Episode 28: Slice of Life, or Angela doesn’t want to be healed

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Angela and Kelly dive into slice of life as a genre–or rather, Kelly goes to great lengths to explain to Angela why slice of life might be at all appealing. Why isn’t slice of life a thing in the western market outside web comics, and could a slice of life story ever succeed here? Can Angela’s cold, hardened fossil of a heart ever be healed by fluffy slice of life manga? Plus, Kelly goes over some of the recent manga license announcements from the recent Anime Expo (40:19).

Book Reviews (46:23):

Kelly: Tokyo Tarareba Girls by Akiko Higashimura (Kodansha Comics)

Angela: My Boyfriend in a Bear by Pamela Ribon and Cat Farris (Oni Press)

Mentioned on the pod (in order of appearance):

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
Garfield by Jim Davis
Azumanga Daioh by Kiyohiko Azuma
Nichijou by Keiichi Arawi
Haven’t You Heard, I’m Sakamoto by Nami Sano
Sweetness and Lightning by Gido Amagakure
Barakamon by Satsuki Yoshino
What Did You Eat Yesterday by Fumi Yoshinaga
Horimiya by HERO and Daisuke Hagiwara
Flying Witch by Chihiro Ishizuka
Daily Lives of High School Boys
Hakumei and Mikochi 
by Takuto Kashiki
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Non Non Biyori 
by Atto
Delicious in Dungeon by Ryoko Kui
Laid-Back Camp by Afro
Black Jack by Osamu Tezuka
Hark a Vagrant by Kate Beaton
The Adventures of Business Cat by Tom Fonder
Giant Days by John Allison and Max Sarin
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki
The Flintstones by Mark Russell and Steve Pugh
Black Hammer by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston
Silver Spoon by Hiromu Arakawa
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
Cucumber Quest by Gigi D.G.
Witch Hat Atelier by Shirahama Kamome
10 Dance by Satou Inoue
Hitorijime My Hero by Memeco Arii
Shimanami Tasogare by Yuhki Kamatani
Doukyuusei (Classmates) by Nakamura Asumiko
Nyankees by Atsushi Okada
The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl by Tomihiko Morimi
Banana Fish by Akimi Yoshida
Moteki by Mitsurou Kubo

Episode 27: The Rise of Kids’ Comics, Part II: Manga Already Did It

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Angela and Kelly continue their exploration of kids comics, starting with DC’s new kids/teen imprints: DC Ink and DC Zoom. Is DC’s strategy of pairing high profile prose authors with comics IP the correct one, or is it too cautious? And what the heck is Marvel up to? Kelly tries to take credit for everything by arguing that the success of shonen and shojo manga is paving the way for kids comics, and Angela gets a crash course in manga demographics.

DC Ink and Zoom covers

Book Review (37:10): Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad (Boom!)

Mentioned on the pod (in order of appearance):
Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya
Super Sons by Peter J. Tomasi and Jorge Jimenez
Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze
Black Panther: World of Wakanda by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay, Yona Harvey
The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network by Max Gladstone, Alex de Campi, Brenden Fletcher, Giannis Milonogiannis
The Runaways by Rainbow Rowell
This One Summer by Mariko and Jill Tamaki
Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis
Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur by Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare
Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows by Gerry Conway and Ryan Stegman
Spider-Man: Miles Morales by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale
DC Super Hero Girls by Shea Fontana
Tiny Titans by Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto
Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
Author: Faith Erin Hicks
One Piece by Eiichiro Oda
Pokemon Adventures by Hidenori Kusaka
Yokai Watch by Noriyuki Konishi
Doraemon by Fujiko F. Fujio
Sgt. Frog by Mine Yoshizaki
Inazuma Eleven by Tenya Yabuno
Fluffy Fluffy Cinnamoroll by Yumi Tsukirino
Jewelpet by Mako Morie
Chi’s Sweet Home by Kanata Konami
My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi
Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida
Golden Kamuy by Satoru Noda
Delicious in Dungeon by Ryoko Kui
Tokyo Tarareba Girls by Akiko Higashimura
Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura
Uta no Prince-sama
Check Please! by by Ngozi Ukazu
Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad
Yuri!!! On Ice
Haikyu!! by Haruichi Furudate
Mech Cadet Yu by Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa
Slam Dunk by Takehiko Inoue
Starfighter by HamletMachine

Episode 26: The Rise of Kids’ Comics, Part I: Smile Inherits the Earth

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This week Angela and Kelly are taking the first of a two-part look into the meteoric rise of the kids’ comic market, from Bone breaking into libraries to Raina Telgemeier dominating the bestseller lists everywhere. Are Marvel and DC doing enough the capture the next generation of comics readers? Who are the true titans of the new market (and why are many of them women)? Plus, we uncover the fascinating story of DC’s doomed YA imprint that tried to capture the manga demographic in Borders’ sunset days.

