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.
First, (at 0:00) a walk through the Syllabus, a reading list of comics Paul invites you to read along with him in the weeks to come. See the Syllabus full list below.
This episode’s Close Read (at 32:20 ) is with Rachelle Cruz ( http://twitter.com/rawqeli ), as we dive into two graphic novels from Filipina/o creators, “Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me” by Lorina Mapa (Conundrum, 2017) and “Elmer” by Gerry Alanguilan (SLG, 2010). We start by catching up with Rachelle about her forthcoming comics textbook, “Experiencing Comics,” and then examine Alanguilan’s moving and vexing fable of chickens who acquire consciousness and Mapa’s moving autobiography about growing up in the Philippines and Canada, noticing powerful similarities in the two stories.
IMAGES TO GO WITH OUR DISCUSSION OF “ELMER” AND “DURAN DURAN, IMELDA MARCOS, AND ME” are at the bottom of this page.
In the discussion, Rachelle also mentions the documentary Komeriko Chronicles ( http://www.facebook.com/Komikero-Chronicles-1602564500070445/ ), Budjette Tan’s TRESE anthology (found at http://www.mervstore.com/products/kabuwanan ), and the comics work of Arnold Arre ( http://arnold-arre.com/ ), so check those out!
Finally, in the Discussion Section (at 1:35:00 ), the Discussion Section, with mentions of interviews with Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen at Multiversity and other podcasts, and shout outs to the #ComicsSyllabus community.
“The Syllabus” for 1/30/2018. (Read along wherever you choose, throw in your comments via #ComicsSyllabus)
Manga (Mondays): “Hatsune Miku Future Delivery” by Hugin Miyama and Satoshi Oshio (Kodansha).
Alt TPB (Tuesdays): MANY IMAGE SERIES including “Invisible Republic,” “Shutter,” “Autumnlands,” “Rocket Girl,” “No Mercy,” “Monstress,” “East of West,” and more! (There are so many!)
World/BD (Wednesdays): “Jerome K Jerome Blouche” by Alain Dodier, Pierre Makyo, and Serge Le Tendre (IDW Euro Comics)
Throwback (Thursdays): “Fourth World Omnibus” by Jack Kirby (DC)
Family (Fridays): Kamikaze by Alan Tupper, Carrie Tupper, and Havana Nguyen (at http://kamikazeanimated.com/ ); Future release: “The Cardboard Kingdom” by Chad Sell and others
Superheroes (Saturdays): “Black Panther,” anyone?
Sequential/Small Press (Sundays): “Slasher” by Charles Forsman (Floating World), “Queen Street” by Emmanuelle Chateauneuf (Chapterhouse), and “Alienation” #1-6 by Inés Estrada ( http://inechi.com/alienation.html )
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The following images are from “Elmer” by Gerry Alanguilan (SLG, 2010)
The following images are from “Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me” by Lorina Mapa (Conundrum, 2017)