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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  • 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.

  • BATMAN WHITE KNIGHT ...social commentary with action figures

    June 24th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  47 mins 58 secs

    this week we're talking about BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT - Sean Murphy's 2017 alternate universe mini-series that flips the status quo for Batman - and asks some hard questions along the way. In the book, the Joker cures himself of his psychosis, and reverts to Jack Napier - upon which he begins a campaign to interrogate WTF the city of Gotham has been doing all these years, with law enforcement allowing a masked vigilante and some teenagers with military grade equipment take the law into their own hands. What starts out as an Elseworld's like plot becomes a not so subtle commentary to the limits of law enforcement. But hey, it's also got TWO Harley Quinns, a Batgirl, a Nightwing, a Duke, Mr. freeze, and a whole lotta Batmobiles!

    Joining us to talk about White Knight is my old friend and favorite digital nerd from the future, making his long overdue quarantined Comics appearance Brad Berens - whose nerdy takes you can read on his eponymous weekly dispatch - bradberens.substack.com

  • MARIKO TAMAKI ...Surely chats on Modern Minorities

    June 17th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  53 mins 38 secs

    Since June is Pride Month and we're cos-playing in our favorite rainbows spandex, we decided to share our Modern Minorities chat with award winning comics creator Mariko Tamaki - who's work we've covered a LOT on Quarantined Comics - from Skim & This One Summer, to I Am Not Starfire, to Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me - Mariko's work is powerful and transcends identity.

  • MS. MARVEL ...fighting for truth, justice, and time management?

    June 10th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  58 mins 57 secs

    This week, we're REPLAYING our reading of 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

  • HOLY BI-ROBIN ...exploring modern sexuality in comics

    June 4th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  1 hr 3 mins

    Since it's Pride Month and we're taking a week off to paint ourselves in rainbows, we figured we'd feature a super easy conversation about sexual identity in mainstream comics (from Raman's OTHER podcast Modern Minorities). Recently, Batman's partner, Robin discovered his own queer identity on my other podcast, modern minorities. We feature minority voices for all of our majority years. So we decided to have a conversation about Robin's queer identity over the years in pop culture, with a little help from our friends.

  • THE KILLER... an assassin in a crisis

    May 30th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  41 mins
    comics, graphic novels, killer, matz

    This week, we're taking a look at the French crime epic The Killer (soon to be a Netflix movie directed by David Fincher). It's at times a psychological portrait of a killer, a meditation on violence, a tale of corporate intrigue, and a straight-up action thriller. But do all of these pieces come together?

  • GENE LUEN YANG ...chats on Modern Minorities

    May 20th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  45 mins 4 secs

    Gene Luen Yang is an award-winning cartoonist, storyteller, and teacher - whose been creating comics since the fifth grade. His 2006 graph_ic novel American Born Chinese will be a 2022 Disney+ TV series by Shang Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton. Two of Gene’s other two books - Dragon Hoops + Superman Smashes the Klan - won the 2020 Eisner (the Oscars for comics), and Raman’s reviewed them on his other podcast Quarantined Comics. Gene’s a former CS + Math teacher - who’s since gone on to work on some of the biggest name in pop culture and comics - including Avatar the Last AirBender, rebooting Shang Chi over @ Marvel Comics (before the hit movie), and having more than a few unique takes on DC’s Superman. Gene was named the Library of Congress’ fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and has also received a MacArthur Genius Grant. Gene advocates for the importance of reading diversely - and makes his kids finish all of their projects. Raman tried really hard not to fanboy over one of his personal heroes...

  • PALESTINE ...cartoon journalism that's required reading

    May 13th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  46 mins 20 secs

    PALESTINE is Joe Sacco's seminal work of cartoon journalism

    First published in 1993, PALESTINE covers Sacco's travels thru occupied Palestine territory - and Israel - to embed himself with the Palestinian people - hearing their stories first-hand to understand how they lived their every day lives. Sacco wanted to get around the sanitized story the Western Media was potraying — to emphasizes the history and plight of the Palestinian people, as a group and as individuals. In Palesteine Sacco positions himself as the westerner confronting a reality unfamiliar to most Americans at the time - concentrating on his personal experience and perspective, as well as the stories of the people he encounters, with some light history thrown in for good measure. Conversations are documented over tea, roadblocks, police action, taxis and checkpoints - which become all too familiar set pieces in Sacco's narrative journey..

  • DR. STRANGE: TRIUMPH & TORMENT and THE OATH ...these relationships are DOOMED.

    May 8th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  35 mins 45 secs
    comics, dr doom, dr strange, graphic novels, marvel

    In celebration of the release of "Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Motherhood"... uh... or "Dr. Strange in the Motherhood of Madness"... no. Well, we commemorate the release of Marvel $tudio$ newe$t film and mothers everywhere by reviewing a book that combines the two: "Dr. Strange & Dr. Doom: Triumph and Torment." We'll also read the "Dr. Strange: The Oath," because these books are pretty short.

