REVIEW: Scenes from the Small Press: Mainstream Raw

The disc is a quirky collection of raw interview footage, part of a larger documentaryproject that Henn is working on. The comic creator set out to document the worksand views of "some of the best creative forces in independent andself-publishing."

While that documentary isn't ready for release yet, "MainstreamRaw" is.

The disc is, quite simply, about two hours worth of interviews presented asis. There's been no cutting for narrative or context, as you would expect in adocumentary. Instead, it's just the footage from beginning to end, withoutedits.

While this may not sound terrible exciting to those of you who are waitingwith baited breath for the two-disc "Daredevil" special collectorsedition, the disc turns out to be very intriguing for those interested in comiccreators like Frank Miller, Joe Quesada, Colleen Doran, Matt Wagner, etc.

You will learn the secret origin of Quesada as he retells his career startingfrom his very first inquiry at Valiant comics which, led to his current positionas editor in chief of Marvel.

You will learn about Matt Wagner's stalker who wanted the artist to meet himand claim their rightful place as the kings of the new Camelot.

You will hear Colleen Doran's horror stories in a tearful interview about herexperiences in the business.

You want opinions? Well, you get Frank Miller! Twice! Miller talks candidlyin an interview about censorship and how the government can kill the comicsindustry. Then Henn presents Miller's keynote address from the Harvey Awards,where he literally rips Wizard Magazine to shreds.

All in all, "Mainstream Raw" contains some fascinating footage. You'll find anonline preview by clickinghere.

If you want to see the DVD in your comic stores, start bugging your retailernow as its available in the latest Diamond catalog. Or, you can order it directlyfrom Henn at his Timespell.comwebsite. Admittedly the $29.95 seems like a bit much for a DVD that doesn't evenhave a proper menu, but it is interesting viewing none-the-less.

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