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A feature-length documentary highlighting the world's best cartoonists...talking about the art form they love, and where it's going.

Hi, fellow comics fans! We're Dave Kellett & Fred Schroeder, creators of the comics documentary STRIPPED.  This film is our love-letter to the art form: Bringing together 60 of the world's best cartoonists into one extraordinary, feature-length documentary.  The film sits down with creators to talk about how cartooning works, why it's so loved, and how as artists they're navigating this dicey period between print and digital options...when neither path works perfectly. 

Set to an *original* score by Stefan Lessard of "Dave Matthews Band," this should be a really special film. It's been a two-year labor-of-love for us, and we can not wait for you to see it.  But the post-production phase is the super expensive phase...and we need your help to finish it.

We have a lot of incredibly talented Hollywood professionals who believe in the film, and as a result are discounting their rates to help us complete it, but it's still an expensive process. With your financial support, we'll be able to complete the editing, special effects, sound mixing, and color timing -- and bring a really special film to life.  

***STILL ACCEPTING PLEDGES***

Thanks to your continuing support, we've met the minimum level for the Kickstarter drive to fund.  But we're still accepting pledges, to tackle the additional budget items, below.  So, why donate now? Self-interest, for one thing! The DVD price won't change, but by "purchasing" the DVD at the $25-level, now rather than later, it will help us make a better film, with features including....

  • CLOSED CAPTIONING: We want this film to be accessible to everyone! Help us add a closed-captioning option to the DVD.  Additional Budget: $2,500
  • ANIMATIONS: We want to hire independent animators to create snippets and shorts to illustrate points of the film. We had already budgeted for a set amount of AfterEffects, but an increased animation budget will give more work to worthy artists, *and* make the film really shine. Additional Budget: $30,000
  • HIGH-FIDELITY SOUND MASTERING: Good films live and die by their sound quality.  Listen to an indie film, and you'll see what we mean: They often sound terrible. With just a little extra, we can bring this film into Dolby. Additional Budget: $10,000
  • TRAVEL: We've lined up additional interviews with folks like Jeannie Schulz, Mike & Jerry of Penny Arcade, and more. But we'd also still love to sit down with Lalo Alcaraz, Keith Knight, Matt Groening, Garry Trudeau, Randall Munroe, Art Speigelman, and others.  Additional funding will help make those trips possible for our crew and equipment. Additional budget: $10,000

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***VIDEO UPDATE***
Three new "rough-cut" moments (no sound correction, no color correction) from our interviews, including: Zach Weiner, Danielle Corsetto, and Howard Tayler!

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***VIDEO UPDATE***

Four new "rough-cut" moments (no sound correction, no color correction) from the film, including: Jeff Smith, Darrin Bell, Scott Kurtz, and Scott Mcloud!

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***VIDEO UPDATE***
Four new "rough-cut" moments (no sound correction, no color correction) from the film, including: Kate Beaton, Richard Thompson, Greg Evans and Ryan North!

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"Peanuts" comic strip © 2011 Peanuts Worldwide LLC***NEW! VIDEO UPDATE***

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Just for fun, here are screenshots of a few of the talented cartoonists who've joined us:

FAQ

  • As of now, the listed Kickstarter goal of $58,000 is just to complete the film at the basic level. But we recognize the importance and need of making this film accessible to everyone, and we would love to add closed captioning. If it looks like we'll exceed our original goal, we'll list an additional number that we'd need to reach to add closed captions.

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  • If we exceed the goal by a *small* amount:
    We've carefully budgeted for a set amount of special effects and animations...and it's going to look gorgeous! BUT! With even a slightly larger budget, we'd be able to add significantly more effects and animations....upping the look of the whole film.
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    If we exceed the goal by a *large* amount:
    We have a big-picture idea that gets us very excited. We'd like to edit and make available ALL 230 HOURS of the individual interviews. These cartoonists shared incredible stories, tips, tricks, and recollections with us, and we'd love them to be enjoyed and preserved for posterity.

    As we've said elsewhere...the 13-year old versions of ourselves would've killed to watch all these interviews, so making them available to the world would be a real gift to all who love cartooning.

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  • Just to cover the additional costs of shipping your rewards to international destinations.

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  • Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing fundraising service. If the full amount is not raised, the project doesn't get a dime. So we need your help to not let that happen!

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  • We'll be making these DVD's region-free, yes!

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  • We're hoping to have it done before the end of the calendar year. But we'd rather have the film done *right* than be done *quickly*, so that goal might get pushed out slightly if needed.

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  • We still have 3-10 additional interviews we'd like to do, yes.

    Mis-matched schedules have kept us from sitting down with a few folks. Additionally, we're keeping our fingers crossed for a few other big-name cartoonists who we're waiting to hear back from.

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