A couple of items from the "comics not as comics" files...
Artist Dave Gibbons is teaming up with graffiti artist Chu to stage an exhibition with a difference on Tuesday, 28 July. The Southbank will play host to the two as they work alongside each other to transform the Skate Park, below the Southbank Centre, with a series of Watchmen-based scenes and characters. It should be quite an experience. The event begins at 2pm and runs until 5pm.
Mind you, they'll have to go some to beat this, a group of four graffiti artists hired by Paramount to help publicise the West End premier of the Watchmen movie last March.
The Watchmen movie--the theatrical version--is available on DVD and Bluray in the UK from 27 July. Following a limited theatrical release, the Director's Cut is out on DVD today (21 July) in the USA with an additional 24 minutes of footage. The USA also gets an Ultimate Edition of 5 discs in December, with the "Tales of the Black Freighter" stitched into the Director's Cut, commentary from director Zack Snyder and Dave Gibbons and loads of additional extras. Sadly, no release date has been set even for the Director's Cut in the UK. In fact, the Director's Cut has yet to be submitted to the BBFC for classification, so we might be in for a long wait.
More comics that aren't comics: Big Finish are producing four more Judge Dredd audio adventures under the title Judge Dredd: Crime Chronicles, which will be released on CD and for download between October 2009 and January 2010. The four stories (Stranger Than Truth, Blood Will Tell, The Devil's Playground and Double Zero) are written by David Bishop, Jonathan Clements and two by James Swallow. All feature Toby Longworth as Dredd, reprising his role from Big Finish's earlier series of Dredd adventures and Louise Jameson guests as Judge Anderson in the fourth story.