Starts off a bit perfunctory with its coverage of the Golden Age of comics and the Wertham scandal, but hits its stride when it turns its attention to the underground comics scene of the 60s. At its strongest when it allows the comic artists themselves to tell their own stories and explain their individual unique styles.
Mostly 90 mins of listening to a bunch of self-satisfied dullards chat about the importance of their work. It made me want to burn things.
It starts off well and the origin stories of early comics is fascinating but as soon as it moves onto the alternative crowd who are basically wanking onto paper and selling it, I just disconnected from it.
Maybe the point was to highlight how pretentious these people are?
Interesting visually, with what I can only imagine was a huge log of fascinating interview footage, but put together somewhat clumsily. Ends up feeing weirdly self-congratulatory, and offering facile readings of the cultural influences comics historically reacted to and interacted with. Could have been SO much better!
Perfectly diverting and utterly non-essential, but sometimes that is what is needed. That Robert Crumb comes across really nicely and Bill Griffith faintly unsettling (! sorry Bill!) seems the wrong way round. Then a concentrated burst of cuteness with Jaime Hernandez and Lynda Barry.
Disappointing, draggy, dull review of comics from the 1930s onward. Flat readings of comic segments, appalling choice and use of music. Unengaging pieces to camera from amny comic greats.
Rubbish way to cover comics, flat footed and leaden
Ron Mann's history of the American comic book feels fresh and relevant despite being over a quarter-century old.
Particularly illuminating on the social background to the medium's development, the film carries just the right balance between documentary analysis and a visceral and joyful immersion in the imaginative and often subversive world created by the comic book artists and writers.
Very interesting spots with some famous creators, but far too many musical montages of comics panels and covers. The live readings of some of the comics scenes are also pointless. Would've much preferred more space being given to the interviews.
I like this one because it is really complete, as they give voice to the mainstream as well to the underground comics. but maybe due to time restrictions, some parts seem to be quite superficial. some of the artists deserve a whole doc just for themselves.