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:

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

about the writer

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.