For a big portion of my life I’ve called myself an “aspiring cartoonist.” Since I was very young I’ve had a fascination with comic strips and comic books. I’ve drawn cartoons for my family and friends over the years. I was even a cartoonist for my tiny college newspaper. Motivation and a plan of action are the only things that have kept the word “aspiring” in my self-appointed title.
The Kickstarter-funded documentary Stripped looks to have the game plan I’ve been searching for. Cartoonist and filmmaker Dave Kellett is directing this self-proclaimed “love letter to comic strips.” It steps inside the business of drawing pictures for an audience. The 8-bit infused trailer grabbed me hook, line, and sinker. Needless to say I contributed to this project as it enters its final push toward completion.
The film features a ton of interviews from some of the hottest and most respected talents in cartoonery. Matt Inman (The Oatmeal), Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant), and Scott Kurtz (PvP) are featured as our some of my heroes like Jim Davis (Garfield), Dan Piraro (Bizarro), and Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes). Yes, that’s right. The reclusive Calvin & Hobbes creator is in the film for an audio interview. If that doesn’t seal the deal, I don’t know what will.
I strongly encourage you to check out the Kickstarter page for Stripped and consider contributing. The only down side is waiting until December to see the finished product.