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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

25 Ratings
Average Ratings
18
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

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Rank #1: #635 Dan Mishkin talks “Amethyst”

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Dan Mishkin has worked on many different superhero properties, especially for DC — big names such as Batman and Wonder Woman, as well as characters that he helped to create, such as Blue Devil and Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld. Tim has been reading the original 1983 Amethyst series, and in part one of his talk with Dan, we get some of the background on the series: the development of the idea, the intended audience, death in the series, why the second series came to be, Amy Winston’s unpublished Jewish backstory, and, if Dan could do Amethyst again, would he do anything differently?

Sep 25 2019

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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 […]

Jan 30 2019

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Rank #3: #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 […]

Jul 10 2019

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Rank #4: #602 Mike Baron

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Mike Baron has been a presence in comics for 35 years, from his own creations Nexus and Badger, to mainstream work like the Flash and the Punisher. Recently he’s turned to thriller and horror novels as a creative outlet, while still keeping Nexus and Badger going. He talks to Tim in this episode about switching […]

Jul 30 2018

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Rank #5: #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 […]

May 29 2019

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Rank #6: #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 […]

Jun 12 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #7: #606 Marvelman, Miracleman, and Moore

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Strap in for one of the wildest stories in comics – on the creator and publisher side of things! Miracleman, originally known as Marvelman, has been through two hiatuses of 20+ years each and a battle over rights to the character, plus the previously-mentioned name change. And that’s not to mention the dark, dark turn […]

Aug 27 2018

1hr 21mins

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Rank #8: #605 Audio “MIND MGMT” & 20 years of “Jane’s World”

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Matt Kindt (creator of Super Spy, Revolver, and more) recently ran a Kickstarter for an audio comic — on a vinyl record! — set in the MIND MGMT universe. He talks to Tim in this episode about how it went, why he wanted to do this project, and what’s coming next from him. Then, Jason […]

Aug 20 2018

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Rank #9: #612 RIP Stan Lee

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Stan Lee, Marvel Comics writer, art director, publisher, promoter, and icon, died November 12 at age 95. While he is loved by many, and undoubtedly had a hand in some of the greatest stories of Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, and more, he was also known to aggravate disputes over story credit and art ownership with […]

Nov 20 2018

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Rank #10: #613 “My Favorite Thing is Monsters”

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My Favorite Thing is Monsters is a horror-movie-influenced graphic novel set against the tumult of the U.S. in the 1960s. What’s stunning is that it’s the first published work for Emil Ferris, but it’s very accomplished. Kumar and Emmet review.

Nov 24 2018

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Rank #11: #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, […]

Jun 26 2019

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Rank #12: #622 “A Small Killing” – and also “Jerusalem”

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A man is being stalked by a child who wants to kill him. Who is the child? Or perhaps the question is, what does the child symbolize? Could this book be an autobiography in disguise? Koom and Mike discuss Alan Moore and Oscar Zarate’s underappreciated 1991 work A Small Killing— as well as Moore’s prose […]

Apr 17 2019

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Rank #13: #621 Denny O’Neil and Sam Agro

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Our own Koom recently attended the Toronto Comicon, leading to this episode’s two interviews! First, Denny O’Neil talks about his experiences and collaborations in the comics industry, why he imagines Gotham City to be in New Jersey, and more. Then cartoonist and animator Sam Agro talks animation, superhero movies, the evolution of comics conventions, and […]

Apr 03 2019

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Rank #14: Critiquing Comics #139: “Tabi” and “The Quick and the Dad”

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Tim and Mulele are back with two critiques: Oscar‘s recent book Tabi (“Journey”) is another silent comic, this time featuring a sword-wielding rabbit. Is that sword to be used for good, or for ill? Ken Holtzhouser brings us The Quick and the Dad, in which a somewhat goofball dad tries to reconnect with his son […]

Aug 23 2018

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Rank #15: #630 A Celebration of “SHAZAM!”

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Captain Marvel — the one who shouts “Shazam!” to change from little boy to adult super hero — first appeared in Whiz Comics #2, dated February 1940, almost immediately prompting comparisons to Superman and outrage at DC. Yet the “Big Red Cheese” actually outsold Supes in the ’40s. Why has the most popular hero of […]

Aug 07 2019

1hr 20mins

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Rank #16: #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 […]

Sep 10 2019

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Rank #17: #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 Seymour? And what’s the deal with that bus, anyway? Will joins Tim to discuss these questions and more.

Comic Journal review of the movie, by Michael Dean

Daniel Clowes interview in Salon

Oct 09 2019

53mins

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Rank #18: #607 “Dahmer” on film

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Last year saw the release of Marc Meyers’ film adaptation of Derf Backderf’s My Friend Dahmer, starring Ross Lynch, Anne Heche, Dallas Roberts, Alex Wolff, and Vincent Kartheiser. How is the film different from the book, and how do we account for the differences considering Derf’s close involvement in the movie? Did the film’s budget […]

Sep 03 2018

1hr 8mins

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Rank #19: Critiquing Comics #145: “Lords of the Cosmos” and “North Bend”

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Lords of the Cosmos, by Dennis Fallon, Jason Lenox, and Jason Palmatier, presents us with a lot of standard-issue baddies who are out to destroy the peaceful planet of Aiden. But what’s the bad guys’ motivation? Who is the hero who will set things right? And, is the material mismatched to the art? If Lords […]

Nov 28 2018

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Rank #20: #610 Michael Kupperman gives us “All the Answers”

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Michael Kupperman, best known for the likes of Snake ‘n’ Bacon and Tales Designed to Thrizzle, decided to go with a more serious and narrative-driven approach with his latest work, All the Answers. It’s the true story of how his father, Joel Kupperman, became famous on the radio and TV show Quiz Kids during and […]

Oct 15 2018

1hr 15mins

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