Cover of WatchmenToday a friend of mine sends me some email, and he's like: "What is the big freakin' deal with this movie? Why is every other thing I read on the internets about The Watchmen?"
And I'm like, "In terms of popular culture, it's akin to the first Star Trek movie. I hope it doesn't suck, but like the first Star Trek movie, it probably will."
And he's like, "I'm so glad I'm about 18 months behind pop culture. That way when (really if) I watch this movie I'll have long forgotten all the hype and nonsense."
And I'm like:
Get with the times.
The Watchmen "graphic novel" came out about 23 years ago.
It's so old, it wasn't even called a "graphic novel" when it came out.
it's so old, it was printed on newsprint instead of glossy paper.
It's so old, kids were reading comics instead of adults.
It's so old, Alan Moore... well, yeah, he looked about the same.
PS, this note from Wikipedia:
After the series concluded, the individual issues were collected and sold in trade paperback form. Along with Frank Miller's 1986 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns miniseries, Watchmen was marketed as a graphic novel, a term which allowed DC and other publishers to sell similar comic book collections in a way that associated them with novels, but disassociate them from comics.PPS: I hope it doesn't suck.