• Lorina Mapa Duran Duran Imelda Marcos and Me and Gerry Alanguilan Elmer Podcasts 

    Comics Syllabus: Rachelle Cruz on “Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me” and “Elmer”

    By | January 30th, 2018
    Posted in Podcasts | % Comments

    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 clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    Or download the podcast episode here.

    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.


    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 )

    Subscribe and follow the Comics Syllabus podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or Soundcloud, or copy this RSS feed to your podcatcher: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:235183739/sounds.rss or you can find archives for this podcast (previously named “Study Comics with Paul”) here: http://studycomics.club/

    Join the discussion on the Comics Syllabus Facebook page: http://facebook.com/ComicsSyllabus or Follow Paul on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TwoPlai or leave your comments here on the showpage.

    Thanks for listening!

    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)

    //TAGS | Comics Syllabus

    Paul Lai


  • The River at Night Kevin Huizenga Glenn Ganges Drawn and Quarterly Podcasts
    Comics Syllabus: 205 Kevin Huizenga’s “The River at Night” and CXC Columbus with Johnny Hall

    By | Oct 8, 2019 | Podcasts

    [Audio clip: view full post to listen]Or download the podcast episode here.This week’s Comics Syllabus podcast features a discussion of Kevin Huizenga’s “The River at Night” (Drawn + Quarterly) with good friend of the podcast Johnny Hall. Johnny and Comics Syllabus host Paul met up at Cartoon Crossroads (CXC) Columbus, had a chance to meet […]

    MORE »
    Guts cover Raina Telgemeier Graphix square Podcasts
    Comics Syllabus: 204 Reviews of “Guts” by Raina Telgemeier & “Simon and Louise” by Max de Radigués

    By | Sep 24, 2019 | Podcasts

    [Audio clip: view full post to listen]Or download the podcast episode here.For kids and middle grade readers: “Guts” by Raina Telgemeier (Graphix)And for teens and young adults: “Simon and Louise” by Max de Radigués (Conundrum).In this pilot episode of “Comics PLEASE! Kids Graphic Novels and YA Comics for Parents, Librarians, Educators, and School-aged Enthusiasts,” @TwoPlai […]

    MORE »
    best friends shannon hale leuyen pham first second cover Podcasts
    Comics Syllabus: 203 Kids Series- “Best Friends,” “Mighty Jack & Zita,” and “Hilda & the Mountain King”

    By | Sep 10, 2019 | Podcasts

    [Audio clip: view full post to listen]Or download the podcast episode here.“Best Friends” by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham! “Might Jack and Zita the Spacegirl” by Ben Hatke! “Hilda and the Mountain King” by Luke Pearson!This week, @TwoPlai is joined by his first (and admittedly favorite) guest host of the new Comics Syllabus era– Cohost […]

    MORE »