Cartoonists for Criterion

Top-of-the-line DVD house the Criterion Collection is no stranger to comics. In addition to employing the likes of Adrian Tomine and Jaime Hernandez to draw covers for classic films from around the globe, they've also recently received rave reviews for their deluxe rerelease of Terry Zwigoff's stranger-than-fiction documentary Crumb.

But Criterion's Cartoonist Employment Program goes even further than that. Criterion's Erik Skillman has commissioned several comics artists to create posters for its upcoming Criterion Cinema film festival during the All Tomorrow's Parties New York music fest on September 3-5. (Of course, ATP itself has some comics bonafides -- The Simpsons creator Matt Groening has curated two of their festivals.) That's Matt Kindt of Super Spy, 3 Story, and Revolver fame doing Charles Laughton's Night of the Hunter above; visit Scalped/Wolverine artist Jason Latour's blog for his take on Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show, and scroll down to see Scott Morse's posters for Jacques Becker's Touchez Pas au Grisbi and Jules Dassin's Brute Force. Meanwhile, Jamie S. Rich notes (via Criterion Cast) that Scott Campbell will be providing art for the festival as well, specifically for Dennis Hopper's Easy Rider. The festival takes place September 3-5.

And while you're at it, why not check out some comics-friendly features on the Criterion website, such as lists of Top Ten favorite Criterion Collection releases from cartoonists Mike Allred, Jaime Hernandez, and Seth, Omega the Unknown writer Jonathan Lethem, rock poster artist Frank Kozik, and animator Bill Plympton? Comics and movies: together at last!

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