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ALIA Graphic Podcast

The Official ALIA Graphic Novels and Comics Podcast

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30 May Roundup

In this month's roundup episode, Iurgi, Tara and Gabby discuss some of the latest news including the Comic Arts Awards of Australia's recently announced short list, a really interesting webinar series all about Manga, the adaptation of Lady Killer, and a great list of graphic novels about climate change and environmentalism. Then they discuss their favourite picks out of this month's new releases including:Stone Fruit - Lee Lai (Fantagraphics)Gideon Falls Vol 6 - Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino (Image Comics)Invisible Kingdom Vol 3 - G. Willow Wilson, Christian Ward (Berger Books)Metropolis Grove - Drew Brockington (DC Comics)Wynd: Book 1 - James Tynion IV, Michael Dyalinas (Boom! Box)The Secret to Superhuman Strength - Alison Bechdel (Vintage)To close the episode, Iurgi goes through some current Australian comics seeking funding on Kickstarter and they discuss the upcoming events in June: #AusLibChat all about comics Tuesday 1st June, Tara interviews Ashley Hawkins - the Manga Librarian, Creator Chat with Safdar Ahmed, and the upcoming ALIA Graphic Book Club. For a full list of the news discussed and all the new interesting graphic novels that have caught our attention please visit our blog: https://aliagraphic.blogspot.com You can also follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ALIAGraphic​.

30 May 2021

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29 Creator Chat with Lee Lai

In this episode we talk with Australian creator, now living in Canada, Lee Lai. The conversation covers how Lee got into comics, studying at the Victorian College of Arts, her influences, relationships (which are the back bone of all her works) and Stone Fruit, her first graphic novel which is now published by Fantagraphics.You can follow Lee Lai on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_leelai/If you like what we're doing, hit the subscribe button to stay up to date with our chats. You can also follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ALIAGraphic​ and check our blog, https://aliagraphic.blogspot.com​, for updates, monthly roundups of news and new release titles.

19 May 2021

Rank #2

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28 April Roundup and Daniel Wee Special Collections Librarian at Monash University

In this month's episode, James and Iurgi begin with an announcement. ALIA Graphic Novels and Comics will be starting a Graphic Novel Book Club for library workers, starting from July. We are excited about this and we hope you are too. Then they discuss the latest news and their favourite picks out of this month's new releases including:Dear Super-Villains - Michael Northrop, Gustavo Duarte (DC Kids)The Last Kids on Earth: Thrilling Tales From the Treehouse - Max Brallier and various artists (Viking Books for Young Readers)Black Widow Vol. 1: The Ties That Bind - Kelly Thompson, Elena Casagrande (Marvel Comics)Hellblazer: Rise and Fall - Tom Taylor, Darick Robertson (DC Comics)Suicide Squad: Bad Blood - Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo (DC Comics)Still Alive - Safdar Ahmed (Twelve Panel Press)To close the episode, Iurgi has a great chat with Daniel Wee who is a special collections librarian at Monash University. He's the custodian of old rare books and that includes one of the largest collections of comics in Australia. For a full list of the news discussed and all the new interesting graphic novels that have caught our attention please visit our blog: https://aliagraphic.blogspot.com You can also follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ALIAGraphic​.

29 Apr 2021

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27 Creator Chat with Nicola Scott

 In this episode we chillout and have a long chat with Nicola Scott, the Wonder Woman of Australian comic creators. We talk about how she got into comics, her experience breaking into the comics industry and San Diego Comic Con, working for DC Comics, and Black Magick the creator owned series written by Greg Rucka with amazing art by Nicola, published by Image Comics.You can find out more about Nicola on her website: https://www.nicolascottart.com If you like what we're doing, hit the subscribe button to stay up to date with our chats. You can also follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ALIAGraphic​ and check our blog, https://aliagraphic.blogspot.com​, for updates, monthly roundups of news and new release titles.

19 Apr 2021

Rank #4

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26 March Roundup

In our first roundup podcast for the year James and Melody discuss some of the most interesting news of the month and highlight the most interesting new releases. For a full list of the news discussed and all the new interesting graphic novels that have caught our attention please visit our blog: https://aliagraphic.blogspot.com If you like what we're doing, hit the subscribe button on our YouTube channel to stay up to date with our chats. You can also follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ALIAGraphic​.

