Critical Thinking Task 2

As part of my Module “Technology Context”, I have been assigned to research an artist and a photographer from a particular decade and look at what influenced these people in their work at the time with the main focus being on what was happening at the time they were producing their work which would ultimately inspire them. We have been set 4 tasks to complete in order to find the appropriate grouping of research which will go towards the production of a presentation at the end of the module. The first task, is to present the bibliography which is reference to the Harvard system containing the research that we have gathered. I have decided that I will leave this as the last thing I produce in my blog and will be made up of the research that I have found have helped me with  my 3 other tasks.

Watchmen, noted as one of the first in a long line of iconic pioneering comics that was deemed the term “the first graphic novel”, can be interpreted in a number of ways. With its cinematic approach to framing and artwork, many have felt that this is what makes Watchmen a serious discussion of so many of its readers. IGN editor-in-chief Hilary Goldstein, who back in 2005 reviewed the “Absolute Watchmen”, a remastered version of the famous graphic novel, claimed that Dave Gibbons, who did the artwork for the comic has “always translated Moore’s emotional sentiment”, and that this made the comic “all the more powerful”. However, Julian Darius, the founder of the website sequart which specializes in looking at comic books and graphic novels as an art form, believes that Watchmen interrogates the comic tradition with Intertextuality in the storytelling in his article “Watchmen and Intertextuality”; here, Darius mentions in this interpretation of the graphic novel that the character Dr Manhattan can be read as an ” allegory for the atomic bomb and how it deformed history”;  it questions if the intertextuality is not only in this character but in many of the other parts of the story, whether it be the plot points, dialogue or even the artwork in itself. This article gathers the notions of the transmedia storytelling in this graphic novel; a comparison that also lies in the IGN article again mentioning its cinematic approach to artwork with its framing style  and positioning of the characters, one of the very few comparisons with both articles. The contrasts however are  not a few like the majority of the caparisons, both articles perceive heavily on their own interpretations of the themes in Watchmen that they personally feel is the reason of why it is still so very popular; which can be seen evidently in the heart of both articles.

The links to these articles can be found for Absolute Watchmen IGN Review here and here for Watchmen and Intertextuality: How Watchmen Interrogates the Comics Tradition.

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