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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  • WW84... two scoops of ice cream, two scoops of WarnerMedia's latest loss leader

    December 29th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  53 mins 23 secs
    comics, wonder woman, ww84

    WW84, the sequel to the 2017 hit Wonder Woman, hasn't gotten the critical or audience acclaim of its predecessor. No surprise, we didn't like it either - but in this episode, we'll examine what did and didn't work for us.

  • BONE ...adorably innocent darkness for the kids!

    December 25th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  38 mins 40 secs

    BONE - the comics masterpiece epic by Jeff Smith - was the indie comics darling of the 90s, released in black and white from 1991 to 2004. It tells the story of 3 adorable cousins, a beautiful young woman, her grandma, a talking bug, a bartender, a friendly red dragon, evil rat creatures, a lord of locusts, and a cast of characters who find themselves descending into dark times...

  • GOOD TALK ...hits a little too close to home

    December 18th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  45 mins 41 secs

    This week we're talking about Mira Jacob's autobiographical memoir "Good Talk" (2018) - depicting in a uniquely simple graphic retelling of conversations about work and life with her young son, her Jewish husband, her parent-pleasing brother, her Indian parents, her extended family in India, her two best friends, and her very Trumpy in-laws.

  • SKIM and THIS ONE SUMMER ...growing up before the glowing up

    December 12th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  41 mins 48 secs

    In this episode, Ryan and Raman look at two graphic novel collaborations by the cousins Jillian and Mariko Tamaki: Skim (2005) and This One Summer (2014). Both are very different coming-of-age stories centered around teenagers plunged into a world of adult problems.

  • TOMINE'S LONELINESS OF THE LONG-DISTANCE CARTOONIST ...mostly, we just talk about our lives

    December 4th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  30 mins 49 secs
    adrian tomine, comics, graphic novels

    You might know Adrian Tomine from what seems like his monthly New Yorker covers, but the guy is one of the most accomplished cartoonists out there. This week, we'll check out his newest book/memoir "The Loneliness Of The Long-Distance Cartoonist" which effectively charts Tomine's most salient moments of humiliation over the years.

    Feel the cringe.

  • BLACK (+ BLACK AF) ...where the concept was better than the execution

    November 27th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  40 mins 57 secs

    This Black Friday... we're talking about "BLACK" and its sequel "BLACK AF" by Kwanza Osajyefo + artists Tim Smith 3 and Jennifer Johnson (respectively). The series posits that in a world that already hates and fears them - what if only Black people had superpowers?
    Black made quite a splash when announced (on Kickstarter), and subsequently released from 2017-2018 - and were recently announced to being adapted to film by Warner Brothers. But we ask...was the book as good as the hype/concept?

  • HOW TO BE HAPPY and THE HARD TOMORROW ...solace out of reach

    November 20th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  35 mins 34 secs
    comic books, comics, graphic novels

    A collection of fables... and a devastating graphic novel about people trying to make a life in an increasingly hostile world. Yet these two very different books by cartoonist extraordinaire Eleanor Davis also feel very much like companion pieces.

  • SANDMAN V6-10 ...dreams get real

    November 13th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  39 mins 38 secs

    And so the journey continues as we take a look at the final half of Neil Gaiman's epic series The Sandman. And it's from these last few books where the saga garners its lofty reputation.

  • PAYING FOR IT... Chester Brown on prostitution

    October 30th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  31 mins 40 secs
    comic books, comics, graphic novels

    After a breakup, Chester Brown decides to see prostitutes rather than get emotionally involved with another woman. Paying For It is his memoir on how that all went.

  • THE WORLD OF EDENA...revisiting Moebius' beautiful narrative weirdness

    October 23rd, 2020  |  Season 1  |  21 mins 21 secs

    This week we fill some airtime by revisiting a later work from the French superstar Moebius - the World of Edena. In 1990, the French car manufacturer Citroen commissioned Moebius to create a short piece to celebrate...a marketing campaign. A quick commissioned commercial piece...quickly went of the rails. What stared as an innocent little ditty became a much larger, universe spanning, genre-defying epic...

  • WATSON & HOLMES ...the intellectual dickedness we deserve?

    October 16th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  51 mins 13 secs

    Watson & Holmes is 2013’s urban re-imagining of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson - as contemporary Black men in Harlem. The award-winning series was created by writer Karl Bollers with art by Rick Leonardi, andinitialy funded on Kickstarter. Joining us is Chris Walker - experienced comic book artist, colorist, marketer, and founder of Urbanime.

  • THE INCAL ...immersive, influential, but it also felt like a high school assignment

    October 10th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  38 mins 19 secs
  • THE BEST WE COULD DO - an American immigrant story, about Vietnam

    October 2nd, 2020  |  Season 1  |  41 mins 12 secs

    We're getting a little heavy (and non-fiction), with THE BEST WE COULD DO - Thi Bui's illustrated memoir of her family's history and exodus from Vietnam to America. Joining us is Raman's OTHER podcast co-host-with-the-most, Sharon Thony from MODERN MINORITIES (modmypod.com)

  • ED THE HAPPY CLOWN ...Vampires, religious anxiety and inter-dimensional poop

    September 25th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  48 mins 29 secs

    Ed is not happy and, for the most part, not even a clown in this madcap romp.

  • X-MONTH '19: Jonathan Hickman's HoX/PoX ...island dreams & weekly screams

    September 18th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  47 mins 7 secs

    We conclude X-Month with 2019's House of X / Powers of X (HoX PoX) by Jonathan Hickman

  • X-THEMES (feat. Bill Murray)

    September 12th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  2 mins 29 secs

    outtake from our impending final episode of X-Month