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Stripped (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 1 April 2014 (USA)
Comic strip artists discuss the state and future of the artform with the decline of the newspaper medium.

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Credited cast:
Lalo Alcaraz
Gene Ambaum Gene Ambaum
Bill Amend Bill Amend ... Himself
Bill Barnes Bill Barnes
Kate Beaton Kate Beaton ... Herself
Darrin Bell Darrin Bell
Brendan Buford Brendan Buford
Gloria Calderon Kellett ... Newscaster (voice)
Roz Chast Roz Chast
Anthony Clark Anthony Clark
Danielle Corsetto Danielle Corsetto
Jim Davis Jim Davis ... Himself
Greg Evans Greg Evans ... Himself
Andrew Farago Andrew Farago ... Himself
Andrew Farago Andrew Farago ... Himself


A documentary on comic strips, with never-seen-before interviews from Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes), Jim Davis (Garfield), Jeff Keane (Family Circus), Cathy Guisewite (Cathy) and dozens more. The film asks a central question: Where do comic strips go when newspapers die? Everybody loves comics, but will they survive in a digital world? Written by Anonymous

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This documentary is the first time that the notoriously private Calvin and Hobbes creator, Bill Watterson has ever allowed his voice to be recorded for an interview. See more »


Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #51.15 (2014) See more »

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Must-viewing for comics lovers
7 April 2016 | by rzajacSee all my reviews

The only reason I slight this flick to the tune of 1 star is because it doesn't make even a passing reference to that other significant outlet for cartooning talent; the ol' comics publishers, their stapled-and-folded comic books, and the neighborhood comic shop. Bill Griffith is interviewed, but that _he_ cut _his_ teeth publishing full-length Zippy(tm) stories (and other fine stuff) goes unaddressed. Bill long, long ago backslid into the (relatively) claustrophobic newspaper comics section format, and so he makes the cut in STRIPPED.

I'm supposing the production/direction decision to cut this comics culture out of the narrative was made in the interests of addressing the plight of the post-newsprint Joe Six-Pak consumer of "the funnies". But it's still a fun fact that a lot of great, great comic talents worked in the stapled-and-folded comic book format and distribution milieu. It even went through palpable "waves" of succeeding generational practitioners.

Had dinner with Scott McCloud in France one time, and watched him face off a paper comics publisher from London. So there was a bit of a squeeze on "comic books" at the time; but obviously not of the same nature as that faced by the syndicated strips, described so colorfully and wonderfully in STRIPPED.

BUT: That glaring omission aside, what this flick otherwise covers, it does incredibly well; the paradigm shift from syndicated strips to a digital future. There's even lovely homage paid to the ancient, seminal strips (e.g., Krazy Kat), so I find it in my heart to let the filmmakers cut the old comic books out of their mix.

With the proviso mentioned above, I highly, highly recommend this flick to anyone who's been pondering the future of comic strips. The production values are superb from bottom to top: The kickstarter backers certainly got their money's worth.

Watch and learn.

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