It’s a story of twists and turns as only a 9-7 season can be, but perhaps the most incredible thing about
this online graphic novel chronicling the New York Giants’ championship season is that it is being created by someone known as Chris in Philly. Preferring to remain anonymous—surely because his fellow Philadelphians would egg bomb his house if they knew about it—Chris is using Photoshopped archival materials to tell the exciting story of how Eli Manning led his team to a Super Bowl upset of the New England Patriots. It’s a classic story of the underdog coming out on top.
But he’s not just influenced by the Giants’ late season comeback and crisp execution under pressure. Chris told NFL.com that he heavily borrowed from Alan Moore’s techniques. “I do really like ‘Watchmen’ by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons,” he says, “and I most certainly borrowed a lot from it. The entire idea of Eli’s journal is from there. I took the line about being ‘locked in’ with him directly from ‘Watchmen.’ The very shape and color of the text boxes are from ‘Watchmen.’ So, once I essentially made Eli the Rorschach character, that set the tone, and all I had to do was make it about yet another glorious run through the playoffs.”
Right. Eli Manning would make a great Rorschach. “Packer carcass in alley this morning, Cruz tread on torn hamstring. This city is in love with me, and I know because they had a ticker tape parade and I star in those Toyota commercials.”
In any event, if DC is looking for creators For Before Before Watchmen, here’s their man.
[Thanks to Torsten for the link.]
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.