We’ve seen plenty of recent efforts trying to get to the heart of what comic books and their fans are all about, including documentaries reviewed here at borg.com like Superheroes: A Never Ending Battle, and With Great Power… The Stan Lee Story. The latest look at comic books, creators, the industry, and fans is being released tomorrow from filmmaker Michael Valentine.
Comix: Beyond the Comic Book Pages includes interviews with noted comic book industry veterans, including Stan Lee (Spiderman, X-Men, Fantastic Four) (Batman, X-Men, Green Lantern/Green Arrow), Frank Miller (Sin City, 300), Neal Adams (Batman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow), Mark Waid (Kingdom Come, Superman, Justice League of America), Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Productions (Hellboy, Sin City, Goon, Concrete), Marc Silvestri of Image Comics and Top Cow Productions (Tomb Raider, Hunter Killer, Witchblade), and Todd McFarlane (Spawn).
Filmed by Valentine over a decade, the documentary includes footage new and old from cosplayers at Comic-Con, WonderCon, Anime Expo and Wizard World. The documentary provides an overview of the world of comic books, backed by superhero-themed music and montage images of comic book panels.
Here is a preview of the Comix: Beyond the Comic Book Pages:
Comix: Beyond the Comic Book Pages doesn’t say much that is new, but if you’re a young person just delving into comic books for the first time it is one way to learn about the history of the medium and to experience an overview of key moments and creators in the evolution of comic books.
Comix: Beyond the Comic Book Pages is being released tomorrow, July 19, 2016. It is available on demand through Internet and game providers, including iTunes, YouTube, PlayStation and Google Play, and on-demand via Dish, Comcast, and Time Warner.