The 10 Best Movies About Comic Book Artists

Marielle Heller’s brilliant 2015 film The Diary of a Teenage Girl should appeal to comics fans not only because it’s based on the hybrid novel/graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner but because it revolves around an aspiring comics artist in 1976 San Francisco. Bel Powley plays 15-year-old Minnie Goetze, a high school girl with one thing on her mind: SEX. Following the wisdom of “seek and ye shall find,” the precocious Minnie winds up having several erotic dalliances with both men and women, most prominently with Monroe (Alexander Skarsgård), the 35-year-old boyfriend of her mother (Kristen Wiig). 

Intermixed with this sexual awakening is Minnie’s burgeoning skill as an artist, eventually finding a guiding inspiration in female underground comics star Aline Kominsky-Crumb (Susannah Schulman). Director Heller uses gorgeous animation to bring Minnie’s drawings to life throughout the film, which feels authentic to the period and to the teenage experience.

Inspired by Heller’s film, we decided to dig into the deep vault and find as many of the most interesting depictions of comic book artists in movies, from the 2000s all the way back to the 1950s! Check out The 10 Best Movies About Comic Book Artists in the gallery below!

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