#298 What makes a good villain?

VillainsVillains we love to hate! Villains who could have been good guys but made bad choices! What makes the more interesting villain? Are the two types mutually exclusive? Why are some villains really compelling, while others become the butt of jokes? What makes a villain menacing? How is it different in comics compared to movies or TV? Tim and newcomer Kevin Horton discuss.

Other discussions of this question:

#295 Manga and American comics: Should the twain meet?

Marvel MangaverseDan Kanemitsu talks with Tim about how he and others in the manga industry have responded to the new Tokyo censorship law. The conversation also covers the differences, and interactions, between American and Japanese comics, the creative freedom enjoyed by women in Japanese comics, and much more.

#292 Women’s Issues

women's issues

At a panel at San Diego Comicon last month, Dan DiDio (bottom picture at left) caused a stir by seeming belligerent when a fan asked why the DC reboot included fewer female creators — even fewer than had worked on for DC pre-reboot. DiDio seemed to think there were hardly any female comics creators he could consider. Hear it here

Jake Ekiss was probably not alone in expressing disapproval of this sentiment — in this case, on Twitter. So Tim invited him to come on the podcast and discuss it here. (Jake’s comic is Solomon Azua.)

Joining Tim and Jake is one of those female comics creators the mainstream isn’t hiring, EK Weaver, creator of the Web comic The Less than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal (that’s Amal in the top picture at left). We discuss why women are so much further out of the comics mainstream in the US than they are in, oh say, Japan.

Also this week, Tim’s former day-job office mate Cassey, now based in Anchorage, joins Tim to discuss Bryan Lee O’Malley’s pre-Scott Pilgrim work Lost at Sea, the coming-of-age story of 18-year-old Raleigh (middle picture).

Review: DC Comics Presents Green Lantern: Willworld

written by JM DeMatteis, art by Seth Fisher

DC Comics, 2011.

If the idea of Green Lantern as a giant disembodied floating head who can’t even speak because he’s got his mouth full with a buxom six-armed bartender, an alien beatnik, and an angel in cutoff jeans and a t-shirt sounds appealing, then, boy, is this the comic for you!

Continue reading Review: DC Comics Presents Green Lantern: Willworld

#266 Jamie Delano: The Accidental Writer

Hellblazer 1Jamie Delano never set out to be a comics writer. His high school friend, a bloke by the name of Alan Moore, was big into comics, but Delano was not a comics reader. It was only at Moore’s suggestion, many years later, that Delano tried out, doing some work for Marvel UK, then landing the job writing Moore’s John Constantine character in the Hellblazer title as it launched in 1987. The rest is history. Delano is nice enough to give some of his time to Tim for an interview.

Jamie Delano’s site

#044 “Superman: Red Son” and “The Truth”

FLASHBACK! Brandon has nothing but praise for Mark Millar’s Superman: Red Son; Tim’s feelings about the Dark Horse graphic novel The Truth are somewhat less adulatory…(Originally published October 9, 2006)

#255 All Star Superman

Superman is one of the most iconic characters in American comics. Even people who don’t read comics (and perhaps haven’t seen the movies either) have some familiarity with him. While Tim is not a DC reader, Kumar is somewhat of a fan, especially of Silver Age Superman stories. Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s All Star Superman mines those Silver Age stories for wackiness, but then infuses them with thoughtfulness and heart. Kumar, finally back from vacation, joins Tim to review.

Grant Morrison interview on Newsarama

Review of All Star Superman #10 on iFanboy

The Secret of All Star Superman by Douglas Wolk

All Star Superman on Wikipedia

Kumar’s Link Regurg-a-thon #2!

I like the art of Adam Hughes very much, but this statue is bad:

http://www.comicsalliance.com/2010/03/24/batgirl-statue-adam-hughes/

Not comics, but this seems to be the season for Leiji Matsumoto movies:

CG Captain Harlock — http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-03-24/captain-harlock-new-cg-pilot-images-staff-revealed

Live Action Uchu Senkan Yamato (a.k.a. Star Blazers in the US) — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jExoH_JjMZg

Galaxy Express 999 is one of my all-time favorite manga. Some day we are going to cover it on the podcast, I swear.

When you are not listening to Deconstructing Comics, I highly recommend you check out Gary Groth’s interview with Todd McFarlane from the early days of Image. Hilariously and  predictably, within months of this interview McFarlane began engaging in various business practices which contradicted much of what he states here. He did, however, stand firm by his word that there was no point in him trying to improve as an artist:

http://www.tcj.com/multimedia

Finally, Fantagraphics has a preview up of their new CAPATIN EASY book, one of my all-time favorite newspaper strips:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/index.php?option=com_myblog&show=Captain-Easy-Soldier-of-Fortune-Vol.-1-by-Roy-Crane—Previews-Pre-Order.html&Itemid=113

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