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) Paul tries a new approach to “the Syllabus,” his reading list of comics to read widely with him these next two weeks (see list below). He touches on various titles from his last two weeks’ reading list as an explainer about the idea of “Prolepsis and Futures,” and how it applies in comics. Those titles include “The Incal” by Jodorowsky and Moebius (Humanoids), “Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll (FSG), “Battle Angel Alita” by (Kodansha/Comixology), “Birthright” by Joshua Williamson and Andrei Bresson (Image), “Universe” by Albert Monteys (Panel Syndicate), and Black Panther, the comics and the movie!
Then we welcome Multiversity’s Edward Haynes (at 48:31 ), who visits to talk about Political Biographies he has read recently. Ed’s on Twitter at http://twitter.com/teddyhaynes , his Multiversity work can be found at http://www.multiversitycomics.com/author/ehaynes/ and he makes mention of the literary magazine he’s co-editing for transgender writers, Across & Through, at http://www.acrossandthrough.co.uk/ . We chat about “Castro” by Reinhardt Kleist (SelfMadeHero/Arsenal Pulp Press), “March” by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (IDW/Top Shelf), and “Sally Heathcote, Suffragette” by Mary Talbot, Kate Charlesworth, and Bryan Talbot (Dark Horse).
Finally, we play catchup with Paul’s brother Sonny for a March edition of the Wait List (at 1:43:12 ), spotlighting upcoming trades and collections they’re planning to check out. Titles include “Green Lantern: Earth One” by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman (DC), “Super Sons” v2 by Peter Tomasi and Jorge Jimenez (DC), “Letter 44” by Charles Soule and Alberto Albuquerque (Oni), and “Invincible” by Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker (Image).
“The Syllabus” for 2/2/2018. (Read along wherever you’d like, and we welcome you to share your thoughts on any of these comics with #ComicsSyllabus)
World/BD (Wednesdays): “Ring of the Seven Worlds” by Gualdoni, Clima, and Piana (Humanoids)
Throwback (Thursdays): “Fourth World Omnibus” by Jack Kirby (DC), more “Strangers in Paradise” by Terry Moore (Abstract).
Family (Fridays): “Wires and Nerve” by Marissa Meyer and Douglas Holgate (Feiwel and Friends).
Superheroes (Saturdays): “Avengers: No Surrender” by Waid, Ewing, Zub, Larraz, Jacinto (Marvel) and “Justice League: The People versus the Justice League” by Priest, Woods, Santucci, Churchill (DC).
Sequential/Small Press (Sundays): “Happy Hour in America” by Tim Lane (Fantagraphics), “Hypercapitalism” by Larry Gonnick and Tim Kassar, “Something City” by Ellice Weaver (Avery Hill)
Manga (Mondays): “Dr. Stone” by Riichiro Inagaki and Boichi in Weekly Shonen Jump (Viz).
Alt TPB (Tuesdays): “The Wicked and the Divine” by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie (Image) and “Animosity” by Marguerite Bennett and Rafael de Latorre (Aftershock)
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