The Friday Cool: The Mask of Rorschach

rorschach.jpg I’m going to see the Watchmen film.

While giving due respect to its place in comic book history and the men who created it (Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons), I’m not a huge fan of the source material. It’s one of the most important books in American comics, but that doesn’t mean I automatically like it (if that logic applied, I would have done a lot better in my English Lit. classes).

That said, there are things I like about the book. I really like the treatment of the Dr. Manhattan character and I really like the concept of Rorschach’s mask, described here in The Watchmen Wiki

Rorschach’s mask (which he refers to as his “face”) consisted of a specialized fabric, one that was actually two layers of fabric with viscous black and white fluids trapped between them. The fluids remained in constant motion, being affected by heat and pressure, however the black and white colors never combined to form gray. The patterns formed by the fluids also maintained a constant symmetrical pattern down the midline of whatever shape the fabric had been formed into.

Kovacs first discovered the fabric when he worked for a dressmaker. The fabric was originally made into a woman’s dress and the marketing of such a product would be linked to Dr. Manhattan. The product’s first customer was a woman named Kitty Genovese, who was unhappy with the dress, calling it “ugly” and refused to buy it. Kovacs thought differently however, and took possession of the fabric for himself, saying it was “very beautiful.” At home he used heated instruments to shape the fabric into a full head covering, a face he “could look at in the mirror.”

While reading the graphic novel, I always tried to imagine just how that mask worked. And according to this entry in the Watchmen production journal, it sounds like the mask was somewhat difficult to create from a technical perspective.

Links

via - io9.com

The Watchmen Wiki

Watchmen - Wikipedia