As it stands now, After Twilight is a short film about a Texas 10 years in the future locked in a bloody secession from the United States in order to become a separate, Christian nation. Watson and his partners are currently working on developing the film into a full-length film as well as a comic book by Austin comic master Douglas Brown.
If you're wondering about the title, we wondered the same thing. To explain, we'd like to reprint the quote that inspired it verbatim...
As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such a twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air - however slight - lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness
-Justice William O. Douglas
The film follows a librarian named Jen Frazier who seeks to avenge her sister's arrest and torture by the oppressive theocratic regime that now rules Texas. Her adventures take her into concentration camps where Old Testament punishments are meted out to those who break God's laws.
Watson was inspired to create the study by two conflicting groups. The first were groups dedicated to trying to instate America theocracy whose actions are chronicled by the Texas Freedom Network. The other was the raids by Taliban police in Afghanistan in order to catch people with televisions and other things against their now state sponsored religious doctrine.
However, the film is not anti-faith, anti-Christian, or anti-religion Watson maintains.
"The head of the theocratic government wears a cross, as does the leader of the resistance," said Watson. "It just goes to show you how the same symbol of peace can be warped. It's a very spiritual film."
So, with a free barcode tattoo adorning our note-taking hand as a parting gift from Watson, we walked out of Comicpalooza for the last time into a free world full or weirdness and wonder.... something it seems we can always count on Houston to provide in due measure.