Miguel Cima wants you to dig comics. The Argentine-born, New York–raised filmmaker has a passion for the comics medium, and his desire to share it resulted in a short documentary, Dig Comics, which won the “Best Documentary” award at the San Diego Comic Con Independent Film Festival and was an official selection at Cannes, Vancouver, LA New Filmmakers and a dozen other film festivals.
Now Cima has announced a new Kickstarter campaign to raise at least $250,000 for a feature length documentary that will promote comic books to mainstream America. After years of meetings trying to convince Hollywood networks, studios and production companies that comics deserve the spotlight, Cima is turning to the people for help in financing. Embracing the underdog appeal of comics, Cima calls on the converted comic fans and professionals to come together in making real a project that hopes to benefit the comics industry.
Comic books, an American original like jazz and baseball, were once as widespread, respected and loved as cinema, music and literature. But over the last several decades, comics have lost over 90% of U.S. readers. In the planned feature film, Cima chases the trail of comics’ struggle through history, and reaches for new ways to get America to once again Dig Comics.
So far, the Dig Comics Kickstarter campaign has garnered support from MoCCA President Ellen Abramowitz, artists Charles Burns (X’ed Out) and Stephen Bissette (Swamp Thing), Dark Horse VP Chris Tongue, and more. You’re welcome to join in and Dig Comics.