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Adventures Into Digital Comics tells the story of the crash of the US comic book industry and the potential rebirth of the medium as an all-digital form on the Internet. The film features John Barber (Marvel Comics editor), Leonard M. Cachola (Innies and Outties), Joe Casey (Godland, Youngblood), Patrick Farley (Apocamon, Delta Thrives), Cat Garza Jr (Magic Inkwell), Shaenon K. Garrity (Narbonic, editor of Modern Tales), Chris Gossett (The Red Star), Tricia Hale (Astro City), Lea Hernandez (Clockwork Angels), Derek Kirk Kim (Same Difference), Scott Koblish (Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds), James Kochalka (American Elf), Jean-Marc Lofficier (Robur), Joey Manley (Modern Tales founder), Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics), Tom McWeeney (Battle Chasers), Mark Pacella (Tooth & Claw), Ben Raab (Living in Infamy), Chris Shadoian (Streets of Northampton), Tracy White (Traced), Marv Wolfman (Crisis on Infinite Earths) and Jim Zubkavich (Makeshift Miracle). The film also features the art of numerous other writers and artists such as Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Alex Ross (Astro City), Kurt Busiek (Conan), Jose Ladronn (Hip Flask), John Byrne (X-Men), Will Eisner (The Spirit), Jerry Robinson (Batman, creator of the Joker) and more... Nominated in the Best Documentary Film category, Tel Aviv Icon Film Festival 2006.

"Excellent film that also holds charm and appeal to non-comics audiences" (Michael Netzer, Batman)

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  • Actors: Patrick Farley, Cat Garza Jr, Chris Gossett, Scott McCloud, Marv Wolfman
  • Directors: Sébastien Dumesnil
  • Writers: Sébastien Dumesnil
  • Producers: Sébastien Dumesnil, Robert Nichols
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Futureal Studio
  • DVD Release Date: July 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B001DDCTD4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,772 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Adventures Into Digital Comics" on IMDb

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Produced in 2006, this documentary is behind the times, as far as technology goes. No talk of adapting the art form to tablets (Android, iPad, or other) or to smartphone formats.

The filmmakers were clearly on a limited, almost nonexistent budget. Many of the interviews took place at a convention near crowds in dim lighting, or just outside the convention.

Unfortunately, while the music itself was okay, the same two minutes were played over and over and over. Okay, there was a secondary piece of music which played a few bars now and then, but it was mostly the same stuff. The interviews were drowned out in the sound-mix often enough to add to the annoyance with the music. When there was NO music playing, it was a blessed relief--until the sound editor remembered to cycle it through *again*, whether or not it fit the interview or the visuals on the screen.

As for the digital cartoonists...while many of them had astute comments about the difference between comics and animation, or the nature of the art and how they play with the medium (ie, computer capabilities, browsers, etc) I had to wonder how some of them made money. The actual business of digital comics was barely touched upon it seemed. The benefits of computer internet based comics was detailed at length. Many of these comic artists pointed out that the print market doesn't have room for them. wonders where many of these on-line comic companies are today.

Thing is, I'd go back and write down their URLs, but then I'd have to suffer through that music *again*.

Incidentally, there's something wrong with the streaming file of the documentary. There are a couple of spots where the stream skips. Ironic, considering it's about digital media.
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