Last week, my review of The Criterion Collection Blu-ray Edition of Band of Outsiders (1964) posted:
Clearly for these French youth, and for Godard, America, and not so much Paris, was the romantic place, or at least America as imagined through its stories and heroic archetypes. In addition to the cultural fixations of its characters, whenever the movie wants to convey a sense of whimsy or coolness, Michel Legrande’s jazzy musical soundtrack erupts to accompany the action. And yet, the way that Arthur and Franz’s Hollywood plot plays out, the emptiness of their fantasies, suggests that there are severe limits to utopian ideals about distant, and all too real, places.
Read the review
Here is a round-up of recent news related to Comic Book City:
I screened the film at Graphixia 2013: Comics & the Multimodal World at Douglas College in New Westminster BC. Read about the screening here.
Before and after that screening, I added new artist and writer interviews on Vimeo. You can now watch all of the creator interviews from the film online via the Comic Book City album on Vimeo (UPDATE: you can watch the entire film at Vimeo now, too). The most recent additions, Graham Annable, Sarah Oleksyk, and Dylan Meconis, can be viewed here:
You can also download a copy of the film from the film blog on TypePad to watch, use, or share.
Finally, I made a “Making of” feature on Storify.