Episode 29: The Con Wrap-Up Pod: ALA and SDCC

Episode 29

This week Angela and Kelly chat about all the cool stuff we learned and saw at the American Library Association conference and San Diego Comic-Con. We talk about stuff going on at Oni Press, whether comics should have editors (YES THEY SHOULD), and how manga always gets shafted at SDCC. Plus some quick comments about the Eisners, including new hall-of-famer Rumiko Takahashi.

Book Reviews (48:05):

Angela: Kase-san and Morning Glories by Hiromi Takashima (Seven Seas)

KellyGo For It, Nakamura by Syundei (Seven Seas)


Mentioned on the pod (in order of appearance):

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

Copy of Copy of Episode 26

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

Copy of Episode 26

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