What exactly happened with Rorschach's Journal? I've kept hearing over and over that it was this huge, horrible mess.
Okay, one more time. *deep breath*
Many months ago, several movie news sites received a strange e-mail, in character, from someone who claimed to be Rorschach. The e-mail contained a URL: rorschach'sjournal.com. At the time, it only contained an e-mail link and shifting Morse code messages hidden in invisotext. At the time, everyone was baffled. Was this a viral marketing campaign for the movie, or something else entirely?
Eventually, the website was updated. Rorschach's Journal was now a movie news site with a forum for discussion about Watchmen and the movie. At long last, we Watchmen fans had a place to go for news on the movie and discussion about all things Watchmen. RJ.Com also linked to another site: TheVeidtMethod.Com. This was made out to be a website promoting the Veidt Method, run by Ozymandias himself. However, RJ.Com said that Veidt was not to be trusted and the website was not what it seemed. Translation: It was an attempt at a viral online game.
The forum was presided over by "Rorschach" himself. Unfortunately, the forum was extremely slow. I kept insisting that the forum needed a moderator to keep conversation going and keep the forum clean, but my suggestions fell on deaf ears.
Then I started noticing that I'd been receiving more spam in my e-mail than usual. Turns out this wasn't a coincidence. A forum user had found a spam list online with the e-mail addresses of nearly every user on the forum (including mine). We all demanded an explanation, but the link became inactive and "Rorschach" remained silent.
Finally, there was CHUD.Com. They had done some detective work and found that "Rorschach" was none other than Michael Regina, the mind behind TheOneRing.Net and KongIsKing.Net, among other well-respected movie news sites. CHUD.Com simultaneously published a scathing article saying that Warner Bros. should sue Regina for copyright infringement and cashing in on the Watchmen movie. Regina wrote a counter-attack under his own name... but published it on RJ.Com under "Rorschach." He broke character. And from that point on, I never saw "Rorschach" on the forum again.
A few months later, this upstart named "DoomsdayClock" registered on the RJ.Com forum and said that he had a brand new Watchmen fansite that had just hit the 'Net. I clicked on the link and immediately thought "This is what RJ.Com should be." DD asked for feedback and I told him that he needed a forum. After analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the RJ.Com forum, I hammered out the plans for the first layout of our forum and said that he needed a moderator.
A few weeks later and after a few e-mails with DD, the forum finally launched. I had been given the post of moderator and the honor of being the first to post on the new forum. The status of RJ.Com could be described thusly:
"The forum over at WatchmenComicMovie.Com is now online! It's been up for a full day now, and it's already livelier and better-informed than this site.
This will be my last post here. As far as I'm concerned, this site has grown stagnant and ill-informed. What's worse, the admin here, Michael "Rorschach" Regina, may well have sold us all out to spamming companies. I have waited patiently for some apology or explanation from "Rorschach" and I have waited further for activity to develop here. Neither has happened yet, and neither will likely happen.
RJ.Com and TheVeidtMethod.Com set out to create a central Watchmen fansite and a fan-made viral campaign. They were part of a single grand experiment in bringing the Watchmen fanbase together. That experiment has failed.
To that end, I am signing off RJ.Com for the last time and throwing my full weight behind DoomsdayClock, his fansite and his forum." -- Curiosity Inc., Sep. 01, 2007.
To this day, no one
has posted on that forum since I so publicly left. The news section on RJ.Com hasn't been updated since Zack Snyder's initial online greeting to the fans and TheVeidtMethod went nowhere. And the rest is history.
This is truly a madhouse. And I'm the lunatic running it. I've spent three years wondering if I should be proud or ashamed.