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A podcast about the craft of comics

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A podcast about the craft of comics

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Smart and Interesting

By ProfessorAlan - Apr 17 2017
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Tim and his rotating band of co-hosts do an excellent job covering comics from across the spectrum and around the world. Definitely not the usual comic book podcast. it is smart, insighful & entertaining.

one of the best. a blue ribben cast

By aries009 - Aug 06 2009
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mmmm uh-huh.other than using that fraze too much its the best podcast on comics ive hear yet!!!!!

iTunes Ratings

26 Ratings
Average Ratings
19
4
1
1
1

Smart and Interesting

By ProfessorAlan - Apr 17 2017
Read more
Tim and his rotating band of co-hosts do an excellent job covering comics from across the spectrum and around the world. Definitely not the usual comic book podcast. it is smart, insighful & entertaining.

one of the best. a blue ribben cast

By aries009 - Aug 06 2009
Read more
mmmm uh-huh.other than using that fraze too much its the best podcast on comics ive hear yet!!!!!
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Deconstructing Comics

Latest release on Oct 14, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: #620 “Daredevil: Born Again”

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Daredevil: Born Again came out in 1986, when US mainstream comics were changing in ways that now are either taken for granted or now look a bit antiquated (so much story in so few pages!). Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli were making their mark. But does their storytelling style hold up 33 years later? How … Continue reading #620 “Daredevil: Born Again”

Mar 20 2019

1hr 18mins

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Rank #2: #617 Swamp Thing meets the monsters

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After, well, a slight delay, Deconstructing Comics continues its look at Alan Moore’s 1980s run on Swamp Thing— a run in which the title character met werewolves and vampires (as Moore and co. found a new way to use these old tropes), as well as new character John Constantine. Moore was aided by artists Stephen … Continue reading #617 Swamp Thing meets the monsters

Jan 30 2019

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Rank #3: #631 Goodbye, MAD!

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MAD Magazine is ending! Much handwringing has occurred — mainly among people who probably haven’t read it in ages but fondly recall it from their childhoods. Tim, a MAD reader for most of the last 23 years, is joined by Kumar, and MAD contributor Joe Dator, to discuss what went wrong, and recollections and reminiscences … Continue reading #631 Goodbye, MAD!

Aug 10 2019

1hr 20mins

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Rank #4: #625 Crowdfunding comics!

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Comics are booming on Kickstarter.com, and this week Tim talks to three who have turned to it multiple times to get their comics out to fans: 01:30 Ron Randall has just launched his latest campaign, to fund the next volume of his long-running series Trekker. 22:23 Arledge Comics’ Natalie Cooper explains how the publisher crowdfunds … Continue reading #625 Crowdfunding comics!

May 29 2019

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Rank #5: #634 The End of “The Walking Dead”

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Last July, with issue 193, Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard and company abruptly ended The Walking Dead. In this episode, Emmet is joined by Bobsy (of the podcasts Shadow Trap and Diane, and an occasional guest on Silence) to examine the series and how it ended. What is the deeper meaning of the series, and was … Continue reading #634 The End of “The Walking Dead”

Sep 10 2019

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Rank #6: #627 Walt Simonson’s “Thor”

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One of the most acclaimed Marvel runs of the 1980s was by Walt Simonson on The Mighty Thor. He began writing and drawing it with #337, continued through to #367 (with a quick break in the middle), then gave up art duties but continued writing through #382. This run set aside Dr. Don Blake, … Continue reading #627 Walt Simonson’s “Thor”

Jun 26 2019

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Rank #7: #624 “Conan: Red Nails”

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In the 1970s, in an effort to diversify its line, Marvel began adapting Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian stories. To push (at least a little bit) beyond what the Comics Code would allow, some of these stories were published in magazine format, as Savage Tales. The second and third issues of this series featured … Continue reading #624 “Conan: Red Nails”

May 08 2019

1hr 17mins

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Rank #8: #628 Two viewpoints on “The Killing Joke”

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Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s Batman: The Killing Joke is a favorite of many, but also a tough read more many others. And perhaps there’s some overlap. In this episode we meet two who both spoke on this book at recent Batman in Popular Culture conference in Bowling Green, Ohio: William Weaver on the book’s … Continue reading #628 Two viewpoints on “The Killing Joke”

Jul 10 2019

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Rank #9: #629 Mike Barr: My career with Batman

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Mike Barr is perhaps best known for writing the late-’80s hit comic series Batman and the Outsiders. He also created Camelot 3000 and Katana, and wrote many other books for Marvel, DC, and other publishers. On April 13, Mike Barr was a keynote speaker at the Bowling Green State University (Ohio) Batman in Popular Culture … Continue reading #629 Mike Barr: My career with Batman

Jul 24 2019

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Rank #10: #626 Wolverine ’82: a second look

