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A comics analysis podcast, where literacy researcher, English teacher, and comics reader Paul (@twoplai) discusses a comic book for socio-cultural, literary, and artistic significance. The podcast pairs various academic approaches to studying comics with superhero comics, alternative comics, and other offerings in the medium. Let's dig deep!

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A comics analysis podcast, where literacy researcher, English teacher, and comics reader Paul (@twoplai) discusses a comic book for socio-cultural, literary, and artistic significance. The podcast pairs various academic approaches to studying comics with superhero comics, alternative comics, and other offerings in the medium. Let's dig deep!

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Fantastic Podcast

By Wolf Warner - Dec 16 2017
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Great analysis of comics that provokes scholarly thought. Awesome job!! Playlist add ASAP!!

Lit teacher + comics = awesome

By Frank Cezar - Sep 12 2016
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Listen to Paul and dive into the depths of comics as literature and art. Wow!

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20 Ratings
Average Ratings
17
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Fantastic Podcast

By Wolf Warner - Dec 16 2017
Read more
Great analysis of comics that provokes scholarly thought. Awesome job!! Playlist add ASAP!!

Lit teacher + comics = awesome

By Frank Cezar - Sep 12 2016
Read more
Listen to Paul and dive into the depths of comics as literature and art. Wow!
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Comics Syllabus

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A comics analysis podcast, where literacy researcher, English teacher, and comics reader Paul (@twoplai) discusses a comic book for socio-cultural, literary, and artistic significance. The podcast pairs various academic approaches to studying comics with superhero comics, alternative comics, and other offerings in the medium. Let's dig deep!

Rank #1: 210 Favorite Graphic Novels of 2019

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What graphic novels in 2019 stood out as the most significant, most soul-stirring, most thought-provoking, most artistically innovative?

Co-hosts Paul and Johnny are excited to share the Comics Syllabus Podcast’s favorite graphic novels of 2019. Listen as they chatter about the comics works and collections that they loved most this year.

Johnny’s List:

10:  The Adventure Zone:  Murder on the Rockport Limited Carey Pietsch/Clint,Griffin,Justin,Travis McElroy – 1st Second Books

9:  GUTS Raina Telgemeier – Scholastic

8:  Hot Comb Ebony Flowers – Drawn & Quarterly

7:  Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me W: Mariko Tamaki     A: Rosemary Valero-O’Connell – 1st Second Books

6:  Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction Vol. 4-7 Inio Asano – Viz Media

5:  Rusty Brown Chris Ware – Pantheon Graphic Library

4:  Pittsburgh/River at Night Frank Santoro – New York Review of Comics   Kevin Huizenga – Drawn & Quarterly

3:  BTTM FDRS W: Ezra Clayton Daniels   A:  Ben Passmore – Fantagraphics Books

2:  The Hard Tomorrow Eleanor Davis – Drawn & Quarterly

1:  Are You Listening? Tillie Walden – 1st Second Books

Paul’s List:

10: MIghty Jack and Zita the Spacegirl Ben Hatke — First Second

9: New Kid Jerry Craft — HarperAlley

8: Angola Janga: The Kingdom of Runaway Slaves Marcelo D’Salete — Fantagraphics

7: Making Comics Lynda Barry — Drawn and Quarterly

6: The House Paco Roca — Fantagraphics

5: BTTM FDRS W: Ezra Claytan Daniel (w) and A; Ben Passmore — Fantagraphics

4: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me W: Mariko Tamaki   A: Rosemary Valero-O’Connell – First Second Books

3: In Waves AJ Dungo — NoBrow

2: Hot Comb Ebony Flowers — Drawn and Quarterly

1: The Hard Tomorrow Eleanor Davis — Drawn and Quarterly

Find the Comics Syllabus at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/

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Dec 17 2019

1hr 34mins

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Rank #2: 209 Favorite Series of 2019

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On this week’s Comics Syllabus, Paul (@twoplai) shares his favorite comic books series of 2019, recommendations for the holiday season and for all your year-end reading. His top ten series list includes:

“Giant Days” by John Allison and Max Sarin (BOOM!)
“Paper Girls” by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson, Jared K. Fletcher (Image)
“Black Panther” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Kev Walker, Daniel Acuña, Jen Bartel and others (Marvel)
“Batman Universe” by Brian Michael Bendis and Nick Derington (DC)
“Fairlady” by Brian Schirmer, Claudia Balboni, and Marissa Louise (Image)
“Criminal” by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Jacob Phillips (Image)
“Isola” by Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl, MSASSYK, and Aditya Bidikar (Image)
“Sea of Stars” by Jason Aaron, Dennis Hallum, Stephen Green, and Rico Renzi (Image)
“Invisible Kingdom” by G. Willow Wilson and Christian Ward (Dark Horse; Berger Books)
“Red Sonja” by Mark Russell and Bob Q (Dynamite)

with special honorable mentions to:
“House of X” and “Powers of X” by Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz, RB Silva, and others (Marvel), “Ironheart” by Eve Ewing and others (Marvel), “Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” by Ryan North, Derek Charm, Erica Henderson and others (Marvel)
“Doom Patrol: Weight of the World” by Gerard Way, Jeremy Lambert, and James Harvey (DC/Young Animal), “Batman: Creature of the Night” by Kurt Busiek and John Paul Leon and others (DC), “Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen” by Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber (DC), “Superman Smashes the Klan” by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru (DC), “Far Sector” by N.K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell (DC)
“Sera and the Royal Stars” by Jon Tsuie and Audrey Mok (Vault)

Find the Comics Syllabus at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/

Subscribe and follow the Comics Syllabus podcast on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play PodcastsStitcher, or wherever you find podcasts, or copy this RSS feed to your podcatcherhttps://paulflai.com/feed/podcast/comicssyllabus

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Dec 03 2019

1hr 36mins

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Rank #3: 2018-04-24 Graphic Novels w Michelle White The Interview Bats One Hundred Demons

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On this episode (at 0:00 ), Paul explains a(nother!) shift in the podcast format for the near future.

Then (at 7:52 ), Multiversity’s Michelle White ( http://www.multiversitycomics.com/author/mwhite/ ) returns to talk about three graphic novels by single creators:

(at 10:42 ) "The Interview" by Manuele Fiore (Fantagraphics),

(at 29:24 ) "Science Comics Bats: Learning to Fly" by Falynn Koch (First Second),

(at 41:30 ) and "One! Hundred! Demons!" by Lynda Barry (Drawn + Quarterly).

