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.[audio: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/412924083-twoplai-2018-03-12-comics-as-social-and-cultural-change.mp3]
On this episode (at 0:00 ), Paul articulates a mission statement for the Comics Syllabus podcast, to “read widely and dig deep” in the process of studying how comics work towards and reflect social and cultural change.
First (at 15:00 ), the next two weeks’ Syllabus. Join us to read:
“The Syllabus” for 3/13/2018
“Atlas & Axis” #1-3 by Pau (Titan Comics)
“The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America” by Jaime Hernandez (TOON)
DC: “Eternity Girl” #1 by Visaggio & Liew, “Michael Cray” #6 by Hill, Ellis, Vines, & Harris, “Justice League” #41 by Priest & Woods, “Super Sons” #14 by Tomasi, Thibert, & Barberi.
Lion Forge: “Astonisher” v1 by De Campi & Mhan.
Marvel: “Astonishing X-Men” #9 by Soule & Buffagni, “Mighty Thor” #705 by Aaron & Dauterman.
Valiant: “Secret Weapons: Owen’s Story” #0 by Heisserer, Allen, & Martin.
Sequential & Small Press Sunday:
“Why Art?” By Eleanor Davis (Fantagraphics)
“Brazen” by Penelope Bagieu (First Second)
“Puerto Rico Strong” by various artists (Lion Forge)
Short Box from Comics and Cola: shortbox.bigcartel.com (pictured below)
“Vinland Saga” by Makoto Yukimura (Kodansha)
Image: “Port Of Earth” v1 by Kaplan and Mutti, “Sleepless” #4 by Vaughan, Del Duca, and Sallah, “Slots” #6 by Dan Panosian, Dry County” #1 by Rich Tommaso, “Descender” #28 by Lemire & Nguyen, “Southern Bastards” #14 by Aaron & Latour, and “Paradiso” v1 by Ram V and Pramanik,
“Grass Kings” #13 by Kindt & Jenkins (Boom), “Giant Days” v7 by Allison & Sarin (boom).
“Corto Maltese: The Golden House of Samarkand” by Hugo Pratt (IDW/Euro)
“Sandman” by Gaiman & various artists (DC/Vertigo)
Then (at 35:40 ) Paul talks about storytelling and grasping the individual in history, touching on titles from last episode’s Syllabus reading list, such as “The Sandman” #19 by Gaiman & Vess (DC/Vertigo), “Wires and Nerves” by Meyer and Holgate (Feiwel & Friends), “The Wicked + the Divine” by Gillen & McKelvie (Image), “Rocket Girl” by Montclare & Reeder (Image), and “Hypercapitalism” by Kasser & Gonnick (New Press).
From “Sandman” #19 by Gaiman and Vess:
The following two images from “Hypercapitalism” by Kasser and Gonnick
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