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.
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.
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?
One of my all time fav pop culture documentaries. Mann's exhaustive, exhilarating and informative study of the history of comic books makes for a great entertainment. Interviewing the cream of the crop of comic book writers and illustrators (circa '85) along with great reproductions and animated takes on the source material makes for a unique and wonderful documentary. Wonderful to see it again.
I had this on VHS years ago and as a massive comic fan I'd watch it on a regular basis. It deals with more alternative creators than the mainstream titles but this only helped bring new creators to my attention. If you're interested in comics in any way then you should at least see this once.
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.
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.