Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Watchmen - By the Pool

How big is the Watchmen phenomenon? How about this - a few weeks ago we went on a family vacation to a small Mexican island off of Cancun called "Isla Mujeres". The island is reached by ferry and is just 4.5 miles long. It's still a working fishing village, and there are no American restaurants chains there (yet).

Sitting around by the pool, what did I see but this startling sight:Woman reading Watchmen by the pool
A woman reading the graphic novel casually by the pool! In all of my vacationing days I have never seen a guy (who wasn't my husband or brother-in-law), reading a graphic novel by the pool or on the beach, much less a gal. I had to have Dave and Rosie pose in the pool nearby so I could get a photo of it. She then proceeded to have this conversation with her guy friend:

Girl: Have you ever read a graphic novel?
Guy: No.
Girl: They're good you know. They are a bit confusing to read at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's fine.
Guy: I don't know if I would like any of them. I've heard of that one you're reading though.
Girl: Well, Gary has been reallly raving about this book forever. He bought it when it came out like in the 80s or something. Anyway, I was curious about it and he got it for me for Christmas. It's good, and the movie is coming out on March 6th.

Me eavesdropping in background while wearing my Black Freighter baseball hat I got off of eBay (no joke) - "It is, I didn't even have that date memorized! That's coming up soon!

Girl: Anyway, this is good. I've read a couple of other graphic novels too. I've read V for Vendetta, and the Dark Knight. There's just one more I'm interested in reading though - it's called Preacher.
Guy: Hmmm. Never heard of it. Want to get some lunch?
Girl: Sounds good. Is it too early for a margarita?

If I hadn't have witnessed this scene, myself, I would have never have believed it. It's some kind of sign of the Apocalypse or something....

Don't tell me that movies don't have an impact on graphic novel sales. This is proof positive!

5 comments:

Eric Orchard said...

I'm scared! And weirded out! I've been seeing a number of people~all women~reading Watchman on the bus over the past 6 months. I immediately wanted to talk to them and ask why they were reading it, or how they found out about it..Which says more about me, I think.

Diana Tamblyn said...

I know exactly how you feel. It was all I could do to not follow her around and ask her questions about comics.

Sean said...

I can't think of anything better to read around the pool. Can you?

Christine Norrie said...

Eeeeekkk!! LOVE IT!

Maybe Barney's will start carrying GNs!

Charles Smid said...

Same. Seen a load of women reading Watchmen on the subway just before and during its theatre run. eTalk and Entertainment Tonight have a use afterall!