AMC, History Channel, Spike—every TV network that ever wanted to do a “Comic Book Idol” TV show—here is the comic book life captured in its most primal and dramatic: people arguing about cover design in front of overstuffed bookcases and furnishings mingled from antiques and plastic storage boxes from Target. Yes, this is the life.
Or more accurately a documentary about the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, the already near-legendary academy where scribblers enter and come out comickers two years later. The film is directed by documentarians Josh Melrod and Tara Wray, who previously made Manhattan, Kansas, and was funded on Kickstarter.
The clip features an array of comics superstars including Chris Ware, Lynda Barry, Art Spiegelman, Françoise Mouly, Scott McCloud, Jason Lutes, and James Sturm but we’re putting money on our own Jen Vaughn as the breakout star. We’re also intrigued by the big fellow in the suspenders who appears in all the CCS videos—he is legend.
Word on the street is that the documentary will debut at SXSW—and then find a place in our hearts for all time.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.