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Metapost: Help make a movie about comics!

I normally don’t promote other people’s stuff here, but … this is a very cool project. Dave Kellett, a Webcomics artist who draws Sheldon and Drive, is helping make Stripped, a documentary about the history and future of comics, consisting of a series of interviews with a pretty incredible collection of contemporary newspaper and web comics artists. Here’s the trailer video! (IS THE FIRST INTERVIEWEE JEFFY KEANE? YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT!)

The trick is, in order for the movie to be made, it needs cash, as movies are insatiable money pits. They’re trying to raise funding for the movie on Kickstarter. If you’re not familiar with Kickstarter, it’s a way to crowdsource funding: lots of folks give small amounts, and hopefully it adds up to enough to make the movie. The filmmakers have set a lofty goal, and your credit card is only charged if they collect enough pledges to actually meet that goal (this is the magic of Kickstarter). And, unlike some bloggers who offer no reward other than self-satisfaction from a contribution, the producers of Stripped have lots of goodies for you if you help them make the movie. You could just treat this as an opportunity to pre-order the DVD, or, if you have five figures to drop on a whim, you could convince the filmmakers to fly to your hometown and give you a private showing. (There’s some stuff in between those two possibilities, too.) Check it out!

27 responses to “Metapost: Help make a movie about comics!”

  1. Stij
    August 23rd, 2011 at 10:55 pm [Reply]

    This looks incredibly interesting. I don’t usually go for Kickstarter projects, but I’m seriously considered dropping at least a little cash on this. I like how they’re interviewing a bunch of new artists as well as the old guard. Very diverse group.

    Thanks for posting this, Josh!

  2. bats :[
    August 23rd, 2011 at 11:13 pm [Reply]

    Thanks for posting this, Josh. El cheapo (or more correctly, La cheapa) me is digging in…hey, none of these folks have come after me, so I ought to be a little grateful! (I didn’t see old Lynne Johnston, at least…)

  3. mollificent
    August 23rd, 2011 at 11:19 pm [Reply]

    Thanks for the heads-up, Josh! I had a good experience with Kickstarter helping to fund my album–it’s great for stuff like this. And just the project’s Kickstarter page itself is really cool–seeing all the photos of comic strip artists. I had no idea the guy who does Dinosaur Comics is so cute. ;)

    Also, Greg Evans…yowza. Not at all how I would have pictured him. (And Dan Piraro…EXACTLY how I would have pictured him. :D)

  4. mollificent
    August 23rd, 2011 at 11:21 pm [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#2): No sign of Tom Batiuk, either (though I did snort audibly upon hearing Jim Davis say that the comics page was a place for happy thoughts. Guess Tom didn’t get the memo.)

  5. Jocelyn Knockersbury
    August 23rd, 2011 at 11:52 pm [Reply]

    My husband and I are big Sheldon fans, and we’re thinking about how much to kick in on this thing. So cool to see it mentioned here on CC!

  6. Tom Batiuk's Secret Thoughts
    August 23rd, 2011 at 11:57 pm [Reply]

    @mollificent (#4): No sign of Tom Batiuk, either (though I did snort audibly upon hearing Jim Davis say that the comics page was a place for happy thoughts. Guess Tom didn’t get the memo.)

    Hey, cancer can be funny! You just have to look at it right.

  7. Droopy Says
    August 24th, 2011 at 12:37 am [Reply]

    The Amusing Spiderman: “Hey!” one of the cops said. “Isn’t that Peter Parker? What’s he doing away from his couch? That makes me very suspicious! Let’s arrest him!” And his partner says “Arrest him? To hell with half-measures! Shoot him!”

    Shoe: Vaudeville is dead, Brookins. Quit robbing the grave.

    Gasoline Alley: Today–hey, what happened to the fat slob, his shrewish wife and the washing machine? Did they suddenly and thankfully drop dead–oh. My mistake. I’m looking at Funky Wankerbean. It’s just that it’s so stupid today I mistook it for Gasoline Alley.

