Beyond the Comic Panels

98 Minute Run Time

YouTube, Amazon Video & Filmocracy

Written, directed and produced by Jason C. Gares, (Hackers of CypherConStories from the Midwest Gaming Classic, Video Workbench: The Scale Model ShowBEYOND THE COMIC PANELS is a documentary film that highlights 12 artists, publishers and animators on how they got started. All give various tips, tricks and techniques that can aide fellow artists to take the next crucial step to help make dreams... into reality.

Featuring the creative talents of: Barbara Kaalberg, James Munch, Jeff Butler, Jeffrey Moy, Mark Kistler, Mark Stegbaur, Mostafa Moussa, Nick Choles, Samantha Gorel, Steve Geiger, Steve Lavine & Tom Cook.

Filmed at Wizard World Madison 2017 & 2018.


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Festival Review

PixelsGARAGE (Original article can be read by clicking HERE)

The comics industry saw its golden era in the latter half of the twentieth century before the medium underwent a transformation from ink on paper to pixels on silicon. The industry embraced the change by creating amazing content for all the new avenues that opened up with digitization and moved on to the digital stage. The artists who have created, imagined, inked and lettered the comics earlier have adapted to the new way of creation and continue to delight fans and enthusiasts with their work. With fond memories of the old-school tools of pencil and brush, a group of seasoned professionals give a rare insight into the colourful and fantastical world of comics.

Director Jason Gares takes us along to meet twelve masters from the realm of the comics industry at the Wizard World Comic Con event. We get a glimpse of their creative talent and hear about their experiences in the industry. When these artists tell us about how they entered the industry in the first place, we learn that their experiences have been as diverse as their talent. Some have joined the industry because of a chance encounter with a stranger while others have known, the moment they laid their eyes on their first comic book, that this is what they wanted to do, their entire life.

‘Beyond the Comic Panels’ is a very informative watch for aspiring artists who have their eyes set on the industry. It is a rare opportunity to hear the masters talk, about life, experiences in the industry, favourite tools of the trade and other things. They also advise on how to be successful in the industry, to continuously improve one’s craft, to get due recognition for one’s work and to demand a fair financial compensation due for the work done. For the lovers of comics, the documentary is a blast into the glorious bygone era of comic books. It gives rare insights into the workings of a world that has remained an enigma in the young minds that have enjoyed their creations.

Amazon Reviews (Original reviews can be read by clicking HERE)


5.0 out of 5 stars  | Great and very knowledgeable, very helpful

Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2020 | Verified Purchase

I gave this 5 stars because the details to the film were very coordinated, very well done. It offered an array of tips and I am an avid comic collector. Love them and love the comic cons. So an avid fan of this and only hope to see more. Kept my attention the entire time. Couldn't have asked for a job better done. J D'andrea


5.0 out of 5 stars | Interesting Look Behind the Scenes of Making it in the Comic Book Industry

Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2020 | Verified Purchase

If you've ever had an interest in learning what it takes to make it as a comic book artist, this documentary is a great place to start. It features a number of talking head interviews with various professionals in the industry and actually (wisely) spends enough time with them to get to know them as people - definitely worth a watch!


5.0 out of 5 stars | Surprisingly Good Film

Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2020 | Verified Purchase

To be honest, I really did not know what to expect when I watched the trailer for this film. But I must say that "Beyond the Comic Panels" was a really good movie. I really liked the documentary style in which the production team put this the film together. If you are someone that enjoys the entertainment of comic books or comic cons and want a little insight to that world, then you will enjoy this film. I highly recommend this film as a very good watch.

Eduardo Castrillo

5.0 out of 5 stars | 5 stars!

Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2020 | Verified Purchase

I loved it, this is exactly the kind of content i want as a frequent con goer and comic collector. Awesome!

Rain M

5.0 out of 5 stars | Behind the scenes of making comics

Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2020

If you like comics, comicon, or have an interest in making your own comic, this is a film for you. Very informative and enjoyable watch.

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