Quarantined Comics

a comic-book book-club discussing (some of) the medium's great works.

About the show

Comics aren't just about superheroes in capes. Each week we'll discuss, debate, and nerd out on some of the medium's greatest, latest, and strangest works. From Alan Moore to Uzumaki, to everything in-between, we aim to smash, and talk for far too long on the books we love.

Hosted by reporter/podcaster Ryan Joe and recovering marketer Raman Sehgal. We're setting phasers to...fun?

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  • YEAR IN REVIEW ...spoiling 2021's comic book TV/films you were supposed to watch

    December 31st, 2021  |  Season 3  |  59 mins 2 secs

    To close the year out we decided to recap ALL of the comic book movies + TV shows we coped with in 2021...basically the blatant cash grab that was every major DC + Marvel property we risked life-and-lung for: WW84, Black Widow, Justice League: The Snyder Cut, Falcon & Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki, What If?, THE Suicide Squad , Shang Chi, DUNE. Eternals, Spider Man: No Way Home

  • KLAUS... the santa and his slay

    December 24th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  38 mins 52 secs
    christmas, comics, grant morrison, holiday, santa claus

    In this special holiday episode, we'll take a look at how legendary comic book writer Grant Morrison re-invents... Santa Claus.

  • ULTIMATE SPIDER MAN (2/2) ...so much spidey so little time

    December 17th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  39 mins 1 sec
    brian michael bendis, comics, spider-man

    The EXPLOSIVE finale of our epic read-through of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley.

  • ULTIMATE SPIDER MAN (1/2) ...far from coming no way home.

    December 10th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  59 mins 58 secs

    INSTEAD of talking about the latest Spider MCU movie, we are reading ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, by Brian Michael Bendis' and Mark Bagley.

    Ultimate Spider-Man ran from 2000-2011, re-imagining Peter Parker a modern day, fifteen year old orphan and prodigy living in Queens. With the bite of a genetically modified spider, Peter's all-to-relatable teen trials and tribulation are dialed up to 11, as he navigates a world far to similar to our own, grappling with the introduction of super-powered beings. What starts off as a very teen superhero drama quickly breaks out of classic origin territory and becomes an eleven year storyline that many say is among Spider-Man's greatest runs. For this episode well only be reading volumes 1-13 which represents the first 78 of 160 issues. Next week we'll get thru the rest, seeing the series thru it's inevitable, ultimate conclusion...

  • BLACK HOLE... The uncanny sex men

    December 5th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  40 mins 20 secs
    black hole, charles burns, comics, graphic novels

    What if the X-Men all got their powers through STDs and their powers are totally useless?

  • HAWKEYE (RE-Fraction) ...bros, Bed-Stuy, and boomerang arrows? 

    November 26th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  46 mins 18 secs

    Replaying our 2020 episide about Matt Fraction + David Aja's seminal  2015 HAWKEYE run - that the NEW Disney+ Hawkeye show is obviously based on. This is a fun character-driven romp with Barton, Bishop, and...bros? 

  • GRAFITY'S WALL ...the misspent Indian youth we don't remember

    November 20th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  46 mins 15 secs

    Grafity's Wall is the 2018 graphic novel written by acclaimed creator Ram V, illustrated by Anand Radhakrishnan and colored by Aditya Bidikar. The book follows the follies of aspiring street artist Grafity and his friends on the streets of Mumbai. Across 4 individual yet interconnected stories, we get a glimpse into hopes and dreams on the cusp of adulthood... in an impossible city, while exploring the daily trials and tribulations of Indian Youth. A commentary on the gentrification and rapid change the culture of the modern-day subcontinent faces...far and away from the India our parents always told us about. This is anything but a Bollywood number.

  • ETERNALS ...the "best" of both worlds?

    November 12th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  47 mins 35 secs

    This week we are doing a double feature about THE ETERNALS. Both the MCU's latest film installment by Chloe Zhao, and also Neil Gaiman's 2006 comics reboot. Both adaptations of Jack "King" Kirby's original work posit the question... what if our species and civilization were not guided by the divine, but simply by space aliens with an ulterior motive, and their really good looking immortal agents?

  • DEMENTIA 21 ...elder care, parasitic dentures, and Santa

    November 8th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  38 mins 53 secs

    This week, we look at the mad manga creator Shintaro Kago's absurd and surreal comic series DEMENTIA 21, about aging out in modern day Japan.

  • AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS...acclaimed manga creator Gou Tanabe has a Lovecraftian nightmare

    October 31st, 2021  |  Season 3  |  34 mins 41 secs
    gou tanabe, lovecraft, mountains of madness

    If you ever wanted to see a cinematic version of HP Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, Gou Tanabe’s adaptation is as close as you’ll probably get.

  • DUNE ...spicy desert rom-com, or messianic warning?

    October 29th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  56 mins 10 secs

    This week, we dig into Denis Villeneuve's DUNE, the latest film adaption of Frank Herbert's sci-fi classic. Spoiler alert - it's really damn good.

  • GRENDEL ...pointy sticks, little girls, and reincarnation?

    October 22nd, 2021  |  Season 3  |  43 mins 36 secs

    Matt Wagner's GRENDEL is a indie noir series of comics from the 90s about an anti-hero, which evolved into a study on the nature of aggression. The story follows Hunter Rose, AKA Grendel, an assassin who ascends to the top of New York City's criminal underworld, alongside his orphaned little girl ward and werewolf arch nemesis. Bookended by silly things like "plot" - the book dives into a bunch of one shots illustrated by various artists telling micro tales of Grendel's adventures in various styles and artists like Tim Sale, Mike Allred, Michael Oeming, and many more. It was recently announced that Grendel will get his own own Netflix series starring Abubakr Ali.

  • IN WAVES ...surfing thru grief, and history

    October 15th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  36 mins 34 secs

    This week we are reading IN WAVES, by AJ Dungo. A heartbreaking, sober work of a young man's love, along with a history lesson. This book is NOT just about the history of surfing, tracing the tales of Duke Kahanamoku and Thomas Blake,...it's also a heartfelt recollection of young love and loss, as the author recounts his time with his girlfriend Kristen, who succumbed to cancer.

  • MY FRIEND DAHMER + KENT STATE... delving into the dark side of Americana

    October 12th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  38 mins 44 secs

    In two graphic novels cartoonist Derf Backderf dissected two aspects of American history that most people would like to pretend never happened: the early life of the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, and the events in Kent State that led to the murders of four unarmed students. In this episode, we'll get into how Derf's expert storytelling makes sense of the senseless.

  • STAR WARS VISIONS ...plucky young fanimes + extra big lightsabers

    October 2nd, 2021  |  Season 3  |  53 mins 25 secs

    We're veering BACK veering off course -to a galaxy far far away for STAR WARS VISIONS - the new Disney+ series of anime shorts where the Japanese have their way with some sweet sweet Lucasfilm IP.

  • THE NEW WORLD... abandoned homes, empty offices, and alien invasions

    September 27th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  43 mins
    cartoonist, chris reynolds, comics, mauretania

    What do you get when you cross film noir with a technical manual? You get the comics of Chris Reynolds! The indie cartoonist has been putting together strips since the 1980s and in this episode, we'll take a look at the collection, assembled by legendary cartoonist Seth, in the compilation The New World: Comics From Mauretania.