Deconstructing Comics is a podcast by and for comics creators — especially those who haven’t hit their creative stride yet.
Whether you’ve got a comic going and you’re trying to promote it, or you haven’t even started yet and need some help getting rolling, we hope you’ll come here for inspiration and tips. And there’s plenty of interest for non-creators, as well!
The show began in December 2005 as three guys, sitting in a room, talking comics. Since then it has evolved so that every week is something different, often with someone different. The content is varied and consistently interesting, and sometimes deep, discussing not only the comics we read, but how comics work. Deconstructing Comics takes an international view of the medium, looking at Wednesday’s stack alongside newspaper strips, undergrounds, Web comics, manga, European comics, and more. One iTunes reviewer wrote “This podcast offers true, critical reviews of comics with surprisingly intelligent insight (surprising because I wasn’t expecting such depth from a podcast)…”
Show content includes comics creator interviews (of both the famous and the not-yet-famous); reviews of floppy comics, Web comics, and graphic novels (including manga); comics-related topic discussions; and (occasionally) just sitting down with the recorder to talk comics and see what develops.
All of us involved with this podcast have written and/or drawn our own comics, so we understand what up-and-coming creators are going through and what issues you might need some pointers with. If you’d like a critique of your comic, send it to us (or send us the link), and we’ll review it on the show.
Tim Young is a longtime comics fan and sometime creator. No published comics, but has had two English study books published in Japan.
Kumar Sivasubramanian is the one time writer of the serialized comic FULL THROTTLE in Dark Horse Presents, and a former Japan Correspondent for Wizard Magazine and Anime Insider. He is currently an English Language Consultant for Sunrise Inc. (the “Gundam” animation people), and has translated over fifty volumes of manga for Dark Horse, Fanfare, and DMP. He is also the writer of the non-existent comic book WEIRD CRIME THEATER, and his scripts have been rejected by almost every major publisher in the industry.
Mulele Jarvis is an artist and writer. His work includes artwork on FULL THROTTLE stories in DARK HORSE PRESENTS issues 152, 154, and 155, the last of which he also wrote; page layout and lettering on TRIGUN ANIME MANGA vol 1 & 2, HELLSING, HAIBANE RENMEI, SAYUKI RELOAD, and TUROK; and artist on WEIRD CRIME THEATER.