Author Archives: Paul Lai

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Reviews
“Parable of the Sower”

By | Feb 17, 2020 | Reviews

Damian Duffy and John Jennings garnered an Eisner for adapting the legendary Octavia Butler’s “Kindred,” a searing look at US antebellum slavery. Duffy’s adaptation and Jennings’ art return for Butler’s “Parable of the Sower” (Abrams), bringing her bleak but ultimately hopeful dystopian tale from 1993 to graphic novel audiences. Will the stunningly prescient “Parable of […]

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Comics Syllabus 213: On “Sports is Hell” by Ben Passmore

By | Feb 11, 2020 | Podcasts

Or download the podcast episode here. 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. But first, our “Picks and Shovels” (What We’re Reading) include: Johnny: “The Last God” (DC Black Label), “Nancy” by Olivia […]

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“Green Lantern: Legacy”

By | Jan 27, 2020 | Reviews

“Green Lantern: Legacy” is not only a fun and satisfying DC Kids remix. It’s also an affirmation of Vietnamese American cultural legacies. Writer Minh Lê (author of Drawn Together and Let Me Finish) and artist Andie Tong have created a beautiful exhibition of superhero story as cultural sustenance. Written by Minh Lê and Illustrated by […]

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Comics Syllabus 211: Comics of the Decade

By | Jan 14, 2020 | Podcasts

Or download the podcast episode here. What comics meant the most in the 2010s… to us, to comics, to the larger culture? “Saga”? “Ms. Marvel”? Raina Telgemeier’s “Smile”? Paul and Johnny run through their list of the comics of the decade, the graphic novels, superhero books, independent or alternative comics that marked out the 2010s […]

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“Two Dead”

By | Dec 17, 2019 | Reviews

In Van Jensen and Nate Powell’s Southern Gothic crime graphic novel “Two Dead,” Gideon Kemp, a new police officer and a World War II veteran getting bearings in 1946 Little Rock, meets another police officer. But this police officer is part of the segregated Black police force, “the other cops,” who look out for their […]

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Comics Syllabus 210: Favorite Graphic Novels of 2019

By | Dec 17, 2019 | Podcasts

Or download the podcast episode here. What graphic novels in 2019 stood out as the most significant, most soul-stirring, most thought-provoking, most artistically innovative? Co-hosts Paul and Johnny are excited to share the Comics Syllabus Podcast’s favorite graphic novels of 2019. Listen as they chatter about the comics works and collections that they loved most […]

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Comics Syllabus 209: Favorite Series of 2019

By | Dec 3, 2019 | Podcasts

Or download the podcast episode here. On this week’s Comics Syllabus, Paul (@twoplai) shares his favorite comic books series of 2019, recommendations for the holiday season and for all your year-end reading. His top ten series list includes: “Giant Days” by John Allison and Max Sarin (BOOM!) “Paper Girls” by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang, […]

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“Horizontal Collaboration”

By | Nov 19, 2019 | Reviews

“We’re all important people,” says Henrietta, one of those secondary characters uttering major thematic pearls in “Horizontal Collaboration.” She continues, “Sometimes, to be that, we have to act in secret.” Secrets, from poorly hidden to preciously held ones, move the drama of this lushly drawn and subtly told graphic novel. “Horizontal Collaboration” is the comics […]

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Comics Syllabus 208: “Pittsburgh” by Frank Santoro and More with Johnny Hall

By | Nov 19, 2019 | Podcasts

Or download the podcast episode here. On the Comics Syllabus today, guest co-host Johnny Hall (@johnnyhall3) and Paul (@twoplai) discuss Frank Santoro’s graphic novel “Pittsburgh,” (starting at 12:30) a potent reminiscence and contemplation of Santoro’s immediate family and upbringing in the city. But first, Johnny and Paul remember Tom Spurgeon, comics reporter extraordinaire and example […]

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Interviews
Henry Barajas Chronicles Latinx & Indigenous Activism in “La Voz de M.A.Y.O”

By and | Nov 18, 2019 | Interviews

Resistance to oppression and erasure for marginalized peoples can be powerfully fueled by “graphic reclamations,” as the Foreword by Frederick Luis Aldama calls works like Henry Barajas’ vital “La Voz de M.A.Y.O.” from Image Comics. The new “La Voz De M.A.Y.O: TATA RAMBO,” written by Henry Barajas, renders a history of the Mexican, American, Yaqui, […]

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