Cartoonists (including Bill Watterson) talk comic strips, advice from documentary filmmakers

Comic strip creators and documentary filmmakers are the subjects of two projects seeking funding on Kickstarter.

Tell Me Something is a book featuring advice from and portraits of 50 documentary filmmakers–including Morgan Spurlock, DA Pennebaker, and Albert Maysles. They “deliver advice on everything from career development to personal relationships to risk taking to fashion choices. They even throw in some filmmaking advice too!” It’s edited by filmmaker Jessica Edwards.

Stripped describes itself as “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 newsprint fades away.” Among its interviews is this amazing news: “the first-ever audio interview with Bill Watterson.”

Yes, Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes, indisputably the best comic strip ever. (I just realized every single cartoon is now available in one set.) You can hear him at the start of this trailer for the film:

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.