Watchmensch by Rich Johnston Requirements
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: Watchmensch is a one-shot comic book released by Brain Scan Studios which parodies the Watchmen limited series created by writer Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons, and colorist John Higgins. The comic book was written by writer Rich Johnston and artist Simon Rohrmuller as a parody of not only the series itself, but the comics industry, the movies they spawn and the creators that get trampled on.
Johnston used the parody as a means to illustrate the comic book industry, as well as to serve as an allegory of the rancorous relationship between Watchmen creator Moore and DC Comics. Watchmensch story mirrors some of the aspects of the series it parodies, specifically that of imitating the art of Dave Gibbons. It also mimics several of the plot points of the series to tell its story.
The story revolves around a team of lawyers who, after one of their number is murdered (Krustofki, a mix of The Comedian and The Simpsons' Krusty the Clown), band together to root out the conspiracy involving the comic book industry. The team, comprising Nite Nurse (Nite Owl), Spottyman (Rorschach pretending to be Jewish), Silk (Silk Spectre), 1700 Broadway Manhattan (the New York address of DC Comics, a musician version of Dr. Manhattan), and Ozzyosbourne (Ozymandias, with the appearance and speech pattern of singer Ozzy Osbourne) follow a complex and multi-layered tale of New York copyright and trademark, seeking to uncover a conspiracy against them from an unknown powerful source and a history of how the comic industry has dealt with its creators.
Creatively, the focus of Watchmensch duplicates almost precisely that of Watchmen. It follows Gibbons' nine-panel grid layout. Download Instructions
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