This podcast has changed a lot in three years; where do we go from here? Tim and Mulele try to get conversation started, but we want to hear from YOU!
Is writing funny female characters a bigger challenge than making male characters funny? Or is it all a matter of approach? Paige Braddock (Jane’s World) and Hilary Price (Rhymes with Orange) join Tim to discuss a topic we picked up from Webcomics Weekly episode 35!
Fletcher Hanks created some bizarre, sadistic superhero comics in 1939-1941. Tim and Kumar discuss this collection of his work, edited by Paul Karasik.
Bay Area cartoonist Emily Stackhouse tells Tim about her first comic, Brazilianoir, and the trails and tribulations of self-publishing it!
Just read the first book in the Neon Genesis Evangelion series by Funino Hayashi (English version published by ADV). I found it a little creepy, probably intentionally so.
It’s an interesting mix of a standard teenage soap-opera and science fiction. I suspect there’s more SF to come in subsequent volumes; this one is mainly teen soap, except for the suggestion that the class the main characters all find themselves in is not a coincidental mix: they’re all being groomed for some purpose and are all being called into a lab for exams.
I found this creepy because it suggested they were going to be experimented on, although the attraction page for Volume 2 revealed that it’s not quite that creepy after all. Seems as though they’re all going to be controlling giant robots or something. Whatever the story is on an SF level, the dynamics set up among the characters in the first volume promise to keep the teen-soap element in play.
The main characters are Shinji and his female friend Asuka, who insists she has no romantic interest in Shinji — but then flashes hot with jealousy when a transfer student, Rei, reveals that she’s falling for Shinji. Other subplots are in a similar vein.
It’s fairly standard manga material, but it kept my interest enough that I’m planning on picking up the second volume.
More on Watchmen, including the significance of the Black Freighter pirate sequences, the Institute for Extraspacial Studies, more things Douglas Wolk missed, and why Moore didn’t use the old Charlton Comics characters!
It’s one of the classics of the comics medium: Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ “Watchmen.” Tim and Kumar try to unlock the meanings that others have overlooked…
Alex Robinson’s new book is finally here! Brandon and Tim review “Too Cool to be Forgotten” and Lars Martinson’s “Tonoharu”.