BEFORE WATCHMEN and AH!

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Well, the word is out: DC Comics is returning to the world of WATCHMEN!  And I am drawing all four issues of the DOCTOR MANHATTAN miniseries.  First sign of the Apocalypse?  You bet!

It's great to finally be able to talk about this project.  I signed on AGES ago, and have kept mum about it, until now!

WATCHMEN is arguably the greatest superhero comic ever produced, and without a doubt my absolute favorite.  Being allowed to draw these amazing characters isn't actually a dream come true: I never thought something like this would happen.  I'm pretty nervous, but having fun so far.

My history with WATCHMEN goes way back.  In 1986 I was working at Thunder Road Comics in Burlington, New Jersey, and I sold every issue of WATCHMEN as they came out.  It was a pretty amazing time: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS was also shipping, so superhero comics were enjoying a banner year.  The mullets, parachute pants, and New Coke made up for it, though.  YIKES.

Several years back, I was one of the first artists to contribute designs to Zack Snyder's film adaption of WATCHMEN.  I mean, I only worked on the film for, like, eight minutes, but I cast a long shadow!  Did you like Silk Spectre in latex?  That was ALL ME.  That's right - I'm preening!

So, you see, I have some strange sort of orbital relationship to WATCHMEN.  I feel pretty honored to be working it.  I'm looking forward to drawing all these characters.  Yes, DOCTOR MANHATTAN is an unusual choice to assign me to, but I'm assured that DC has a plan!  Maybe they believe that, since I'm well-associated with drawing female anatomy, I'm qualified to handle blue penises.  Wait... that doesn't sound right...

I love Alan Moore's canon of work, with special affection for MIRACLEMAN, THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, and most definitely WATCHMEN.  I hope to do some sort of justice to Dave Gibbon's brilliant art: he's one of the all time great illustrators ever to work in the field of comics, and I have a serious case of "My LAST boyfriend was a porn star!" performance anxiety when it comes to bringing his beloved characters to life.  I've only met Dave twice: he was drunk both times, and holding an award both times as well (I'd celebrate, too, if I won awards).  I hope that if I get to see him again, we'll manage a congenial hat trick of insobriety, and that he doesn't go all 'soccer hooligan' on my ass.  "Those are MY characters, you apocalyptically colonial wanker!!"

I'm fairly stoked to be working with the fabulous J.M. Straczynksi.  I loved his THOR run, especially.  The man knows how to craft amazing tales, so I feel like you & I are in good hands.

So!  I should get back to drawing Dr. Osterman, in all his phosphorescent azure glory: this miniseries has to ship in summer 2012, and no one will ever accuse me of being fast.

~AH!~
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Dibumac's avatar
I've just seen the first pages for your Dr Manhattan book and I have to say that they are amazing! You keep the spirit of the original series but at the same time it's 100% Adam Hughes. Great job! Congratulations! :)
Lyingbastard's avatar
Congratulations!
Obscure-Dragon's avatar
Ooooh, I can't wait to see your work! I've so been looking forward to Dr. Manhattan mainly due to your art! I know I won't be disappointed!
ARTISTWKG's avatar
I'm thrilled to see you doing sequentials again. The fact that's part of the Watchmen thing is just icing on the cake.
SkuLL-Inc's avatar
I will buy it, that´s for sure, but don´t u feel a lil like u are choosing Iron Man´s side on this "Comic War"?
Whune's avatar
I used to idolize you.

I never thought someone of your caliber would work on a project that exists contrary to the wishes of the the original creator of the material.

...

Be well.
jamsQ's avatar
A Moore/Gibbons comic and a Straczynski/Hughes comic contain the same number of particles. Structurally, there's no discernible difference. The ideas embodied in lines on paper are unquantifiable abstracts.

Why should I be concerned?
No offense Adam, but people really need to read this:
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ZipDraw's avatar
OMG Really?! I am so going to preorder every issue! I have confidence in your work on the Blue Deity!

P.S. (I was recently given many magazines of hustler comics (lol) as a gift)
ComfortablyEccentric's avatar
Saw you at C2E2's Before Watchmen panel! You're work is much appreciated! You handled questions in a very entertaining manner. Sorry you didn't get to do Nite Owl, I bet it would have been stunning as per all of your work! :3
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ScottDdraws's avatar
So stoked to see you doing Interiors again!!!!! Now if we can only get you to do some Issues of Wonder Woman! :)
deathchrist2000's avatar
Have you read JMS's Spiderman? If so, What are your thoughts on the...ending?

__________________________________________________Another day, another destiny.
This never-ending road to Calvary;
These men who seem to know my crime
Will surely come a second time.
Adam, I have to say you are very generous with the negative, presumptuous 'I-already-know-it's-going-to-suck' phlegmwads who post here...more generous than I would be, that's for sure. Why don't we all cut the crap? Who the hell doesn't wan't more WATCHMEN drawn entirely by ADAM FREAKING HUGHES???

My biggest reason, I will confess, for wanting to see it is to see how your page-art method has evolved after all these years of covers. It probably isn't still the same as it was in the Wildcats/X-Men day. You've got to answer one question for me though, concerning a drawing technique thing...is it easier for you to get a face right after you've already drawn part of the figure?
trinity346's avatar
Really excited to see your work, I know you will knock it out the park!
legrosclown's avatar
It's about time you did a mini-series! I've been waiting for that moment for a long time now! Next stop, GRAPHIC NOVEL!!!!!

Can't wait to read it!
coronalwave's avatar
That would explain why you haven't had a lot of updates lately. Man, that must have been killing you not being able to tell us anything. You have my sympathies. I truly look forward to seeing the new issues. I know they'll be epic.
jaggedlittlebill's avatar
ok. Nix my last comment. I found an article bringing me up to date. Still, I bet most of us would be thrilled to get the results of even a half-hearted effort on this Adam (despite this not being your style). Oh well, we've got lots to look forward to with Dr. Manhattan. Just don't go crazy with the little stuff you perfectionist you.
jaggedlittlebill's avatar
Uh...hope I'm not beating a dead horse here but what happened to All Star Wonder Woman?
dead-dance-crow's avatar
I can't wait to see!!
Nagabonar-an's avatar
I squealed like a little girl I used to be when I saw the cover of series. I can't wait for it!
ItsaCatch-22's avatar
Will you no longer be drawing Catwoman?
ChrisCrowell's avatar
I really dug your revisionings of Nite Owl and Silk Spectre proposed for the movie.The silk scarf mask was a great idea especially!
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