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Classic comic creators like Jack Kirby and Bob Kane have been featured in documentaries trying to harken back to the golden era of comics. More modern masters, such as Jim Lee and Todd McFarlane, have been profiled via the prism of their early Image Comics heyday.
But what is life like for a comic artist right now?
Some answers can be found when a group of current masters-in-the-making get their time in the spotlight with Comic Book Artists: Next Generation, an AT&T U-Verse documentary about the artists at Toronto’s R.A.I.D. Studio.
Francis Manapul, who drew the New 52 relaunch of The Flash and is now drawing Detective Comics, Eisner-winning Ramon Perez (Tale of Sand, Wolverine and the X-Men), Marcus To and Kalman Andrasofszky (Captain Canuck) make up the Toronto, Canada-based studio, and one of the things the documentary shows is how the group supports each other through the grueling hours with friendship and friendly competition.
The 30-minute documentary was directed by Christopher Kasick and produced by F.J. DeSanto, a producer who wrote To’s graphic novel Cyborg 009, and Stephen Christy, who runs the production side of comic publisher Boom! Studios, along with Digital Kitchen.
It can be seen on AT&T U-verse’s Buzz channel. (It can also be viewed online here.)
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