    Crankshaft: So Young Cayla is cheerful, bright, pretty, talented and ambitious. No wonder Cranky is upset. Can he rise to the challenge of grinding her down?

    Mock Trail: Screw the gold band, look at that humongous bird! It’s the size of a battleship! And it’s come to Earth to raise its young! I knew the Elrodball was going to do “The Giant Claw!” It’s dumb, it’s Fifties, it’s perfect.

    Curtis: How do you make everyone forget that Curtis is a loathsome little punk who railroaded his girl’s cousin? If you’re Billingsley, you make his parents even more obnoxious than he is. If you’re anyone else, you admit the strip went too far for tricks to work.

    Pluggers: Because nothing says “athlete’s foot” like coffee-soaked socks.

    Sally Forth Because it’s great to look at something where the kids are drawn to look like kids, and act like kids, and have a quirky charm.

  8. Maggie the Cat
    August 24th, 2011 at 12:46 am [Reply]

    MW- “And that was the last time my ponytail ever fluttered freely….

  9. Maggie the Cat
    August 24th, 2011 at 12:59 am [Reply]

    As the bent dorsal fin showcases to the world the broken spirit of an orca in captivity, likewise- though in reverse- was Gina’s ponytail after she bid Bobby farewell. It hardened through… like Gina’s young, unfulfilled heart.

  10. Poteet
    August 24th, 2011 at 1:16 am [Reply]

    8/24 MT — I have a bad feeling that Halloween may come and go before this sucker finally ends.

  11. seismic-2
    August 24th, 2011 at 1:42 am [Reply]

    I very much hope this movie comes to fruition, so that Hollywood will spend all its resources on filming it instead of on optioning Lisa’s Story.

  12. dale
    August 24th, 2011 at 2:55 am [Reply]

    Gil Thorp

    Does Rubin really believe this crap?
    Given that Gil was going to approach Mrs. Lark, he should have had a list of therapists and AA meetings with him.
    If her first move is a meeting, she will run out thinking, “I need a drink”.
    At least that’s cheaper than a therapist, who will tell her she must stop, not just cut back.

  13. Mr. O'Malley
    August 24th, 2011 at 3:42 am [Reply]

    BeBa: Oddly enough, both Clannad and Benny Hill (about 4:30, that was the best version I found) have recorded songs on this subject. But Clannad wins with the “To make my mummy ketchup-oh” line.

    Shaft: That “Meddling Monk” scenario is sounding more and more plausible.

    FW: OK, I’ll join in. Heartburn? High cholesterol? Obesity? Dining ennui? Exploitation by Archer-Daniels-Midland?

    Luann: I’m so glad I managed to miss the previous appearance of Ann Eiffel, because it is dialing the stupid up to more than eleven. Twelve or thirteen, at least. And all we have to look for in terms of the other plot is Gunther afraid to call the girl who asked him out. If I wasn’t afraid of messing up my still-functioning Chron page I would seriously consider dropping this strip.

    MT: Difficult as it may be for some to imagine, Mounties do not always go around dressed as though they are about to start up the Musical Ride. But all complaints will be dropped if the follow-up is “Gold? You’d better be toting a year’s worth of provisions, cheechako!”

    I must say—if the Phantom went undercover doing lucha libre that would be pretty cool.

    That Plugger has really got the shakes. Maybe he should consider joining SPCAA.

    RMMD: There’s that problem solved then; on to the next exciting plot!

  14. ZaneTarlo
    August 24th, 2011 at 5:13 am [Reply]

    I was genuinely hoping that the writer of Curtis would be on here, he seems like a genuinely nice guy and as much as the comic can be tedious (with Barry being whiny, the dad’s smoking habit, Curtis’ love triangle, those inexplicable quotes around “Onion”) I can’t help but like it for those quirks.

  15. Écureuil Écumant
    August 24th, 2011 at 5:37 am [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#2): “(I didn’t see old Lynne Johnston, at least…)”

    That old Lynne was out getting re-banded that day.

