Comics Syllabus

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April 10, 2022 00:45:28
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"Moon Knight" by Lemire and Smallwood

Thoughts on MOON KNIGHT! Digging into themes of the Lemire and Smallwood Marvel Comics run (2016) in light of the first episode of the Marvel Studios Disney+ show. Oh, mishaps! This week, the podcast was MEANT to cover the 2016 ”Moon Knight” run by Lemire and Smallwood (which we DO!) AND the graphic novel “Memories from Limon” by Edo Brenes… but mysterious forces struck (a power outage in Paul’s home studio) … only the first half of that promise was met. So “Memories from Limon” (NoBrow) will go on the list of UPCOMING TITLES to be discussed on future episodes of Comics Syllabus (visit us at comicssyllabus.substack.com ), along with these: The Reading List for Upcoming Reviews: “Squire” by Alfageeh and Shammas (HarperAlley/Quill Tree, 2022) “Cyclopedia Exotica” by Aminder Dhaliwal (Fantagraphics, 2021) “Walk Me to the Corner” by Anneli Furmark (Drawn + Quarterly, 2022) “Killadelphia” v1-3 by Rodney Barnes and Jason Shawn Alexander (Image) and Barnes’ Substack, Dark Apocrypha. “Dear Sophie, Love Sophie” by Sophie Lucido Johnson (HarperOne, 2022) and “My Badly Drawn Life” by Gipi (Fantagraphics, 2022) ...

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April 10, 2022 00:47:34
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"Girl on Fire" by Alicia Keys, Andrew Weiner, and Brittney Williams

This week’s Comics Syllabus podcast: “Girl on Fire” (HarperAlley). Come meet Lolo Wright, a hero for all ages, crafted by singer-songwriter-superstar Alicia Keys, co-written by Andrew Weiner, and brought to comic life by Brittney Williams. Check out the Comics Syllabus Substack, and find out how you can support Paul’s work on this podcast, at comicssyllabus.substack.com Find the Comics Syllabus at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, your favorite podcast app, or use this RSS feed. Paul’s on Twitter and Instagram @TwoPlai, and you can also email twoplai at gmail :) ...

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March 20, 2022 00:47:34
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"Wingbearer" and The Batman

This week’s Comics Syllabus podcast: “Wingbearer,” an incredible new middle grade graphic novel by Marjorie Liu and Teny Issakhanian from HarperCollins/Quill Tree Books. Then, Paul’s NON-SPOILER thoughts on “The Batman,” the small indie movie directed by Matt Reeves. Check out the Comics Syllabus Substack, and find out how you can support Paul’s work on this podcast, at comicssyllabus.substack.com Find the Comics Syllabus at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, your favorite podcast app, or use this RSS feed. Paul’s on Twitter and Instagram @TwoPlai, and you can also email twoplai at gmail :) ...

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March 20, 2022 00:28:02
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BORDERS, SUPERGIRL, and FF LIFE STORY with Cohost Kid

“Borders,” a graphic novel with story by Thomas King and art by Natasha Donovan (Little, Brown, & Company, 2021), is the main topic of this brief episode of the Comics Syllabus podcast, recorded in conversation with Cohost Kid. Paul and Cohost Kid are actually on a family vacation, so pardon the poorer audio quality. But catch our convo as we also chat about two recently completed mini-series, “Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow” by Tom King and Bilquis Evely (DC) and “Fantastic Four: Life Story” by Mark Russell and Sean Isaakze (Marvel). (As we discuss “Borders,” we also mention the children’s book I Am an American: The Wong Kim Ark Story by Martha Brockenbrough and Grace Lim, even though I fail to remember the title.) Check out the Comics Syllabus Substack, and find out how you can support Paul’s work on this podcast, at comicssyllabus.substack.com Find the Comics Syllabus at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, your favorite podcast app, or use this RSS feed. Paul’s on Twitter and Instagram @TwoPlai, and you can also email twoplai at gmail :) ...

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February 06, 2022 01:14:37
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STARSIGNS, New Comics on Substack, and Why SciFi?

On this week’s Comics Syllabus pod, I make star-eyes emojis at the litany of New Comics at Substack, covered by Multiversity here and at the Comics Syllabus Substack here. And (at 52:55) we look a little deeper at “STARSIGNS” by Saladin Ahmed, Megan Levens, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Shawn Lee, and Heather Antos, available for free at Copper Bottle. First, a warning: I let slip a spoiler for The Book of Boba Fett at around 7:00-7:10, so if you’re trying to stay away from those, SORRY and BE FOREWARNED! Skip past that moment at 7:00 if you’re keeping ears pure for the Disney+ show’s surprises. Also, in the intro I tease some talk about “Fantastic Four” #14-19’s arc, “Point of Origin,” but I ran out of time. So we’ll save that for a future chat!  Check out the Comics Syllabus Substack, and find out how you can support Paul’s work on this podcast, at comicssyllabus.substack.com Find the Comics Syllabus at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, your favorite podcast app, or use this RSS feed. Paul’s on Twitter and Instagram @TwoPlai, and you can also email twoplai at gmail :) ...

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January 23, 2022 01:20:17
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Arrowsmith, Buckhead, Comics on Substack, and Discipline!

Back from a winter break, we (eventually) dive into Kurt Busiek and Carlos Pacheco’s return to “Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines” from Image Comics. First we touch bases with “Usagi Yojimbo,” open The Book of Boba Fett, revisit “Shadow Hero,” and then round the corner into the return to Busiek and Pacheco’s storyworld of a fantasy-infused World War I. We also talk about recent runs of comics we’re reading, like “Action Comics,” “Amazing Spider-Man,” Dash Shaw’s “Discipline” from New York Review Books, and “Buckhead” by Shofo and George Kambadais (Boom!). Let’s dig deep! Check out the Comics Syllabus Substack, and find out how you can support Paul’s work on this podcast, at comicssyllabus.substack.com Find the Comics Syllabus at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, your favorite podcast app, or use this RSS feed. Paul’s on Twitter and Instagram @TwoPlai, and you can also email twoplai at gmail ...

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