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.
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.
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.
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.
Entertaining, but also one-dimensional - and no cinematic highlight. The history of comic books is narrated missing the important impact of cinema on the drawings, but it's also referenced as a primarily American history, which is not true if you look at the powerful works of European (especially French) artists since the 1960s which influenced the artwork of American grahic novels (also of Frank Miller's works).
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?
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.