We dig deep with cartoonist Katriona Chapman about Katzine, her self-published comics, and her upcoming graphic novel; and we talk to Multiversity and Geeks OUT’s Kate Kosturski about her favorites of 2017 in our first installment of Multiversity Best of 2017 chats.
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 ), the first of a series of chats with Multiversity contributors about some of their Best of 2017 picks. Paul is joined by writer for Multiversity and Geek Out (geeksout.org) Kate Kosturski to discuss her favorite ongoing comics, graphic novels, publishers, artists, cover artist, and new series from 2017. Kate can be found on Twitter at twitter.com/librarian_kate and her great writing at Multiversity is at multiversitycomics.com/author/kkosturski/ . Her Best of 2017 picks include:
Best Cover Artist: David Mack for “Jessica Jones” (Marvel) (Image above)
Best Artist: Mathieu Bablet for “Beautiful Death” (Titan) and Morgan Beem for “The Family Trade” (Image)
Best Publisher: Image Comics
Best New Series: “Shirtless Bear Fighter” (Image)
Best Original Graphic Novel: “My Favorite Thing is Monsters” by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics) and “Generations” by Flavia Biondi (Lion Forge)
Best Ongoing Series: “Ms. Marvel” written by G. Willow Wilson, various artists (Marvel) and “Unbelievable Gwenpool” by Christopher Hastings and (mostly) Gurihiru (Marvel).
Our creator interview this week (at 29:30 ) is with Katriona Chapman (http://katrionachapman.com/), who was nice enough to discuss her comics work in depth, including Katzine, her self-published series (available at her website and at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TomatitoPress ) and the graphic novel she’s working on now, “Follow Me In,” forthcoming from Avery Hill. Katriona was on last week’s episode as marketing manager for Avery Hill Publishing, but this week we focus on her own really appealing cartooning. Katriona and Paul dig deep into the sample pages posted below as examples of her wonderful work.
Finally, (at 1:22:55 ), in the Discussion Section, Paul responds to some listener questions and shouts out other comics podcasts and titles.
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Images below are from Katzine by Katriona Chapman
From “Katzine” issue 4, pages 9-10
From “Katzine: Factory Issue,” pages 14-15