Stripped is a feature-length documentary on comic strips that I've been co-directing for the last three years. It sits down with dozens of the world's best cartoonists to talk about the art form they love, and what happens to it as newspapers die. Everyone from Jim Davis (Garfield) to Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes) are interviewed, and it's turning out to be a really special film. Without exagerration, I think it'll be one of the greatest things I do in my life. Here, have a look at the trailer:
But we hit a wall, in editing the film. We realized we couldn't talk about the death of newspapers without showing how culturally massive they once were, and how famous cartoonists themselves were. And that means using footage we don’t own, like: Charles Schulz' TV specials, interview clips from Carson, 1930's newsreels and more. It’s footage that improves the film so much...but it's expensive. In recent months I've paid out tens of thousands from my own savings to cover as much as I can, but I need help for the last mile.
So I'm turning back to Kickstarter -- that amazing, distributed-fundraising platform that lets a bunch of people chip in a few dollars to make great art happen. If you're someone just now hearing about the film, or someone willing to treat yourself to a copy of the film, it would mean the world to me. More importantly, you'd be helping a really special film come into the world.
Please check out more sneak-peek clips from the film, here, and if it seems like a film you'd like to support...know you'd be making one cartoonist's dream art project come true.