“Lone Wolf and Cub” formulaic but gripping

by Kory Cerjak

Title: Lone Wolf and Cub omnibus 1
Author: Kazuo Koike, Illustrator: Goseki Kojima
Publisher: Dark Horse

If you’re a manga fan and you haven’t at least heard the name Lone Wolf and Cub, then you’ve got some research to do. Written by Kazuo Koike and illustrated by Goseki Kojima, Lone Wolf and Cub follows the story of Ogami Itto and his son, Daigoro (the Lone Wolf and the Cub, respectively), on their path for revenge.

Each story through the manga is rather simplistic and formulaic. I don’t know how it worked in 1970 when the manga was originally released (I suspect it was chapter by chapter as it is now), but the formulaic first few stories grow tiring after a while. It’d be Continue reading “Lone Wolf and Cub” formulaic but gripping

#361 “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” marathon!

While this podcast has covered the odd League of Extraordinary Gentlemen book here and there, no one has dared think of trying to discuss all of them in one episode… until now! Kumar and Dana take on the task, with special attention paid to Black Dossier (and the record that was recorded for it), the Century trilogy, and the injustice that Kumar feels was done to Volume 2 in the 2006 episode we republished yesterday!

#021 “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” v 2 (and Star Wars)

FLASHBACK! Leading into tomorrow’s look at ALL the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen books, we look back to this early episode, in which Tim, Mulele, and Brandon talk about the merits — or, in Brandon’s view, lack of merit — in League Volume 2. That is, once they’re done going down the Star Wars rabbit hole. Originally published May 1, 2006

Alan Moore interview on MTV.com

Critiquing Comics #047: “Argo 5”

A new superhero team comes together. But why, and how were they recruited? Tim and Mulele look for answers as they critique Dan Sehn, Arley Tucker, and Alex Garcia’s Argo 5 #1!

#360 Two Trippy Audio Comics

Jim Woodring doing kids’ books!? That was apparently the thought behind Trosper, a 2001 release from Woodring that came with a Southwest Asia-influenced music CD by Bill Frisell. A baby elephant-like creature runs from things that go bump in the night. Maurice Sendak would be proud.

Going further back, Daniel Clowes’ early ’90s comedy/nightmare graphic novel Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron also has a musical soundtrack (sold separately), from Victor Banana. The book is a lesson in controlled chaos; the CD, a commentary on it. Tim and Kevin explore the audible and visual aspects of both these comics.

PLUS: Ritz Crackers! Jimmy Durante! The Brady Bunch! This one has it ALL! (including spoilers!)

“Bunny Drop” Bypassess Josei Manga Tropes

by Kory Cerjak

Life as a salaryman in Japan is already difficult enough. 30-year-old Daikichi works well past 7 p.m. each night and has way too much expected of him by higher-ups. Add in that he has to raise a child, who happens to be his grandfather’s love child, 6-year-old Rin. Such is Yumi Unita’s first (and so far only) manga, Bunny Drop (Yen Press).

What makes Bunny Drop so endearing is how Unita slowly, almost methodically, characterizes both Daikichi and Rin. There are little moments woven throughout each chapter that give us more and more insight into Daikichi and Rin. Arguably the biggest moment comes near the end of chapter one. Daikichi is Continue reading “Bunny Drop” Bypassess Josei Manga Tropes

#359 Two Kinds of Monsters

What do you do when your town monster just doesn’t bring the scary? Hire someone to get the big red guy out of his funk. Rob Harrell breaks out of the funny pages with his first graphic novel, Monster on the Hill; Tim & Mulele review.

Meanwhile, much scarier monsters lurk in the background of Justin Randall’s Changing Ways, Book 2. Tim & Brandon take a look and compare with Book 1. The monsters are scary, but is the book?

#358 Carl Barks, “The Good Duck Artist”

From 1942 to 1966, many of the Donald Duck comic books published by Dell Comics were written and drawn by Carl Barks. Like most comic book creators at the time, his name was unknown; the Duck comics were all credited to Walt Disney. Fans only knew that his work was by the GOOD duck artist. Barks created Scrooge McDuck and many of the other duck characters that are taken for granted as part of Disney canon today.

What made Barks the standout Duck artist? Were they meant to be satirical, or simply enjoyable stories? Tim, Kumar, and Tom Spurgeon discuss Barks’ work, particularly the Fantagraphics volume “Lost in the Andes.”

Comics Journal review of Lost in the Andes