Subscribe and follow the Comics Syllabus podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or Soundcloud, or copy this RSS feed to your podcatcher: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:235183739/sounds.rss or you can find archives for this podcast (previously named "Study Comics with Paul") here: http://studycomics.club/

Join the discussion on the Comics Syllabus Facebook page: http://facebook.com/ComicsSyllabus or with Paul on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TwoPlai or leave your comments here on the showpage.

Thanks for listening!

Apr 24 2018

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Rank #4: Farewell for Now

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A farewell… for now. Paul is redirecting his podcasting energies to start "Mother Box: A New Gods and Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Podcast" with Matt Lune, as well as to appear weekly on the Comics Alternative and pursue other endeavors. This episode is a fond farewell as the Comics Syllabus podcast goes on indefinite hiatus, with heartfelt thanks to all the guests, listeners, friends, and Multiversity colleagues who’ve made this podcast a total joy for the past two years.

Comics Syllabus may be back in the future or on occasion, but for now, Paul’s signing off. Look for "Mother Box" to come soon (and fill in this every-other-Tuesday slot at Multiversitycomics.com), and look for Paul and his friends at Multiversity, as well as on the Comics Alternative podcast weekly review episodes.

And thanks for listening! Let’s keep reading.

(Track art is a drawing of Paul by wonderful artist Max Sarin)

Jul 03 2018

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Rank #5: Returning & Remembering Derek

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TwoPlai sets up to return to the Comics Syllabus, and he offers a remembrance of Derek Parker Royal of the Comics Alternative.

Derek and the Comics Alternative: http://comicsalternative.com/

Engage with the Comics Syllabus: https://twitter.com/twoplai https://www.instagram.com/twoplai/ http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/

Subscribe to the Comics Syllabus on Apple Podcasts or add this RSS feed to your podcast app: https://paulflai.com/feed/podcast/comicssyllabus

For upcoming Comics Syllabus discussions:

SDCC ’19: The 2019 Eisner Award Winners

“Hot Comb” by Ebony Flowers, which I think I called “Blowout Comb” on the podcast, mistaking that title for the Digable Planets album from 25 (!) years ago: https://www.drawnandquarterly.com/blog/2018/05/dqhq-pr-hot-comb-ebony-flowers-spring-2019

Jul 27 2019

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Rank #6: 2018-05-22 Mushroom Fan Club By Elise Gravel

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On today’s Comics Syllabus podcast, Cohost Kid comes on to talk about Elise Gravel’s “The Mushroom Fan Club” from Enfant/Drawn and Quarterly. Let’s dig deep!

Subscribe and follow the Comics Syllabus podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or Soundcloud, or copy this RSS feed to your podcatcher: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:235183739/sounds.rss or you can find archives for this podcast (previously named “Study Comics with Paul”) here: http://studycomics.club/

Join the discussion on the Comics Syllabus Facebook page: http://facebook.com/ComicsSyllabus or with Paul on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TwoPlai or leave your comments here on the showpage.

Thanks for listening!

May 22 2018

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Rank #7: 208 Pittsburgh by Frank Santoro, Tom Spurgeon, Re-reading Planetary, and Dawn of X with Johnny Hall

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On the Comics Syllabus today, guest co-host Johnny Hall (@johnnyhall3) and Paul (@twoplai) discuss Frank Santoro’s graphic novel “Pittsburgh,” (starting at 12:30) a potent reminiscence and contemplation of Santoro’s immediate family and upbringing in the city.

But first, Johnny and Paul remember Tom Spurgeon, comics reporter extraordinaire and example for us all. After talking about “Pittsburgh,” Paul asks Johnny about his recent re-read of Warren Ellis and John Cassaday’s “Planetary” from DC twenty years ago (at 47:50) and then dive into the recent Dawn of X and House of X/Powers of X series written by Jonathan Hickman and others at Marvel (at 1:07:38).

Find the Comics Syllabus at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/

Subscribe and follow the Comics Syllabus podcast on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play PodcastsStitcher, or wherever you find podcasts, or copy this RSS feed to your podcatcherhttps://paulflai.com/feed/podcast/comicssyllabus

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Nov 19 2019

1hr 36mins

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Rank #8: Mighty Thor 706 By Aaron And Dauterman Marvel

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MIGHTY THOR #706 from Marvel Comics, written by Jason Aaron, art by Russell Dauterman, colors by Matt Wilson, letters by VC’s Joe Sabino.

Elias Rosner’s Thor by Jason Aaron piece: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/longform/worthy-jason-aaron-thor-retrospective/

Images to go with this episode, via Comixology https://www.comixology.com/The-Mighty-Thor-2015-706/digital-comic/637936 :

1. Sacrificial Jane
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2. To Valhalla
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3. Aaron’s Thor summed up in an eye-roll

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Find the podcast at http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/

Subscribe and follow the Comics Syllabus podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or Soundcloud, or copy this RSS feed to your podcatcher: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:235183739/sounds.rss or you can find archives for this podcast (previously named “Study Comics with Paul”) here: http://studycomics.club/

Follow Paul on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TwoPlai

Apr 26 2018

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Rank #9: Comics Syllabus 201: “Hot Comb” by Ebony Flowers (Drawn + Quarterly)

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On the return of the Comics Syllabus podcast, we talk about “Hot Comb” by Ebony Flowers (Drawn & Quarterly), a memoir in vignettes about Flowers coming-of-age in the Baltimore area black community as a young woman and her experiences surrounding hair, touching poignantly on race, gender, growing up, family, societal expectations, community, class, identity, and selfhood. It’s a beautiful and powerful book that TwoPlai tries his best to unpack his responses and questions about.

Find the Comics Syllabus at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/

Subscribe and follow the Comics Syllabus podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you find podcasts, or copy this RSS feed to your podcatcher: https://paulflai.com/feed/podcast/comicssyllabus

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Thanks for listening!

Aug 12 2019

51mins

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Rank #10: 205 On Kevin Huizenga’s “The River at Night” and CXC Columbus with Johnny Hall

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This week’s Comics Syllabus podcast features a discussion of Kevin Huizenga’s “The River at Night” (Drawn + Quarterly) ( 35:20 ) with good friend of the podcast Johnny Hall. Johnny and Comics Syllabus host Paul met up at Cartoon Crossroads (CXC) Columbus, had a chance to meet Mr. Huizenga, and talk about this collection of Huizenga’s wonderful “Ganges” series of comics, originally published in issue form by Fantagraphics but now collected by D+Q!

