Author Archives: Paul Lai

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Reviews
“November Vol. 2: The Gun in the Puddle”

By | Jun 26, 2020 | Reviews

Do you feel that isolation? That lingering, spiraling alienation when, after enduring global and personal calamities, the world still keeps proving that it’s conspiring against you rather than lifting you up to fly? The timing of the second volume of “November,” subtitled “The Gun in the Puddle,” is eerily matched to our unique moment. As […]

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Interviews
Mark Russell Uncovers “Billionaire Island” and “Second Coming”

By | Apr 2, 2020 | Interviews

In the past five years, writer Mark Russell has emerged on the comics scene with a distinctive wit and sensibility that has critics lauding his wide-ranging work, from DC’s “Prez,” “The Flintstones,” “Exit Stage Left: Snugglepuss Chronicles,” and “Wonder Twins,” to his turns on “Red Sonja” and “Lone Ranger” (Dynamite) and “Judge Dredd: Under Siege” […]

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Reviews
“Dragon Hoops”

By | Mar 24, 2020 | Reviews

On its surface, Gene Luen Yang’s “Dragon Hoops” (First Second) tells a basketball story. An ensemble story about a team of high school ballers, the Oakland Bishop O’Dowd Dragons, their coach Lou Richie, the players’ intriguing and diverse backgrounds, and their road through a momentous 2015 campaign for the California State Championships in men’s hoops. […]

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Podcasts
Comics Syllabus 215: Mark Russell talks “Billionaire Island” and “Second Coming”

By | Mar 10, 2020 | Podcasts

Or download the podcast episode here. 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 […]

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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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sports is hell Podcasts
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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Reviews
“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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Podcasts
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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Reviews
“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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