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

Episode 26

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

Copy of Copy of Ep 22

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