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?
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
October 10th, 2020 | Season 1 | 38 mins 19 secs
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)
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.
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
September 12th, 2020 | Season 1 | 2 mins 29 secs
outtake from our impending final episode of X-Month