Welcome to the Comics Syllabus podcast, where we read widely and we dig deep. Your host Paul, a literacy researcher and English teacher, sometimes partnering with comics critics, creators, and scholars and sometimes solo on the mic, introduces curious readers to a range of current and classic comics, and then engages in closer discussion and analysis of particular comics works.
On this week’s Comics Syllabus podcast, two super interesting guests! First, on our General Ed segment, we learn about the Latino Comics Expo ( http://www.latinocomicsexpo.com/ ) taking place November 11-12, 2017 at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, from one of its cofounders and executive director, Ricardo Padilla. We discuss the origins of the show, the community of creators and fans that LCX brings together, and Ricardo’s own story as a convener of Latino creators. We mention Javier Hernandez’s vital role in founding the Expo, Daniel Parada’s ZOTZ at http://www.zotzcomic.com/, and many more awesome creators.
(At 27:50) Then, we are treated with a conversation with Falynn Koch ( http://www.falynnk.com/ ), cartoonist and illustrator, creator of two books in First Second :01’s “Science Comics” series, the recent “Plagues: the Microscopic Battlefield” and last year’s “Bats: Learning to Fly.” Paul is joined (partly) by Cohost Kid to talk to Falynn Koch about how she turns informative science info into entertaining all-ages storytelling. Falynn talks about making improbable living things like bats, germs, and mythical creatures into fascinating characters, and how she went from running a food truck (award-winning Mac and Cheese!) to comics and illustration.
Finally, in the Discussion Section (1:11:40), some shout outs, comics studies and English Departments, and Paul’s annoying verbal tics.
NEXT WEEK: ‘The Wait List’ with Sonny, and a close reading of “The Untold Legend of the Batman” written by Len Wein with art by John Byrne and Jim Aparo from DC Comics (1980), available in Tales of the Batman: Len Wein and other places (use your Googling skills to find it!)
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