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Facing Reality Without a Mask: Examining a page from “Watchmen”

Alan Moore (words) and Dave Gibbons (illustrations), Watchmen, Chapter 2: Absent Friends (DC Comics, 1986), page 27

Alan Moore (words) and Dave Gibbons (illustrations), Watchmen, Chapter 2: Absent Friends (DC Comics, 1986), page 27

All good artists are trying to tell the truth about the world. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons on Page 27 of Watchmen, Chapter 2: Absent Friends (DC Comics, 1986) weave multiple narratives into an illusion-shattering whole that lays bare the fractured world they see around them. They create a super hero story that is honest to the truth of human nature in the world they see around them. They use multiple overlapping stories told through completely interdependent panels to show us the fragmentation of ourselves and our reality. This page shatters the illusion of our gridded reality and forces us to face the world without a mask. Continue reading

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