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John Porcellino: The Movie

Porcellino in action

Porcellino in action

Now here’s a comics-to-film project I didn’t see coming. Minicomics master John Porcellino of King-Cat fame has revealed he’s the subject of an upcoming documentary by filmmaker Daniel Stafford, owner of Denver’s Kilgore Used Books and Comics. The doc is tentatively titled Root Hog or Root Hog or Die: Ballad of the King Cat.

Stafford’s started a blog to chronicle the process and post clips. So far he’s interviewed such comics luminaries as Joe Chiappetra, Jeffrey Brown, Ivan Brunetti and Zak Sally for the project, and he’s looking for fan-shot footage and photos. King-Cat fans, that’s your chance to be a part of film history!

Video of the day: Will Elder documentary

Taking the name from the Fantagraphics book, Will Elder, The Mad Playboy of Art is a 20-minute documentary on the famous cartoonist and Mad artist. Part one is above, part two is below the jump. (via)

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ACT-I-VATE goes to the movies

The ACT-I-VATE Experience

The ACT-I-VATE Experience

Seth Kushner and Carlos Molina have put together a documentary on the webcomics site ACT-I-VATE, which will debut at the Baltimore Comic-Con in October. According to Kushner’s blog, the film will include interviews with many of the site’s creators, making movie stars out of Thomas Baehr, Nick Bertozzi, Pedro Carmago, Mike Cavallaro, Kevin Colden, Nikki Cooke, Molly Crabapple, Mike Dawson, Jim Dougan, Ulises Farinas, Michel Fiffe, Simon Fraser, Maurice Fontenot, Dan Goldman, Tim Hamilton, Dean Haspiel, Jennifer Hayden, Joe Infurnari, Jason Little, Josh Neufeld, Leland Purvis, Kat Roberts, Ryan Roman, Nathan Schreiber & Jeff Newelt.

The film will also be shown at KingCon in Brooklyn this November.

SDCC ’09 | Dark Horse to publish Morgan Spurlock comic book

Morgan Spurlock

Morgan Spurlock

According to the Hollywood Reporter, documentary maker Morgan Spurlock is teaming up with Dark Horse Comics for a comic that will “feature bizarre stories about the U.S.’s obsession with fast food.”

Spurlock, who once spent a month eating only McDonald’s to show the effects it had on his body for his film Super-Size Me, will write Supersized: Strange Tales From a Fast Food Culture, with a mix of artists “scripting and drawing the book.” The book will even have its own Crypt Keeper of sorts, a character called MC Super-Size Me.

Spurlock will be at the Marriot Hotel & Marina this weekend, hosting a casting call for a Simpsons 20th anniversary special he’s filming for FOX. Watch for his new comic next spring.

‘Jaxon’s Last Ride’

Author and comics scholar Patrick Rosenkranz pays homage to the late, pioneering underground cartoonist Jack Jackson in this short documentary film.

‘The Cartoonist’ trailer

I had no idea anyone was making a documentary about Jeff Smith and the self-publishing movement, so I’m thankful to Tom Spurgeon for bringing it to my attention.


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