Latitude Festival 2009: Not Watching The Watchmen

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Latitude Festival 2009: Not Watching The Watchmen

Latitude Festival 2009: Not Watching The Watchmen

It’s Saturday afternoon, Clare and the kids are back at the family campsite and I’m sitting in the Film & Music Arena at this year’s Latitude Festival watching a short film about sheep.  That’s not what I’m really there to see, you understand;  I’m actually waiting for the marvellous singer-songwriter and comic book artist Jeffery Lewis to deliver his lecture on the groundbreaking graphic novel Watchmen.  It’s one of things I’ve really looked forward to seeing this weekend and – as something of a Latitude veteran – I’ve long since learned that the only way to guarantee a ringside seat at an event in the Film & Music Arena is to go and see whatever’s on before it.

Often, the tactic produces unforeseen results: you get to see something jaw-droppingly brilliant that turns out to be much better than whatever it was you’d originally planned to watch.  Not this time, though.  I guess I’m just the sort of person who’ll always prefer groundbreaking graphic novels to short films about sheep.

The film ends, the credits roll,  there’s a polite round of applause and then someone announces that Jeff Lewis’ van has broken down en route to the festival and, as a result, the Watchmen event has had to be cancelled.  There’s a loud, collective groan.  It seems I wasn’t the only person sitting though a short film about a sheep in order to catch the Watchmen lecture.

As I leave the Film & Music Arena with the other Jeffrey Lewis and/or Watchmen fans (no doubt missing something that’ll turn out to be jaw-droppingly brilliant and better than what we’d originally planned to see), I notice one guy looking particularly dejected.  I try to strike up a conversation with him and quip:  “What a shame.  It’s almost as big a disappointment as the Watchmen movie.”

“Don’t be so fucking ridiculous,” he replies.

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Tom is a mostly funny writer, sometimes illustrator, and lapsed stand-up comedian based in Birmingham, UK. Currently an Expert Blogger at Time Out Birmingham, he's had humour pieces, illustrations, and articles about popular culture published in print and online publications.

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