The Twitter uproar over a post from First Second Books called “When to Give Up,” including responses from Alex and Simon Moreton. The conversation touches on posts by Faith Erin Hicks about the economic reality of comic book publishing and Kate Beaton about the expense and value of art school.
The Infinite Wait and Other Stories by Julia Wertz
Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir by Nicole J. Georges
A Game for Swallows: To Die, To Leave, To Return by Zeina Abirached
Kate Beaton’s Sketchbook, only available online in a grab bag from Desert Island
In this episode we discuss Secret Prison 7, an anthology from Retrofit.
Fables vol. 18: Cubs in Toyland by Bill Willingham.
Northlanders vol. 7: The Icelandic Trilogy by Brian Wood.
The One-Trick Rip-off + Deep Cuts by Paul Pope.
Hard Time vol. 2: Sixteen by Steve Gerber.
Red Colored Elegy by Seiichi Hayashi.
In this episode we discuss:
Nobrow #7, an anthology from Nobrow
Delphine by Richard Sala
The Hollows by Chris Ryall, art by Sam Kieth
House of Fun (one-shot) by Evan Dorkin
47 Ronin by Mike Richardson, art by Stan Sakai
Our top 10 revealed below the jump.
Last Days of an Immortal by Fabien Vehlmann, art by Gwen De Bonneval
Smoo Comics by Simon Moreton.
Due to technical difficulties and busyness, we only had time to discuss two books this week, but they’re both real good ones:
Sorry about the slight audio hum at the beginning. It goes away after a couple of minutes, and I couldn’t get rid of it without messing up the audio worse, so I left it.
In this episode we discuss:
Chris Ware’s new opus Building Stories
The Comics Journal essays about Building Stories
Diana Thung’s August Moon
Chris Wright’s Blacklung
Michel Fiffe’s Zegas
Hey there comic book fans! Comics for Grownups episode 2 is now available on iTunes.
This episode features a brand-new opening theme by Joshua Hudelson, which I love, and which I probably sounded dismissive of in the episode by calling it “just some music Josh gave me.” What is wrong with me? Josh, we love you. Sorry about that.
In this episode we talk about:
Charles Burns, The Hive
Mike Carey and Peter Gross, The Unwritten vol. 6: Tommy Taylor and the War of Words
Kenan Rubinstein, Last Train to Old Town
Brian K. Vaughan, Saga vol. 1
Eric Powell and Kyle Hotz, Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities and the Orm of Loch Ness
Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, Powers vol. 14: Gods (I lost patience with the Marvel site trying to find the link. You’re on your own.)
As always, check out co-host Alex’s work at Versequential.
I’ve been recommending this to all my birder friends for months now and am doing it here now because they’re offering a free version of their new songs in exchange for it: if you’re a birdwatcher here in the U.S. and you want to learn to bird by ear, you really must check out Larkwire. I’d been trying for years to learn birdsongs just by listening to the recordings, and made very little progress, but Larkwire gives you the equivalent of audio flash cards, organized into groups of four to eight that are similar. It’s totally revolutionized my birding–I found my first ever Bay-breasted Warbler in Prospect Park because I recognized its song and went looking for it.
Up until now they only offered land birds, but now they’re coming out with a new songpack for waterbirds, and I couldn’t be more excited.
Announcing a new podcasting venture with me and Alex Rothman, who does comics poetry at Versequential.com, called Comics for Grownups. The RSS feed is here.
It’s still too early for it to show up in iTunes search results yet, so copy and paste that feed URL into the box that comes up under “Advanced—>Subscribe to Podcast…” in iTunes. Now with iTunes direct link here.
In this first episode we review Gabrielle Bell’s The Voyeurs, Brecht Evens’ The Making Of, Jeff Parker and Erika Moen’s Bucko, Frank Santoro’s Pompeii #1, Louis Trondheim’s Ralph Azham vol 1.: Why Would You Lie to Someone You Love?, Matt Kindt’s MIND MGMT, Grant Morrison’s Happy, L. Nichols, and Tom Motley.
Direct download for the first episode here.