But first, Johnny and Paul discuss the CXC show in Columbus, Ohio, and their experiences, including mentioning creators and comics they encountered there, such as Jaime Hernandez, Natasha Alterici, Nate Powell, Ezra Claytan Daniels, Frank Santoro, Kevin Huizenga, Melanie Gillman, Carta Monir, Mike Mignola, Jeff Smith, and more. It’s a really special convention, and Paul and Johnny discuss why.

Find the Comics Syllabus at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/

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from The River at Night by Kevin Huizenga (Drawn and Quarterly)

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from The River at Night by Kevin Huizenga (Drawn and Quarterly)

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Oct 08 2019

1hr 26mins

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Rank #11: Green Lantern Earth One and Wait List with Sonny

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On today’s Comics Syllabus, Paul and brother Sonny discuss "Green Lantern Earth One Volume One," Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko, and Jordan Boyd’s DC graphic novel retelling of Hal Jordan Green Lantern’s origin story in the Earth One universe. "Green Lantern Earth One" is a dash of Sonny’s favorite stuff– Green Lantern Corps and Green Lantern lore–filtered through the cinematic stylistics of Hardman and Bechko, some of Paul’s favorite creators.

Then, Sonny and Paul pick upcoming trade collections on their wait list:

Sonny picks "Batman Detective Comics TP Vol 06 Fall Of The Batmen Rebirth" by James Tynion IV and Joe Bennett and artists (DC), the fall of Clayface and nearing the end of the Tynion Detective run.

Paul recommends "Fantastic Four Epic Collection TP New Fantastic Four" (Marvel) by various writers and artist, notably (for Paul) Art Adams art, collecting "Fantastic Four" #347-361 and Annual #24, a 90s run that includes Wolverine, Spiderman, Hulk, and Ghost Rider subbing for Marvel’s first family.

Finally, a new wrinkle to the "Wait List with Sonny" segment. The brothers try out three "number one" issues, and Sonny decides if he’ll add any to his trade wait list. They discuss "Detective Comics" #982 (the first post-Tynion issue), "Thor" #1, and "By Night" #1 (Boom).

Subscribe and follow the Comics Syllabus podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or Soundcloud, or copy this RSS feed to your podcatcher: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:235183739/sounds.rss 

Join the discussion on the Comics Syllabus Facebook page: http://facebook.com/ComicsSyllabus or with Paul on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TwoPlai or leave your comments here on the showpage.

Thanks for listening!

Jun 19 2018

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Rank #12: BE PREPARED by Vera Brosgol from First Second

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Today’s Comics Syllabus podcast looks at BE PREPARED by Vera Brosgol (First Second), colors by Alec Longstreth, a wonderful autobiographical summer camp story for all ages.

Images discussed on the podcast:
1. The Cover of BE PREPARED and the alienation of Camp
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2. Birthday Party and Outsider Feelings

Interiors

3. The "Hollywood" and Cultural Camp Experiences
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Find the full podcast at http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/

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Feel free to drum up discussion on the Comics Syllabus Facebook page: http://facebook.com/ComicsSyllabus

May 05 2018

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Rank #13: 202: “King of King Court” by Travis Dandro (D+Q) plus NCBD Notes on Sword & Sorcery Comics

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First, @TwoPlai offers an analysis of “King of King Court” by Travis Dandro (Drawn & Quarterly), an affecting graphic memoir employing comics’ repertoires of subjective narrative to explore the experience of growing up with family, addiction, love, and pain.

Then, a rundown of recent series that @TwoPlai has been reading in a new segment called “New Comic Book Day (NCBD) Notes.”

Mentioned:
“Once and Future” #1 by Kieron Gillen & Dan Mora (Boom Studios)
“Red Sonja” by Mark Russell and Mirko Colak (Dynamite)
“Reaver” by Justin Jordan, Rebekah Isaacs, & Alex Guimarares (Image)
“Forgotten Queen” by Tini Howard & Amilcar Pinna (Valiant)
“Fairlady” by Brian Schirmer, Claudia Balboni, Marissa Louise (Image)
“Sera and the Royal Stars” by Jon Tsuei and Audrey Mok (Vault)

Find the Comics Syllabus at its home at Multiversitycomics.comhttp://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/

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Aug 27 2019

49mins

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Rank #14: Spoilery McSpoilers Avengers Infinity War Reflections

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In typical Comics Syllabus fashion, Paul has the most niche of niche solo discussions (with YOU!) about AVENGERS INFINITY WAR. This conversation features SPOILERS but then again kind of doesn’t because, as usual, Paul explains very little, kind of hoping that you’ve not only already seen the movie but consumed the recaps and reviews abounding everywhere. So it’s more of a reflective piece, thinking about ideas and themes provoked by the movie. Listen only after you’ve joined the throngs of people who’ve already seen the film, cool?

Find the full podcast at http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/

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Apr 30 2018

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Rank #15: Mother Box a New Gods by Jack Kirby pod pilot w Matt Lune pt 1

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A special, slightly different episode: Paul and "That’s the Issue" host Matt Lune embark on a podcast journey, as they launch "The Mother Box: A New Gods by Jack Kirby Podcast" project, a read-through of the "Fourth World Omnibus" by Jack Kirby. Together, Matt and Paul aim to learn about the New Gods universe, characters, and stories in anticipation of the planned "New Gods" movie directed by Ava Duvernay. They will read through and discuss Kirby’s New Gods work issue by issue. And they’ll invite on experts and other readers to inform them along the way.

This episode is a pilot, of sorts, for "The Mother Box," as well as a briefing about Jack Kirby, the New Gods, and what we hope to do with the project. Next week, on "That’s the Issue," we will continue with a closer reading of the first issues of the "Fourth World Omnibus," the first three issues of Jack Kirby’s work at DC on "Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen."

Let us know what you think!

