Watchmen

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Rockslide
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I just finished reading the Watchmen in anticipation of the upcoming blockbuster film adaptation. Before legions of you shout, "I don't get it?" Watchmen is one the most critically acclaimed comics of all time. I know most of you won't care about that, but me and the other nerds will.

This is a pun based joke on the name "Watchmen." Each of these watches represents one of the book's main characters. They are also symbolically placed, again with allusion to the storyline.

If none of that matters- then hey, its a design with some cool watches!

Gavzilla

Agh! Rorschach! He's a scary fella....

I know lots of people will complain that it's obscure and needs explaining, but I think that's kinda cool. Makes for a conversation. Besides, it's generally only friends who comment on your shirt, not random strangers.

BrandonB11

sorry hadnt read that comic but like you said those are some really cool watches... 4

dacat

I friggin' loved reading the Watchmen, would buy this instantly $5

taz-pie

heyyyy wasn't the thumbnail jackanapes profile pic for a while?
anyhoo, lovely illustration!

Monkey III

in 2009 the movie!!!

Ste7en

solid. solid art. solid idea. works as one or the other or both.

Bramish

Utter genius. $5

Mr Rocks

utter pure genius indeed. $5

Neon Samurai

Brilliant. I want one.

13strong

Yeah - cool design, and a great thing for "in the know" Watchment fans, before the film, which will almost undoubtedly be a big, embarrassing, unfaithful piece of crap, comes out.

5

OlliRudi

cool and classy reference. i like how you've used a semi-brian bolland design aesthetic! $5

steven218

can i get a YEAH!!

5$

Jemae
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well done job! cool design! :D

Woss

Absolutely great!

helo

very well done, Rockslide

Ian Leino

So amazingly great

the_book

this should be printed. $5

oh, and vertical placement is better IMO

ISABOA

fantastic - 5$

jstruan

I blogged it on Neatorama and SuperPunch, hopefully it'll send some high votes your way.

jublin

sick!

squintygirl

Holy crap, that's absolutely incredible.

jrmasm

That's very clever. Well drawn. $5.
Horizontal and blue

Rockslide
Rockslide profile pic Artist

Hey thanks everyone for all the love and support!

Thanks a ton to jstruan for spreading the blogging powers of the interverse.

PuterBoy

YEASH!!!!!


5$

OlliRudi

wtf, why did i write brian bolland up there? i meant dave gibbons, of course

OlliRudi

anyway, horizontal=best

SlicedBread

I'm just curious, since I don't know the comic, what are the names or...characteristics about each character that makes them whichever watch? I love the idea of the adaptation, I just wish I was in on the joke.

SlicedBread

Annnd I like it vertical.

Papaprime

Bad, Ass. 5$

Watchmen should be required reading, then there would be o problem with people ot understanding the relevance.

Raid71

cool idea $5

funkie fresh

the comic and this sub are soooo good.

DPF

Unbelievable! A 5 all the way! I'd wear the shirt and the watch.

ivywillow

I would buy one for my brother, one for me, one for my son, one for my best friend...(we're a bunch of comic geeks, even the boy, who's still a bit young to read Watchmen yet.)

NGee

You'll have to wrangle with Ozymandias over the copywrite!

5$

13strong

I think it's

The Comedian; Ozymandias; Nightowl; Silk Spectre; Dr Manhattan and Rorschach. It would take ages to explain them all.

Go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watchmen#Characters

13strong

Btw, that Dr Manhattan watch is really cool. I would wear that.

tiexano

Awesome. I'd like vertical best.

Rockslide
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Hey thanks again everyone!

13Strong has the lineup correct, and explaining the characters would take a while, and then relating that to their positioning here would give away some of the major plot points, so we'll let you read the book.

As far as copyrights, I was thinking about that while I was making it and really, the only thing that could present a problem (that I know of) is the Rorschach watch face, so I could change that more if necessary. All the other symbols are in wide use by a variety of companies/organizations.

NGee

I doubt there'd be a problem, and I know virtually nothing about copyrights. What i do know is this design rocks.

13strong

I wouldn't worry about the Rorschach watchface - his face changes all the time in the book, so they'd have a hard time coming after you for that. I mean, they're basically random (?) black blobs - not sure you could copyright such a thing.

I'm sure this could be covered under parody or something.

Spam69

The daddy of all graphic novels and this design does it justice. Horizontal placementon yellow please.

Jai Deliete

Frickin' great design and idea.

grayehound

do you need to know anything about the comic/movie to get this? no, but it shure helps. can you appreciate the art and design of it as a tee without knowing? sure thing. it makes for a very nice shirt, rocky!

13strong

harvardjanitor7 - what don't you get? It's called Watchmen. Here are some watches. Each watch represents one of the Watchmen (see above).

