Three must-see documentaries about comics

May 15, 2018

Nowadays the best way to discover the world behind the graphic novels we all love to collect is to watch online comics documentaries. Guidedoc brings you three must-see films about the geniuses of this exciting sort of fiction.

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"The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, Bone and the Changing Face of Comics" is the portrait of Jeff Smith, one of the most prolific cartoonists in the United States and creator of "Bone", recognized by the Times Magazine as one of the ten best graphic novels of all time. Friends, experts, colleagues and Smith himself tell us about how the phenomenon of Bone began, a comic book that started as an independent publication found in small comic shops and now populates the shelves of bookstores, schools and libraries around the world. The series, which navigates between comedy and fantasy, tells the story of the Bone Cousins and began to haunt Smith's mind since he was five years old, when he made the first sketches of the inhabitants of “Boneville”.



But not everything is fabulous in the world of comics. In "Batman and Bill" we discover the case of cartoonist Bill Finger, who, unlike Jeff Smith, was never recognized as co-creator of the well-known graphic novel "Batman". This movie gives us access to the testimonies of experts and historians of the comic world who try to put Finger on the pedestal that he never enjoyed. While Bob Kane in fact invented the name of the nocturnal hero, according to Finger defenders, Bill was the one who actually created the visual aspect of the character in addition to his fellow adventurers Robin, Batwoman; the archenemies Catwoman, The Penguin, The Joker, and even the concept of Gothic city. Just as Bruce Wayne never takes credit for the successes of the superhero he embodies in every call for justice, Bill Finger did it all and then pulled away to disappear into the shadows. This unforgettable documentary aims to discover his whereabouts.



All comic fans love conventions, so we could not miss a documentary about one of the most important meetings of the graphic novel industry in North America. In "Heroes Manufactured" - now available on Guidedoc - the Toronto COMICON makes the perfect occasion for director Yaron Betan to present us with a kaleidoscopic look at the talented and innovative community of Canadian comic artists. In this film, the idea of "Made in Canada" permeates friendly narrative rich in interviews with icons such as TV Templeton, cartoonist and writer of Spiderman, Batman and The Simpsons, the comic book; Richard Comely, creator of Captain Canuck and more. In addition to the presentation of consecrated and new artists from the industry, the documentary makes an important approach to those Canadian independent artists and companies that face the challenge of breaking into the vibrant international market.


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