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The world of comics, via the voices of writers, illustrators, distributors, Hollywood storytellers, and global fans of the art form.

There's a lot to love about comic books. For generations, comics have offered readers of all ages fantastic stories using constantly-evolving, truly groundbreaking techniques. Today, the comic industry is gaining even greater exposure by inspiring iconic blockbuster films, TV shows, and conventions. Attendance numbers at comic conventions are growing at an unprecedented rate. But are people really getting to know the comic culture through these mass appeal translations? More and more people are finding their way to the comic world's greatest characters via games they've played and movies they've seen...so why aren't comics selling through the roof? Why is the industry struggling to survive?

This documentary takes a look at the comic industry from the inside out, guided by writers, illustrators, editors, distributors, Hollywood storytellers, and global fans of the art form. You'll see the genesis of our shared love of comics, and explore the inspirations that keep creators running. You'll learn what these creators love about the industry today, and what they hope to see improved for the industry's survival tomorrow. No topic is off the table: economics, fan culture, the industry's need to open its ranks to include a wider range of race and gender - it's all discussed. This film isn't a tell-all in the scandalous sense, but it IS full of honest stories and opinions offered up by the people behind the pages. 

WHY DO WE NEED YOUR HELP? Truthfully, we never intended to raise a single dime toward making this film. We were so inspired by the interviews we conducted in San Diego, however, that we've decided to push this as far as we can. Your donations will help fund filming trips to New York City, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon. We're planning to speak to every comic creator we can during those visits - and we're going to do our level best to convince Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse and Dynamite (to name a few) to open their doors to us as well. We've been amazed by the honest and open nature of our initial interviews, and we feel that we owe it to the comic industry, the fans, and the viewers of this documentary to make sure we cover as much ground as we possibly can. 

If we exceed our goal, rest assured that there are dozens of other expenses involved with making this film, and we will happily offset those until we've reached the bottom of the proverbial change jar.

PUBLISHERS AND FREELANCERS: If you are interested in being included in the documentary, please email Brandon Jerwa directly at brandonjerwa@gmail.com

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