Some primer articles you might check out:
Multiversity’s Jonathan O’Neal’s piece:

Fourth World Problems


DC’s 101:
https://www.dccomics.com/blog/2016/03/09/dc-comics-101-who-are-the-new-gods
Nerdist Primer:

THE NEW GODS: A Primer On DC Comics’ Cosmic Mythology


IGN rundown:
http://www.ign.com/articles/2018/03/16/the-new-gods-explained-who-are-the-dc-characters
Chris Sims at Comics Alliance:
http://comicsalliance.com/ask-chris-54-the-mythology-of-jack-kirbys-new-gods/
A blogger’s explainer piece:
What’s the deal with the Fourth World?
Recent Kirby write-up in the Independent:
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/jack-kirby-new-gods-marvel-comic-book-artist-recognition-a8259236.html
The Vulture’s Reisman longform:
http://www.vulture.com/2017/11/jack-kirby-fourth-world-steppenwolf-justice-league.html
Another blogger’s take, what’s wrong with New Gods (it’s Superman):
http://www.comicscube.com/2013/11/whats-wrong-with-new-gods-look-at-jack.html
LA Times “Reading Irresponsibly with Jack Kirby” piece:
http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-ca-jc-jack-kirby-20171229-story.html

Find the full podcast at http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/

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May 08 2018

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Rank #16: 207 Comics PLEASE: Wings of Fire and Superman Smashes the Klan

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On the Comics Syllabus today, another installment of COMICS PLEASE! (for Parents, Librarians, Educators, and Student Enthusiasts), covering comics and graphic novels for kids and teen readers.

This time, a review of the “Wings of Fire” graphic novel series, adapting Tui T. Sutherland’s fantasy series as graphic novels with art by Mike Holmes from Scholastic’s Graphix line. This chat is with Cohost Kid!

Then, a chat about “Superman Smashes the Klan” by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru (DC). 

Find the Comics Syllabus at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/

Subscribe and follow the Comics Syllabus podcast on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play PodcastsStitcher, or wherever you find podcasts, or copy this RSS feed to your podcatcherhttps://paulflai.com/feed/podcast/comicssyllabus

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Nov 05 2019

31mins

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Rank #17: 206 On “Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me” and Comics in Libraries with Alea Perez

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On the Comics Syllabus today, our special guest is Alea Perez (@ShhhYeah), President-Elect of the American Library Association’s Graphic Novels and Comics Roundtable and Multiversity contributor.

At ( 38:40 ), we talk about Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell’s “Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me” (First Second), this past summer’s graphic novel hit.

But first, we talk with Alea about comics and graphic novels in libraries, how she became a librarian advocate for comics, and the ALA’s Graphic Novels and Comics Roundtable.

“Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me” by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (First Second)

Find the Comics Syllabus at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/

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Oct 22 2019

1hr 20mins

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Rank #18: 203 Kids Series- “Best Friends,” “Mighty Jack & Zita,” and “Hilda & the Mountain King”

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“Best Friends” by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham! “Might Jack and Zita the Spacegirl” by Ben Hatke! “Hilda and the Mountain King” by Luke Pearson!

This week, @TwoPlai is joined by his first (and admittedly favorite) guest host of the new Comics Syllabus era– Cohost Kid! We talk about a couple books from First Second that are the next installments of really fun kids comics series. Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham’s “Best Friends” is a follow up to “Real Friends” that autobiographically explores friendships and worries of the latter half of elementary school for Hale. Ben Hatke’s culmination of both his “Mighty Jack” AND “Zita the Spacegirl” series has also just come out. And we also talk about NoBrow’s new “Hilda and the Mountain King,” book number six for Luke Pearson’s awesome “Hilda” series.

Let’s dig deep!

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Sep 10 2019

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Rank #19: 18-04-10 Ram V revisits PARADISO and Critical Dystopias and Wait List

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On this episode (at 0:00 ), Paul serves up next week’s Syllabus (see below), inviting you to a discussion of "Critical Dystopia" and readings for next episode of the pod!

Then (at 13:32 ), we welcome back Ram V ( http://www.ram-v.com/ ), writer of Image Comics series "Paradiso" whose first arc is collected in trade and out May 16, 2018. Ram talks to us about the experience of writing "Paradiso" issues 1-4 and beyond, and we dig deep in a spoiler section into the characters and world of this fascinating series, drawn by Dev Pramanik, colored by Dearbhla Kelly, and lettered by Aditya Bidikar from Image Comics.

At ( 1:16:45 ), Paul tackles a few books from last episode’s "Syllabus" and starts to discuss "Critical Dystopias," with the surprising and NOT dystopic books "Dragon Slayer" by Jaime Hernandez (TOON Books) and the children’s book Islandborn by Junot Diaz (Dial), and then delving into a mini-comic from ShortBox ( http://shortbox.bigcartel.com/ ) by Matthew Pettit entitled "Sending You Love from Paradise." Paul lays out different ideas about critical dystopias, ideas he plans to delve further into in the next Comics Syllabus.

Finally, Paul’s brother Sonny returns for "The Wait List" (at 1:58:32 ), a discussion of trades and collections in the month of April that his trade-waiting brother is excited for. That means it’s time to talk "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" (Boom!) and "Detective Comics" (DC)! Paul also tries to trick his brother into reading "Kramers Ergot" 10 (Fantagraphics) and "X-Men: Grand Design" by Ed Piskor (Marvel).

"The Syllabus" for 4/11/2018: Critical Dystopias Part 2:

(And join us next time for Multiversity’s Michelle White on some of her recent reads for the Throwback Thursday, Family Friday, and Sequential Saturday picks)

Throwback Thursday:
“One Hundred Demons" by Lynda Barry (Drawn + Quarterly)

Family Friday:
“Science Comics Bats: Learning to Fly" by Falynn Koch (First Second) and
“Science Comics Robots and Drones: Past, Present, and Future," written by Mairghread Scott; illustrated by Jacob Chabot (First Second).

Sequential & Small Press Saturday:
"The Interview" by Manuele Fiore (Fantagraphics)

Superhero Sunday:
"Thanos" by Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw (Marvel)

Manga Monday:
"Planetes" by Yukimura (Dark Horse)

Alt/Trade Tuesday:
"Monstress" by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image)

World/Web Wednesday:
"Centron Files" by (Delcourt and Europe)

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Apr 10 2018

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Rank #20: Chad Sell on THE CARDBOARD KINGDOM

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Chad Sell, the creator and artist of the wonderful new all-ages graphic novel, “The Cardboard Kingdom” (Penguin Random House), joins Paul to tell the inspiring origin story of the book, co-written with a team of contributors. Just as Chad and many other contributors lent their talents and perspectives to the craft of this book, the book itself is a tribute to the diverse imaginations and explorations of a neighborhood of kids, having fun and finding themselves through an extended universe of play. The kids take on roles like The Sorceress, the Big Banshee, and The Gargoyle, fashioning costumes and castles from cardboard and creativity. The graphic novel’s assembled short stories amass into an overarching tale of childhood fun, community formation, and identity development, enjoyable for young readers and adults too. Chad shares about the craft and process of putting together “The Cardboard Kingdom”… its inspiration from kids comics, drag queens, and coloring book contests. It’s a great conversation… don’t miss it!

