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?
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.
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?
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.
October 31st, 2021 | Season 3 | 34 mins 41 secs
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 27th, 2021 | Season 3 | 43 mins
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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.
September 16th, 2021 | Season 3 | 42 mins 52 secs
This week we're talking about Shang Chi & the Legend of the Ten Rings, the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Based on the 1972 comics of the same name based on a VERY different context / pretense, Marvel's Shang Chi is a completely new story, carrying over only a some surface level elements of the source material. Shang Chi was directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, and features ALL the Asians -Simu Liu, Akwafina, Tony Leung, Michelle Yeoh, Meng’er Zhang, Ying Nan, Ronny Chiang, and even SIR Ben Kingsley (HALF INDIAN!), the movie tells the story of an exiled assassin martial artists moonlighting as valet parkers in the Bay Area to avoid their dark mysterious past. You know, the typical Asian American story. It’s basically Asian Black Panther, or is it?
September 10th, 2021 | Season 3 | 44 mins 2 secs
This week we are FINALLY reading DRAGON HOOPS, written and illustrated by Gene Luen Yang. DRAGON HOOPS won a 2020 Eisner Award (the Oscars for comics, and not Yang's first). The book is a nonfiction account of the high school basketball team - Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd Dragons - where Yang was a teacher before we went full time into comics. Yang's not a fan of the sportsballs - which is what makes it such a great book about sports, and taking big steps.
September 6th, 2021 | Season 3 | 42 mins 44 secs
Manga artist Junji Ito — famed for his horror comics — adapts Osamu Dazai's "No Longer Human," one of the most famous novels from Japan. A disturbing depiction of depression, the graphic novel is an improbable mixture of psychological turmoil, body horror, and slapstick comedy. For real.
August 29th, 2021 | Season 3 | 45 mins 32 secs
"I Am Not Starfire" written by Mariko Tamaki and artist Yoshi Yoshitani. tells the tale Mandy, a 17 year old who is NOTHING like her of super-famous superhero Starfire....a tall, gorgeous, sparkly, hot blooded hero, beloved by all...which Mandy is NOT. She has no powers, dyes her hair black and hates everyone but best friend Lincoln, and longtime crush Claire. To Starfire, who is actually from another planet, her daughter Mandy seems like a distant, angry alien, from light years away....
August 20th, 2021 | Season 3 | 48 mins 8 secs
This week we are reading "Year of the Rabbit" - written and illustrated by Tian Veasna. The book is an autobiographical depiction of the author's family journey in Cambodia, from the moment he Khmer Rouge took power...three days before his birth. Taking place in the late 1970s, the book is a harrowing, triggering account of one family's journey to make sense of, attempt escape, and survive what is now regarded as one of the great human disasters of the 20th century, that most people don't know, or don't talk about.
This book put us both in a very uncomfortable reflection...especially given history seeming to continuously repeat itself, most recently in Afghanistan with the Taliban resurgent...