Category: comics

Hulu Has A Hit With Battleground

I just finished watching this 13 episode series in less than a week and I already cannot wait for a second season. This show follows the Wisconsin Senate campaign of State Senate Deidre Samuels in a documentary like fashion (think “The Office”). But unlike the other shows of this medium, there is actual interaction between the camera crew and the ones being filmed.

The writing is pretty smart and the characters are rich and 3-dimensional. Even the main character, campaign manager Chris “Tak” Davis is flawed. I even think it’s reminiscent of “The West Wing”. And it’s a Hulu exclusive. The question is, will this warrant a Hulu Plus subscription. For me, right now it’s still a no. If they have two or three more shows like this I may rethink my current stance.

Fortunately for me, “Battleground” is currently available for free on the Hulu website; otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to view this show in the first place and appreciate its brilliance. Definitely give this show a chance. It’s only 13 episodes after all.

Please Help Fund “Stripped: The Comics Documentary”

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always read comic strips. There is some magical thing that happens when words and images come together into a nice concise punchline, that hasn’t’ lost its appeal to me. I’ve now moved from news comic strips to webcomics of course, but I still have a few favorites that I read online to this day (Garfield, Foxtrot, Calvin & Hobbes, Pearls Before Swine, Luann, etc). So you can imagine how tickled pink I was when I found out that a documentary was being made, regarding this wonderful medium that may be on it’s last legs as newspapers are going the way of dinosaurs.

The creators of this documentary, Dave Kellett, of Sheldon webcomics fame, and cinematographer Frederick Schroeder, wanted to share their passion and love of this art form and show how it has evolved from the page to the web and how it may still be relevant to society today, even if it’s just to entertain for a brief 3-4 pane read. I for one definitely put in my pledge to make this film happen and I encourage you all to do the same. Just watch the trailer and then donate as little as $5.00, if you feel compelled to do so.

Down below are some rough cuts from the documentary. I encourage you check the trailer before watching the videos down below, or not, your choice.

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