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Karl Erickson On Art of Watchmen and Special Screening Of Watchmen Film (PR)
posted February 7, 2009

The Art of Watchmen

March 6 – May 2, 2009
Special Advance Screening of Watchmen, March 5

The The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art – MoCCA proudly presents The Art of Watchmen. This exhibition looks at the many incarnations of the Watchmen universe: from Dave Gibbons' original character designs sketches, to the art from the acclaimed graphic novel published by DC Comics to the stills from the highly anticipated film by Zack Snyder. The Art of Watchmen is curated by Peter Sanderson and Ellen S. Abramowitz.

On view will be photographs by Clay Enos of the Watchmen movie cast, Watchmen-related photos from director Zack Snyder's "war-room" and original artwork from the graphic novel co-created and illustrated by Dave Gibbons.

The Art of Watchmen explores the way in which the comics and cinema versions each combine fiction with reality to create an alternative universe that provides incisive commentary on our contemporary times.

The exhibition will focus on visual iconography from Watchmen, primarily the main characters: The Comedian, Dr. Manhattan, Nite Owl, Ozymandias, Silk Spectre, and Rorschach. We will show how each character evolved, through artist Dave Gibbons’ concept sketches to their depiction in the comics culminating in their incarnations on screen.

MoCCA will hold a special advance screening of Watchmen on March 5th, including a VIP reception and a Watchmen Portraits book signing event. This once-in-a-lifetime evening begins with a reception at MoCCA for The Art of Watchmen, continues with an advance screening of Watchmen, and concludes with an author signing of Watchmen Portraits by Clay Enos. Tickets are $100, $75 for MoCCA members. All proceeds from this special event go to support MoCCA programming. Tickets may be purchased in person at the MoCCA booth (#1963) at New York Comic Con (#1963) MoCCA or by phone, 212-254-3511, Tues. – Sat., 12-5pm.

The Art of Watchmen is sponsored by Warner Bros. Additional support for MoCCA comes from the Ann and Will Eisner Family Foundation, and the members of MoCCA. Special thanks to Titan Books.

WATCHMEN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.

MoCCA Hours

Hours: Tues. - Sat. 12:00 - 5:00pm,

Closed Sunday & Monday

Suggested Donation: $5.00

Members & Children under 12: Free

MoCCA is located at 594 Broadway, Suite 401 between Prince and Houston.

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art - MoCCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts education organization dedicated to the preservation, study and display of all forms of comic and cartoon art. The museum promotes greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic, cultural and historical significance of comic and cartoon art through a variety of events, exhibitions and educational programs. For more information about the museum or specific MoCCA events, exhibitions and programs visit the museum’s website

DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Sandman. These DC Super Heroes and others have starred in comic books, movies, television series (both animated and live-action) and cyberspace, thrilling audiences of all ages for generations. DC Comics’ Web site is located at