Chad’s co-writers on the book include Jay Fuller, David Derek, Katie Schenkel, Kris Moore, Manuel Betancourt, Molly Muldoon, Vid Alliger, Cloud Jacobs, Michael Cole, Barbara Perez Marquez, Vid Alliger, David Demeo, and Chad himself! Check out “The Cardboard Kingdom” at http://chadsellcomics.com/thecardboardkingdom/ or http://twitter.com/TheCardboardK and find Chad and his work at http://chadsellcomics.com/

(Oh, and check out the awesome papercraft designs for Cardboard Kingdom available through the book’s site: http://ntanos.co.uk/collections/the-cardboard-kingdom )

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Jun 12 2018

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215 Mark Russell on SECOND COMING and BILLIONAIRE ISLAND

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On this week’s episode, we’re graced by an interview with Mark Russell, writer of the Ahoy Comics series “Billionaire Island” with artist Steve Pugh and the newly collected first arc of “Second Coming” with artist Richard Pace. Mark Russell talks with Paul about the origins of these sharply satirical but ultimately profound comics, one about the extremes of our contemporary wealth inequality and the other about Jesus returning to earth and becoming pals with a superhero. Russell digs deep into the origins of his ideas, his collaborations with publishers and artists, and how he employs humor and humanity to make wonderful comics. This conversation’s a real treat!

(Note: There’s a brief audio gap about 30:25 in the episode where Mark comments that he just drew inspiration from the renditions of the God of the Old Testament– apologies for the Skype error!)

Then, our “Picks and Shovels” segment on what we’re reading, including…

“Almost American Girl” by Robin Ha (Balzer + Bray)

“Shadow of the Batgirl” by Sarah Kuhn (w) and Nicole Goux (a) (DC Kids)

“Daredevil” #1-19 by Chip Zdarsky (w), Mark Chechetto (a), Jorge Fornes (a), others (Marvel)

“Folklords” #1-4 by Matt Kindt (w), Matt Smith (a), (Boom!)

“The Golden Age, Book 1” by Roxane Moreil (w) and Cyril Pedrosa (a) (First Second)

Let’s dig deep!

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Mar 10 2020

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214 On Little Bird and Pretty Deadly: the Rat, Lemire in space, TKO, and Spy x Family

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On this week’s episode, Johnny digs deep into a pair of series from Image Comics, “Little Bird” by Darcy Van Poelgeest (W) and Ian Bertram (A) and “Pretty Deadly: The Rat” by Kelly Sue DeConnick (W) and Emma Rios (A).

But first, our “Picks and Shovels” segment on what we’re reading:

Johnny:

“Green Lantern” Seasons 1 & 2 (DC Comics) W: Grant Morrison A: Liam Sharp C: Steve Oliff & Olyoptics

“Sentient” (TKO) W: Jeff Lemire A: Gabriel Walta

“Ascender” Vol 1 (Image Comics) W: Jeff Lemire A: Dustin Nguyen

“Canopus” (Scout Comics) W/A Dave Chisolm 

“Trillium” (DC/Vertigo) W/A Jeff Lemire

Paul:

“Spy x Family” (Viz; Shonen Jump) by Tatsuya Endo

“Parable of the Sower” (2020, Abrams) by Octavia Butler (original novel), Damian Duffy (adapt.), John Jennings (art). Paul’s review: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/reviews/parable-of-the-sower/

“Conan the Barbarian” (Marvel) by Jason Aaron (w), Mahmud Asrar (a) 

“The Banks” (TKO) by Roxane Gay (w) and Ming Doyle (a)

“Legend of Korra: Ruins of Empire” (Dark Horse) by Michael Dante DiMartino (w) and Michelle Wong (a)

“Superman Smashes the Clan” (DC) by Gene Luen Yang (w) and Gurihiru (a)

From Johnny’s deep dig: Image from “Little Bird” by Darcy Van Poelgeest (W), Ian Bertram (A), Matt Hollingsworth (C), Aditya Bidikar (L):

Image from “Pretty Deadly: the Rat” by Kelly Sue DeConnick (W) and Emma Rios (A):

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Feb 25 2020

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213 On “Sports is Hell” by Ben Passmore

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“Sports is Hell” by Ben Passmore (Koyama)

Ben Passmore’s new “Sports is Hell” from Koyama Press satirically sends up our intertwined sports, politics, and cultural madnesses. Paul and Johnny dig deep into the short graphic novel.

But first, our “Picks and Shovels” (What We’re Reading) include:

Johnny: “The Last God” (DC Black Label), “Nancy” by Olivia Jaimes (Andrews McMeel), “East of West” (Image Comics)

P: “Commute: An Illustrated Memoir of Female Shame” by Erin Williams (Abrams), “Wonder Woman Dead Earth” #1 (DC Black Label), “Criminal” #12 (Image Comics), and the upcoming “Dragon Hoops” (First Second)

Look forward to our upcoming deep dives into “Little Bird” (Image Comics) and “Pretty Deadly: The Rat” (Image Comics)

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Feb 10 2020

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212 Carnival X: On Marvel’s Dawn of X

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This week, Johnny and Paul offer a perspective and critiques of the “Dawn of X” mutant titles from Marvel, drawing on theory of the “literary carnivalesque” from Mikhail Bakhtin to describe what’s  intriguing about the X-books in the wake of Jonathan Hickman’s House of X/Powers of X relaunch. Our discussion then touches on all the DoX titles so far, including “X-Men,” “Excalibur,” “New Mutants,” “X-Force,” “Fallen Angels,” and “Marauders.”

But first, the What We’re Reading segment touches on Strnad and Corben’s “Mutant World,” Jemisin and Campbell’s “Far Sector” (DC), Mignola’s “Cosmic Odyssey” (DC), Minh Le and Andie Tong’s “Green Lantern: Legacy” (DC Kids), Cates and Stegman’s “Venom” (Marvel), “Noisemakers: 25 Women who raised their voices and changed the world” (Random House), Johns and Franks’ “Doomsday Clock” (DC), and Bill Amend’s “FoxTrot.”