28 Mar 2021

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25 Teaching With Comics With Tim Smyth

In this episode we chat with Tim Smyth, a Social Studies secondary school teacher from the east coast of the US, our first international guest, who's been using comics and graphic novels as teaching tools for years. We discuss how he got into comics, what made him start using them in the classroom, the great benefits of comics in teaching literacy and Tim gives us some of his top tips for teachers who are thinking of starting to use comics in the classroom.You can find out more about Tim and his teaching resources, which he makes freely available online, on his website: http://www.historycomics.net​ If you like what we're doing, hit the subscribe button on our YouTube channel to stay up to date with our chats. You can also follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ALIAGraphic​.

24 Mar 2021

Rank #6

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24 Creator Chat with Bruce Mutard

Bruce Mutard is one of the biggest names when it comes to comics in Australia. He has published lots of short comics and a few graphic novels. He was also involved with the Perth Comic Arts Festival and now he’s in charge of Australia’s most important comic art awards.In this chat we talk about: Bruce's influencesWhat inspires to make comicsHis thesis on comics andThe new Ledger Awards for excellence in Australian comics under his stewardship, which are transitioning and will be renamed the Comic Arts of Australia Awards. Look out for the next episode coming soon, our ALIA Graphic January and February roundup.If you like what we're doing give us a glowing review and hit the subscribe button to stay up to date with our chats. You can also follow us on Twitter: @ALIAGraphic and check our blog, aliagraphic.blogspot.com, for updates, monthly roundups of news and new release titles.

23 Feb 2021

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First anniversary special

We kick start the year with celebrations. We are graduating from baby to toddler. It's our first year anniversary on 20th February and the ALIA Graphic secretary James Baker sat down to have a long chat with ALIA Graphic Convenor Iurgi Urrutia.Among other things we discuss:What inspired the creation of the groupHow easy or hard it is to form an ALIA groupPlans and dreams for the groupThis is the first part of our celebration, watch out for another podcast coming out very soon where we talk to legendary Aussie creator Bruce Mutard about his new comics, his recently completed thesis and his plans for the Ledger Awards for excellence in Australian comics.

15 Feb 2021

Rank #8

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22 Creator Chat with Holly Jayne

We end the year with a very special creator chat with Holly Jayne. Bunnygirl is her first graphic novel which she initially published as a zine and was then picked up by a publisher. Holly talks about toys, books for kids, craft, and so much more! This is a great chat and an inspiring story to end the year. You can find out more about Holly and her art on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artofhollyjayne/If you like what we're doing, hit the subscribe button to stay up to date with our chats. You can also follow us on Twitter: @ALIAGraphic and check our blog, aliagraphic.blogspot.com, for updates, monthly roundups of news and new release titles.

22 Dec 2020

Rank #9

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21 ALIA Graphic: Our favourite picks of the year

In this episode we wrap up the year and each team member discusses their personal favourite comic of the year. We start the episode with a bit of a look at the year and a few thank yous. We especially want to thank the Australian creators and publishers that have engaged with us, given us feedback, words of encouragement and participated on our creator chats. You are awesome and we hope to talk to so many more of you next year. Then each team member picks and discusses their favourite comic of the year.Gabby: The Runaway Princess - Johan Troianowski (Random House Graphic)Iurgi: Paying the Land - Joe Sacco (Metropolitan Books)Jade: Heartstopper Volume 3 - Alice Oseman (Hodder Children's Books)James - Once & Future Volume 1 - Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain (BOOM! Studios)Sarah: Landing With Wing - Trace Balla (Allen & Unwin)Tara: Gideon Falls Volumes 4 and 5 - Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino, Dave Stewart (Image Comics)Bonus pick by Iurgi's son: Super Sidekicks Book 3: Trial of Heroes - Gaving Aung Than (Penguin Books Australia)This episode sort of closes our year but there will be a bonus episode coming up next week, a creator chat with Holly Jayne discussing her graphic novel Bunnygirl. Watch out for it, it's going to be a good one.You can also follow us on Twitter: @ALIAGraphic, email us at ozlibcomix@gmail.com and check our blog for updates: https://aliagraphic.blogspot.com

16 Dec 2020

Rank #10