“Comix: Beyond the Comic Book Pages”: New Documentary Film Sheds Light on Comic Book Fandom and Phenomenon

As you may have figured out, many of the grue-crew (well, excluding Dave Dreher) are comic books fans. We often cover the comic book films on Horror News Radio. If you are a fan of “funny books” as well, then there may be a new documentary for you. Bleeding Heart Productions is releasing a look into the mystique and draw of the comic book medium and culture with their film Comix: Beyond the Comic Book Pages. Below is a 10 minute preview of the film. Keep an eye for the film’s release, it is sure to please.

Watch first ten minutes here. Trailer below.

Los Angeles — A new documentary film that explores the world of comic books and their fervent fans is now available nationwide and beyond. COMIX: Beyond The Comic Book Pages is the brainchild of filmmaker and long-time comic book fan Michael Valentine. “Comic books tell stories. COMIX, the movie, tells the story of comic books and the fans that love them,” says Valentine.

This movie is truly a labor of love that was more than a decade in the making. Continues Valentine, “We shot more than 300 hours of interview footage edited to what is now an 85-minute documentary film about the world of comic books told through the thoughts and images of the creators, artists, writers, collectors, store owners, independent publishers, and especially the passionate fans.”

COMIX includes exclusive one-on-one interviews with icons from the comic book industry, including Stan Lee (Spiderman, X-Men, Fantastic Four), Frank Miller (Sin City, 300), Neal Adams (Batman, X-Men, Green Lantern/Green Arrow), Mark Waid (Kingdom Come, Superman, Justice League of America), Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Productions (Hellboy, Sin City, Goon, and Concrete), Marc Silvestri of Image Comics and Top Cow Productions (Tomb Raider, Hunter Killer, Witchblade), and Todd McFarlane (Spawn).

COMIX also talks to the fans, discussing their love for the characters and for cosplay, at conventions like Comic-Con, Wonder Con, Anime Expo, and Wizard World. The film delves into the attraction to comic books, the collaboration process, the history of American Comics, comic books into movies, independent publishing, and how some of the all-time favorite superheroes were created.

“I am so proud of the film and the caliber of people who agreed to be a part of it,” says Valentine. “I am thankful to them and to everyone who worked behind the scenes and put so much passion into every frame.”

For more information on COMIX: Beyond The Comic Book Pages, visit www.comixthemovie.com.

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Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.