TUNDRA creator brings ‘Sudsy Slim’ film to the Kenai

This weekend will be the first showing of the film on the central peninsula.

Sudsy Slim Rides Again movie poster. (Photo courtesy of Chad Carpenter)

Sudsy Slim Rides Again movie poster. (Photo courtesy of Chad Carpenter)

A new film produced by the people behind TUNDRA Comics will be premiering at Kenai Cinemas this weekend.

Chad Carpenter, who created TUNDRA Comics over 25 years ago, describes “Sudsy Slim Rides Again” as “a spaghetti Northwestern comedy, action and heist film.”

“It’s what you’d expect from TUNDRA — someone like me,” Carpenter said. “It’s ridiculous, silly and fun.”

The movie follows the tale of the a small Alaska town called Scratcher Pass, where its boom days as the world’s largest asbestos mining operation have faded. Tourism keeps the fictional town alive and the area’s biggest attraction is the 100-year-old corpse of Sudsy Slim the conman. The corpse goes missing after two inmates escape prison, sending the town into panic. Agent Dudley Sherman of the Alaska Bureau of Criminal Detection is dragged in Scratcher Pass to investigate.

Carpenter said the movie was filmed primarily in the Matanuska Susitna Valley’s Hatcher Pass and stars Alaskans.

It’s Carpenter’s second movie. His first, “MOOSE The Movie,” will also be showing for a limited time at Kenai Cinemas this weekend.

Carpenter said he got into movie-making while he was looking for a new, more social, creative outlet. After drawing TUNDRA Comics for over two decades, Carpenter said he didn’t want to burn out on cartooning.

“I wanted to keep doing (cartooning) but I was really getting kind of tired,” Carpenter said. “I needed a different creative outlet to re-energize. I just wanted to make movies and surround myself with like-minded people who wanted to be creative. As a cartoonist it’s very solitary. When you’re making a movie you need a lot of other people. It’s fun to be surrounded by other creative people.”

The movie has been shown in theaters around the state and in the Lower 48, but this weekend will be the first showing on the central peninsula.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Carpenter said. “A lot of people from Kenai have been requesting we come down here.”

The movie will be showing for a full week starting Friday, Oct. 18 at the Kenai Cinemas, 215 S. Willow Street in Kenai.

Carpenter will be handing out door prizes for Friday’s first two evening showings, at 6:10 p.m. and 9:10 p.m., Friday Oct. 18, and again at all of the Saturday, Oct. 19 showings, which are at 12:20 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 6:10 p.m. and 9:10 p.m.

The 3:10 showings will be a special presentation of Carpenter’s first film, “MOOSE The Movie.”

Each movie is just under two hours.

TUNDRA cartoons began appearing in the Anchorage Daily News in 1991, but can now be seen in over 650 newspapers around the world.

Sudsy Slim Rides Again movie (Photo courtesy of Chad Carpenter)

Sudsy Slim Rides Again movie (Photo courtesy of Chad Carpenter)

More in News

LaDawn Druce asks Sen. Jesse Bjorkman a question during a town hall event on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
District unions call for ‘walk-in’ school funding protest

The unions have issued invitations to city councils, the borough assembly, the Board of Education and others

tease
House District 6 race gets 3rd candidate

Alana Greear filed a letter of intent to run on April 5

Kenai City Hall is seen on Feb. 20, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai water treatment plant project moves forward

The city will contract with Anchorage-based HDL Engineering Consultants for design and engineering of a new water treatment plant pumphouse

Students of Soldotna High School stage a walkout in protest of the veto of Senate Bill 140 in front of their school in Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
SoHi students walk out for school funding

The protest was in response to the veto of an education bill that would have increased school funding

The Kenai Courthouse as seen on Monday, July 3, 2023, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Clam Gulch resident convicted of 60 counts for sexual abuse of a minor

The conviction came at the end of a three-week trial at the Kenai Courthouse

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meets in Seward, Alaska, on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. (screenshot)
Borough awards contract for replacement of Seward High School track

The project is part of a bond package that funds major deferred maintenance projects at 10 borough schools

Kenai Peninsula Education Association President LaDawn Druce, left, and committee Chair Jason Tauriainen, right, participate in the first meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Four Day School Week Ad Hoc Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
4-day school week committee talks purpose of potential change, possible calendar

The change could help curb costs on things like substitutes, according to district estimates

A studded tire is attached to a very cool car in the parking lot of the Peninsula Clarion in Kenai, Alaska, on Monday, April 15, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Studded tire removal deadline extended

A 15-day extension was issued via emergency order for communities above the 60 degrees latitude line

A sign for Peninsula Community Health Services stands outside their facility in Soldotna, Alaska, on Monday, April 15, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
PCHS to pursue Nikiski expansion, moves to meet other community needs

PCHS is a private, nonprofit organization that provides access to health care to anyone in the community

Most Read