Who can deny the unique experience that comes with reading the funny pages? The ink that marks your fingers, the delicate texture of the paper. Though many of us will always hold a spot in our hearts for newspaper comics, the landscape is changing. More and more people choose to read webcomics such as Penny Arcade and xkcd. Is this a good thing, or is it time to panic and lament? Stripped sets out to answer this question – or at least explore it – by interviewing over 70 big-name artists in the printed and digital comic industry.
According to the official website:
STRIPPED is a love-letter to comic strips. It brings together the world’s best cartoonists to talk about the art form they love, and what happens to it as newspapers die. Over 90 interviews were conducted, including the first-ever audio interview with Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes), as well as Jim Davis (Garfield), Cathy Guisewite(Cathy), Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey), Mike & Jerry (Penny Arcade), Matt Inman (The Oatmeal), Jeff Keane (The Family Circus), Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics), Lynn Johnston (FBOFW), Zach Weiner (SMBC), Scott Kurtz (PvP), Scott McCloud(Understanding Comics), Richard Thompson (Cul de Sac), Jeph Jacques(Questionable Content), Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine), Bill Amend (Foxtrot), Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant) and more. STRIPPED sits down with these creators to talk about how cartooning works, why it’s so loved, and how they’re navigating this dicey period between print and digital options…when neither path works perfectly.
Even more than comics, this movie’s about pursuing art in an age when the business of art is changing constantly.
If you’re a fan of Bill Watterson, know this – he’s provided the artwork for the poster of this documentary. Stripped is available for pre-order on iTunes, and the official release date for the DVD is April 2nd.