It is safe to say that I love comics. In fact, I have been reading comics since I was a little kid. Fast forward a few decades and I’m still that same kid just reading comics in a different format, on the web. During this time, in my life I read the classics Peanuts, Calvin & Hobbes, Cathy, Marmaduke, Hagar the Horrible and many more. So, to see a Kickstarter campaign be successful that was a Documentary, entitled: “Stripped: The Comics Documentary” about Comics with so many of my cartoon heroes of both past and present all in one film was too good to pass up. That was back in 2011.
Finally, mine and many others wait is over!
I was able to view the Digital vision in beautiful 1080p definition and while I should have been painting, I sat and was just enthralled in the stories, the artists, the history, and the overall pacing of the film.
But, let’s talk about the film itself.
Pacing: Overall the pacing never dragged, not even for a moment. The only time I stopped watching was when I was making dinner. Even then, I wished I had ordered delivery.
Cartoonist interviews: The interviews were informative not only by the creators past experiences, how they got into the business, their thoughts on how the newspaper industry is vs. the ‘kids’ as they called them on the Internet. There was a healthy dose from both sides as to their perspectives.
Graphics and Sound: The graphics between segments and transitions between takes fit that old-time to modern comic feel. The musical selections, from Vivaldi’s Suite to the original scores just flowed from one to the next.
It’s safe to say that I loved this film. I can see that Dave Kellett and Fred Schroeder put together the best film on Comics and Cartoonists (Past and Present) and I would recommend that all schools, libraries and other media avenues get this into the next generations hands to watch. This is a Documentary for all. Period.
On a side note, my Documentary “Little Person amongst Media Giants” is still gathering footage, more in depth interviews and graphics. It goes without saying, that Stripped: The Comics Documentary will be one that will have many that make similar films, but this truly is an original masterpiece.
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