Also known as: Independents
Release Date: July 21st, 2007
Directed by: Chris Brandt
Music by: Tana Rusitanonta
Bain Street Productions, 77 Minutes
This was an interesting little documentary.
Mainly, it just interviewed several comic book creators, about two dozen. It focused on what it takes for them to create, how they work and also discusses some philosophical stuff within the comic book industry.
This isn’t a documentary that gets too political or anything like that, which is good as the comic book industry has no gotten incredibly political the last few years. This really just lets the creators talk about themselves, their work and their process. There are some general questions proposed to all of the interviewed subjects but a good portion of this is dedicated to their own unique styles and viewpoints.
Still, this wasn’t a very engaging documentary. Informative, yes… but not engaging. I think that this is due to how things were edited and cut together in post production. The film jumps around more than it should and I get that it is trying to tie together the ideas of different creators in regards to the same subject but sometimes this felt like a collection of soundbites.
It just didn’t seem like it flowed organically or all that coherently. And while I love the subject matter, I was kind of bored watching this.
It’s not a total waste and is worth checking out if you have an interest in comics, especially from the creative side. I just wish that the finished product was more fluid and orderly.
Pairs well with: Other documentaries on the comic book industry: The Image Revolution, Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics, Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle, Chris Claremont’s X-Men and 24 Hour Comic.