Book Reviews (46:04):

Kelly: Kaguya-sama: Love Is War by Aka Akasaka (Viz Media)

Angela: DeadEndia: The Watcher’s Test by Hamish Steele (Nobrow)

Mentioned on the pod (in order of appearance):

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
DC Super Hero Girls by Shea Fontana
Bone by Jeff Smith
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
Brave by Svetlana Chmakova
Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L Holm
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol
Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
NewsPrints by Ru Xu
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales by Nathan Hale
Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland
The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins by Clint McElroy
Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu
The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell et al.
5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior by Mark Siegel et el.
Rickety Stitch by James Parks and Ben Costa
Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya
Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi
Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
Kakegurui by Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomur
Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
The Backstagers by James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh
Death Parade

Episode 25: Crossovers & Spinoffs, or spoilers for Infinity War

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While everyone’s busy digesting Avengers: Infinity War, Angela and Kelly are thinking about crossovers, spinoffs, and comic book “events.” What is the appeal of throwing all these characters together? Are people going to get as tired of these events in film as they are in comics? Does manga even have an equivalent? (And how does Kelly use this as an excuse to talk about 2D idols?)

Book Reviews (34:30):

Kelly: Moteki: Love Strikes! by Mitsurou Kubo (Vertical)

AngelaI Kill Giants by Joe Kelly and J. M. Ken Niimura (Image)



Mentioned on the pod (in order of appearance):

Avengers: Infinity War
Amalgam Comics
One Piece by Eiichiro Oda
Toriko by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro
Gintama by Hideaki Sorachi
Sket Dance by Kenta Shinohara
Haikyuu!! by Haruichi Furudate
Nisekoi by Naoshi Komi
The Death of Superman by Dan Jurgens
Batman: Knightfall
Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars
Marvel: Age of Apocalypse
Marvel: Civil War
DC: 52
DC: The New 52
DC Rebirth
DC: Blackest Night
DC Metal
Marvel: Secret Wars II
Marvel: Secret Invasion
World War Hulk
Type Moon (Fate/stay night, Fate/Zero)
My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Hideyuki Furuhashi and Betten Court
Fairy Tail Zero by Hiro Mashima
Soul Eater Not! by Atsushi Okubo
Attack on Titan Junior High by Saki Nakagawa
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall by Ryō Suzukaze and THORES Shibamoto
Shokugeki no Soma by Yuto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki
Boruto by Ukyo Kodachi and Mikio Ikemoto
Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad
Love Live!
Again!! by Mitsurou Kubo
Welcome to the NHK
 by Nico Tanigawa
Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura

Episode 24: Magical Girls, or Angela’s crush on Sailor Jupiter

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In the name of the moon! Angela and Kelly chat about the legacy of Sailor Moon in Western fandom, share some of our favorite magical girl anime and manga, and try to break down what makes a magical girl. Are magical girls superheroes? Is Squirrel Girl a magical girl? Plus, a quick look at the latest Comicsgate nonsense for those wondering what was happening on Twitter last week.

Book Reviews (50:35):

AngelaDeadly Class by Rick Remender (Image)

KellyWotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku by Fujita (Kodansha)

Mentioned on the pod (in order of appearance): 

Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi
Cardcaptor Sakura by CLAMP
Princess Tutu
Kigurumi Guardians by Lily Hoshino
Pretty Cure
Shugo Chara
Magical Princess Minky Momo
Creamy Mami, the Magic Angel
Revolutionary Girl Utena
Magic Knight Rayearth by CLAMP
Cutie Honey by Go Nagai
Star Driver
Magical Girl Ore
Cute High Earth Defense Club Love!
Steven Universe
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Magical Girl Site
Zodiac Starforce
by Kevin Panetta
Agents of the Realm by Mildred Louis
Power Up by Kate Leth
Jem and the Holograms
The Powerpuff Girls
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North
Adorned by Chi: The Graphic Novel
Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad
Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir
Assassination Classroom 
by Yusei Matsui
Mean Girls
Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun
by Izumi Tsubaki

Episode 23: Eisner Snubs, or how to get out of manga jail

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Angela and Kelly break down the 2018 Eisner nominations–or, more accurately, spend 45 minutes complaining that their favorite things didn’t get nominated. We’re whining about middle grade snubs, looking for YA books in the YA category, and getting huffy about adaptations of Jane Eyre. Plus, Kelly goes on yet another indignant rant about manga getting treated like a leper at the Eisners.