That's it.

minorproblem.

yes thank god for you rockslide. finally someone else who even knows about it haha. 5$

mbk337

The hands should be nearing 5 t0 12. Ok maybe not... amazing idea and I love the style. $5

Rockslide
Rockslide profile pic Artist

mbk337- crap! you are right, I should definitely have Ozy's hands at 11:55. If this wins, I'll make that change.

Bramish

harvardjanitor7 on Sep 02 '07
very well made. but i've read the comic, and i still don't get it.


I'm not sure how that would work.

podunk

ha, good call on the time mbk337!

and rockslide, I would totally buy this shirt.

honestly b/c the reference and execution is so awesome and your verti/horiz placement are good--- it wouldn't matter to me which one was offered--- I'd buy either of them.


let's hope the film isn't crap though eh?

pinkpoets

vertical blue :)

yellow is so - um yellow ;)

Maltzmania

haha $5 i love it, and as a fan of the series would buy this immediatley and hope no one gets it and i have to explain the awesomeness that is watchmen

profbobo

I really hope this gets made!

likelepers

Vertical blue. 5.
As a fan, I love it. =]

Myca

Oh man, 5 all the way. Yeah, I'd love a darker version of the shirt, but other than that, this is perfect.

Bramish

Good score considering the relatively narrow target market. Hope it gets printed.

OlliRudi

what bram said

Maltzmania

the ozy watch is great

Filazafer

I will commit to buy 5 of these right now, 10 if you need me to. I could easily re-sell these for $20 a piece. Print it, you won't be sorry.

dacat

Please print this now, it would be the first time I would buy more than one.

13strong

Good score for an obscure subject - well done!

aleitos

i saw the movie adaptation.. is one of my favorite..

Wannie

Hehe, "Manhattan" blue and "Comedian" Yellow. Nice.

I definitely prefer the vertical, although the blue is a tad light.

Dillon337

Hurm...please make shirt. Would look good. Want to buy alot. Must investigate further.

Archangel

whoa, awesome! I want it!

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PuterBoy

Was never printed.

Should be though. Probably around the time the release of The Dark Night as the teaser will be before it.

Rockslide
Rockslide profile pic Artist

Haha, I thought this might get some reaction once the new trailer came out. Once more publicity starts circulating, people will know what this design even refers to.

I've had a lot of people email me asking if I could sell them a copy of this non-existent shirt.

Rockslide
Rockslide profile pic Artist

**SPOILER SPOILER****





There is a lot of symbolism here. If you've read it you'll get what I'm talking about without me going into too much detail. I'll just go over a couple major ones. (WarSux has a couple)

First we have Comedian being toppled over by Ozy which is also the start of our story. Comedian's watch is down and broken, symbol of his fall and death.

Then another big placement symbol is Nite-Owl, Silk Spectre, and Dr. Manhattan. Spectre is caught between them leaning away from Dr. Manhattan and towards Nite-Owl as happens in the story. She leaves the one for the other.

Then the final two watches are like the final chapter of the story. Dr. Manhattan and Rorschach sit on different sides of a moral/ethical conflict and decision. They are against eachother and its clear that Dr. Manhattan easily has the upper hand and his placement will easily take down Rorschach. Dr.'s face is looking straight forward and ahead. Rorschach is looking down and falling.

These are the major placement symbols I tried to work in, there are other little subtle things in there. I'll let you find and then of course the design of each watch carries a variety of connections to the characters.

Thanks for all the emails and nice letters!

Kogepan

Seriously. Love this in blue, both the light blue and the background color. Hopefully this gets printed now with the movie coming next year. That would be awesome.

Mr Rocks

I concur. Or pitch this to DC.

actorjp

Helluva design in tribute to a helluva book! Vertical would be most appropriate since the covers title was vertical, and I think a slightly darker (more Manhattan) blue would be best. And yes, Ozy's has to be at 11:55, that would complete the shirt to a Tee (hah)! $5!!!! Could you resubmit a little closer to the movie's release, I bet it'd get a print then. Amazing work again!

mimedeeta

OMG I NEED THIS SHIRT!!!!!!! PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT

Nocturne888

I wish they would make this shirt!!!

Kogepan

They should print this Mar. 2nd in time for the movie. They'd probably sell like a zillion. I finally finished reading this and am now super hyped and want this shirt even more.

PuterBoy

Every time I see this design, I 'gasm hard.


elii_

I so wish I had seen this before scoring was done. I WANT THIS.

NomadSlim

this is bad ass, never seen it before... this design was way ahead of schedule!

PuterBoy

THEY PRINTED IT THIRTY FIVE MINUTES AGO.

ISABOA

!!!

roadkill3d

Oh what better time...than now?

TimScribble

Buy it here peoples.

http://goapeshirts.com/products/046/

PuterBoy

any word on a print?

I said, any word on a print.

I SAID, ANY WORD ON A FREAKIN PRINT?

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