Portland Watches the Watchmen

Who watches the Watchmen?

About 300 or so lucky bastards in Portland, Oregon last night – yours truly and her husband NOT INCLUDED.

Here’s the scoop: The usual tom-foolery of my morning includes wrangling with a hot iron, finding relatively clean un-ironed clothes to wear, exercising the dog and ferret – AND surfing the net.

Wellll – the Comic Book Movie Rss Feed had this lovely gem to offer yesterday morning: Secret Watchmen Screening Thursday in Portland, Oregon . So, Dan and I quickly made plans to meet at the Lloyd Center Theater after work and try desperately to appear non-chalant in hopes of getting selected.

Turns out – about a bazillion other people read that article as well, and though they didn’t move the location of the screening, by the time we arrived, it was obvious they’d captured most of their “blind audience” elsewhere. It looks like the passes were handed out last Sunday, which is a pretty smart move if you want to avoid a fan-tainted audience. It worked well, and “regular folks” were lined up around the block with free tickets already clutched in their lucky bastard hands.

We were bummed at being turned away. Naturally.

Also confused about the secret screening. Isn’t there is still a legal battle brewing between Fox and Warner Brothers over who owns the rights to the film? Apparently – the release date is still set for March 2009, along with a trial date in January 2009.

Even the IMDB page backs up the assumption this movie it still on.

Sooo – if the rights are in dispute, it’s still cool for WB to have secret screenings? Interesting. It’s definitely a great way to hype the film. I’m surprised they chose Portland, Oregon. Well, a little surprised. It’s closer to LA than Seattle, but it’s not exactly an un-tainted market. We have two fairly large independent comic book publishers here in town (Dark Horse, Oni Press). AND we are home to Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Mignola – two legendary comic book creators.

Dan and I are fairly bitter about the brutal Watchmen re-buff, but I’m excited for the experience of opening night with fans and nerdiness abounding.

And those jerk-wads (I say it with love) who managed to get their greasy mitts on the tickets, you know – the ones who signed the non-disclosure forms? Well, they are violating their non-disclosure agreements according to this article *SPOILERS*.

It’s hard to say what I would have done in that situation. I guess we’ll never know, now will we? *tears*

Much Love, Mindy C


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About tinyheroes

Mindy Crouchley is a 33 year old woman with a degree in English and Technical Writing from Portland State University. She has accumulated three+ years experience in the Marketing and Communications field - with an emphasis on creating digital media content. She has been reading comic books since she was 10 years old. She currently lives in outer southeast Portland with her spouse Dan Robertson, her baby girl, and their dog - Jabba the pug. She spends her free time devouring books, crafting cosplay, video gaming, attending comic cons, writing stories/screenplays, attending book to film adaptation club meetings, volunteering, and watching copious amounts of TV and movies.

2 responses to “Portland Watches the Watchmen”

  1. k@ says :

    admittedly… i dont know enough about watchman. but i do know that since rumor of the film, i have been quite curious.

  2. iikingdanii says :

    it’s time to pick the blog back up.

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