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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  • BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL ...violent and improbable

    January 29th, 2023  |  Season 4  |  44 mins 29 secs

    This week, we sample a slice of the mysterious creator Hiroaki Samura's Mountain Dew samurai epic Blade of the Immortal. Violent, fantastical, but also a striking meditation on the nature of revenge.

  • AKIRA ...manga, motorcycles, mutants...Oh My!

    January 7th, 2023  |  Season 4  |  45 mins 1 sec

    A is for AKIRA, the seminal Japanese cyberpunk post-apocalyptic manga series written and illustrated by Katsuhiro Otomo. This revolutionary Japanese comic ran from 1982 to 1990, serialized biweekly in Kodansha's seinen manga magazine Young Magazine, with its 120 chapters collected into six tankōbon volumes. The work had an outsized influence on not just comics east and west, but its landmark anime film adaptation from 1988 shaped a generation of storytellers. Almost across between Blade Runner meets Mad Max — with a little bit of 2001 A Space Odyssey thrown in, the FILM Akira was listed as one of the 10 essential animations. And it wasn't until the early 2000s that Dark Horse finally adapted the original manga for western audiences like us to READ.

  • YEAR END EXTRAVAGANZA ...sifting the dusty gems from a dumpster fire

    December 30th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  1 hr 1 min
  • FABLES V7-11 ...it's great and all, but isn't it also pretty Euro-centric?

    December 24th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  45 mins 27 secs
    comics, fables, fairy tales, graphic novels

    This week, we continue our discussion of FABLES, reading up to the conclusion of the saga's first big story arc.

  • FABLES V1-6 ...world-building's not afraid of the big bad wolf

    December 9th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  39 mins 48 secs

    FABLES, by Bill Willingham, is a multi-Eisner award-winning comic telling THE modern-day story of the legends of folk and fairy tales - living in our modern, mundane — or mundy — world. We're talking Snow White, the Big Bad Wolf, Rose Red, Prince Charming, Cinderella, Jack, Goldilocks, the 3 little Pigs, Santa Clause, Beauty & the Beast, Pinnochio, and many more. And while Fables definitely sounds like some weird shit - don't worry it is - Fables combines the narratives of many characters from popular literay legend and smooshes them into a multi-versal tale with stakes and consequences, unlike a lot of modern superhero comics.

    This is a 2-part episode reading, where this weeek we cover FABLES Vols 1-6 - setting up almost all of the major characters - living in exile from their countless Homelands, after a mysterious villain known only as “The Adversary” appeared with an unstoppable army and began conquering Fable worlds one after another. Hundreds of our years ago, the main Fables of our story came up with a desperate plan: to hide in a world The Adversary would never even want—a world so boring and utterly mundane that magic doesn’t even exist there: our own. New York City, to be more specific.

    Fables finds itself mostly set in the oft-overlooked, and soon-to-gentrified neighborhood known only as "Fabletown" - but spans the centuries and worlds, to weave a long tale. While the first couple of volumes get off to a slow start world-building and setting up the main characters, it soon starts to speed up the stakes and drama for an entertaining romp. The first 2 volumes are a slog, but then shit gets real...really good.

  • DUCKS: TWO YEARS IN THE OIL SANDS...the cost of an MFA

    December 4th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  30 mins 46 secs
    canada, cartoonist, ducks, graphic novel, kate beaton

    This week, we take a look at Kate Beaton's graphic memoir "Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands." Beaton is a cartoonist known for her shorter, more light-hearted fare. But while this graphic novel is much darker, dealing with what it's like to work in isolation with a bunch of men fixated on any woman who crosses their path, it's also a masterful showcase of graphic storytelling.

  • HOW TO UNDERSTAND ISRAEL IN 60 DAYS ...and not get us cancelled

    November 20th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  45 mins 16 secs

    If you're like us, you've not taken your Birthright Israel tour. But you know who did The cartoonist Sarah Glidden. And you know what else she did? She chronicled it in her 2007 memoir “How To Understand Israel in 60 Days.” Glidden is Jewish and progressive, living in New York City, when she departs on her tour. She goes in with some preconceived notions and by the end she’s far less definitive in her point of view. Using rich water colors, Glidden details the day-to-day aspects of her tour where she learns about Israel’s history, but also can’t help questioning what she’s learning, or the way in which that history is communicated. This may just be the episode that gets us cancelled.

  • BERLIN... this is how your country ends

    November 6th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  38 mins 52 secs
    berlin, comics, graphic novel

    This week, we take a look at Jason Lutes' masterpiece "Berlin," which follows the lives of the city's artists, socialites, and workers as they struggle to put their lives together post WWI. Vibrant and harrowing, it's an examination of how quickly and easily a country can slide into fascism. Which is to say: REMEMBER TO VOTE NOVEMBER 8.

