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Before Watchmen It Could Be Worse by ChrisMcJunkin Before Watchmen It Could Be Worse by ChrisMcJunkin
I read about Before Watchmen yesterday (as did apparently everyone else in the world) and my initial reaction to it was a clear concise WTF? "Cash grabbing sellout bullsh*t" was probably the first thing that ran across my mind.

Then I saw that there was some really nice talent attached, most notably two old favorites, Adam Hughes and Jae Lee. On top of that were a slew of other people that I am admittedly not as familiar with but I know enough about them to know that most of them carry a large amount of recognition amongst the comic reading community.

So the immediate angry fanboy side was kind of delivered a one two sucker punch in that when announcements like these are made you typically don't see some of the most amazing creative minds in the industry involved. You normally think of something like The Clone Saga or a throw away creative team on a cross-company crossover.

Or you think something like Rob Liefeld.

Given the fact that DC just a few weeks ago gave him the creative reigns on a number of books after Hawk & Dove's announced cancellation which was immediately followed by the company logo re-branding which was then immediately followed by this announcement, I could easily see a Watchmen prequel being spear headed by the enigmatic Mr. Liefeld.

That being said, I spent a lot of time over the last 24 hours looking at Rob Liefeld art. Some good, some bad, a lot of clenched teeth, lined faces, clenched fist, and tiny feet...some classically cool stuff from my childhood that I still see as being awesome both in spite of and in a few cases because of their flaws.

I hope I did a decent job of mimicking his style. The easy go to would have been to give EVERYBODY shoulder pads and toy guns but I don't think Liefeld would do that. Hell, given his fondness of Alan Moore, I'm not sure if he would have partaken in this at all given the opportunity. So I just tried to mimic the style. Parts of it worked, others didn't.

I will say, though, that I had a hell of a lot of fun attempting to draw like Liefeld. I understand why he draws like that now. I know Rob's one of the go to punching bag guys for artists but there is a fun aspect to his style that when studying closely reminds me of what was so fun about it when I was a kid.

As far as the whole debate upon whether you're pro-Moore or pro-Before, I'm still figuring out. I've read a lot of reactions, blogs, and columns both for and against it. I know I'll have to at least flip through the books when they come out that's for sure.
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Calcifer-Boheme Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
It's not extreme enough and Spector looks like she could actually fit organs in her body :P


But seriously. you did a really good job on it. I'm not sure if it's quite Liefeld style, but the touches that are more you is what makes it better.
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ChrisMcJunkin Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!

Yeah, I had a limited time frame (about 24 hours) I did this in, from start to finish so I didn't really have the luxury of multiple drafts and whatnot to really nail it as much as I would have liked. Actually just had another Watchmen related idea last night that I might work up if I have the time over the weekend.
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mastersamus117 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Student Writer
That's not Liefeld's awesome genius. Silk Specter still has pupils.
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ChrisMcJunkin Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
True true. I have seen Liefeld draw pupils hear and there though.:)
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mastersamus117 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Student Writer
Yes here and there never two on one character.
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ChrisMcJunkin Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ha! Yeah, glowing eye balls are awesome.:)
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mastersamus117 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Student Writer
No dey iz kewl!
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CapnSkusting Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
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'Nuff said"
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ChrisMcJunkin Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thanks!
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L1701E Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
My thoguths regarding the "Before Watchmen" mini-series were simply, "Meh." This, however, is hilarious. The only thing I didn't like about this picture was that DC logo you used. I hate that logo. They should've tried to update the classic bullet logo.
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ChrisMcJunkin Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. Yeah, I'm pretty much in the same boat as you on the new logo. I don't hate it as a concept but I liked the one they had before.
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L1701E Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Yeah, I get the idea, but I can't understand why they changed it so quickly after only having the last logo for a few years. But I still miss the DC Bullet.
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ChrisMcJunkin Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Honestly I imagine that some execs/PR/marketing guys outside of the comics wing of Warner Bros. probably spearheaded that logo redesign. Some of the conversations I read about it indicated that might have been the case (maybe, maybe not...might be talkin' out my ass as it's after 3 AM). I mean it's not a horrible design but I think it doesn't really work as a comic logo design. If it were designed for something like a software icon on your desktop type of thing I think it would work. But yeah the whole "if it ain't broke" thing kind of left most comic readers in a state of WTF?
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L1701E Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
I wouldn't be surprised if that was the case for the new logo design. I get what they were going for, but I feel that DC is so obsessed with new, new, new sometimes that they forget that sometimes what's already there works.
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ChrisMcJunkin Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I would almost wager that they will end up revamping it again within the next year or two or possibly go back to the previous logo within that same time period.
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L1701E Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
That would not surprise me in the least.

What'd you think of the idea of the "Before Watchmen" series?
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ChrisMcJunkin Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thoughts are pretty much as stated above in general. I was surprised to hear about it and then doubly surprised to hear about the level of talent involved. A part of me is interested to see how it looks but right now I don't have a particular desire to buy the books.
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mpl95 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
i genuinely pissed myself laughing :D
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ChrisMcJunkin Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
My apologies to your underoos.:)
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mpl95 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
oh it's fine. :D
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ChrisMcJunkin Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Good to hear!:thumbsup:
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Skaramine Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fucking hell, that name plus Watchmen = cold shudder.
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ChrisMcJunkin Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Bwahahahahha! :)
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Skaramine Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do have to say, there is no conceivable way even your faux Liefeld looks as awful as the real thing. Hell, it actually looks good.
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ChrisMcJunkin Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Lol. Thanks Doug!:)
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jackcrowder Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant, mate.
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ChrisMcJunkin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks JC!
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Dylanio21 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I wouldn't mind if they all had shoulder pads, something about Liefeld is everything has energy, something that's lacking in most of what I see, not all, and definitely not in a lot of the big guns but there is a lot of in between in comics, 1000s of artists just lacking energy.
I wish I could channel some of his energy.
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ChrisMcJunkin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, for the purpose of parody I think I shoulda' pushed the ridiculousness of it more.

I definitely could use some of that energy right now myself.:)
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Dylanio21 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree!

Ditto!
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