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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  • THE BATMAN ...it never stops raining in Gotham

    March 9th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  51 mins 37 secs

    Hey, did you hear there's a new Batman movie out?

  • BATMAN IMPOSTER ...what happens when the Butler leaves

    March 4th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  49 mins 56 secs

    This week, BEFORE we risked life and lung to go see THE BATMAN on the big screen, we decided to read BATMAN IMPOSTER, written by Mattson Tomlin, and illustrated by Andrea Sorrentino. Tomlin happens to also be an (uncredited) screenwriter of the latest film...so it's an interesting look into what feels like it could be in the same tonal universe but not quite (i mean they got the eyeliner down)

  • MOMS... Sex and the City with Seoul

    February 26th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  37 mins 23 secs
    comics, graphic novels, ma yeong-shin, moms, seoul, south korea

    This week, Eisner-winning creator Jen Wang ("Stargazing" and "The Prince and the Dressmaker") visits Quarantined Comics, and we all take a trip to visit "Moms." Ma Yeong-shin's graphic novel, based partially on his own mother's life, follows four middle-aged women in Seoul who've finished raising their kids (mostly) and find themselves still figuring things out in the second half of their lives.

  • MY BEIJING & LITTLE WHITE DUCK ...learn why Ryan hates kids (books)

    February 18th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  32 mins 56 secs

    Our journey to China continues...this time, for the kid...friendly? Namely 2 kids comics: "My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder" by Nie Jun,
    and "Little White Duck: a Childhood in China" by Na Liu and her husband Andrés Vera Martínez. Both books weave tales of a childhood in China. One idyllic and magical, and one full of innocently lived, yet harsh realities. "My Beijing" tells four stories in the hutongs...or interior neighborhoods of urban Beijing in mostly the modern day - with a little bit of time travel thrown in for good measure, following the adventures of a little girl and her "Grampa," holding onto idyllic memories of how it once was.
    Whereas "Little White Duck" is a series of autobiographical recollections of the writer's childhood growing up in Wuhan during the late 1970s, as China found itself in transition, slowly opening up - especially after Mao's passing.Both books captured a feeling of China that was both familiar and eye opening.

  • NIGHT BUS... a walk through someone else's dream

    February 13th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  28 mins 54 secs
    chinese, comics, graphic novels, night bus, zuo ma

    This week, we take a long, strange ride on "Night Bus," a collection of semi-autobiographical comics from the Chinese cartoonist Zuo Ma. We'll start off in a country landscape undergoing a rapid industrialization, and take a sharp turn into the weird.

  • BOXER & SAINTS ...unraveling the hero’s journey, and snacks

    February 4th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  38 mins 51 secs

    This week, in honor of the Chinese New Year (恭喜發財) we revisit favorite cartoonist Gene Luen Yang for his 2013 two-volume epic BOXERS & SAINTS - which tells the story of the late 19th Century Boxer Rebellion, from two sides, injecting magical realism injected into the complexity of historical events. It's got everything - bald dudes with pony tails swinging ancient Chinese swords channeling the ancient spirits of Chinese lore. a converted Chinese Christian youth channeling the spirit of Joan of Arc, and a historical fiction allegory (or one-sided commentary) on the follies of our "civilized" hubris. This 2-part graphic novel was Yang's sophomore follow-up to his award-winning comic "American Born Chinese" — BOXERS & SAINTS lays bare the foundations of extremism, rebellion, and faith. Fighting for the glory of China...but at what cost?!?

  • JEN WANG'S ...modern minorities chat on stargazing + dress-making

    January 28th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  49 mins 29 secs

    Raman & guest-host Ryan have a chat with award-winning comics creator JEN WANG on Raman's other podcast Modern Minorities (modmypod.com). Jen Wang's works include “Stargazing,” “The Prince & the Dressmaker”, “In Real Life” and “Koko Be Good”. Her books are not-quite-autobiographical (always), but there are seeds of truth and real life in almost every story she tells — being Asian American, having a major healthcare scare as a kid, and more. But most interesting about our chat with Jen was diving into her unconventional journey and decisions along the way. We challenge you to give Jen’s books a try - for you and your kids - and NOT find your eyes start leaking.

  • VAGABOND VOLS. 1-3 ...I wanna be the very best / To stab them is my real test.

    January 23rd, 2022  |  Season 4  |  38 mins 41 secs
    manga, takehiko inoue, vagabond

    Vagabond is a manga epic that follows the life story of the real-life warrior/philosopher Miyamoto Musashi. This week, in an episode dedicated to Ryan's late cousin Sam, we'll review the first three episodes.

  • KING & GODHEAD ...going beyond the MLK legend

    January 14th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  46 mins 44 secs

    In honor of MLK day, we're reading KING - Ho Che Anderson's critically acclaimed unauthorized graphic biography of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. But we ALSO decided to read GODHEAD, another book by Anderson, which tells a near future capitalist tale that juxtaposes the white corporate and black urban experience against a sci-fi backdrop of...finding God?

  • THE SECRET TO SUPERHUMAN STRENGTH... I hope you're jogging while listening to this podcast

    January 7th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  34 mins 31 secs

    Let's kick off the new year with some exercise, Alison Bechdel style.

  • 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?