I'm sure many, if not most, of us remember a time when the only part of a newspaper we were interested in was the funny pages. Actually, it's probably still my favorite section of a print newspaper (if not for crosswords), but I rarely buy newspapers anymore. So in the age of new media and declining print newspaper sales, Stripped, asks "where are all the cartoons gonna go?"
I saw this trailer and I was immediately intrigued. Stripped talks to 90 cartoonists about their unique trade and the direction it's heading towards in this millenium. While the film follows a niche form of media, this is a concern all media makers must have in their mind. Are new media platforms a godsend or a death sentence for already established forms of media? I for one think our time is ripe for potential and we can utilize current technology to make more dynamic and engaging forms of media. Media is simply about communication and the more ways we can communicate the better. But I'm still curious to know what the cartoonists in this film have to say, especially Jim Davis and Bill Watterson (the creators of Garfield and Calvin & Hobbes, respectively). It seems there is no release date yet and they are still raising funds for it (if you'd like to contribute, go to their kickstarter). I will update this post once I find out more.