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Comic Book Independents

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Discover what it really takes to strike out on your own and become the next big name in graphic novels. Twenty-four respected creators unveil the secrets of the artistic mind, by talking about their favorite medium, the lowest of low-brow arts: Comic Books. Featured Interviews: Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turltes),Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man), Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics), Erik Larsen (The Savage Dragon), Robert Williams (Zap!), Craig Thompson (Blankets), Wendy Pini (Elfquest), Jim Woodring (Frank), Tony Millionaire (Maakies) & over a Dozen More!

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I would highly recommend this documentary to anyone intersted in comics. --Ain't It Cool News

...a source of inspiration...a fascination of the creative procss. --Indie Film Journal

...a film worth checking out. --WizardUniverse

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Product Details

  • Actors: Shannon Wheeler, Wendy Pini, Robert Williams Kevin Eastman
  • Directors: Chris Brandt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: APPREHENSIVE FILMS
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2012
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004ECLQ6W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,815 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 23, 2012
Format: DVD
This is one of TWO DVD documentaries released this month by Music Video Distributors about modern day "comic books". (The other is "The Story of Rock and Roll Comics"). While the R&RC DVD focuses on one publisher, this documentary covers the gamut of those involved in the "independent" field going back to the underground comics of the late 1960s. No, there are no interviews with Robert Crumb, but Director Chris Brandt includes Robert Williams, creator of Zap Comics - one of the first 10 underground comics - and Ron Turner from Last Gasp and Gary Groth, the publisher of Fantagraphics (one of my favorite "comics" reprint publishers). The 77-minute film, which forms the core of this DVD, was made by Brandt in 2007. A lot of the interviews - with writers, artists, illustrators and publishers - were done at the annual ComicCon but others are done in the offices of the interviewees. The focus is on why these folks got into the business and how they have succeeded (or failed). There is a short history of the "comic" included but this is expanded in the bonus features. (More on those in a moment.). There is no narrator and Brandt has edited the comments so that they form the narration. He has a "cognitive psychologist" from USC comment on the psychology of comics but it looks silly, with the "Dr." in a white lab coat (!) pontificating. I could have done without that guy. And the music lips that Brandt uses (mostly electronic pop) gets annoying after a while. But these are rally minor faults. The closing credits run almost 7 minutes, as Brandt gives credit to all the interviewees, the artwork shown and the music used, but he adds more interview clips as they run. The bonus feature run almost as long as the film itself.Read more ›
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As an artist, I am always interested in what other artists are doing, comics or otherwise. How can you not be? It would have been really neat to see the studios these artists worked in, some were seated at their drawing tables, but for me, I want to see their environment. Anyway, back to the movie, I loved it! And I would encourage any one who wants to do comics to watch this and seriously take notes. The one thing they did not talk about was the time and physical effort that goes into creating a comic. But you should watch this, absolutely!
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If you enjoy a series of disconnected, unrelated sound bites, with no real narrative, this one's for you. For everyone else it will be a challenge to get through 15 minutes. 2 stars because I respect independent comic artists.
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By sandy on December 2, 2013
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A refreshing pep talk for any artist, full of driven like-minded humans. A fun and interesting doc. You're better off watching; you know you want to saturate your-self. Imagination deserves it.
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Seems like an interesting topic, I rather like the people interviewed, they seem to have something to say.

The editing is horrendous. Cut, cut, cut, wipe, cut, slide, cut, cut. Scarcely anyone gets more than a sentence out and then it's off to the next interviewee. If you want to watch an hour and a half of two second scenes, they've got you covered here.
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It did a very good job establishing what creativity is and the importance of comics as a art form in the United States.
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I found this documentary informative in my current research in how America views comic books and graphic novels.
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Definitely worth a watch if you're in any way interested in visual art. In particular indie comics.
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