In 2000, M. Night Shyamalan’sÂ
People Places Things
One of the best films about comic books and cartooning ever made, this heartfelt indie comedy focuses on a cartoonist and comics professor played by Jemaine Clement. As his life falls apart around him, he befriends a student in his graphic novel class, played by Jessica Williams, and slowly embarks on a romance with her mother, played by the wonderful Regina Hall. Subversive, sweet, and brutally honest about the creative process,Â
This ’90s oddity stars Courteney Cox as a comic book illustrator who draws Rob Liefeld-esque EXXXTREEME comics about a sexy heroine called Iron Medusa. After a vicious assault in New York, she moves to the titular locale to focus on creating her next book, but is set upon by two strange men, neither of whom can be trusted. This is one of the interesting relics of the ’80s/’90s comics boom which saw a spate of stories featuring comic book creators as protagonists without being focused specifically on their art form. It also happens to be a solid low budget thriller.
Another forgotten ’90s gem is Bob Newhart’s short lived sitcom
Caroline in the City
Though many people seem to forget, the core concept of the popular sitcom
This wildly popular manga-turned-anime series is a brilliant look at two young boys, Akito and Moritaka, who want to become mangaka (manga artists). For many manga fans, it was the first time that they got a look behind the curtain of their favorite medium as the two protagonists end up getting published in the popular manga magazine
Artists and Models
Did you know there was a musical about a female comic creator who lives with her muse played by Shirley MaClaine? Well now you do!
Even though many of the relationships, moral core, and general message of Kevin Smith’s strange and slut-shamey movie are questionable at best, it was the first time that a lot of people saw the role of a comics creator represented onscreen, notably introducing audiences to the processes of coloring, inking, and pencilling.Â Ben Affleck and Jason Lee play the co-creators of the
This strange Eric Roberts offering is only really notable because it stars Stan Lee as himself and a rare onscreen interpretation of the infamous Marvel bullpen. Yep, in this really weird horror thriller, Roberts is a comic book artist who stalks a pretty woman who ends up being kidnapped by a nefarious ring of evil doctors in a very old ambulance. His comic book job plays a pretty large role and he even gets in trouble with Stan for drawing too many women who look like his enigmatic crush.