A survey of American Comic Strip Art with comments by well-known artists and scenes of them at work. Commentary by Mort Walker, comic artist ("Beetle Bailey", "Hi and Lois") and president of the Museum of Cartoon Art in Rye, New York.
"Comics" has come to mean one-panel drawings, strips with daily continuity, whole books, and several other forms, whether "comic" or not. This footage illustrates the whole range, plus film animation as well.
THE LANGUAGE OF COMICS: symbols that mean confusion, speed, sleep, etc. and accepted conventions like the dialogue balloon and the dream balloon.
SCENES AND INTERVEWS WITH:
- Johnny Romita (The Amazing Spider Man)
- George Lucas (Star Wars)
- Ralph Bakshi (Fritz the Cat, Heavy Traffic, Wizards, Coonskin, American Pop, Fire and Ice, Cool World, The Lord of the Ring - animated film)
- Dean Young and Jim Raymond (Blondie)
- Dik Browne (Hagar the Horrible)
- Ray Bradbury (author of Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles)
- Will Eisner (The Spirit)
- Milton Caniff (Terry and the Pirates, Steve Canyon, Dickie Dare)
- John Cullen Murphy (Prince Valiant)
- Sean Kelly (Son-O'-God Comics)
Ideas, opinions, shibboleths (eg: there are only four comic themes: eating, sleeping, raising children, and making money--"things the whole world can relate to.") Hearst changed comics when he made them a whole section in newspapers.
Also included are illustrations from the earliest days of comics like the "The Yellow Kid" to "Doonesbury."
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