  • COMICS ...Industry Evolution by Meteor Strike

    October 21st, 2022  |  Season 4  |  11 mins 55 secs

    Since Ryan's stuck in a well saving puppies while battling conniving co-op boards, and Raman's buried in the demands of fatherhood and an international life of crime, we enlisted friend-of-the-pod BRAD BERENS to fill the gap (and your earholes). Like us, Brad's a sophisticated nerd with a way with the words. In Brad's latest "weekly dispatch" e-newsletter, Brad dropped some interesting thoughts about the state of the modern comic book industry, and how it tracks against the broader trends in the fragmenting media industry. If you like what you here and want to hear weekly big ideas, cool stories, and what it all means subscribe @ BradBerens.substack.com. And we'll be soon to talk about one nation's descent into fascim. You know, happy stuff.

  • ESSEX COUNTY... it's cold in Canada when you're all alone

    September 25th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  34 mins 28 secs
    comics, graphic novels, jeff lemire

    Writer Jeff Lemire has taken the world of comics by storm, but it all began with his trilogy from the mid-aughts "Essex County." This week on Quarantined Comics, we'll take a look at the book that made the comics world take notice.

  • PAPER GIRLS ...uneasy conversations with our younger selves

    September 9th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  45 mins 40 secs

    This week, we read PAPER GIRLS, the multi-Eisner award winning series written by Brian K Vaughan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang, recently adapted as a streaming TV series starring Ali Wong on Amazon (and unfairly called a rip off of Stranger Things, bc as with most things, the comic came first!). Paper Girls starts way back when in 1988, in a suburb of Cleveland, where four twelve year old...you guessed it...Paper Girls - Erin, Tiffany, Mac, and KJ - befriend each other the morning after Halloween and quickly find a creepy basement time machine, and quickly find themselves in a millennia spanning temporal civil war between factions of human order and chaos. Along the way they encounter ancient cave people, future hipsters, and their older selves. ALSO, dinosaurs, microscopic-turned-gargantuan monsters, and giant-sized rock-em-sock-em robots

  • ULTRASOUND ...also a journey within

    August 27th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  34 mins 58 secs
    comics, conor stechschulte, gaslighting, graphic novels, horror, ultrasound

    This week, we're reading Conor Stechschulte strange, disturbing, nightmarish graphic novel Ultrasound. It begins with a man getting a flat tire on a dark and stormy night, and takes a detour into the land of weird.

  • KRISHNA: A JOURNEY WITHIN ...explaining blue gods to Ryan

    August 18th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  41 mins 16 secs

    this week we're reading KRISHNA: A JOURNEY WITHIN - by Abhishek Singh. Singh is Indian graphic novelist acclaimed for his unique interpretations of myths and ancient philosophies - who first made his mark for the acclaimed series Ramayana 3392. AND he was first Indian comics artist published in mainstream American comics. Singh's 2012 comics interpretation of the Lord Krishna was a searing, human portrayal of one of the great Hindi deities. In an almost poetic, sweeping series of paintings Singh takes us through key moments of Krishna's life - from a little boy stealing ghee, to defeating his evil uncle, to his courtship with Radha, and to key moments from the epic feudal war that makes up both the Mahabharata and the Bhagavad Gita - two of Hinduisms most sacred texts.
    Soooo, basically it's a pretty, poetic cliff notes from some of Hinduism's greatest hits.

  • SUPERGIRL WOMAN OF TOMORROW ...space horses, space racism, and true grit

    July 15th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  42 mins 7 secs

    This week we are reading SUPERGIRL: WOMAN OF TOMORROW, by Tom King and Bilquis Evely. The 2021 limited series from DC's Black Label - which is basically DCs new mature / Elseworld's imprint. As we tag along for a girls trip for justice - basically True Grit in space - we are brought to face the best and worst humanity has to offer. There's a rocket ship, a space bus depot, space drugs. a space dragon, space pirates...and space racism! With moral quandaries that are often hopeless - which hurt a bit more given the times we are in - along with good humor, beautiful art, and a lovely script, you can't help but find something to love about this book. Except Ryan...

  • GENDER QUEER ...banned books, awkward adolescence, and pronouns.

    July 8th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  31 mins 52 secs

    This week we're reading Maia Kobaba's GENDER QUEER: A MEMOIR. Created in 2014 - by Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns - created a cathartic autobiography of Eir's experience with gender identity — from crushes to fan fic, from coming out to making out. What started as a series of Instagram posts to explain to the author's family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer becomes so much more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity—what it means and how to think about it—for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere. And then it became the most banned book in the country

  • MEGG, MOGG, & OWL ...coping with the bad times

    June 30th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  35 mins 23 secs
    comics, graphic novel, lgbtq, simon hanselmann

    Times are bleak so let's get intoxicated and stare at a wall. In this week's episode, we review Simon Hanselmann's druggy epic about a witch, her black cat boyfriend, her owl roommate, their misanthropic werewolf friend, and whole lot of chemicals.