September 2013 Meeting

Our September 2013 meeting took place on Thursday September 26, at 7pm. 

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Our first guest was Rachel Foss

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She writes:

I was raised in the general area of (infamous) Flint, MI, where I watched a lot of Nickelodeon and read every Goosebumps book released prior to 1996.However, Flint sucked, so I left as soon as possible.  I went to school and studied film and design.  I graduated realizing that I didn’t really want to do either of those things. I moved to Grand Rapids and did nothing for a really long time.  THEN in 2009, thanks to some amazing people, i discovered Comics/Graphic Novels/Cartooning.  For many reasons, including this, I consider Grand Rapids, MI my true home.

In 2011 I moved to White River Junction, VT (or more fondly TOON TOWN, VT) after I was accepted into the Center for Cartoon Studies Master’s Program.I now live in Chicago where everything is awesome, especially me.

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Our second speaker was MK, aka Comic Nurse, with  a special presentation, “Comics, Laydeez, and the Movies.”

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MK discussed and showed previews for six documentaries about comics that have recently been released, or are in production. They are:

1. STRIPPED: The Comics Documentary, Small Fish Studios, release date pending

Fred Schroeder and Dave Kellett of Sequential Films , funded by two successful Kickstarter campaigns

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

original trailer: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sequential/stripped-the-final-push (2:18)

2. COMICS UNDRESSED, Director Fran Syass & Producer Lindsey Smith

currently in production, funded by successful Kickstarter campaign

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intro to the project: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1105013300/comics-undressed (2:57)

The film makers were on hand to discuss the project and answer questions from the audience!

3. Superheroes: A Never Ending Battle

by Michael Kantor  & Ghost Light Films, hosted by Liev Schriber

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three part documentary airing on PBS October 15th

  • Episode 1: TRUTH, JUSTICE, AND THE AMERICAN WAY (1938-1958)
  • Episode 2: GREAT POWER, GREAT RESPONSIBILITY (1959-1977)
  • Episode 3: A HERO CAN BE ANYONE (1978-Present)

clip: Stan Lee on Science and superheroes: http://video.pbs.org/video/2365066414/ (2:03)

4. THE PAPER MIRROR: Drawing Alison Bechdel

a film by Charissa King-O’Brien

supported by a successful Kickstarter campaign, available on video

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The Paper Mirror captures a pivotal collaboration between two influential lesbian artists, painter Riva Lehrer and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel (Dykes to Watch Out For, Fun Home, Are You My Mother.) They discuss beauty, disability, queer culture, and representation. The film follows Riva Lehrer over the course of a year while she completes Alison Bechdel’s portrait — a process which springboards their careers into new and unexpected terrain.

trailer: http://www.thepapermirrorfilm.com (1:58)

5. Dear Mr. Watterson: An Exploration of Calvin & Hobbes

produced by Allen Schroeder, produced by Christopher Brown and Matt Mcusic.

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This film is not a quest to find Bill Watterson, or to invade his privacy.  It is an exploration to discover why his ‘simple’ comic strip made such an impact on so many readers in the 80s and 90s, and why it still means so much to us today.

In theaters November  (Chicago details TBA)

trailer: http://dearmrwatterson.com/DMW/the_film.html  (2:26)

6. WONDER WOMEN: The Untold Story of American Superwomen

a film by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, produced by Kelcey Edwards

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WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.

WONDER WOMEN! goes behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, comic writers and artists, and real-life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna and others, who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre.

trailer: http://wonderwomendoc.com (4:01)

Exciting announcement! Laydeez do Comics Chicago will be sponsoring a free screening of Wonder Women on November 14th at 1104 S. Wabash. More fanfare to follow. 

and finally… featured speaker Rachel Foss reports that there is a documentary about where she went to school to learn to make comics, The Center for Cartoon Studies. The film is called Cartoon College and is available on iTunes.  

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