Comics, graphic novels, funny books — whatever you call them, they’ve been referred to as the great American art form of the 20th century. But the 20th century is over. And, despite all the blockbusters based on them, comics generally aren’t enjoying the healthy readership that they used to.
The crew behind Dig Comics, however, won’t stand for that. Chronicling their quest to get people reading comics again, this documentary team has received acclaim for both their short film and their efforts — including an honourable mention at last year’s Los Angeles Reel Film Festival and the Best Documentary award at San Diego Comic Con 2009.
We had a quick catch-up with assistant director Chris Brandt, fresh off filming new footage at this year’s SDCC for the full-length version of the film.
FlashINK: How’d you join the Dig Comics crew?
Christ Brandt: I was told about, then read news of the film last year. After watching the trailer on YouTube, I was moved to contact [director] Miguel Cima and offer my help. I’d completed a documentary on comic books in 2007 and recognised in Miguel’s project the same spirit that I’d tried to bring to my own.
FI: You guy just came back from this year’s San Diego Comic Con. What was the best part of that for you?
CB: Working with a great and entertaining film crew. Miguel has assembled a group of very talented folks with a collectively fantastic sense of humour, who go beyond their crew titles. Their camaraderie and amusing stories made it all worth the trip.
FI: Tell us about your tattoos and what they mean to you.
CB: The tattoo on my head is an eagle with a ring on its back — one of a trinity of tattoos representing Mind, Spirit and Body. It symbolises the eagle’s — that is, the mind’s — relationship to the physical world, represented by the circle, as well as ideas, clarity, super-ego and the freedom of thought.
Dig Comics will be screened at the Bumbershoot festival in Seattle and Big Bear Film Fest in the Los Angeles area. If you’re interested in screening the film, you can drop a line to Miguel Cima at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Dig Comics logo is © Scott Shaw!, photo is © Corey Blake)