Friday, December 7, 2018


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Sari Armington premieres her film The Folks Behind the Funnies at The Cartoon Art Museum on December 7th, 2018.

Every day, to millions of readers in almost every nation on earth, comic strip characters appear as familiar friends in newspapers and on the internet. Yet few of us know much about the cartoonists who created them. One-on-one interviews with twenty-one of the world’s most popular newspaper cartoonists, brings us up close and personal with these delightful creators.

” A love song for the comic industry”  Fred Nelson, Andrews McMeel Universal

” A landmark”  Malcolm Whyte, Founder/Chair Emeritus Cartoon Art Museum San Francisco

” I’m smiling broadly”  Starr Shulmann, Film Reviewer SF Bay

The Folks Behind the Funnies was originally co-produced as a national PBS documentary on the history of the comic strips, looking broadly at comic strips from the 1950s to the present.  Principal photography started in May 2003. In October of that year, the film’s director/producer, Nicholas Armington passed away in an accident. The project was left dormant until 2015 when Sari Armington (Nicholas’s widow and business partner) revived the footage.

Sari Armington has been a film maker with broadcast credits on PBS and other outlets.  The documentary, The Plunge: Time Lapse Through History was instrumental in the restoration of the iconic Richmond Natatorium.