“Stripped”, by Sequential Films, was just awarded “Best Documentary” at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con.
The film is a 2013 documentary about the rise, fall, and persistence of comics strips, beginning in newspapers, and continuation in to the digital age.
With funding provided mostly by Kickstarter backers, the initial goal was exceeded by over 200%.
The filmmakers interview numerous people in the comic strip industry. Among them, Bill Keane (Family Circus), Cathy Guisewite (Cathy), and Jim Davis (Garfield).
They also interview cartoonists of the digital age, like Matt Inman (The Oatmeal), Scott Kurtz (PvP) and Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics).
The documentary contains an exclusive phone interview with Bill Watterson of “Calvin and Hobbes” fame. He contributed by drawing the front poster (seen as the featured image) for the film.
Despite being independently produced, aesthetics such as animation, cuts between segments and music are top notch. The audio quality of the interviews, on the other hand, is somewhat muffled.
Overall, an informative and entertaining look into the life of cartooning, and those who have the passion to keep it alive.
“Stripped”, is available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and its own website. The website has a number of editions available that range from $65 to $14.99. Bonus materials can also be bought separately.
Google Play appears to have the cheapest option for watching the documentary – it can be rented there for $3.99.
What’s your favorite comic strip?
Do you still read them in the newspapers or stick with online comics?
Let us know in the comments below.