Book Reviews (46:35):

Angela: Rock Candy Mountain by Kyle Starks (Image)

Kelly: Takane and Hana by Yuki Shiwasu (Viz)

Mentioned on the pod (in order of appearance): 

All the Eisner Nominees 
Giant Days by John Allison
Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
Hawkeye by Kate Bishop
The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie Mckelvie
Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro
Descender by Jeff Lemire
Black Panther: World of Wakanda by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay
Extremity by Daniel Warren Johnson and Mike Spicer
The Flintstones by Mark Russell and Steve Pugh
Redlands by Jordie Bellaire and Vanesa Del Rey
Royal City by Jeff Lemire
The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner
Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson
The Great Art Caper by Victoria Jamieson
Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
Bolivar by Sean Rubin
Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez
Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
Wallace the Brave by Will Henry
NewsPrints by Ru Xu
The Stone Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson
Fish Girl by David Weisner and Donna Jo Napoli
The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag
Cucumber Quest by Gigi DG
Brave by Svetlana Chmakova
Fantasy Sports by Sam Bosma
Jane by Aline Brosh McKenna and Ramón K. Pérez
Spinning by Tillie Walden
Louis Undercover by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault
The Backstagers by James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh
Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland
Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green
Shattered Warrior by Sharon Shinn and Molly Knox Ostertag
I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina and Stacey Robinson
As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman
Paper Girls by Brian Vaughan and Cliff Chiang
YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens List
Super Sons by Peter J. Tomasi and Jorge Jimenez
Jughead by Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson
Furari by Jiro Taniguchi
Golden Kamuy by Satoru Noda
My Brother’s Husband, by Gengoroh Tagame
Otherworld Barbara by Moto Hagio
Shiver by Junji Ito
Summit of the Gods by Jiro Taniguchi
My Lesbian Experience Experience with Loneliness by Nagata Kabi
Descending Stories by Haruko Kumota
Land of the Lustrous by Haruko Ichikawa
The Girl From the Other Side by Nagabe
I Hear the Sunspot  by Yuki Fumino
The Promised Neverland by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu
My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi
Delicious in Dungeon by Ryoko Kui
Tokyo Tarareba Girls by Akiko Higashimura
To Your Eternity by Yoshitoki Oima
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack
Lovely Complex/LovCom by Aya Nakahara
Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun by Izumi Tsubaki
Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori


Episode 22: The Catch-Up Pod, or why Kelly is jet-lagged

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Angela and Kelly spend a week catching up on current events. Kelly talks about what she saw on her trip to Japan, including the Weekly Shonen Jump Exhibition in Tokyo and lots of ads for Golden Kamuy, and Angela catches us up on some major comics news items from the past few weeks, like the failed Deadpool cartoon and what’s going on with the Batgirl film. Plus: Kelly talks about why she hates Funko Pops and we mourn the late Isao Takahata.

Book Reviews (40:20):

Angela: Citrus by Saburouta (Seven Seas)

Kelly: Goodnight Punpun by Inio Asano (Viz)

Mentioned on the pod: 

My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi
Golden Kamuy by Satoru Noda
Takane and Hana by Yuki Shiwasu
Banana Fish by Akimi Yoshida
Yuri!!! On Ice
Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for an Otaku by Fujita
Ten Count by Rihito Takarai
Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pacat
Delicious in Dungeon by Ryoko Kui
The Ancient Magus Bride by Kore Yamazaki
Haikyu!! by Haruichi Furudate
The Promised Neverland by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu
One-Punch Man by ONE and Yusuke Murata
Ran and the Gray World by Aki Irie (I said this was a josei series on the pod, but actually it’s seinen) – Just licensed by Viz!
YuYu Hakusho by Yoshihiro Togashi
Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki
Slam Dunk by Takehiko Inoue
Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama
Hunter x Hunter by Yoshihiro Togashi
Witch Hat Atelier by Shirahama Kamome (whose name I totally know yet butchered in my jet-lagged state, I am so sorry)
Love Live!
Isao Takahata (1935-2018) – check out some of his films like Pom Poko, My Neighbors the Yamadas, Only Yesterday, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Here is a great retrospective on his career.