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Rude Dude: The Steve Rude Story (Film) Review

 
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Length: 92 min
 
Release Date: October 7th, 2014
 
Final Score
 
 
 
 
 
3/ 5


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A unique look inside a brilliant but volatile life.

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The film jumps around in its telling of Rude's life, which rather messes with the flow of the story.


Final Fiendish Findings?

If you’re a hard core comics fan, chances are you’ve heard of Steve Rude. An incredibly talented and prolific artist, he has been a force to be reckoned with in the comics world for decades. But while you may well be familiar with Steve Rude’s art, chances are there’s a whole lot about “The Dude” […]

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Posted October 1, 2014 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings?
 
 

If you’re a hard core comics fan, chances are you’ve heard of Steve Rude. An incredibly talented and prolific artist, he has been a force to be reckoned with in the comics world for decades. But while you may well be familiar with Steve Rude’s art, chances are there’s a whole lot about “The Dude” you don’t know. Rude Dude: The Steve Rude Story is a film that aims to change all that. Offering an in-depth look at Rude’s life, artwork, family, and mental state, this documentary takes you deep inside the mind of one of the comic world’s greats – and it is a decidedly strange trip.

While the descriptions you may have seen of the film describe it as chronicling Steve Rude’s “descent into the world of fine art”, it instead seems to be a chronicle of Steve Rude’s descent, full stop. Beginning with his humble beginnings as a bit of a weird kid with a natural love and talent for art, the film gives a nice back story of how Steve got into the world of comics, as well as his co-creation of Nexus. It is clear right from the beginning that Steve is not really a normal guy, and in some ways that works out well for him. Most of us would never just show up at the door of someone we admire and expect anything but weirdness to result from it, but for Steve it really did open doors in the comic industry.

The creation of Nexus led to more jobs and more money, but for Steve it’s all about the art – a fact that often leads to trouble when one is facing deadlines and a stack of bills. Though Steve’s art is undoubtedly quality work, his inability to keep to deadlines lead to issues with publishers, and rightfully so. As Steve’s artwork is lauded, he also becomes known as a very difficult character to work with. Perfectionism aside, his bipolar disorder likely has much to do with his work issues. As the film chronicles Steve’s decision to leave the world of comics and begin a career in fine art, it also chronicles his struggles with depression, the financial problems that have arisen from his approach to work, and a marriage that is on the edge.

Rude Dude: The Steve Rude Story is both fascinating and incredibly sad, at the same time. Here is this incredible talent, able to produce such wonderful artwork – but here also is an extremely troubled soul, who is seemingly unable to completely connect with reality. Though his long suffering wife is supportive of his talent, his lack of practicality about things like funding and pricing makes for a very difficult road to success. The film jumps around quite a bit, which can make it difficult to follow at times, but it offers both an in depth look at a truly unique mind, and interviews with a variety of comic book greats. Whether you’re a comic book super fan, a Steve Rude devotee, or just enjoy a quirky story, Rude Dude is a solid choice.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)