Hand Drawn Life - The Film
There's a basis for claiming that newspaper comics were the first real form of American Pop Culture. The comic strips themselves played a major roll in creating the newspaper industry itself. They were much more than just humor. They were the pulse of American Culture and an invaluable part of newspapers for almost a 100 years. One cartoon character stands out as the epicenter of that history - The Yellow Kid. His influence is felt to this day on every comics page in the world. He was literally Hand Drawn Life. Nothing has mirrored American culture with the simple, succinct clarity like the newspaper comic strip. This is their story.
Hand Drawn Life has just won a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award for best Independent Programming for its airing on KCET-PBS
It was the only category to be awarded without a being nominated first, since there were no other programs worthy of nomination in that group.
Here are some reviews of the film:
“Well done! Great fun, and I even learned stuff!” - Garry Trudeau, Doonesbury
“It's a beautiful film, and such a wonderful tribute to our business. I know it was a giant labor of love - that comes across in every frame and makes it the powerful piece it is.” – Cathy Guisewite, Cathy
“The film is wonderful….thank you with all my heart for taking the time and effort to create such a wonderful and entertaining film” - Lynn Johnston, For Better or For Worst
It's impactful and meaningful, and I think you've made the definitive documentary about comic strips.” - Darrin Bell, Candorville
“I know others have tried but this is by far the best overview and homage to our medium that I've seen. ” – Jonathan Lemon, Alley Oop
“Terrific!” - Wiley Miller, Non Sequitur
“What a pleasure!” – Ray Billingsley, Curtis