The Ship That Never Came In by Kim Deitch

I don’t know how I missed this before, but I just found this 2003 animation (by John Kuromoto) of a Kim Deitch cartoon based on a Waldo strip Deitch originally wrote for a comic in 1992. It’s also appropriately being used as a promo for Deitch’s graphic novel The Boulevard of Broken Dreams. Click here to enjoy The Ship That Never Came In.

(Thanks, Mike Stanfill)


  • Inkan1969

    How accurately does Deitch portray the evolution of the animation industry? Is he dead on, or is the novel a screed?

  • http://UncleEddiesTheoryCorner Eddie fitzgerald

    Nice and cartoony! Kim Deitch needs to have his own TV series!

  • http://none Barry Rodges

    Deitch is considered by many to be the best living cartoonist (myself included). If you haven’t read Boulevard of Broken Dreams, stop what you are doing and go buy it. It’s brilliant.

    Inkan—Deitch perfectly layers fantasy and fiction in his stories in such a way that you never really know if he is telling the truth or not. His work is indeed fiction, but every time I read one of his books, he so perfectly weaves himself and his real life into the stories, that I am always praying that the books are real in the end.

    Also, Deitch is a super nice guy. Very humble about his work, and one of the hardest working cartoonist around. The man reportedly draws 14-16 hours A DAY, and has for longer than I have been alive. I’ll stop now, but I can’t say enough good things about Deitch and his work!

  • http://knottspreserved.com Chris Merritt

    I love Kim Deitch – he’s one of my favorite all-time cartoonists – and a hell of a writer to boot! I agree with Barry – he’s totally brilliant. I can highly recommend almost anything he’s ever done…

  • http://mrseanlane.blogspot.com Sean

    This is a great story. It’s a weird retelling of Winsor McKay and Otto Messmer’s story, and I’m not sure why.

    I read this comic personally in Raw Comix Vol. 2 #6, the Art Spiegelman editing anthology book.