Author Archives: Paul Lai

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Comics Syllabus: Farewell for Now

By | Jul 3, 2018 | Podcasts

A farewell… for now. Paul is redirecting his podcasting energies to start “Mother Box: A New Gods and Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Podcast” with Matt Lune, as well as to appear weekly on the Comics Alternative and pursue other endeavors. This episode is a fond farewell as the Comics Syllabus podcast goes on indefinite hiatus, […]


By | Jun 19, 2018 | Reviews

Nick Drnaso has shown a gift for depicting how the quotidian quality of life masks, and then reveals, the dark fissures in our society. Two years ago, “Beverly” served as an abrupt revelation of that talent. Now, “Sabrina” (Drawn + Quarterly) sustains it in a troubling triumph of that contemporary unease that comics can insinuate […]

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This Week in Shonen Jump: June 11, 2018

By and | Jun 13, 2018 | Columns

Welcome to This Week in Shonen Jump, in which a rotating duo of Multiversity staffers take a look at two stories contained in each installment of Viz Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump. For the uninitiated, Weekly Shonen Jump is an anthology that delivers more than 200 pages of manga of all varieties. We hope that you’ll […]

Comics Syllabus: Chad Sell on “Cardboard Kingdom”

By | Jun 12, 2018 | Podcasts

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Or download the podcast episode here. Chad Sell, the creator and artist of the wonderful new all-ages graphic novel, “The Cardboard Kingdom” (Penguin Random House), joins Paul to tell the inspiring origin story of the book, co-written with a team of contributors. Just as Chad and many other […]

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Jacob Semahn talks “No. 1 with a Bullet”

By | Jun 4, 2018 | Interviews

Writer Jacob Semahn partners with artist Jorge Corona to create “No. 1 with a Bullet,” a thrilling Image series whose collection releases June 6, 2018. With colorist Jen Hickman and letterer Steve Wands, the team has created a visually captivating and thoroughly contemporary story. The “No. 1 with a Bullet” is about Nash Huang, an […]

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Hope Larson on the ‘Feeling of Falling in Love With a Song’ and Her New Book, “All Summer Long”

By and | May 29, 2018 | Interviews

Hard to think of a better way to kick off summer reading than Hope Larson’s new graphic novel, “All Summer Long.” The cover design wonderfully sets us up for key pieces of this story: adolescence, guitar music, and the ennui and quiet change of teenage summers. That cover’s colors are part of its pitch-perfect appeal, […]

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Comics Syllabus: The Mushroom Fan Club by Elise Gravel (Enfant/Drawn and Quarterly)

By | May 22, 2018 | Podcasts

On today’s Comics Syllabus podcast, Cohost Kid comes on to talk about Elise Gravel’s “The Mushroom Fan Club” from Enfant/Drawn and Quarterly. Let’s dig deep! [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Or download the podcast episode here. Subscribe and follow the Comics Syllabus podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or Soundcloud, or copy this RSS […]


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