Don Bauder 7:01 a.m., June 19
When I was coming back from New York on the plane, just before Comic-Con, David Gibbons, the illustrator and co-creator of WATCHMEN, the most successful graphic novel of all time, was sitting across the aisle from me, up one seat. A comic fan was talking his ear off, complaining effusively that Alan Moore, the writer and co-creator of WATCHMEN, V for Vendetta, and other popular works, wasn't "investing" in the success of the filmic adaptations of his works. I didn't say anything at the time, or think about it much. At Comic-Con, I saw David Gibbons, the same guy from the plane, on the big stage with the director of "300" and the actors of next year's potential blockbuster, WATCHMEN. Mr. Gibbons seemed to like to film. Then I heard a week or so later, what makes the comic-fan's complaint make sense: Alan Moore has refused to accept any of the money from any of the filmic adaptations of his works. Maybe the money is so filthy that he won't accept it because of his artistic integrity. I also heard Alan Moore writes with a pet snake on his shoulder. I don't really feel one way or the other. It's just interesting. And that is my note on existence for today.