Comics Syllabus

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January 23, 2022 01:20:17

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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December 12, 2021

No One Else, Made in Korea, Good Asian, Crush and Lobo, and More!

Graphic Novel Review: “No One Else” (Fantagraphics) by R. Kikuo Johnson. PolyBagged (New Comics in Shops, Reviewed): “The Good Asian” #7 by Pichetschote and Tefengki (Image), “Made in Korea” #6 by Holt and Schall (Image), “The Me You Love in the Dark” #5 by Young and Corona, “X-Men: Legends” #9 by Hama and Tan, “Crush and Lobo” #7 by Tamaki and Nahuelpan (DC), “Devil’s Reign” #1 by Zdarsky and Chechetto (Marvel), “Fire Power” #18 by Kirkman and Samnee (Image), and “Amazing Spider-Man” #80.BEY by Ziglar and Fiorello (DC). Would you do us a HUGE favor and let us know on this Google Survey what you want to hear on the Comics Syllabus podcast? https://forms.gle/R5tJBDJuGgAPUC2y8 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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December 12, 2021 00:59:23

No One Else, Made in Korea, Good Asian, Crush and Lobo, and More!

Graphic Novel Review: “No One Else” (Fantagraphics) by R. Kikuo Johnson. PolyBagged (New Comics in Shops, Reviewed): “The Good Asian” #7 by Pichetschote and Tefengki (Image), “Made in Korea” #6 by Holt and Schall (Image), “The Me You Love in the Dark” #5 by Young and Corona (Image), “X-Men: Legends” #9 by Hama and Tan (Marvel), “Crush and Lobo” #7 by Tamaki and Nahuelpan (DC), “Devil’s Reign” #1 by Zdarsky and Chechetto (Marvel), “Fire Power” #18 by Kirkman and Samnee (Image), and “Amazing Spider-Man” #80.BEY by Ziglar and Fiorello (DC). Would you do us a HUGE favor and let us know on this Google Survey what you want to hear on the Comics Syllabus podcast? https://forms.gle/R5tJBDJuGgAPUC2y8 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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November 28, 2021 00:59:23

Comics Syllabus: "Grass of Parnassus" and Podcast Updates

Would you do us a HUGE favor and let us know on this Google Survey what you want to hear on the Comics Syllabus podcast? This week, Paul asks for your input through the survey above. You— YES YOU!— can shape the future of the Comics Syllabus podcast. We want this podcast to meet your interests. Let us know! Then, Paul walks through samplings of the segments to potentially expand in the future of the podcast, including: PolyBagged (New Comics in Shops): “Decorum” #8 (Image), “Mazebook” #3 (Dark Horse), “What’s the Furthest Place from Here” #1 (Image). Infinite Unlimited: on Marvel Unlimited— “Kang” #1, “Way of X” #5, “Trial of Magneto” #1; on DC Universe Infinite— “Icon and Rocket” #5, “Nightwing” #80, and “Wonder Girl” #1. Sunday Substack Comics Rack: “FISHFLIES” by Jeff Lemire serialized at jefflemire.substack.com Archival Revival: “Hawkeye” by Matt Fraction, David Aja, Annie Wu— and in issue 7, Steve Lieber and Jesse Hamm. Also Paul’s binds of “Superior Foes of Spider-Man” and “The Fix” by Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber, as well as “Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen” by Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber. Graphic Novel Review: “Grass of Parnassus” (Adhouse) by Kathryn and Stuart Immonen 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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November 14, 2021 00:59:23

Comics Syllabus: "Laid-Back Camp" and Other Comics with Cohost Kid

Comics Syllabus Comics Syllabus: “Laid-Back Camp” and Other Comics with Cohost Kid Play Episode Pause Episode Mute/Unmute Episode 1x Fast Forward 30 seconds 00:00 / 00:59:23 Subscribe Share RSS Feed Share Link Embed Download file | ...

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October 31, 2021 00:48:24

Comics Syllabus: "Asadora!" by Naoki Urasawa and "Marshmallow & Jordan" by Alina Chau

This week, Paul talks about “Asadora!” volumes 1-4 by Naoki Urasawa (Viz) and “Marshmallow & Jordan” by Alina Chau (First Second), two comics that have provided wonder and delight in hard times. (Those chats begin around 27:40 on the podcast.) But first, Paul talks about some comics he’s been teaching and reading, including “Secret Coders” by Gene Yang and Mike Holmes (First Second) and “Long Way Down” by Jason Reynolds and Danica Novgorodoff (Atheneum). From comic shops, Paul discusses “I Am Batman” by John Ridley and various artists (DC), “Shang-Chi” by Gene Yang and Dike Ruan (Marvel), “Compass” by Robert Mackenzie & Dave Walker and Justin Greenwood (Image), and a few others. And Paul also chats about some updates on Substack comics. Thanks for listening! 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/ Find the weekly audio podcast version of the Comics Syllabus on Sundays at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/ For video segments, subscribe/follow the Comics Syllabus on Apple Podcasts or video-friendly podcast apps like Pocket Casts. You can try this RSS feed including video or watch the segments here at our podcast host Castos. For audio-only episodes, you can find us on Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, your favorite podcast app, or use this weekly audio-only RSS feed. ...

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