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The 1982 Wolverine mini-series, by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, was seminal in a number of ways: One of the first Marvel minis, a major fleshing-out of Wolverine’s character, a milepost on the road to the expunging of omniscient narration from American comics. Six years back, Kumar and Dana had a lot of reservations about … Continue reading #626 Wolverine ’82: a second look

Jun 12 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #11: #637 “Ghost World” haunts us still

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Daniel Clowes’ 1990s series Ghost World became a movie in 2001. Will Weaver, a professor at John Carroll University, says that each version of the story was what it needed to be for that medium. Why did those choices, such as adding Seymour, make sense for the movie? Could a film version have worked without … Continue reading #637 “Ghost World” haunts us still

Oct 09 2019

53mins

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Rank #12: #640 Kristin Tipping

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This week, Critiquing Comics favorite Kristin Tipping talks about the background to Evil Witch Allie and A Book for Sad Pets. Why did her art style change on Evil Witch Allie, and why did volume two seem more confident than volume one? Why is the tone of A Book for Sad Pets so desperate? Plus, … Continue reading #640 Kristin Tipping

Nov 13 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #13: #638 “Domu: A Child’s Dream”

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In the manga world. Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira has Watchmen-like status. But, as with Alan Moore, the work that caused a sensation overshadows the creator’s excellent previous work. In this case, that’s Domu: A Child’s Dream, originally published in Japanese in 1980-81, and (criminally) out of print in English for nearly two decades now. In this … Continue reading #638 “Domu: A Child’s Dream”

Oct 23 2019

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Rank #14: #644 Bob Budiansky

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Bob Budiansky was a writer, artist, and editor for Marvel in the 1980s and ’90s, after starting out majoring in civil engineering. How did that change of direction come about, and how did his civil engineering background help him write Transformers comics? In this episode, he talks to Koom about that plus the … Continue reading #644 Bob Budiansky

Dec 18 2019

59mins

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Rank #15: Critiquing Comics #166: Jorge Munoz and Illustrating Batman

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Jorge Munoz has been a favorite of ours for a while. Recently he sent in several recent works (Longdog, Quin Reyes and Hao Delivery, a sketchbook, Yon Kuma, Sea), and this episode we sit down and take a look at them. Also, Mulele recounts his visit to a New York exhibit called Illustrating Batman. (switch … Continue reading Critiquing Comics #166: Jorge Munoz and Illustrating Batman

Oct 30 2019

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Rank #16: Critiquing Comics #165: “Purgatory Pub” and “Amazing Tales”

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Critiquing Comics returns to discuss the following comics: Gabriel Dunston’s Purgatory Pub presents an angel and a devil having a philosophical discussion. Tim and Mulele have very different levels of tolerance for that concept, and yet come to the same conclusion about this story. David Dye’s Amazing Tales gives us “stories of an Australian nature,” … Continue reading Critiquing Comics #165: “Purgatory Pub” and “Amazing Tales”

Oct 16 2019

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Rank #17: Critiquing Comics #167: Amazing Tales 2 & 3

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David Dye’s first issue of Amazing Tales caught our eyes a couple of months ago, so David sent along the next two issues. While they’re artistically good, an aspect of one story made us very uncomfortable… Also, Tim has a question about the course of Mulele’s comics career, and Mulele has some thoughts about the … Continue reading Critiquing Comics #167: Amazing Tales 2 & 3

Dec 25 2019

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Rank #18: #646 “New Teen Titans”: a turning point for DC

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While Marv Wolfman and George Perez’s New Teen Titans (1980-1988) goes over the top with purple-prose narration and unsubtle plot points, it represents a turning point for DC Comics in a number of ways: it introduced many heroes and villains who are still around today; it was set in New York City, rather than some … Continue reading #646 “New Teen Titans”: a turning point for DC

Jan 15 2020

1hr 20mins

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Rank #19: #618 “Achewood”

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Chris Onstad made webcomic Achewood from 2001 to 2016, a strange, offbeat strip that may not be for everyone, but seems to be for Kumar and Dana, who have spent some time catching up with the strip. They give us their thoughts on the humor, the change in social mores since 2001 that becomes obvious … Continue reading #618 “Achewood”

Feb 13 2019

1hr 16mins

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Rank #20: Critiquing Comics #158: “Bronze Age Boogie” and “Longdog”

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In this episode, Tim and Mulele discuss: Bronze Age Boogie, by Stuart Moore and Alberto Ponticelli. An ambitious comic that tries to cram in too many ideas. The Bronze Age! ’70s pop culture! Time-traveling apes! Prose interludes! Meanwhile, the book’s backup feature is the bomb! Has Ahoy Comics gotten things backwards? Longdog, by Josh Hechinger … Continue reading Critiquing Comics #158: “Bronze Age Boogie” and “Longdog”

Jun 19 2019

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