Three Fingers

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Top Shelf Productions, 2002 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 134 pages
Through a series of never-before-seen interviews and rare photos, documentary-maker Rich Koslowski reveals the horrifying true story behind the Cartoon industry--the story that Hollywood doesn't want you to see. Told in the same style as a Ken Burns documentary, with interviews of toon stars today as well as historical file footage of the early years, this work of fiction will forever change the way you think of those beloved characters in the white gloves.

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User Review  - stephmo - LibraryThing

Three Fingers is an amazing docu-comic-retrospective (yes, I made up a new genre). What could easily be dismissed as a light Disney-bashing comic covering Ricky Rat's meteoric rise to fame and the ... Read full review

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As I have said before, I'm not one to do graphic novels here mainly because it feels like cheating. I can put one of those away in an afternoon, so it's a good way of padding the list. For that reason, I'll only mention them here if they're something I really think y'all should read.
This is definitely one that you should all read.
We all grew up watching cartoons - Mickey, Donald, Bugs and all them - and we all loved them. Some cartoons made it big, and some did not. But they all had one thing in common, whether you realized it or not.
Question: why did they all have three fingers?
Question: why did so many of them wear gloves?
Koslowski has explored these questions - and more - in a dark fashion. Moody black and white sketches that echo the real world. Of course, the names are changed to protect people from lawyers, but they're all there.
The book reads like a kind of "Behind the Movies" documentary, with historical narration over clips of "interviews" with the friends and foes of famed Toon filmmaker Dizzy Walters and his star actor, Ricky Rat. They talk about his rise to fame, and the horrors that came with it. The desperation, the sacrifices.... The Ritual.
Definitely give this one a look.
 

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