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STRIPPED is a feature documentary on the world's best cartoonists: Talking about the art form they love & where it goes as papers die.

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What is STRIPPED?
STRIPPED is a love-letter to comic strips. It brings together the world’s best cartoonists to talk about the art form they love, and what happens to it as newspapers die. Over 90 interviews were conducted, including the first-ever audio interview with Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes), as well as Jim Davis (Garfield), Cathy Guisewite (Cathy), Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey), Mike & Jerry (Penny Arcade), Matt Inman (The Oatmeal), Jeff Keane (The Family Circus), Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics), Lynn Johnston (FBOFW), Zach Weiner (SMBC), Scott Kurtz (PvP), Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics), Richard Thompson (Cul de Sac), Jeph Jacques (Questionable Content), Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine), Bill Amend (Foxtrot), Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant) and more. STRIPPED sits down with these creators to talk about how cartooning works, why it's so loved, and how they're navigating this dicey period between print and digital options...when neither path works perfectly.

Even more than comics, this movie’s about pursuing art in an age when the business of art is changing constantly.

But enough words! Let us show you two sneak-peeks of the film: One talking about how webcomics work (by Doctor Octoroc!)... and another talking about how traditional syndication works.

The Music

The film is set to an original score by Stefan Lessard of "Dave Matthews Band.” The score has elements of Django Reinhardt, of classical, of rock, and of jazz.  There's even a stop-motion music video with our buddy Kate Micucci, singing about comics throughout history:

Who Was Interviewed For The Film?
Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes) WHAAAT
Bill Griffith (Zippy the Pinhead)
Brendan Burford (King Features Syndicate)
Chris Hastings (Dr. McNinja)
Anthony Clark (Nedroid)
Dan Piraro (Bizarro)
Danielle Corsetto (Girls With Slingshots)
Darrin Bell (Candorville, Rudy Park)
David Duncan (Savannah College of Art & Design: SeqArt Department)
Brian Ralph (Savannah College of Art & Design: SeqArt Department)
David Malki (Wondermark)
David Reddick (Legend of Bill)
Dylan Meconis (Family Man)
Emily Horne (A Softer World)
Kate Beaton (Hark, A Vagrant!)
Gary Tyrrell (Fleen)
Jon Rosenberg (Scenes from a Multiverse)
Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes (Unshelved)
Greg Evans (Luann)
Rodd Perry and Guy Endore-Kaiser (Brevity)
Hilary Price (Rhymes with Orange)
Holly Post (Topatoco)
Howard Tayler (Schlock Mercenary)
James Strum (Center for Cartoon Studies)
Jeff Keane (The Family Circus)
Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL)
Jenny Robb (Ohio State Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum)
John Lowe (Savannah College of Art & Design: SeqArt Department)
Jim Davis (Garfield)
Karl Kerschl (The Abominable Charles Christopher)
Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet, Flight)
Scott Kurtz (PvP, Table Titans)
Kris Straub (Chainsawsuit, Broodhollow)
Brad Guigar (Evil, Inc.)
Meredith Gran (Octopus Pie)
Michael Jantze (The Norm)
Phil & Kaja Foglio (Girl Genius)
R.C. Harvey (Meanwhile... A Biography of Milton Caniff)
Ray Goto (Savannah College of Art & Design: SeqArt Department)
Dove McHargue (Savannah College of Art & Design: SeqArt Department)
Richard Thompson (Cul de Sac)
Roz Chast (The New Yorker)
Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics)
Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics)
Sherry Stern (LA Times)
Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine)
Steve Hamaker (Fish N Chips, Bone)
Tom Gammil (The Doozies, The Simpsons)
Zach Weiner (SMBC)
Jeannie Schulz (Peanuts, Schulz Museum)
Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum)
Shaenon K. Garrity (Skin Horse)
Jessica Ruskin (Schulz Museum)
Lalo Alcaraz (La Cucaracha)
Keith Knight (K Chronicles)
Mell Lazarus (Momma)
Bill Amend (Foxtrot)
John Glynn (Universal Press Syndicate)
Lee Salem (Universal Press Syndicate)
Robert Khoo (Penny Arcade)
Matt Inman (The Oatmeal)
Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins (Penny Arcade)
Lynn Johnston (FBoFW)
Cathy Guisewite (Cathy)
Patrick McDonnell (Mutts)
Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey, Hi & Lois)
Jeph Jacques (Questionable Content)
John Geddes (USA Today)
Brian Walker (Hi & Lois)
...and more!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

On the spectrum of risk: This Kickstarter project has remarkably little risk of not being completed. The movie has already been shot, edited, and scored -- and the color correction and sound mix have already been budgeted for. More than that, you have two artists who are absolutely committed to completing this film: We've been working on it for 3 years for free...and putting tens of thousands of our own savings into the film. So there is no way we're not completing this film.

Plus! It looks like we've reached our first two Kickstarter goals, so the historical footage is going in the film!

But: There is always a risk that unforeseen production delays could occur. Keep in mind: This is a full-length film being produced by just two artists, not a full studio.

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