Wednesday, May 20, 2015


The history of the comic strip, the shrinking newspaper business, and the medium's transition to the internet is examined in this well-made documentary. Discussing their struggles with writer's block, their work ethic, and their creative process, many cartoonists are interviewed, including the reclusive Bill Waterson of Calvin And Hobbes. I also found the film outlining the step-by-step process of becoming a successful cartoonist to be very helpful, where 1) cartoonists first give their product away for free, 2) grow their audience, 3) create and sell merchandise, and 4) sell advertising, because for my blog I started at #1, skipped to #4, forgot to do #2, and neglected to do #3. Better luck next time, I guess.

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