Avery Hill Publishing’s intriguing lineup with Katriona Chapman and writer Ram V takes us to the heart of upcoming Image Comics series “Paradiso” about a future city come to life.
Welcome to the Comics Syllabus podcast, where we read widely and we dig deep. Your host Paul, a literacy researcher and English teacher, introduces curious readers to a range of current and classic comics, and then engages in closer discussion and analysis of particular comics works.
On the General Ed segment ( at 5:00 ), Paul is joined by Avery Hill Publishing’s Katriona Chapman to talk about the UK publisher’s intriguing comics lineup, its history as a comics press, and its upcoming releases. We touch on works like Tillie Walden’s “End of Summer,” Rachael Smith’s “Artificial Flowers,” and Steven Tillotson’s “Epic Adventures of Untitled Ape.” Find out more about Avery Hill at http://www.averyhillpublishing.com/ and B. Mure’s book at http://www.brokenfrontier.com/mure-ismyre-avery-hill-publishing-bczf-bristol/ (… and Katriona will also join us next week for a discussion of her own wonderful comics, which can be found at http://katrionachapman.com… hooray!)
Then, (at 29:30 ) the Comics Syllabus is excited to preview an upcoming Image comic, “Paradiso,” with its writer, Ram V (at https://www.ram-v.com/ or https://twitter.com/therightram ). “Paradiso” features art by Dev Pramanik, colors by Dearbhla Kelly & Alex Sollazzo, and letters by Aditya Bidikar, and introduces a richly textured sci-fi story about a city of the future, a city vast and complex enough to be not only setting but character as well, as it seeks to understand its inhabitants. Ram talks to us about how his protagonist Jack Kryznan brings us into Paradiso City, breaking through its outer barriers and into its heart. Images that go with this in-depth discussion are below, and you can find “Paradiso” at https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/paradiso-1 coming out December 6th, 2017 (so preorder at your local shops now!)
Finally, (at 1:22:55 ), in the Discussion Section, Paul interacts with questions and insights from listeners. Paul also mentions stuff he’s been reading, including works for recent review episodes at comicsalternative.com as well as Astro City #48 (Vertigo), Descender #25, and Spy Seal #3 (Image) out this week, Trumptrump by Warren Craghead III (NoBrow), Perry Bible Fellowship Almanac, Chaboute’s Moby Dick (Dark Horse), Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue’s Shakespeare (First Second), Kobane Calling (Lion Forge), Femme Magnifique, and also the Inks Journal http://inks.comicssociety.org/ and the Ink Newsletter http://ink-mag.co.uk/
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Preview pages for “Paradiso” (Image Comics) written by Ram V, art by Dev Pramanik, colors by Alex Sollazzo (these pages; rest of issue by Dearbhla Kelly), and letters by Aditya Bidikar: