22nd Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 17-27, 2025

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 20-24, 2024

Comic Book Confidential - National Canadian Film Day Free Screening

Canada, 1988: 90 minutes
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In Cinema Globe Cinema
Wed, Apr 19 7:00 PM Buy


Hey Kids! We’re hosting the 35th anniversary screening of Ron Mann’s award-wining essential classic film COMIC BOOK CONFIDENTIAL, a definitive history of the graphic arts medium, profiling 24 legendary artists writers and artists featuring Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Sue Coe, Robert Crumb, Will Eisner, Al Feldstein, Shary Flenniken, William M. Gaines, Bill Griffith, Jaime Hernadez, Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, Stan Lee, Paul Mavrides, Frank Miller, Victor Moscoso, Francaise Mouly, Dan O'Neill, Harvey Pekar, Gilbert Shelton, Spain, and Art Spiegelman.

Wait, theres more! Maverick filmmaker Ron Mann Live! To celebrate National Canadian Film Day, we’ve invited Ron to nerd out on comix and share stories from the front line of indie filmmaking.

TICKETS ARE FREE!!! But ya gotta claim one in advance to attend!

National Canadian Film Day is a massive one-day, coast-to-coast-to-coast celebration of Canadian cinema. Each year, CUFF hosts Calgary's flagship event.

Chicago International Film Festival 1988
Sundance Film Festival 1989

Toronto filmmaker Ron Mann is one of Canada's foremost documentary filmmakers. Over the past 40 plus years, has documented culture from the fringe inward, often focusing on visionaries and outsiders. Mann established his international reputation while in his twenties with a series of award-winning theatrical documentaries, including IMAGINE THE SOUND (1981), POETRY IN MOTION (1982), COMIC BOOK CONFIDENTIAL (1988), TWIST (1992), and GRASS (1999). Ron’s other films include GO FURTHER (2003), TALES OF THE RAT FINK (2006), KNOW YOUR MUSHROOMS (2008), IN THE WAKE OF THE FLOOD (2010), ALTMAN (2014) and the CUFF.Docs Selection CARMINE STREET GUITARS (2018). Ron has also acted as executive producer on the documentaries BRAKHAGE (1998), EXAMINED LIFE (2008), MIGHTY UKE (2010), LUNARCY! (2012), MERMAIDS (2016), I CALLED HIM MORGAN (2016), as well as the television series PURE PWNAGE (2010). In 2002, Ron founded FILMS WE LIKE, a boutique distributor of documentary, independent and international films in Canada, that has released over 300 films.

press for Comic Book Confidential - National Canadian Film Day Free Screening

"Affectionate, gentle and nostalgic."
- Tribune News Service
"Just as much for those not familiar with comics as it is for hardcore fan boys."
- Apollo Guide


Documentary / Art / Retro

90 minutes

special guest

Director Ron Mann in attendance for in-person Q&A


Ron Mann

Don Haig
Martin Harbury
Charles Lippincott

Charles Lippincott
Ron Mann

Joan Churchill
Robert Fresco

Robert Crumb
Lynda Barry

Dr. John
Keith Elliott
Gerard Leckey
Nicholas Stirling

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The film received the 1989 Genie Award for Best Feature Length Documentary from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television

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