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Jan 28 2020

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211 Comics of the Decade

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What comics meant the most in the 2010s… to us, to comics, to the larger culture? “Saga”? “Ms. Marvel”? Raina Telgemeier’s “Smile”?

Paul and Johnny run through their list of the comics of the decade, the graphic novels, superhero books, independent or alternative comics that marked out the 2010s for them. They also try to project ahead into what these selections say about the trends and transformations of comics in the 2020s.

Listen in to hear our whole list and all the commentary.

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Jan 13 2020

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210 Favorite Graphic Novels of 2019

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What graphic novels in 2019 stood out as the most significant, most soul-stirring, most thought-provoking, most artistically innovative?

Co-hosts Paul and Johnny are excited to share the Comics Syllabus Podcast’s favorite graphic novels of 2019. Listen as they chatter about the comics works and collections that they loved most this year.

Johnny’s List:

10:  The Adventure Zone:  Murder on the Rockport Limited Carey Pietsch/Clint,Griffin,Justin,Travis McElroy – 1st Second Books

9:  GUTS Raina Telgemeier – Scholastic

8:  Hot Comb Ebony Flowers – Drawn & Quarterly

7:  Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me W: Mariko Tamaki     A: Rosemary Valero-O’Connell – 1st Second Books

6:  Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction Vol. 4-7 Inio Asano – Viz Media

5:  Rusty Brown Chris Ware – Pantheon Graphic Library

4:  Pittsburgh/River at Night Frank Santoro – New York Review of Comics   Kevin Huizenga – Drawn & Quarterly

3:  BTTM FDRS W: Ezra Clayton Daniels   A:  Ben Passmore – Fantagraphics Books

2:  The Hard Tomorrow Eleanor Davis – Drawn & Quarterly

1:  Are You Listening? Tillie Walden – 1st Second Books

Paul’s List:

10: MIghty Jack and Zita the Spacegirl Ben Hatke — First Second

9: New Kid Jerry Craft — HarperAlley

8: Angola Janga: The Kingdom of Runaway Slaves Marcelo D’Salete — Fantagraphics

7: Making Comics Lynda Barry — Drawn and Quarterly

6: The House Paco Roca — Fantagraphics

5: BTTM FDRS W: Ezra Claytan Daniel (w) and A; Ben Passmore — Fantagraphics

4: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me W: Mariko Tamaki   A: Rosemary Valero-O’Connell – First Second Books

3: In Waves AJ Dungo — NoBrow

2: Hot Comb Ebony Flowers — Drawn and Quarterly

1: The Hard Tomorrow Eleanor Davis — Drawn and Quarterly

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Dec 17 2019

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209 Favorite Series of 2019

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On this week’s Comics Syllabus, Paul (@twoplai) shares his favorite comic books series of 2019, recommendations for the holiday season and for all your year-end reading. His top ten series list includes:

“Giant Days” by John Allison and Max Sarin (BOOM!)
“Paper Girls” by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson, Jared K. Fletcher (Image)
“Black Panther” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Kev Walker, Daniel Acuña, Jen Bartel and others (Marvel)
“Batman Universe” by Brian Michael Bendis and Nick Derington (DC)
“Fairlady” by Brian Schirmer, Claudia Balboni, and Marissa Louise (Image)
“Criminal” by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Jacob Phillips (Image)
“Isola” by Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl, MSASSYK, and Aditya Bidikar (Image)
“Sea of Stars” by Jason Aaron, Dennis Hallum, Stephen Green, and Rico Renzi (Image)
“Invisible Kingdom” by G. Willow Wilson and Christian Ward (Dark Horse; Berger Books)
“Red Sonja” by Mark Russell and Bob Q (Dynamite)

with special honorable mentions to:
“House of X” and “Powers of X” by Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz, RB Silva, and others (Marvel), “Ironheart” by Eve Ewing and others (Marvel), “Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” by Ryan North, Derek Charm, Erica Henderson and others (Marvel)
“Doom Patrol: Weight of the World” by Gerard Way, Jeremy Lambert, and James Harvey (DC/Young Animal), “Batman: Creature of the Night” by Kurt Busiek and John Paul Leon and others (DC), “Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen” by Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber (DC), “Superman Smashes the Klan” by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru (DC), “Far Sector” by N.K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell (DC)
“Sera and the Royal Stars” by Jon Tsuie and Audrey Mok (Vault)

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Dec 03 2019

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208 Pittsburgh by Frank Santoro, Tom Spurgeon, Re-reading Planetary, and Dawn of X with Johnny Hall

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On the Comics Syllabus today, guest co-host Johnny Hall (@johnnyhall3) and Paul (@twoplai) discuss Frank Santoro’s graphic novel “Pittsburgh,” (starting at 12:30) a potent reminiscence and contemplation of Santoro’s immediate family and upbringing in the city.

But first, Johnny and Paul remember Tom Spurgeon, comics reporter extraordinaire and example for us all. After talking about “Pittsburgh,” Paul asks Johnny about his recent re-read of Warren Ellis and John Cassaday’s “Planetary” from DC twenty years ago (at 47:50) and then dive into the recent Dawn of X and House of X/Powers of X series written by Jonathan Hickman and others at Marvel (at 1:07:38).

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Nov 19 2019

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207 Comics PLEASE: Wings of Fire and Superman Smashes the Klan

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On the Comics Syllabus today, another installment of COMICS PLEASE! (for Parents, Librarians, Educators, and Student Enthusiasts), covering comics and graphic novels for kids and teen readers.

This time, a review of the “Wings of Fire” graphic novel series, adapting Tui T. Sutherland’s fantasy series as graphic novels with art by Mike Holmes from Scholastic’s Graphix line. This chat is with Cohost Kid!

Then, a chat about “Superman Smashes the Klan” by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru (DC). 

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Nov 05 2019

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206 On “Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me” and Comics in Libraries with Alea Perez

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On the Comics Syllabus today, our special guest is Alea Perez (@ShhhYeah), President-Elect of the American Library Association’s Graphic Novels and Comics Roundtable and Multiversity contributor.

At ( 38:40 ), we talk about Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell’s “Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me” (First Second), this past summer’s graphic novel hit.

But first, we talk with Alea about comics and graphic novels in libraries, how she became a librarian advocate for comics, and the ALA’s Graphic Novels and Comics Roundtable.

“Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me” by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (First Second)

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Oct 22 2019

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205 On Kevin Huizenga’s “The River at Night” and CXC Columbus with Johnny Hall

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This week’s Comics Syllabus podcast features a discussion of Kevin Huizenga’s “The River at Night” (Drawn + Quarterly) ( 35:20 ) with good friend of the podcast Johnny Hall. Johnny and Comics Syllabus host Paul met up at Cartoon Crossroads (CXC) Columbus, had a chance to meet Mr. Huizenga, and talk about this collection of Huizenga’s wonderful “Ganges” series of comics, originally published in issue form by Fantagraphics but now collected by D+Q!

But first, Johnny and Paul discuss the CXC show in Columbus, Ohio, and their experiences, including mentioning creators and comics they encountered there, such as Jaime Hernandez, Natasha Alterici, Nate Powell, Ezra Claytan Daniels, Frank Santoro, Kevin Huizenga, Melanie Gillman, Carta Monir, Mike Mignola, Jeff Smith, and more. It’s a really special convention, and Paul and Johnny discuss why.

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from The River at Night by Kevin Huizenga (Drawn and Quarterly)

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from The River at Night by Kevin Huizenga (Drawn and Quarterly)

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Oct 08 2019

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204 Reviews of “Guts” by Raina Telgemeier & “Simon and Louise” by Max de Radigués

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For kids and middle grade readers: “Guts” by Raina Telgemeier (Graphix) (6:22)

And for teens and young adults: “Simon and Louise” by Max de Radigués (Conundrum). (18:39)

In this pilot episode of “Comics PLEASE! Kids Graphic Novels and YA Comics for Parents, Librarians, Educators, and School-aged Enthusiasts,” @TwoPlai tries out a new format for podcasting about comics for young readers.

We begin with two 8-Minute Reviews, starting with “Guts,” the new autobiographical kids and middle grade book by Raina Telgemeier from Scholastic’s Graphix line. A follow up to the mega-hits “Smile” and “Sisters,” Telgemeier’s new “Guts” explores her childhood experiences with anxiety, stomach pains, friendships, and therapy.

Then, a review of “Simon and Louise” by Max de Radigués, a Conundrum book for teens and young adults that tells two connected stories about the mishaps and misadventures of a boyfriend and girlfriend on separate summer breaks. “Simon and Louse” came out in early August, 2019.

Paul follows up these reviews with a few other recommended titles (26:30 ) for folks who have enjoyed Raina’s memoir books, including “Sheets” by Brenna Thummler, “New Kid” by Jerry Craft, “Click” by Kayla Miller, and the “Luz” series by Claudia Dávila. And he recommends the other work of Max de Radigués, especially the new “Stig and Tilde” from Nobrow.

Then, in the “Chalk Talk Chat,” Paul talks about a question other parents have asked him before: “Okay, I got my kid into reading comics… What if my kid will ONLY read comics now?” (36:56)

Your thoughts?

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Sep 24 2019

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203 Kids Series- “Best Friends,” “Mighty Jack & Zita,” and “Hilda & the Mountain King”

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“Best Friends” by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham! “Might Jack and Zita the Spacegirl” by Ben Hatke! “Hilda and the Mountain King” by Luke Pearson!

This week, @TwoPlai is joined by his first (and admittedly favorite) guest host of the new Comics Syllabus era– Cohost Kid! We talk about a couple books from First Second that are the next installments of really fun kids comics series. Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham’s “Best Friends” is a follow up to “Real Friends” that autobiographically explores friendships and worries of the latter half of elementary school for Hale. Ben Hatke’s culmination of both his “Mighty Jack” AND “Zita the Spacegirl” series has also just come out. And we also talk about NoBrow’s new “Hilda and the Mountain King,” book number six for Luke Pearson’s awesome “Hilda” series.

Let’s dig deep!

Find the Comics Syllabus at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/

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Sep 10 2019

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202: “King of King Court” by Travis Dandro (D+Q) plus NCBD Notes on Sword & Sorcery Comics

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First, @TwoPlai offers an analysis of “King of King Court” by Travis Dandro (Drawn & Quarterly), an affecting graphic memoir employing comics’ repertoires of subjective narrative to explore the experience of growing up with family, addiction, love, and pain.

Then, a rundown of recent series that @TwoPlai has been reading in a new segment called “New Comic Book Day (NCBD) Notes.”

Mentioned:
“Once and Future” #1 by Kieron Gillen & Dan Mora (Boom Studios)
“Red Sonja” by Mark Russell and Mirko Colak (Dynamite)
“Reaver” by Justin Jordan, Rebekah Isaacs, & Alex Guimarares (Image)
“Forgotten Queen” by Tini Howard & Amilcar Pinna (Valiant)
“Fairlady” by Brian Schirmer, Claudia Balboni, Marissa Louise (Image)
“Sera and the Royal Stars” by Jon Tsuei and Audrey Mok (Vault)

Find the Comics Syllabus at its home at Multiversitycomics.comhttp://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/

Subscribe and follow the Comics Syllabus podcast on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play PodcastsStitcher, or wherever you find podcasts, or copy this RSS feed to your podcatcherhttps://paulflai.com/feed/podcast/comicssyllabus

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Let’s dig deep.

Aug 27 2019

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Comics Syllabus 201: “Hot Comb” by Ebony Flowers (Drawn + Quarterly)

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On the return of the Comics Syllabus podcast, we talk about “Hot Comb” by Ebony Flowers (Drawn & Quarterly), a memoir in vignettes about Flowers coming-of-age in the Baltimore area black community as a young woman and her experiences surrounding hair, touching poignantly on race, gender, growing up, family, societal expectations, community, class, identity, and selfhood. It’s a beautiful and powerful book that TwoPlai tries his best to unpack his responses and questions about.

Find the Comics Syllabus at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/

Subscribe and follow the Comics Syllabus podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you find podcasts, or copy this RSS feed to your podcatcher: https://paulflai.com/feed/podcast/comicssyllabus

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Aug 12 2019

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Returning & Remembering Derek

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TwoPlai sets up to return to the Comics Syllabus, and he offers a remembrance of Derek Parker Royal of the Comics Alternative.

