Friday, June 26, 2015
"Stripped" depicts the world of the newspaper cartoonist, and how the Internet has changed her livelihood
“Stripped” (2014), directed by Dave Kellett and Frederick Schroeder, shows how technology has forced a relatively less visible type of artist – the cartoonist – adapt.
The early portions of the documentary show how many people were “hooked” on individual comics in print newspapers, and would buy print just to follow the story. It’s a bit like following soap opera on television. Comics would get picked up by agents who would sell their work to newspaper syndicates. Cartoonists were expected to help sell newspaper copies.
Their living ebbed as print newspapers gradually went out of business. I remember the end of the Washington Evening Star, the Rocky Mountain News, the Dallas Times Herald.
The Internet (try “TopWeb Comics” ) and web have challenged cartoonists to become self-publishers, and deal with the “it’s free” content model.
Other bigger disruptive technology questions are examined. Would radio kill print? Would television kill radio? Will books disappear? I deal with this in my own operations all the time, as I have often written.
The official site is here (Sequential Films). The closing credits are among the longest ever.
The film can be rented for $3.99 on YouTube or from Netflix Instant Play.