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 newsprint fades away. 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.
From what I’ve seen, they’ve already met their goal on Kickstarter, but there is still time left to donate and help get this documentary made. Personally, I think this is worth donating too. Doing a Web comic has become a recent obsession for me and, as Chudd and I redesign the site, we’ll be featuring an Atomic Moo comic. I can’t say that this future comic will be good. It may very well be a disaster, but watching these little bits of the documentary (and my stack of Calvin and Hobbes books) is inspiring me to follow through. Enjoy the videos below and go support Stripped on Kickstarter today!