Episode 34: BL Manga, or Let Women Have Something ffs

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Angela and Kelly finally take a dive into the possibly controversial category of BL (Boys’ Love) manga. Kelly tries to define BL manga without getting booed off the internet, and Angela tries to wrap her head around the concept of manga about all boys for an audience of all girls. How did the genre develop? (Hint: It’s time to talk about 70s shojo again). Why do fujoshi get such a bad rap? Plus, some recommendations for getting started with BL titles. 

Episode 6: LGBT Comics, or when it’s okay to be GAY

Book Reviews (53:33):

Angela: Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows by Dan Slott (Marvel)

KellySheets by Brenna Thummler (Lion Forge)

Mentioned on the pod (in order of appearance):

Banana Fish by Akimi Yoshida
My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Nagata Kabi
My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame
Yuri!!! On Ice
The Heat of Thomas by Moto Hagio
Kaze to Ki no Uta by Keiko Takemiya
The Rose of Versailles by Riyoko Ikeda
Wotakoi: Life Is Hard for Otaku by Fujita
That Blue Sky Feeling by Okura and Coma Hashii
Bloom Into You by Nio Nakatani
Go For It, Nakamura! by Syundei
Love Stage by by Eiki Eiki and Taishi Zaoh
I Hear the Sunspot by Yuki Fumino
Jackass! by Scarlet Beriko
Doukyuusei by Nakamura Asumiko
Seven Days by Venio Tachibana and Rihito Takarai
Ten Count by Takarai Rihito
Stray Bullet Baby by Kei Ichikawa
Escape Journey by Ogeretsu Tanaka
Candy Color Paradox by Natsume Isaku
Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu
Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad

Episode 33: Serial Killers, or the History of the Direct Market

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Angela and Kelly love to crap on the direct market, but what is it even? Angela goes into professor mode and gives a history of the direct market and how Diamond took control of all the things and became local comic shops’ lord and master. Do serials even make sense in today’s market? Is there an equivalent problem for manga? Plus, a close look at the controversy with Batman’s dick last week (that’s right, we said it). 

Book Reviews (51:43):

Angela: Heavy Vinyl by Carly Usdin & Nina Vakueva (Boom! Studios)

KellyOnibi by Atelier Sento (Tuttle)

Mentioned on the pod (in order of appearance):

Coming soon!

Episode 32: Novelizations vs. Light Novels, or Where’d the Pictures Go?


Angela and Kelly dig into the recent trend of prose adaptations, novelizations, and spinoffs of popular comic properties, from Boom!’s Lumberjanes novels to DC’s DC Icons YA series. Angela is as confused as ever about what a light novel actually is, so Kelly explains why they are not actually the same (at all) as these comics-to-prose wonders in the Western market. Plus, the girls get into so nitty gritty librarian talk about where to put comics novels and light novels on library shelves. 

Book Reviews (41:25):

Angela: Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu (First Second)

KellyDead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction by Inio Asano (Viz Signature)

Mentioned on the pod (in order of appearance):

Lumberjanes novels by Mariko Tamaki, etc
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl novels by Shannon Hale
Black Panther: The Young Prince by Ronald L. Smith
The Backstagers and the Ghost Light by Andy Mientus
Giant Days
by Non Pratt
Hilda and the Troll
by Luke Pearson (read this one)
Hilda and the Hidden People
 by Stephen Davies (don’t read this one)
DC Super Hero Girls at Super Hero High
Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas
Miles Morales: Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds
The Runaways by Christopher Golden (novel) or Rainbow Rowell (new comic)
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Star Wars Most Wanted by Rae Carson
Lois Lane series by Gwenda Bond
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll
Kindred by Octavia Butler and Damian Duffy
The Promised Neverland by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu
Sword Art Online by Reki Kawahara
No Game No Life
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Fullmetal Panic
Oreimo: My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute
Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon
Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon 
by Hirukuma and Ituwa Kato 
by Nisio Isin
Vamp! by Ryohgo Narita
Seraph of the End
Violet Evergarden

Beyond the Boundary
Goodnight Punpun
by Inio Asano
Haikyu!! by Haruichi Furudate
Kuroko’s Basketball by Tadatoshi Fujimaki
Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad

Episode 31: Cartoons, or manga in color & motion

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Angela and Kelly are talking about cartoons–the Saturday morning kind, and the late night anime kind. She-Ra, Marvel Rising, ThunderCats Roar, and Voltron (let’s not get into it) are all on the table. Why is western animation still struggling to find an audience outside 6 year olds? What comes first, the manga or the anime? And why does Angela have to wait so long for a new season of Haikyu!!?

Book Reviews (46:15):

Angela: Curse Words by Charles Soule, Ryan Browne, Jordan Boyd (Image)

KellyThat Blue Sky Feeling by Okura and Coma Hashii (Viz Media)

Mentioned on the pod (in order of appearance):

ThunderCats Roar
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Star Wars: Clone Wars
Superman Doomsday
Voltron Legendary Defender
Code Geass
My Hero Academia
Pretty Cure (PreCure)
Noitamina (anime time slot)
Laid Back Camp
Silver Spoon
Yusuke Murata
Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma
Dragon Ball
Rurouni Kenshin
Attack on Titan
Rick and Morty
Steven Universe
The Walking Dead
Mobile Suit Gundam
Hildafolk by Luke Pearson
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teen Titans/Teen Titans Go
Steven Universe
Gravity Falls
Marvel Rising
My Boyfriend Is a Bear

Episode 30: Take Me to Your Leader, or Aliens in Comics & Manga

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Angela and Kelly take a look at aliens in comics and manga, starting with the most iconic extraterrestrial of them all, Superman, and diving into space opera, outer-space girlfriends, and other little green men from space. Why are so many superheroes aliens? Is Parasyte the natural manga analog to VenomAnd Kelly’s most pressing question: Is Thor an alien? Plus a quick word about Marvel Rising. 

Book Reviews (35:53):

Angela: Taproot by Keezy Young (Lion Forge)

KellyDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba by Koyoharu Gotouge (Viz Media)

Mentioned on the pod (in order of appearance):

Marvel Rising
Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama
Saga by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staple
Space Battleship Yamato by Leiji Matsumoto
Space Pirate Captain Harlock by Leiji Matsumoto
Galaxy Express 999 by Leiji Matsumoto
Green Lantern
Mobile Suit Gundam
Super Dimensional Fortress Macross
by Hitoshi Iwaaki 
Urusei Yatsura 
by Rumiko Takahashi
Tenchi Muyo
To Love Ru
by Kentaro Yabuki
Captain Marvel
Secret Invasion
Level E
by Yoshihiro Togashi
Knights of Sidonia by Tsutomu Nihei
Assassination Classroom by Yusei Matsui
Gintama by Hideaki Sorachi
Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer by Satoshi Mizukami
Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction by Inio Asano
The Phoenix Saga
One-Punch Man
by ONE and Yusuke Murata
Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto by Nami Sato
Invincible by Robert Kirkman and Cory Waters
YuYu Hakusho by Yoshihiro Togashi
The Promised Neverland by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu

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

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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):

(coming soon!)

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