#304 Dungeons and Dragons

Dungeons and DragonsIs Dungeons and Dragons, a game that involves using your imagination to create an ongoing story, a good fit for a more “set” medium like comics? If you make the comic comprehensible only to D&D geeks, are the geeks any more likely to pick it up? D&D adherent Dana and lapsed adherent Kumar discuss.

#259 Jarrett Williams and “Super Pro K.O.”!

When last we checked in with Jarrett Williams, he was a student at Savannah College of Art & Design, and creator of the Web comic “Lunar Boy”. Since then, he’s graduated from SCAD and signed with Oni Press to publish a pro wrestling graphic novel series, “Super Pro K.O.”!  Tim talks with Jarret about his take on the wrestling business, how he deals with criticism, his work process, and more.

#258 The Tokyo Censorship Law

CensorshipThe Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly recently passed a law that further limits minors’ access to “Any manga, animation, or pictures (but not including real life pictures or footage) that features either sexual or pseudo sexual acts that would be illegal in real life, or sexual or pseudo sexual acts between close relatives whose marriage would be illegal, where such depictions and / or presentations unjustifiably glorify or exaggerate the activity.” Perhaps understandable, but without clear guidelines for determining what is OK and what is not, there are fears of a slippery slope. Could this become defacto, outright censorship? Tim, Kumar, and Mulele discuss the new law, and how this situation compares to the events in the U.S. that led up to the creation of the comics code.

Dan Kanemitsu’s Paper Trail — many good blog postings on the topic

Editors’ defiant comments

Publishers boycott anime convention

“My publisher has banned school uniforms” — (visuals on this site are NOT SAFE FOR WORK)

Child sex in manga: Art or Obscenity? — The Japan Times

JL Roberson touts Deconstructing Comics

#251 Greg Hinkle and “Parasomnia”

A horror anthology? Some may advise against it, but artist Greg Hinkle and several of our San Francisco friends in Writer’s Old Fashioned decided to boldly go there anyway! The result is Parasomnia, now available without a prescription. Greg talks to Tim about preparing the comic for the Alternative Press Expo, and then Mulele and Tim critique the work.

#248 AmeComi Artists

Cassey's JokerYou’ve heard Tim talk about the American Comics Exhibition; now hear the viewpoints of some of the other artists. Cassey Bradley talks about her take on the Joker; Jim Reddy discusses his influences; and Patrick Gannon, our favorite cut-paper artist, explains the differences between galleries in Japan and galleries in the U.S.

#247 Sweden? Ninjas? You are Here!

Dr. McNinjaWe asked for mail from a listener in Sweden, and Gunnar listened! Tim and Kumar discuss his observations and questions.

Then, a look at the popular Web comic The Adventures of Dr. McNinja by Christopher Hastings. Comedy, bizarreness, and lots and lots of fighting. Does the fighting work as comedy?

Finally, a (spoiler-filled!) look back at Kyle Baker’s 1999 graphic novel You Are Here. Well, but wait a second — is this, strictly speaking, a comic?

#244 Calvin & Hobbes

Calvin and HobbesFrom 1985 to 1995, Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes challenged newspaper readers with imaginative stories, beautiful art, philosophical discussions, and ROTFL gags. Watterson famously eschewed commercialism, not only in the strip, but in real life, approving no C&H tie-in products other than books of strips and a calendar or two. Tim and Kumar discuss this game-changing strip and how relevant it remains today.