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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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:icondead-dance-crow:
dead-dance-crow Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
I can't wait to see!!
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:iconnagabonar-an:
Nagabonar-an Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
I squealed like a little girl I used to be when I saw the cover of series. I can't wait for it!
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ItsaCatch-22 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Will you no longer be drawing Catwoman?
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ChrisCrowell Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012   Traditional Artist
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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ezy-e Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Artist
I haven't bought a comic in probably six months, but I WILL buy this!! I can't wait!!
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Aaron-the-automaton Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
I'm not a fan of the idea of a prequel, but I like your work, so I'll trust you.

And the silk spectre costume... You sir, are a god.
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AdamHughes Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
To be specific: I didn't do the final design seen in the film: I was merely the person who suggested to director Zack Snyder to use latex, in the initial design stage.

:-)
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Aaron-the-automaton Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
That's still pretty cool, did Snyder actually ask for you? Or does DC recommend people?
I still appreciate her costume, either way.
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:iconadamhughes:
AdamHughes Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Zack Snyder hired me and all the other artists who worked on the film because he liked our work, I guess.
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Yawnz Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh. My. Goodness. I don't think you understand how excited I am for this release...the hair was standing up....AAsAJKSHASGH ok. ok, I think I'm ok..I'm so happy to know that I friend-ed someone on dA who worked with Watchmen, and is working with it! Joy, joy everywhere! I'm sure you'll do great, it's a choice I believe in, at least. Don't ever misjudge your talent, sir...either up or down.
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Norang Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ah! AH's before watchman!
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:iconrodgallery:
RodGallery Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Owwwww man, I'm crazy to see what you will do with those characters.
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:iconadamhughes:
AdamHughes Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Thank you very much: I appreciate the support.
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BauerPower24777 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Like I said... not really psyched about Watchmen prequels until I heard you're doing interiors... Cannot wait for super art. :)
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ohsallysfever Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
AH, amazing! I cannot wait to see what you genius-ness you come up with!
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makomi Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
for watchmen prequel did you do both (cover and interior)? because I always see you doing cover and not doing the interior.
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:iconadamhughes:
AdamHughes Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
On BEFORE WATCHMEN, I will be doing the interior art of DOCTOR MANHATTAN as well as the covers.
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:iconmakomi:
makomi Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
yeaaa... im so happy to hear about it, and thank you
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RyanGutz Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Adam, I'm psyched. I've been following your career for a while and I think this is totally something worthy of your talent!

So let me get this straight-- you're doing covers AND interiors for the first 4 issues? Are you also slapping on those insanely good colors?
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noelnoel Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Hi, there. New fan over here. Well, a fan for about a week now since I saw a vid in youtube featuring you while doing sketches in a convention. Prior to that, I've seen a lot of your gorgeous artwork through the years but never quite got to know the name behind the works until I myself started my own journey into art recently.

And then news about Before Watchmen hit and I was one of those who contributed to that simultaneous collective groan from the Internet. Needless to say, I was quite conflicted about knowing that You were involved with the project, same as how many who would not have liked the idea of a Watchmen prequel or sequel but ended up with a more neutral stance due to the involvement of a favorite creator or two.

At this point, I am still prejudging the project much like many others who are against it. My prejudgment would be that your work here would be at a usual very high standard and would probably be the the best or near the best of your career so far. I'm thinking the same would apply to probably 60-70% of the entire venture involving the other writers and artists, just because Watchmen occupies a special place in the hearts of every creator who loves this comic book business.

However, knowing that aesthetically and financially this will probably be a huge success is probably secondary to the idea that ethically, this isn't a good move for the creators involved. In a way, (as I now oversimplify the matter), the picture that many have in mind is that it's Alan Moore on one side of the fence and the Before Watchmen creators on the other side. Which makes it very hard for Watchmen fans like myself to support you and your colleagues' works in this project, knowing that Alan Moore really doesn't want this project to happen, at all. It is strange to see how a project and its creators who acknowledge the status, importance and uniqueness of Watchmen in this medium, and the stature of Alan Moore as probably the most revered creator in this industry could go ahead and push through with a project knowing Alan's position against it.

In the end, though I still hope that the many talented creators involved in this undertaking be assigned to other high-profile projects in DC, I wish you well in this endeavor and know that the art in the Doctor Manhattan issues will be absolutely stunning.

P.S. A better hope of mine would be that someone again in DC extends the olive branch to Alan and manages to elicit at least a grudging acceptance of the idea of these sequels resolving much of the moral dilemma involved with supporting these works and creators.
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qci Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Great that you draw a miniseries (not just covers).
I saw this cover: "[link]" and I have only one little problem with it: [link]
Because of the shadows on Silk Spectre's legs inner side it looks like to me that her butt is on the front of her hip.
An other guy said that it looks like Dr. Manhattan ANALyze her. I don't think so.

Anyway, it's a great picture from you (as always).
Please, do more marvelous covers and illustrations to inspire us.