  • SQUIRE ...girls with swords (feat. grounded geeks)

    April 29th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  57 mins 24 secs

    This week for Ramadan (~kinda?) we are teaming up with the Grounded Geeks podcast and reading SQUIRE by Sara Alfageeh and Nadia Shammas - a comic set in an alternate history Middle East and North Africa. Squire follows Aiza, a 14 year old girl training to become a knight for a war-torn empire while hiding her true background as a girl from conquered lands...which could be any major world civilization. Born Ornu - a second-class citizen of the once-great Bayt-Sajji Empire, Aiza dreams of a better life of glory and citizenship - by leaving her family to enlist in the empire's military. She must navigate friendships and rivalries, train rigorously and confront the bitter societal truths...and lies...being told to ALL of the people of the empire. SQUIRE is informed and inspired by many actual elements of Islamic culture and history.

  • THE DRIFTING CLASSROOM... let's call it an unconventional education

    April 23rd, 2022  |  Season 4  |  35 mins 40 secs
    comics, drifting classroom, graphic novels, horror, manga

    This week, we go back to school and get educated about Kazuo Umezu's seminal horror manga The Drifting Classroom. Though published in the 70s, it continues to exert its tremendous influence on modern horror creators, including Junji Ito.

  • EASTER SPECIAL: USAGI YOJIMBO... a bunny with bushido

    April 17th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  50 mins 24 secs
    easter, graphic novels, stan sakai, usagi yojimbo

    Stan Sakai's epic tale of the samurai Miyamoto Usagi was first published in 1984 and is ongoing today. We'll review a fraction of it, specifically the run from 1997, when Dark Horse took over as publisher from Fantagraphics, to 2003.

  • EPISODE #100 ...why Paul Pope's 100% + Batman Year 100 are only 75%

    April 8th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  39 mins 59 secs

    This week marks the 100th episode of Quarantined Comics — so we wanted something SO epic, but instead we just picked TWO comics with the number 100 in the titles by Eisner-award-winning wunderkind Paul Pope...
    100% - takes place in a dystopian alternate future New York — focusing on the intertwining struggles and relationships of six characters.
    BATMAN YEAR 100 - takes place in the same universe in an unfamiliar Gotham City 100 years from Batman's debut, where the caped crusader is but a a forgotten legend from the past who shouldn't exist at all.
    Across much of Paul Pope's indie, alternative work - he's become known for a unique, emotionally charged style — often presenting a futuristic world where everything is seedy, technology is ubiquitous, and privacy is pretty much a thing of the past. So, basically contemporary historical fiction.

  • FRANK MILLER'S RONIN ...pure male ID, in full samurai color!

    April 1st, 2022  |  Season 4  |  41 mins 43 secs

    RONIN - by comics superstar Frank Miller (+longtime colorist / collaborator Lynn Varley) was a groundbreaking work of the 1980s in many ways, - paving the way for creator-centric works like the Dark Knight Returns and many more of comics greatest works. Ronin tells the story of a disgraced samurai warrior and his sworn demonic enemy Agat - awakened from a centuries-long slumber trapped inside a magical sword. Reincarnated in a near future dystopic NYC run by a benevelont technology corporation and their friendly sentient AI, the Ronin finds himself in the body of an armless, legless telekinetic named Billy, and creates cybernetic limbs, and Agat possesses the corporate head of the aforementioned company. Also, there's a badass head of security whose storyline does not pass the Bechdel test. A beautiful book, where like Elsa said, you just gotta let it go.

  • TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES... they're in a half shell, but are they heroes?

    March 22nd, 2022  |  Season 4  |  42 mins 15 secs
    comic, eastman, laird, teenaged mutant ninja turtles, tmnt

    This week, we dip into nostalgia and review Kevin Eastman's and Peter Laird's original run on Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles, as it went from indie comic to pop cultural phenomenon.

  • THE UKRAINIAN & RUSSIAN NOTEBOOKS ...this isn't the first time

    March 11th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  32 mins 8 secs

    The Ukrainian and Russian Notebooks: Life and Death Under Soviet Rule by Igort, is a collection of two harrowing works of graphic nonfiction about life under Russian foreign rule. After spending two years in Ukraine and Russia, collecting the stories of the survivors and witnesses to Soviet rule, Igort was compelled to bring those stories to new life with in-depth reporting and deep compassion.With elegant brush strokes and a stark color palette, Igort has transcribed the words and emotions of his subjects, revealing their intelligence, humanity, and honesty—and exposing the secret world of the former USSR.