Con Chrisoulis has been on the comics scene since 1996, releasing comics in his native Australia, in Greece, and in the UK, as well as comics on the web. He’s best known for Tales of the Smiths, Rebel Rebel: The Graphic Biography of David Bowie, and King: The Graphic Biography of Jack Kirby. In this episode, he talks with Emmet about all these works, and the pushback on political commentary in some of his work.
There have been plenty of comics made about the current COVID-19 pandemic, both instructional and autobiographical ones. In this episode Tim talks about about some of these with graphic medicine expert Alice Jaggers, a contributor to graphicmedicine.org, as well as other comics on health issues… one of which is none other than Fullmetal Alchemist!
Then, a talk with comics journalist Josh Neufeld, who recently did a piece called A Tale of Two Pandemics, exploring the myth that black people are immune to many illnesses. This idea popped up during both the 1918 flu pandemic and the current pandemic. Josh also talks about his comics journalism career and the experience of working with Harvey Pekar!
Josh’s story Supply Chain Superhero
We first met Josh at MOCCA 2016!
Way back in 2014, Tim and Mulele discussed the first volume of R.u.N. (Remember Ur Nature), a comic in shonen manga style about the sport of parkour. Now, at last, volume two is available, and Tim is joined by a new voice, Ryan Carey of SOLRAD, to discuss the book (by Kariofillis Chris Hatzopoulos, Rafail Voutsidis, Luis Figueiredo, Roberto Fernandes De Oliveira, and Vasilis Fotsinos). The comic is a spot-on imitation of shonen manga made in Japan — but is it good?
Last episode, we mentioned how writing a short, tight story can be more challenging than writing a sprawling epic. Right on cue comes Spider Forest Webcomic Anthology 4, an engaging collection of short comics by 17 creators of web comics. Tim and Mulele discuss which are the best (and which are merely good!), and whether perhaps some of these stories are a little too short.
Back in the early days of the podcast, artist Jun-Pierre Shiozawa was one of our first interviewees. He recently resurfaced as artist on a comic written by sitcom writer and producer Vali Chandrasekaran called Genius Animals?, a comedy story about conspiracy theories. In this episode, Tim talks to the two of them about how they met and the origins of the script, and then Tim and Mulele critique the comic.
John Allison has been a significant presence on the web comics radar for more than two decades. In 2013, he made the jump to traditional publishing with the fantastic Giant Days series from BOOM! Box, and also switched to only writing, while a selection of top-notch artists (for most of the series, Max Sarin) took over the visuals. Recently he put out the five-issue Steeple from Dark Horse, and started other projects—but now the printing presses, along with everything else, have ground to a halt in the COVID-19 era. The up side is that it means he has time to talk to us about his work, so this week, Tim calls him up!
You’re trapped on the moon and you believe that everyone on Earth is dead. Who’d have believed that was the setup for a gag manga? Cho Seok pulls it off in style with Moon You, a hilarious comic that also has heart and some tension, and, yes, a few missteps as well. Tim and Mulele discuss.
Also, what our Patrons said when we asked them what type of podcast content – critiques? superhero movie review? comics industry talk? – we’re the best at presenting.
This week, Emmet, Patrick, Tim, and Chuck Coletta talk about their favorite comics of the past decade! If you’re looking for good comics that you might have missed from the 2010s — from superhero to comedy, historical to horror — we’ll give you plenty of titles to look up!
(All titles below are linked to Amazon – to help support the show, pick up any titles you’re interested in through these links!)
Finder: Talisman HC by Carla Speed McNeil
Love In Vain: Robert Johnson 1911-1938, The Graphic Novel by Jean-Michel Dupont and Mezzo
I Love This Part: Hardcover Edition by Tillie Walden
Delicious in Dungeon by Ryoko Kui
Gast by Carol Swain
Giant Days and Steeple by John Allison
Providence by Alan Moore & Jacen Burrows
Immortal Hulk by Al Ewing and Joe Bennett
Julio’s Day by Gilbert Hernandez
Orc Stain Volume 1 by James Stokoe
Sally Heathcote, Suffragette by Mary M. Talbot, Bryan Talbot, Kate Charlesworth
The Abaddon by Koren Shadmi
The Experts by Sophie Franz
Surface Tension by Jay Gunn
Special Exits by Joyce Farmer
SNARKED: Forks and Hope by Roger Langridge
Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt by Kieron Gillen and Caspar Wijngaard
Henni by Miss Lasko-Gross
Four Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics Of The 1950s edited by Greg Sadowski and John Benson
Rover Red Charlie by Garth Ennis and Michael Dipascale
Dungeon Quest: Book One by Joe Daly
The Bulletproof Coffin by David Hyne and Shaky Kane
My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
Fatale by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
Southern Bastards by Jason Aaron and Jason Latour
Richard Stark’s Parker series by Darwyn Cooke
Hawkeye by Matt Fraction and David Aja
Moon Knight by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey
Madman In Your Face 3D Special by Michael Allred & Laura Allred
Providence by Alan Moore & Jacen Burrows
Rachel Rising by Terry Moore
Afterlife with Archie by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Francesco Francavilla, and Jack Morelli
Harrow County by Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook
Frontier #6 by Emily Carroll
TIM AND CHUCK
Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan and Karl Kerschl
Scooby-Doo Team-Up by Sholly Fisch and Dario Brizuela
Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods (2014) collects a number of her horror web comics. Kumar and Emmet review the book in this episode, and now they believe: a comic can be scary. And they wonder: Is the task of making a comic scary better suited to women?