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Documenting Chris Claremont’s epic run on Uncanny X-Men

Although Chris Claremont didn’t create the X-Men, he’s the one that defined them from 1974 to 1991, leaving a lasting impact on the characters and influencing future writers who worked on the franchise. And in a new documentary called Comics In Focus: Chris Claremont’s X-Men, the documentary filmmakers behind the recent Grant Morrison and Warren Ellis films take on the legendary scribe’s impact on Marvel’s mutants. And to get it made, they need your help.

Using the popular crowd-funding website Kickstarter, the documentary producers Sequart Research & Literary Organization and Respect Films are asking for $3,500 in fan support to make the film happen. Director Patrick Meaney spoke with Claremont as well as many of his chief collaborators such as Art Adams to get the inside-baseball perspective on the the writer and his definitive work.

If the funding is met and the film does well, the producers hope this will be the first in a series of Comics In Focus documentaries looking at the major moments in comics history.

So far over $400 of the $3,500 has been raised with 28 days to go, with excellent prizes for those that donate $10 or more.

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I met these guys at NYCC and bought the Grant Morrison documentary from them. They’re super passionate and the Morrison doc was fantastic, so I’m definitely gonna support this Claremont film.

Thanks for the post, Robot 6!

Yeah, for our COMICS IN FOCUS, we’re planning on doing an open-ended series of 45-minute documentaries about stuff that might not qualify for “feature-film length” but still deserve to be documented.

We’re looking for suggestions.

For instance, what is a comics run that deserves a short doc about it? SANDMAN? Miller’s DAREDEVIL? Y THE LAST MAN? PREACHER?

What creator deserves some documentary love? BYRNE? SIMONSON? CHAYKIN?

Let us know!

Great idea, and I’ll be donating. Simonson (Thor and Orion) and Byrne (Superman, FF), yes, please. As for more runs that deserve their own documentary?

John Ostrander’s Spectre (and maybe Suicide Squad? and Firestorm?)

James Robinson’s Starman

Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg

Warren Ellis’ Stormwatch/Authority

Mark Waid’s Flash

Grant Morrison’s Animal Man and Doom Patrol

Bendis’ Alias

I could go on all day. I’m just listing writers (or writer/artists) here, but are you up for including artists in the docs?

Chad,

Thanks for the ideas!

And yes, we’re DEFINITELY considering artists too.

Keep the ideas coming, people!

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