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Posted October 16. 2013 12:41PM

Filmmakers hold mirror up to American news comics culture in tonight’s PBS documentary

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IN THE SUMMER OF 2010, just hours after meeting with Ken Burns about his addendum film to “Baseball,” I wrote an open letter to him. My pitch: “America’s documentarian” has famously created films about some uniquely American institutions and art forms, including “Jazz.” Why not take on an American art conspicuously missing from his catalog? Namely, the comic strip — as well as perhaps newspaper cartoons more broadly.