Derek and the Comics Alternative: http://comicsalternative.com/

Engage with the Comics Syllabus: https://twitter.com/twoplai https://www.instagram.com/twoplai/ http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/

Subscribe to the Comics Syllabus on Apple Podcasts or add this RSS feed to your podcast app: https://paulflai.com/feed/podcast/comicssyllabus

For upcoming Comics Syllabus discussions:

SDCC ’19: The 2019 Eisner Award Winners

“Hot Comb” by Ebony Flowers, which I think I called “Blowout Comb” on the podcast, mistaking that title for the Digable Planets album from 25 (!) years ago: https://www.drawnandquarterly.com/blog/2018/05/dqhq-pr-hot-comb-ebony-flowers-spring-2019

Jul 27 2019

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Farewell for Now

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A farewell… for now. Paul is redirecting his podcasting energies to start "Mother Box: A New Gods and Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Podcast" with Matt Lune, as well as to appear weekly on the Comics Alternative and pursue other endeavors. This episode is a fond farewell as the Comics Syllabus podcast goes on indefinite hiatus, with heartfelt thanks to all the guests, listeners, friends, and Multiversity colleagues who’ve made this podcast a total joy for the past two years.

Comics Syllabus may be back in the future or on occasion, but for now, Paul’s signing off. Look for "Mother Box" to come soon (and fill in this every-other-Tuesday slot at Multiversitycomics.com), and look for Paul and his friends at Multiversity, as well as on the Comics Alternative podcast weekly review episodes.

And thanks for listening! Let’s keep reading.

(Track art is a drawing of Paul by wonderful artist Max Sarin)

Jul 03 2018

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Green Lantern Earth One and Wait List with Sonny

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On today’s Comics Syllabus, Paul and brother Sonny discuss "Green Lantern Earth One Volume One," Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko, and Jordan Boyd’s DC graphic novel retelling of Hal Jordan Green Lantern’s origin story in the Earth One universe. "Green Lantern Earth One" is a dash of Sonny’s favorite stuff– Green Lantern Corps and Green Lantern lore–filtered through the cinematic stylistics of Hardman and Bechko, some of Paul’s favorite creators.

Then, Sonny and Paul pick upcoming trade collections on their wait list:

Sonny picks "Batman Detective Comics TP Vol 06 Fall Of The Batmen Rebirth" by James Tynion IV and Joe Bennett and artists (DC), the fall of Clayface and nearing the end of the Tynion Detective run.

Paul recommends "Fantastic Four Epic Collection TP New Fantastic Four" (Marvel) by various writers and artist, notably (for Paul) Art Adams art, collecting "Fantastic Four" #347-361 and Annual #24, a 90s run that includes Wolverine, Spiderman, Hulk, and Ghost Rider subbing for Marvel’s first family.

Finally, a new wrinkle to the "Wait List with Sonny" segment. The brothers try out three "number one" issues, and Sonny decides if he’ll add any to his trade wait list. They discuss "Detective Comics" #982 (the first post-Tynion issue), "Thor" #1, and "By Night" #1 (Boom).

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Join the discussion on the Comics Syllabus Facebook page: http://facebook.com/ComicsSyllabus or with Paul on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TwoPlai or leave your comments here on the showpage.

Thanks for listening!

Jun 19 2018

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Chad Sell on THE CARDBOARD KINGDOM

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Chad Sell, the creator and artist of the wonderful new all-ages graphic novel, “The Cardboard Kingdom” (Penguin Random House), joins Paul to tell the inspiring origin story of the book, co-written with a team of contributors. Just as Chad and many other contributors lent their talents and perspectives to the craft of this book, the book itself is a tribute to the diverse imaginations and explorations of a neighborhood of kids, having fun and finding themselves through an extended universe of play. The kids take on roles like The Sorceress, the Big Banshee, and The Gargoyle, fashioning costumes and castles from cardboard and creativity. The graphic novel’s assembled short stories amass into an overarching tale of childhood fun, community formation, and identity development, enjoyable for young readers and adults too. Chad shares about the craft and process of putting together “The Cardboard Kingdom”… its inspiration from kids comics, drag queens, and coloring book contests. It’s a great conversation… don’t miss it!

Chad’s co-writers on the book include Jay Fuller, David Derek, Katie Schenkel, Kris Moore, Manuel Betancourt, Molly Muldoon, Vid Alliger, Cloud Jacobs, Michael Cole, Barbara Perez Marquez, Vid Alliger, David Demeo, and Chad himself! Check out “The Cardboard Kingdom” at http://chadsellcomics.com/thecardboardkingdom/ or http://twitter.com/TheCardboardK and find Chad and his work at http://chadsellcomics.com/

(Oh, and check out the awesome papercraft designs for Cardboard Kingdom available through the book’s site: http://ntanos.co.uk/collections/the-cardboard-kingdom )

Subscribe and follow the Comics Syllabus podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or Soundcloud, or copy this RSS feed to your podcatcher: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:235183739/sounds.rss or you can find archives for this podcast (previously named “Study Comics with Paul”) here: http://studycomics.club/

Join the discussion on the Comics Syllabus Facebook page: http://facebook.com/ComicsSyllabus or with Paul on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TwoPlai or leave your comments here on the showpage.

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Jun 12 2018

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Jacob Semahn on ‘No. 1 with a Bullet’ (Image Comics)

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Writer Jacob Semahn joins Paul on the Comics Syllabus podcast to talk about “No. 1 with a Bullet,” the Image Comics series he co-created with artist Jorge Corona, colorist Jen Hickman, and writer Steve Wands. “No 1 with a Bullet” is collected in a trade that comes out June 6, 2018. It’s a thrilling near-future story about Nash Huang, a TV personality’s assistant who must survive the brutal public exposure of our social media age… and worse! Jacob and Paul talk about the big ideas and cultural trends that prompted the book’s creation, and the craft behind his and his collaborators’ creation of this dynamic book. Let’s dig deep!

(Note: Swears and content warning– with respect, Jacob and Paul discuss issues of harassment and violence, though not graphically. Separately, heads up for some adult language in this one.)

Subscribe and follow the Comics Syllabus podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or Soundcloud, or copy this RSS feed to your podcatcher: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:235183739/sounds.rss or you can find archives for this podcast (previously named “Study Comics with Paul”) here: http://studycomics.club/

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Jun 05 2018

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Fantastic Podcast

By Wolf Warner - Dec 16 2017
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Great analysis of comics that provokes scholarly thought. Awesome job!! Playlist add ASAP!!

Lit teacher + comics = awesome

By Frank Cezar - Sep 12 2016
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Listen to Paul and dive into the depths of comics as literature and art. Wow!