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21 February 2011 @ 01:28 am
Writer's Application  

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<font face="Times New Roman"><font color="black"><font size="5"><strong><font color="#000000">AT MIDNIGHT, ALL THE AGENTS...</font></strong></font>
<strong>» Lola Bartoletti:</strong>
<strong>» 33:</strong>
<strong>» Pittsburgh:</strong>

<font face="Times New Roman"><font color="black"><font size="5"><i><strong><font color="#CCCC00">UNDER THE HOOD</font></strong></i></font>
<strong>» when did you first get into watchmen?:</strong>
In 2008. I saw the GN being sold , I suppose as a taeser for the movie, raed it and really dug it.
<strong>» favorite character(s):</strong>
Eddie Blake, Sally Jupiter
<strong>» Why?</strong>
Remember when King Arthur said that might doesn't make right? Well, sometimes, when all you have is Might, you can choose to use it, either for right or for wrong. The Comedian is a bad man. A very bad man. but, there was enough good in him that he landed on the side of the heroes, not the villains. That kind of duality fascinates me.

I think the Comedian and Ozymandias were a meditation, on Alan Moore's part of good and evil. Ozymandias is the villain of the piece. He murders millions of innocent people, essentially for nothing but the greater glory of his own ego. He doesn't get his hands dirty doing it, but he does it, nonetheless.

On the other hand, the Comedian's hands were dirty since he was a child. That's what he does. The dirty work. The jobs that, like it or not, somebody has to do. They send him to do them because even when he was 16, he was a broken man, too damaged, already, to care about the damage he did. He had one chance to have something decent in his life, Sally, but he screwed that up, too. Don't forget, though, that for whatever reason, she always loved him. And, in the end, he finds out what Ozy is up to, he knows there's nothing he can do, so he gives the last thing he has so that the good guys can win. His life.

Also, to me, the Comedian represents the dark side of the Great American Hero. If there was a Captain America, he'd have to be a hell of a lot more Eddie Blake than Steve Rogers. There are a lot of Eddie Blakes in the world. Guys in Special Forces, guys who are CIA spooks, even guys who join the army and go off to war. Doing terrible things is part of their jobs. But a lot of these guys, they have homes, they have families, they have other lives. How do they justify doing what they do? They say to themselves, well I'm a bad guy. I do bad things. But, I do them because I have to. I do them for the greater good. Do we really need the Eddie Blakes of the world? Do we need to have our own sons of bitches to take care of the enemy's sons of bitches, before they take care of us?

He's the antihero. The Good Bad Guy. Those characters are always interesting. Most of my heroes that I write are Good Bad Guys, to some extent.

I don't think the Comedian is a total douchebag. He's horribly flawed, and he's going straight to hell, and he knows it. But, like Darth Vader, there is some good in him, and that's what Sally loved about him, that's what made him want to be a hero and not a villain, that's why Rorschach wanted to avenge him, and, in the end, Dan and Laurie did, too. That's what makes him a fascinating character.

I guess I have a soft spot in my heart for evil, twisted, black-hearted people who try to be good, because, in some way, I am one. I am personally capable of all of the acts of violence I describe in these stories. If I were Luke Skywalker I would have cut the Emperor in half. If I were the Comedian, I would have shot that woman for cutting me. I would have regretted it later. But I would have done it. I know what it is to live cheek by jowl with a mad animal, to have rage and bloodlust well up inside you like poison. I have tried to always use my Might in the service of Right, and not to follow the left-hand path to Hell.

God save me, the deal with the Comedian is, I understand him, very well.

Don't you remember when we were little kids, and I used to say that life's a joke, treat it that way?

Nothing has happened to convince me otherwise.

<strong>» Tell us about your favorite pairing(s). What's the appeal? What makes them tick?</strong>
The appeal? 

That love is at  the dark heart of everything. Do people like the Comedian deserve love? Is it something they can ever hope for? That's like asking if they deserve to have the sun shine on them. The sun shines for everyone, whether they deserve it or not, and everyone loves, whether they deserve it or not.

Why does Sally love Eddie? I don't know. I can't say. I did write about it, though, in "Born Under a Bad Sign" and "I Can't Quit You, Baby." Why did Luke Skywalker see the good in Darth Vader when no one else did? Why did Darth Vader throw the Emperor down the elevator shaft?

Love's a funny thing. A dangerous thing. It can be all -consuming and insectile. It's s usally not as pretty as in the Valentines' Day cards. But that's the kind of love that 's interestuing to write about

<strong>» graphic novel or film?:</strong>
Can I say I like both? Although I was mad they took out the squid. It was so wonderfully Lovecraftian.
<strong>» if you chose film you better have a damn good reason:</strong>

<font face="Times New Roman"><font color="black"><font size="5"><strong><font color="#CC1100">BLOOD FROM THE SHOULDER OF PALLAS</font></strong></font>


I do write Eddie with an O/C, and in a universe mixed with Marvel and DC. Try it. You might like it.
http://watchmenfic.beautifulsinner.net/viewstory.php?sid=82&ageconsent=ok&warning=5 (The Joke's On Me)