Episode 18: Page Layouts, or what’s with all these dots?

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Angela and Kelly take a deep dive into comics minutiae this week with a discussion about the nitty gritty of page layouts. Angela can’t understand why every panel in manga doesn’t have detailed backgrounds. Kelly can’t understand why Angela doesn’t appreciate negative space. Kelly thinks comics move too fast. Angela worries about getting enough action for her $3.99. Also, a discussion of Rachel Thorn’s fascinating thread on traffic laws in manga panelling and whether comics need similar guidelines or are better off without them.

Mentioned on the pod:

The Death of Superman by Dan Jurgens & Jerry Ordway (DC Comics)
Haikyu!! by Haruichi Furudate (Viz Comics)
Batman vol 2: I am Suicide (rebirth) by Tom King & Mikel Janin (DC Comics)
Mech Cadet Yu vol 1 by Greg Pak & Takeshi Miyazawa (Boom! Studios)
My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi (Viz Comics)
Decender vol 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen (Image Comics)
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure by Hirohika Araki (Viz Comics)
Land of the Lustrous by Haruko Ichikawa (Kodansha Comics)
Bleach by Tite Kubo (Viz)
The Runaways by Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka (Marvel)
Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad (Boom! Studios)
Delicious in Dungeon by Ryoko Kui (Yen Press)
Hunter x Hunter and YuYu Hakusho by Yoshihiro Togashi (Viz)


Book Recommendations:

Angela: My Brothers Husband by Gengoroh Tagame (Pantheon)

Kelly: The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang (FirstSecond) and also because she cannot help herself Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura





Episode 17: Problematic Favorites, or please don’t judge me

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We all love some kind of fiction with elements that might be considered, well, problematic. Age-gap romances, dubious consent, uncomfortable tropes and outdated stereotypes, sexual objectification, an author with bad behavior or objectionable views—you name it, it’s in one of our favorite books or shows.  Kelly and Angela talk about liking things we feel pressure to censure in spite of ourselves, from Devilman Crybaby and the infamous Land of the Lustrous Tumblr post to Lois Lane, Rawhide Kid, and beloved 90s books like Ender’s Game and Rurouni Kenshin.

Note: We recorded this podcast before the news about Recovery of an MMO Junkie‘s director and the allegations against Stan Lee…there’s always more to talk about :/

Mentioned on this pod:
DEVILMAN crybaby
Yowamushi Pedal by Wataru Watanabe
Haikyu!! by Haruichi Furudate
Yozakura Quartet
Land of the Lustrous by Haruko Ichikawa
Banana Fish by Akimi Yoshida
Kill La Kill
The Rawhide Kid
Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane
Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw
The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
After the Rain
Cardcaptor Sakura by CLAMP
Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki
…and more


Book recommendations/reviews:

Angela: Black Hammer by Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, and Dave Stewart (Dark Horse)

Kelly: Kigurumi Guardians by Lily Hoshino (Kodansha Comics)