An other thing: I bought your CoverRun book as a christmas present.
Totally worth it.
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Mad-Maven Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Yes another fantastic reason to buy comics!
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PrimeXGraphics Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Can't wait to read it!!!
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Jesse-the-art-maker Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
That is so awesome! Congratulations!
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:iconmikepacker:
mikepacker Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Congratulations Adam!
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atzalan Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hoho jo woow! That┤s great news, What i'm saying.. TERRIFIC news!! I could bored all with my Watchmen experience but I don┤t. I┤ll only sit and wait for those four issues from your art on Watchmen (which sounds AWESOOOME!) Congrats!!!

...Oh and your gag for females and penises was hilarious by the way!
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oslapedo Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
I'm skeptical on the idea of more Watchmen but it's definitely exciting that my favorite artist will be doing my favorite WM character :]
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criss3366 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
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:iconbetotron:
Betotron Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm Scared!!!
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credesign Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Great to read that! I am a watchmen enthusiast, and I am pretty sure you can handle the blue penis (yeah, definetely, that doesn't sound right). Jokes apart, I am sure you can make a wonderful job of it!! Keep us fans posted! regards!
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RoyStanton Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow!!! Glad to hear you're getting a chance to work with characters that mean so much to you, and are so iconic. If anyone will do justice to the work of Mr. Gibbons, it's you. I've no doubt of that. I'll be picking these up, you can bet. :)
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Brushfyr2 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
While I look forward to it, are you haunted by the angry spectre of Moore hovering above your bed at night? = /

I once walked past some Mircle-Gro in Target and thought I saw his beard from under the bags because of some
connection with Miracle Man. Not saying I definately did, just... maybe...
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phildunne Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm not entirely behind this series (I feel like it should be left alone) but I'll will definitely be buying your issues of the prequel (along with Darwyn Cookes) as you are one the greatest comic talents and one of my favourite artists. and I watched one of your drawing tutorials on YouTube - brilliant! Best of luck with this great opportunity!
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April-Feinberg Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Enjoy!! A Fanboy gets his day in the Sun! You will be great because you Care.
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LeftWingDuck Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Man I adore the Watchmen...even quote the original book in every day life. Cannot wait to see this run.
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Wolkenfels Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
i was very sceptic to hear there are new Watchmen comics.
But bringing in Heavy Weight Champions like you and J.M.Straczynski gives it at least hope.
I still wished DC would stop receycling and bringing more original new stuff.
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MexicanGuy Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
osom!!!
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CoOkIexDoUgH Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Wow really great !! :D I`m happy that you got a chance like that !!! I`m sure it will be awesome
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petropicto Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
congratulations!!

enjoy it and have fun!

I will be looking forward for the issues
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HaydenDavis Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very excited for this. I know that there will be a large group that follows Moore's reaction of "you're just using these characters to make money." I think my brother put it best when he reminded me that Watchmen, LXG, Supreme and Lost Girls are all based on - or just directly use - characters already in existence. To say that a new, good story involving these characters can't or shouldn't be written is ridiculous. Especially when it's coming out of Moore's mouth.

Best of luck to you and JMS, Adam. I couldn't be more excited to see the finished product. Cheers.
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misslisap Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
I look forward to it :)
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storyteller1023 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Writer
Wow, this literally just came out of left field, didn't it? I don't envy any anxiety you must be feeling----but I'll be the first in line to check it out.

Holy Cow, am I understanding you're doing the interior art AND the covers? If that's the case, oh HAPPY DAY! I still remember reading copies of JUSTICE LEAGUE in the 90s and thinking, hey, this Hughes fella is gonna do okay! And since the All-Star Batgirl project seems less and less likely to really happen, I guess blue penises will have to make a good substitute.

Oh, that sounded wrong any way you read it! Congrats, this is amazing news! I know it may seem like heresy to mess with a classic, but you are right-----this IS a business, and when times are tough, you have to make safer choices when deciding what to publish. Best of luck, I'll see you at the comic stands!
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Leonidas666 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW!!! Can not wait... :eager:
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die-yng Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
You are making it awful hard for me.
I absolutely hate the idea of tempering with Watchmen in any way.
So I basically loathe the idea of these prequels, but since I first saw your art on Justice League I've bought everything with your interior art, that I could get my hands on.

For now I'm struggling with myself.
It's good that they didn't sign you for Silk Spectre, than I wouldn't have a choice!:nirvana:
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SpaceRacer55 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool! I love Watchmen and I can't wait to see your work!
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frana Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
can't wait :love:
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SaphrontheQuirky Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's so cool! I love the Watchmen and your art is superb, so this will be a really neat idea! I'll keep my eye out for this next time I hit a comic book shop! 8D


....But it's funny that you'll draw blue penises a lot. xD


I just can't get over that!!!
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SamWolk Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Outstanding news! I'm so glad to know that you're working on the prequels. You're deserving of the honor and I know your work will be fucking sweet.
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JeremiahLambertArt Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
hanging blue dong.
you ready for that?
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JohnnyRocker666 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
I'm very happy for you, and I'm sure your art will be amazing, but... A sequel to Watchmen?

...I need more time to deal with this idea.
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