It’s been a while since we caught up with Rashad Doucet (“My Dog is a Superhero”, “Nadia’s Jewelry Box”) and Jarrett Williams (“SuperPro K.O.”, “Lunar Boy”), two graduates of the Savannah College of Art and Design who have been on the podcast several times apiece. This time Tim takes them on together, and hilarity — not to mention some great conversation about building a comics career — ensues!
Brian Michael Bendis has been the dominant writer at Marvel for a number of years now. While his books — including Ultimate Spider-man, New Avengers, Avengers, and event books like Seige — sell well, they have also generated a fair amount of controversy and just plain complaints. Some people like his work, others don’t. For Tim, there have been high points, but much of it is just kind of there. Is it just me, he wonders? Is Bendis actually a good writer and just doesn’t always appeal to me? Or are there identifiable inadequacies in his work? Tim calls on a Bendis fan — Savannah College of Art & Design student and graphic novelist Josh Smith — and a Bendis critic — Comics Waiting Room columnist Vincent Moore — to discuss the phenomenon that is Bendis.
L. Frank Baum’s classic children’s story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published 109 years ago and still inspires attempts to adapt it to other media. While the 1939 MGM movie tends to define the story in the minds of many, subsequent adaptations do stick closer to the original book than to the movie, including the two we discuss this week: a French version adapted by David Chauvel and Enrique Fernandez (published in English by Image), and Marvel’s recent version, adapted by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young.
Rashad Doucet, a published children’s book author in his own right, joins Tim in comparing the two adaptations, as well as discussing Yuko Osada‘s “Toto: The Wonderful Adventure” and, uh, “sexy Dorothys“.
Our friend Jarrett Williams returns to talk about his experiences at the Savannah College of Art and Design, including the SEQALAB podcast and his Web comic, Lunar Boy. Also, a talk with Mulele about the conclusion of his project for Kodansha, and what he plans to focus on next…
Reading Comics is a book by Douglas Wolk, aimed at a somewhat academic audience who isn’t familiar with comics and is wondering, “So do I have to pretend to like graphic novels now, too?” Tim and special guest reviewer Chris Schweizer from the Savannah College of Art and Design talk about what they liked (and only pretended to like) about the book.