Columnist-for-hire Tim Marchman did a telephone interview with Len Wein, editor of the original Watchmen and one of the writers of the Before Watchmen special prequel event. Also involved in the interview was Pam Mullen, a DC Comics publicity manager. Marchman interviewed Wein for an article he was writing for The Daily Beast entitled, Watching ‘Watchmen’: A Classic Comic’s Classless Return.
If there’s anyone who knows a thing or two about class, it’s Tim Marchman. As this sepia-toned photo illustrates, Marchman smokes a pipe. What’s classier then a thirty-something-year-old man smoking a pipe? Then again, nothing in this photo suggests that the pipe is actually lit and producing smoke, so perhaps saying he smokes a pipe is a bit presumptuous. Maybe he just likes to place an unlit pipe in his mouth, especially when someone is about to take his picture. Either way, lit or unlit, pipes are pretty classy. Can you even buy a pipe at Wal-Mart? I don’t think so, they’re much too classy to be sold at Wal-Mart.
The interview got a little uncomfortable when Marchman remarked that the business dealings involving Watchmen, have been, in his words, “incredibly shady.” Alan Moore, the writer of the original Watchmen, feels that DC Comics cheated him out of ownership of Watchmen.
Pam Mullen responded that Wein wasn’t there to talk about the business. Of course he wasn’t. He was there to talk about the comic book he wrote.
What I don’t understand is why Marchman was granted the phone interview in the first place. He clearly has an agenda when it comes to Before Watchman. His book review in The Wall Street Journal about a book that had absolutely nothing to do with Before Watchman made that fact painfully clear.
Why would Marchman even want to interview one of the writers involved with Before Watchman? What could he learn from an interview that would change his mind about the project? That’s one of the nice things about having a preconceived idea about something, you don’t need to bother with facts.