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In episode 110, SPOONBENDERS author and comic book writer Daryl Gregory joins the podcast to discuss Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s WATCHMEN--a graphic novel that influenced his work and is considered a masterpiece by many critics. Daryl chats with Luke & James about the comic that changed everything, and even shares the surprising inspiration for one of his characters! Topics: Daryl’s experience reading Watchmen during its original run, the power of repeated phrases and symbols, the deconstruction of comic tropes, Neil Gaiman’s story seeds, the SPOONBENDERS pilot on Showtime, Alan Moore’s biography, the work-for-hire nature of comics, the illustrator/writer relationship, the sexual & gender politics, the power of the alternate history, and the legacy of the graphic novel and its modern adaptations. 

 

The episode ends with an exploration of each of the following characters: The Comedian, Rorschach, Silk Spectre, Nite Owl, Dr. Manhattan, and Ozymandias. This episode’s intro/outro: A.O.E. - Crystal Clocks and Music Box (Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution for reuse)

Daryl Gregory Twitter: @darylwriterguy Website: https://darylgregory.com

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