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Meet twenty-one creators of the world's most famous newspaper comic strips and characters.
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Thank you to all our Backers who supported The Folks Behind the Funnies documentary! I have a few days left and now want to stretch my funding goal...here's why.

It has been my ambition to bring The Folks documentary to the screen. It's looking like clear sailing now.  I'd like to reveal another goal, for which I am quite passionate.

The Backstory: Over a year ago, I started talking with the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State University. They are the ultimate repository for original comic strip art. They are creating a new searchable database for researchers. I want to support their efforts and provide ALL of my footage in a form that makes it searchable.

There is a cost associated with this and  the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum is looking for ways to fund this work. Here is the opportunity to support two really great causes - the preservation of comic strip history and supporting the Library. You will help ensure that this footage is archived for generations to come.

This is not about helping the Folks film. This is about making the raw footage accessible to anyone who is interested in the subject matter and preserving comic strip history.

We are looking to raise the three thousand dollars it will cost to do this additional editorial work for the BICLM. 

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The Folks Behind The Funnies is where we meet the creative genius behind our most beloved newspaper comic strips.

Twenty-One of the most famous North American cartoonists talk candidly about what makes them tick. The artists of Beetle Bailey, Dilbert, The Family Circus, Hagar the Horrible, For Better or For Worse, Dennis the Menace, Zits, and Cathy - just to name a few - give us an intimate glimpse into their unique perspective on life and The Funnies.

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Everyday, to millions of readers in almost every nation on earth, comic strip characters appear as familiar friends in newspapers and on the internet. Yet few of us know much about the history of those characters, or the cartoonists who created them.

I had the privilege of interviewing twenty-one of the most popular newspaper cartoonists in the world. A lifelong fan of daily comic strips - over the years I was fortunate to befriend many of these immensely talented people, who make our lives a little brighter everyday.

What I discovered was the tremendous respect and insight that they had for each other and the comic strip artists and writers who came before them. In short - just like reading 'the comics', it was fun. Now, I want to share it with everyone!

At the National Cartoonists Society's annual Reuben awards weekend, I sat down with them individually, to get their take on comic strips and life as they see it.

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Hours of great interviews are featured in this upbeat and often irreverent visit with the folks behind, what is affectionately called, The Funnies.

We discover that the artists and writers behind our daily Funnies are as inspiring and familiar as the characters they create.

  • Scott Adams, Dilbert
  • Chris Browne, Hagar the Horrible
  • Darby Conley, Get Fuzzy
  • Ron Ferdinand, Dennis the Menace
  • Cathy Guisewite, Cathy
  • Marcus Hamilton, Dennis the Menace
  • Bunny Hoest, The Lockhorns, Laugh Parade, Howard Huge
  • Lynn Johnston, For Better or for Worse
  • Bil Keane, The Family Circus
  • Jeff Keane, The Family Circus
  • Rick Kirkman, Baby Blues
  • Mell Lazarus, Momma, Miss Peach
  • Patrick McDonnell, Mutts
  • Steve McGarry, Badlands
  • John McMeel, Andrews McMeel Universal
  • Stephan Pastis, Pearls Before Swine
  • Dan Piraro, Bizarro
  • Hilary Price, Rhymes with Orange
  • Jerry Scott, Zits, Baby Blues
  • Rick Stromoski, Soup to Nutz
  • Brian Walker, Hi & Lois
  • Mort Walker, Beetle Bailey

Four years of careful research and development went into producing this incredible footage, and we believe it shows. We would like the post-production to reflect the same level of quality. Editing all the material in to an entertaining show is only part of our budget. Music licensing, gathering all the great comic strip artwork to support the interviews, and all the various technical and artistic finishing elements - definitely adds up. The bottom line. This is a polished documentary, that reflects the stature of the cartoonists and their work.

We know that comic strip fans and audiences in general will enjoy the insight and warmth of this show. With your help, we can bring this labor of love to fruition.

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Risks and challenges

Principle photography for The Folks Behind the Funnies is done and we are in the post-production phase of the film. Our biggest challenges may arise regarding rights and the licensing of material. However, having the support of our interview subjects and others in the industry will go a long way to help us finish the film as planned.

We want to complete The Folks as soon as possible and will not have other project distractions. While we do not anticipate any major delays, we will be sure to update our backers and be completely transparent about any problems that might arise. We look forward to fulfilling our rewards promises to you and, like the film itself, if there are unexpected delays in delivery, we will be sure to update you as well.

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