphic novel, several women play influential roles in Rorschach’s life, each pushing him closer towards his crime fighter identity. By examining the ways that all these women drive Rorschach towards violence and his desire to claim a new identity, it becomes clear that his obsession with fighting crime is his way of grieving over and coming to terms with the injustice he experienced as a child.
On Moore & Gibbons, Watchmen
By Anne Wang
Eyes are everywhere in the comic series Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. From the eyes of every character to the pupil-like circles of clocks and “fallout shelter” signs, figures of vision can be found throughout. The very cover of the publication depicts a minimalist eye of the iconic happy face, expressionless and abstract, anonymous as a civilian, watched by the outside world and watching it back. The series plays on the reversible identities of the watched and the watchers.
By Rachael McDaniel
The queer characters of Watchmen visually inhabit either the world of shadows and secrecy or the world of demonstrative color, but the deeper in shadow the characters are, the more explicit, dangerous, and violent their queerness is. In this essay, I will consider Moore and Gibbons’ portrayals of queer characters, specifically the Silhouette and Rorschach, through their connection to shadows and darkness, and explore the public violence inherent in the shadowy space of queerness that they occupy.