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post #1 of 16
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Why the hell do comic books and their creators make such great documentaries?

Just got done watching In Search of Steve Ditko which I thought was really good and fun.

There is this one on Jack Kirby which I posted about awhile ago. The main site has a couple of others as well.

I was wondering if anyone else had some favorite ones or ones they enjoyed? I know I love the whole piece on the Iron Man DVD about the character.
post #2 of 16
The Frank Miller/Daredevil doc on that site is pretty damn good too.
post #3 of 16
CRUMB CRUMB CRUMB CRUMB CRUMB

Honestly I'd never even sat down and read any of the guy's work but that was still one of the most compelling documentaries I've ever seen.
post #4 of 16
I don't think any movie will ever get as intimately in touch with such a collection of disturbed minds as Crumb did.
post #5 of 16
Yeah, comic book docs end with Crumb for me. It's so good it SORTA makes his autobiographical comics slightly less uncomfortable.
post #6 of 16
The doc on the Batman SE was pretty good, IMHO.

Look! Up in the Sky is also quite good, although that tends to lean towards TV and film.
post #7 of 16
Crumb and Comic Book Confidential, which is kind of dated now, but has some great interviews.
post #8 of 16
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The doc on the Batman SE was pretty good, IMHO.
Is that on the '89 Batman or the 60's one? I might have to track that down.
post #9 of 16
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Is that on the '89 Batman or the 60's one? I might have to track that down.
Sorry, should have clarified. It's on the 89 one.
post #10 of 16
No worries. Thanks!

I own the SE of Returns but never bothered with the others.
post #11 of 16
Comic Book Confindential is one of the most fun and watchable docs ever, partly because they have such great visuals to rely on.
post #12 of 16
Ditto Crumb.
I haven't watched the new Jeff Smith BONE doc yet. I should probably bump that up my queue...
post #13 of 16
Crumb is amazing, if only for Crumb's brother who (now dead of course) was just magnetic in his unrealized potential and barmy charisma.

thanks for tip on the Kirby doc, i hadn't seen it I'm gonna get through all of them on that site- cos loved it. any other good ones online?
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Crumb is amazing, if only for Crumb's brother who (now dead of course) was just magnetic in his unrealized potential and barmy charisma.
What made it all so interesting was that with the three brothers it was like watching a very similar creativity being filtered through different levels of mental instability, with Robert the only one grounded enough to really make the most of his talents. The sequence where we see how Charles' comics seemed to degenerate alongside his mental state, becoming incomprehensible and completely overwhelmed by his impenetrable obsessions, was unsettling as hell.

Based on what I saw of his work in the movie the other brother (Maxon) with the more abstract approach might actually be my favourite artist of the three.
post #15 of 16
There's a Grant Morrison doc due to premiere at Comicon, and a Warren Ellis one in the works.
post #16 of 16
I'm glad they took the time to talk to Grant Morrison's biggest fan; Grant Morrison.
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