So I guess Batman, Blade, Spiderman, The Crow and X - Men among many others before the 2005 release of Sin City never contributed to the graphic novel ‘genre’ then?
Those are comicbooks and yes, it differs vastly!
Watchmen is Alan Moore’s masterpiece and the way it differs from a comicbook is…errrr – well it’s the same shit actually but with better visuals. It’s almost as if the entire thing has been put down in storyboard and the character background, etc. has all been laid down for the director to bring to life. When Robert gave Frank Miller credit as a director he knew that he was only bringing the material to life through the technology stuff he learned from Spy Kids. So the point of this message is, never trust a stranger because he will strangle you in your sleep and sell your liver to the hospital.