  16. Jocelyn Knockersbury
    August 24th, 2011 at 6:48 am [Reply]

    The funds for Stripped have gone up by a few thousand since you posted!

    (And is it wrong that I laughed at the recent spam commenter who is so excited to have found your ENTIRE website? Probably.)

  17. Snowshoecat
    August 24th, 2011 at 7:48 am [Reply]

    Hate to follow up the neat film idea with a gripe (especially in light of Seismic-2′s hope that it will replace Lisa’s Story), especially one about a fave strip. However:

    Barn&Cly– haven’t seen jungle cammo in, what, decades. Since urban fighting is done in the Middle East, cammo has been modified accordingly to suit desert combat for quite a while. Stretching it here.

    JP– speaking of the Middle East, isn’t the good judge doing a bit of racial profiling here?

    RMMD — the principal was widowed too? Wow! Who’d a thunk it? Never saw that one coming.

  18. agony
    August 24th, 2011 at 7:55 am [Reply]

    I live in a small Alberta town, which means the RCMP are the local police. I’m gonna cut out the last few days of Mark Trail and take them down to the station, show those blue windbreakered imposters driving around in their little white cars what a REAL Mountie looks like.

  19. agony
    August 24th, 2011 at 8:04 am [Reply]

    @Snowshoecat (#19):

    Don’t know about other countries, but in Canada, the day to day just walking around on base uniform (what’s that called, the service uniform?) is jungle camo. Maybe just using up old stocks, saving the desert camo for those in Afghanistan, I dunno.

    I work in a daycare centre in a military town – must be one of the few places where a mom coming to pick up her toddler will nonchalantly vault the five foot chain link fence, rather than walking the long way around…

  20. Kristian
    August 24th, 2011 at 8:28 am [Reply]

    @agony (#20): Better still, show a few episodes of Due South. Or an Eddy/MacDonald production. Or Little Mary Sunshine. Or just walk up to them and say “Nell!”

  21. Snowshoecat
    August 24th, 2011 at 8:32 am [Reply]

    @agony (#21):
    My apologies to the military customs of my northern neighbor (I live close to Thunder Bay). I’m used to seeing desert cammo both at naval and marine training centers in and round San Diego, and also in airports. There is more of a sense of immediacy there. I am truly glad that Canada uses the jungle cammo– yay for recycling! Anywhere in the states that do that? Just curious.

    Also, moms hopping fences cracks me up!

  22. Vince M
    August 24th, 2011 at 11:58 am [Reply]

    @Droopy Says (#8): re. MT – AND it’s in Canada! I do hope Johnny Malotte does not meet zee bad end, oui?

  23. Mars
    August 24th, 2011 at 7:26 pm [Reply]

    “I should just dig a hole and bury myself.”
    If I was responsible for Rhymes with Orange that’s how I’d feel as well.

    In seriousness, it’s a little comforting to find all the “professionals” just as worried about their future as I am, and just as clueless about what to do about it.

  24. Mat
    August 24th, 2011 at 10:11 pm [Reply]

    I would, but I’m already sponsoring Rolled, I similar project but for TPing. I’m not even kidding.

  25. crufl
    August 24th, 2011 at 11:56 pm [Reply]

    If I happen upon any excess cash, I’ll definitely kick it your (or their) way. This movie looks pretty good. And for the record, that song is “Pieces Form the Whole” from the Social Network Score.

  26. MDV
    August 28th, 2011 at 12:47 am [Reply]

    Am I the only one seeing a ton of these projects lately and wondering if it’s a scam? This is now the 3rd website I visit where “a friend” is making a movie and funding it via Kickstarter. I trust Josh, but where are all these moviemaking aquaintances suddenly coming from?

  27. dining room set
    January 20th, 2014 at 1:04 am [Reply]

    Hi there, just wanted to mention, I loved this post.
    It was inspiring. Keep on posting!

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