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 this episode (at 0:00 ), Paul serves up next week’s Syllabus (see below), inviting you to a discussion of “Critical Dystopia” and readings for next episode of the pod!
Then (at 13:32 ), we welcome back Ram V ( http://www.ram-v.com/ ), writer of Image Comics series “Paradiso” whose first arc is collected in trade and out May 16, 2018. Ram talks to us about the experience of writing “Paradiso” issues 1-4 and beyond, and we dig deep in a spoiler section into the characters and world of this fascinating series, drawn by Dev Pramanik, colored by Dearbhla Kelly, and lettered by Aditya Bidikar from Image Comics.
At ( 1:16:45 ), Paul tackles a few books from last episode’s “Syllabus” and starts to discuss “Critical Dystopias,” with the surprising and NOT dystopic books “Dragon Slayer” by Jaime Hernandez (TOON Books) and the children’s book Islandborn by Junot Diaz (Dial), and then delving into a mini-comic from ShortBox ( http://shortbox.bigcartel.com/ ) by Matthew Pettit entitled “Sending You Love from Paradise.” Paul lays out different ideas about critical dystopias, ideas he plans to delve further into in the next Comics Syllabus.
Finally, Paul’s brother Sonny returns for “The Wait List” (at 1:58:32 ), a discussion of trades and collections in the month of April that his trade-waiting brother is excited for. That means it’s time to talk “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” (Boom!) and “Detective Comics” (DC)! Paul also tries to trick his brother into reading “Kramers Ergot” 10 (Fantagraphics) and “X-Men: Grand Design” by Ed Piskor (Marvel).
“The Syllabus” for 4/11/2018: Critical Dystopias Part 2:
(And join us next time for Multiversity’s Michelle White on some of her recent reads for the Throwback Thursday, Family Friday, and Sequential Saturday picks:
“One Hundred Demons” by Lynda Barry (Drawn + Quarterly)
“Science Comics Bats: Learning to Fly” by Falynn Koch (First Second) and
“Science Comics Robots and Drones: Past, Present, and Future,” written by Mairghread Scott; illustrated by Jacob Chabot (First Second).
Sequential & Small Press Saturday:
“The Interview” by Manuele Fiore (Fantagraphics)
“Thanos” by Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw (Marvel)
“Planetes” by Yukimura (Dark Horse)
“Monstress” by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image)
“Centron Files” by (Delcourt and Europe)
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