Comics Syllabus

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A comics and graphic novels appreciation podcast, where literacy educator Paul Lai (@twoplai) reads widely and digs deep in search of the socio-cultural, literary, and artistic significance of comic books, including superhero media, graphic novels, all-ages comics, and comic shop single issues. For comics fans, teachers, librarians and parents, and young readers alike.

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Latest Episodes…

  1. 2021-05-29 "The Dragon Path" and other new comics

    [AUDIO VERSION] …and we’re back! The Comics Syllabus podcast returns, this time with a video version of our segments (look for those on this stream!), which this week include… A graphic novel review of “The Dragon Path,” the new book by Ethan Young from Scholastic’s Graphix imprint. The young prince ...



    On this week’s episode, we’re graced by an interview with Mark Russell, writer of the Ahoy Comics series “Billionaire Island” with artist Steve Pugh and the newly collected first arc of “Second Coming” with artist Richard Pace. Mark Russell talks with Paul about the origins of these sharply satirical but ...


  3. Ep 00 Wings of Fire Fancast Launches Right Before DRAGONSLAYER Drops!

    Thaaatttt's right! DRAGONSLAYER, the newest WINGS OF FIRE: LEGENDS book is just about to come out! (It's March 2020 btw.) What better time to launch the pilot episode of the WINGS OF FIRE FANCAST, where ...


  4. 214 On Little Bird and Pretty Deadly: the Rat, Lemire in space, TKO, and Spy x Family

    On this week’s episode, Johnny digs deep into a pair of series from Image Comics, “Little Bird” by Darcy Van Poelgeest (W) and Ian Bertram (A) and “Pretty Deadly: The Rat” by Kelly Sue DeConnick (W) and Emma Rios (A). But first, our “Picks and Shovels” segment on what we’re reading: Johnny: “Green ...


  5. 213 On "Sports is Hell" by Ben Passmore

    "Sports is Hell" by Ben Passmore (Koyama) Ben Passmore's new "Sports is Hell" from Koyama Press satirically sends up our intertwined sports, politics, and cultural madnesses. Paul and Johnny dig deep into the short graphic novel. ...