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

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    **NEW!** Get a signed DVD by both film-makers, a signed copy of Dave Kellett's Eisner-nominated "best humor" book, "Literature: Unsuccessfully Competing Against TV Since 1953," and a digital download of the FULL JIM DAVIS INTERVIEW! (*Note: Canada, please add in $5 for shipping the DVD and book; International, please add $10. *Also Note: As this newly-added reward comes in the middle of the Kickstarter drive, pledge levels *above* $75 will also be given access to the full Jim Davis interview. 'Cause we're nice guys like that.)

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    Get all of the above, plus an Associate Producer credit on the film, 15 minutes of Q&A and chatting with the film-makers via Skype, an original Dave Kellett "Sheldon" comic strip, and special thanks at the end credits.

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    Get all of the above, a Producer credit on the film, and 30 minutes of intensive film consultation (via Skype) for your film with twice-Sundance nominated film-maker Fred Schroeder.

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    Get all of the above, plus, creators Fred Schroeder & Dave Kellett will fly to your US-based city to personally screen the film for you *before* the film premieres.

    (International donors: Please add $1,000 if you would. International travel is 'spensive.)

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