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NYCC2010: Bill Plympton on "Idiots & Angels," Art Book, Documentary, & More

Bill Plympton

Bill Plympton

We missed the Bill Plympton panel at the 2010 New York Comic Con, but were able to sit down with the man himself at his booth on the show floor to catch up with him briefly. Plympton’s biggest news was the opening of his feature film Idiots & Angels at the IFC Center, which had been extended by a week right before New York Comic Con began and was extended again for another week shortly after. Plympton had been plugging the film and the screenings to all comers to his booth, and the effort seems to have paid off. Idiots & Angels is also screening with Plympton’s new short film, “The Cow That Wanted to Be a Hamburger,” and Plympton noted that these runs will qualify both films for this year’s Academy Awards; if both films are nominated in their respective categories, Plympton will become the first filmmaker in history to be nominated for two different films in the same year.

For the moment, the effort to promote Idiots & Angels means that Plympton has put his next film on the back burner for now. After the run in New York, InA is scheduled to open in Los Angeles at the Lammie Sunset 5 on October 29, 2010, and will be screening in Chicago after that. Plympton is working on a few feature films (such as a bit for John Leguizamo’s new feature film Fugly), as well as a big coffee table book titled Independently Animated: Bill Plympton coming from Rizzoli that will cover the breadth of his career and publish artwork that has never been seen before. The forward to the book will be written by director and Monty Python alumnus Terry Gilliam, who has been very supportive of Plympton over the years (including playing a prominent part in the theatrical run of InA). He said he hoped he’d be able to get back into working on his next feature by November.

Plympton also mentioned that he is participating in a documentary about himself titled Adventures in Plymptoons, to be directed by Alexia Anastasio (who was at the Plymptoons booth in a cow costume, which I shamefully neglected to get photographic evidence of). Plympton said the documentary was nearly finished, and would hopefully be done early next year at roughly the same time as the book, presenting a good opportunity for cross-publicity in a “glut of Plympmania” (always a good thing in our book). The target is to have everything ready for a premiere at New York’s MoCCA (although I neglected to ask whether it would be an event at the museum or at the annual MoCCA Art Festival). Plympton also mentioned that InA will probably be coming to DVD some time next year as well.

Plympton will probably be winding up the Idiot’s Diary shortly due to the amount of work it requires, but will continue to blog on Scribble Junkies. The latest news on InA can be found at the movie’s official website, and Plympton’s news can be found at the Plymptoons website and his official YouTube channel.

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