August 15th, 2021 | Season 3 | 37 mins 8 secs
graphic novel, grass, keum suk gendry-kim, korea, the waiting
The Korean graphic novelist Keum Suk Gendry-Kim confronts the traumas created by World War II and its immediate aftermath in these two books.
August 6th, 2021 | Season 3 | 52 mins 40 secs
Y: THE LAST MAN is an award-winning, post-apocalyptic series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra from 2002-2008 (soon to be adapted to a live-action TV series on FX / Hulu) — that imagines what if a global pandemic wiped out every male on earth...save one (+ his monkey). Featuring amazons, astronauts, agents, assassins, actors, antagonistas, androbots, atheists, angry Arizonans, and a whole mess of lesbians - you are taken through a # of seemingly realistic outcomes...of what would happen in our society if all the men in a male dominated world really did disappear. Airplanes would crash, (most) army's would fall, ...and neo feminist cults would arise to burn it all down?
July 29th, 2021 | Season 2 | 54 mins 30 secs
This week, we're reading THE SUMMIT OF THE GODS (神々の山嶺, Kamigami no Itadaki) - an early 2000s manga by Jiro Taniguchi, based on a novel and script by Baku Yumemakura. The series traces several climbers' journeys across decades around the world - from the European Alps, to the peaks of Japan, to the Himalayas of Nepal and Tibet - all bookended by the greatest summit - Everest.
July 9th, 2021 | Season 2 | 42 mins 33 secs
Dick Grayson - Character Study is a 4-part mini-series where Raman + Paresh examine the history of one of comics greatest superheroes, Dick Grayson. In Part 4 of 4, we look under the cowl of Dick’s on-again / off-again career as Batman...
July 2nd, 2021 | Season 2 | 56 mins 44 secs
Dick Grayson - Character Study is a 4-part mini-series where Raman + Paresh examine the history of one of comics greatest superheroes, Dick Grayson. In Part 3 of 4, we follow Dick’s "adult" career as Nightwing - where he cements his reputation for being the glue of the DC Universe
June 25th, 2021 | Season 2 | 53 mins 21 secs
Dick Grayson - Character Study is a 4-part mini-series where Raman + Paresh examine the history of one of comics greatest superheroes, Dick Grayson. In Part 1 of 4, we relate to Dick’s TEEN years as Robin & his transition to growing up and becoming Nightwing
June 18th, 2021 | Season 2 | 50 mins 32 secs
Dick Grayson - Character Study is a 4-part mini-series where Raman + Paresh examine the history of one of comics greatest superheroes, Dick Grayson. In Part 1 of 4, we unpacking the many early/origin stories of how Dick Grayson became Robin, the Boy Wonder
June 7th, 2021 | Season 2 | 51 mins 57 secs
comics, flayed corpse, furry trap, josh simmons
Indie cartoonist Josh Simmons is so polarizing, cohost Raman Sehgal walked out of the recording booth. Fortunately, journalist and author Alex Palmer happened to fall through a window at just the right moment to guest host.
May 31st, 2021 | Season 2 | 42 mins 37 secs
While Monsters uses the familiar language of superhero and horror comics, it tells a deeply tragic story about the long-lasting impact of domestic abuse.
May 28th, 2021 | Season 2 | 41 mins 53 secs
Let's ride with the family down the street, and meet the Flintstones - 2016's not-so-thinly-veiled commentary on our modern capitalist society. Written by the always subversive Mark Russel, and illustrated by Steve Pugh, many said this was the best comic of 2016. All the familiar beats are there, Fred, Wilma, Barney, Wilma - even Pebbles, Bam-Bam, and the invisible hand that his Gerald. Let's make Bedrock Great Again, we'll have a gay old, we'll have a gay old time.
May 21st, 2021 | Season 2 | 58 mins 57 secs
This week, we're reading MS. MARVEL - written by G. Willow Wilson. MS. MARVEL might've been Marvel's most important "all new, all different" character of the past decade. Kamala Khan is a Pakistani-American teenage girl - just trying to get her homework done, write fan-fic, play MMORPGs, figure out her relationship with her religious brother, come to terms with her best friends, and meet the expectations of her immigrant parents. Joining us to talk about our new favorite Pakistani American superhero, is our new favorite Pakistani American geek Lena Shareef, co-host of the podcast GROUNDED GEEKS
May 17th, 2021 | Season 2 | 37 mins 4 secs
comic books, comics, graphic novels
When the writer Juan Sasturain and legendary cartoonist Alberto Breccia teamed up for the seven-year project Perramus: The City And Oblivion, they produced an odd and exhilarating mix of political satire, social commentary, and genre fiction.
May 7th, 2021 | Season 2 | 34 mins 36 secs
This week we're reading SWORD DAUGHTER, created by Brian Wood and Mack Chater. It's a short-and-sweet epic of one father and daughters' quest to seek revenge against the ruthless vikings that destroyed their lives. Set one THOUSAND years ago, a shattered father and his teenage daughter go off a revenge quest that will span the width of Viking Age Europe, finding that only the swords they carry may mend the damage in their hearts. It's a beautifully drawn, often heart-wrenching story of loss and guilt, on a quest for closure....but does it satisfy?
April 30th, 2021 | Season 2 | 42 mins 41 secs
We continue our journey to post WW2 Japan, with the more obscure, but equally important manga master - Yoshiro Tatsumi (credited as being the creator of the darker, more realistic "Gekiga" movement in manga). We read THREE short story collections that reflect Tatsumi's delightfully (?) tortured ethos of the time: "The Push Man" (1969), "Abandon The Old In Tokyo" (1970 - also a great name for a band), and "Good-Bye" (1971-1972).
April 26th, 2021 | Season 2 | 34 mins 13 secs
comics, graphic novels, manga
Osamu Tezuka is known as the godfather of manga, particularly for his children's' comics like Astro Boy and Princess Knight. But his work for adults is among his most complicated and intriguing and in this week's episode, we'll look at Ayako, a complicated and politically-charged family epic set in post WWII Japan.
April 16th, 2021 | Season 2 | 45 mins 47 secs
This week we're reading Black Hammer, the Eisner award winning series by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston. This is an really fresh take on a lot of familiar tropes...which also brings our journey into subversive superhero stories to a close. It's got all your favorite superhero archetypes: the foul-mouthed lightning powered lass, the patriotic populist patriarch, the mellow morose Martian, the goth witch with butterfly wings, the Astronutty adventurer...and his wacky robot sidekick.