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Comics Syllabus 215: Mark Russell talks “Billionaire Island” and “Second Coming”

By | Mar 10, 2020 | Podcasts

Or download the podcast episode here. On this week’s episode, we’re graced by an interview with Mark Russell, writer of the Ahoy Comics series “Billionaire Island” with artist Steve Pugh and the newly collected first arc of “Second Coming” with artist Richard Pace. Mark Russell talks with Paul about the origins of these sharply satirical […]

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Comics Syllabus 213: On “Sports is Hell” by Ben Passmore

By | Feb 11, 2020 | Podcasts

Or download the podcast episode here. Ben Passmore’s new “Sports is Hell” from Koyama Press satirically sends up our intertwined sports, politics, and cultural madnesses. Paul and Johnny dig deep into the short graphic novel. But first, our “Picks and Shovels” (What We’re Reading) include: Johnny: “The Last God” (DC Black Label), “Nancy” by Olivia […]

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Comics Syllabus 211: Comics of the Decade

By | Jan 14, 2020 | Podcasts

Or download the podcast episode here. What comics meant the most in the 2010s… to us, to comics, to the larger culture? “Saga”? “Ms. Marvel”? Raina Telgemeier’s “Smile”? Paul and Johnny run through their list of the comics of the decade, the graphic novels, superhero books, independent or alternative comics that marked out the 2010s […]

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Comics Syllabus 210: Favorite Graphic Novels of 2019

By | Dec 17, 2019 | Podcasts

Or download the podcast episode here. What graphic novels in 2019 stood out as the most significant, most soul-stirring, most thought-provoking, most artistically innovative? Co-hosts Paul and Johnny are excited to share the Comics Syllabus Podcast’s favorite graphic novels of 2019. Listen as they chatter about the comics works and collections that they loved most […]

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Comics Syllabus 209: Favorite Series of 2019

By | Dec 3, 2019 | Podcasts

Or download the podcast episode here. On this week’s Comics Syllabus, Paul (@twoplai) shares his favorite comic books series of 2019, recommendations for the holiday season and for all your year-end reading. His top ten series list includes: “Giant Days” by John Allison and Max Sarin (BOOM!) “Paper Girls” by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang, […]

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Comics Syllabus 208: “Pittsburgh” by Frank Santoro and More with Johnny Hall

By | Nov 19, 2019 | Podcasts

Or download the podcast episode here. On the Comics Syllabus today, guest co-host Johnny Hall (@johnnyhall3) and Paul (@twoplai) discuss Frank Santoro’s graphic novel “Pittsburgh,” (starting at 12:30) a potent reminiscence and contemplation of Santoro’s immediate family and upbringing in the city. But first, Johnny and Paul remember Tom Spurgeon, comics reporter extraordinaire and example […]

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Comics Syllabus: 207 “Wings of Fire” and “Superman Smashes the Klan”

By | Nov 5, 2019 | Podcasts

[audio: https://paulflai.com/podcast-download/1776/206-comics-please-wings-of-fire-and-superman-smashes-the-klan.mp3?ref=download] Or download the podcast episode here. On the Comics Syllabus today, another installment of COMICS PLEASE! (for Parents, Librarians, Educators, and Student Enthusiasts), covering comics and graphic novels for kids and teen readers. This time, a review of the “Wings of Fire” graphic novel series, adapting Tui T. Sutherland’s fantasy series as graphic […]

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Comics Syllabus: 206 “Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me” and ALA Comics Roundtable with Alea Perez

By | Oct 22, 2019 | Podcasts

[audio: https://paulflai.com/podcast-download/1762/205-on-laura-dean-keeps-breaking-up-with-me-and-comics-in-libraries-with-alea-perez.mp3?ref=download] Or download the podcast episode here. On the Comics Syllabus today, our special guest is Alea Perez (@ShhhYeah), President-Elect of the American Library Association’s Graphic Novels and Comics Roundtable and Multiversity contributor. At (e talk about Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell’s “Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me” (First Second), this past summer’s […]

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Comics Syllabus: 205 Kevin Huizenga’s “The River at Night” and CXC Columbus with Johnny Hall

By | Oct 8, 2019 | Podcasts

[audio: https://paulflai.com/podcast-download/1754/205-on-kevin-huizengas-the-river-at-night-and-cxc-columbus-with-johnny-hall.mp3?ref=download] 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 Mr. Huizenga, and […]

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Comics Syllabus: 204 Reviews of “Guts” by Raina Telgemeier & “Simon and Louise” by Max de Radigués

By | Sep 24, 2019 | Podcasts

[audio: https://paulflai.com/podcast-download/1747/204-reviews-of-guts-by-raina-telgemeier-simon-and-louise-by-max-de-radigues.mp3?ref=download] 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 tries […]

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