Episode 13: Explicit Content, or get all that sex out of my violence

Episode 13

Kelly and Angela take a look at EXPLICIT CONTENT in comics and manga. Does manga get a bad rap for its sexual and violent content? Is violence always for shock value? Is sexual content always meant to be titillating? If we’re ok with teens having sex in a YA novel, why not in comics for teens?How do we deal with explicit content in the library? Also, did you know Iron Man and Black Widow have a canonical sex tape?

Book Reviews:

Angela: The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill (Oni Press)

Kelly: That Wolf-Boy is Mine by Yoko Nogiri (Kodansha Comics)

Episode 12: Best of 2017, or where are all the comics & manga?

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As 2017 wraps up, Kelly and Angela take a look at some of the comics and manga being recognized on Best of 2017 lists around the internet. Why do these lists matter? Will manga ever make it out of the manga ghetto? Plus: our favorite comics and manga of the year, and what we’re looking forward to in 2018.


  • Descender by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
  • The Vision by Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta
  • Delicious in Dungeon by Ryoko Kui
  • The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by  Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack
  • NewsPrints by Ru Xu


  • My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Nagata Kabi
  • Kigurumi Guardians by Lily Hoshino
  • Delicious in Dungeon by Ryoko Kui
  • The Girl from the Other Side by Nagabe
  • Golden Kamuy by Satoru Noda

Review: Thor Ragnarok (it’s secretly anime)

Episode 11: Fan Fiction, or where do I buy Batman doujinshi?

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What’s the difference between Western fan fiction and Japanese doujinshi? Angela, Kelly, and special guest Liz get deep into the weeds on how cultural and industry values influence fan works produced in America vs Japan. Why aren’t there more fan-made comics about your favorite superheroes? Are Kancolle doujinshi copyright infringement? What the heck is the deal with coffee shop AUs? AND, why isn’t Ron x Draco more of a thing?

Book Review: I Hear the Sunspot by Yuki Fumino (One Peace Books)


Episode 10: Superheroes vs. Shonen Heroes, or friendship & darkness

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What makes a hero? This week we’re taking on tropes in American superhero comics and shonen battle manga, and talking about what makes these two similar genres entirely different. Who will win – brooding vigilantes or the power of friendship?

Book Recommendations/Reviews:

Special guest Elizabeth: Super Sons by Peter Tomasi & Jorge Jimenez (D.C Comics)

Kelly: Dreamin’ Sun by Ichigo Takano (Seven Seas)

Episode 9: Horror Comics, or AHHHHHHH!

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It’s time for a SPOOKTACULAR Halloween pod about all things horror!! What makes a comic horror? Is it the ghosts? The gore? Kelly closes her eyes and tries not to freak out, while Angela revels in the blood.

Mentioned in this episode:

Comics and Manga 

  • Locke and Key, by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
  • Revival, by Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, & Mark Englert (Image)
  • Wytches, by Scott Snyder & Jock (Image)
  • Nailbiter, by Joshua Williamson, Mike Henderson, & Adam Guzowski (Image)
  • Outcast, by Robert Kirkman, Paul Azaceta, & Elizabeth Breitweiser (Image)
  • The Walking Dead, by Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard (Image)
  • Harrow County, by Cullen Bunn & Tyler Crook (Dark Horse)
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa  & Robert Hack (Archie)
  • Afterlife with Archie, by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Francesco Francavilla (Archie)
  • Jughead the Hunger, by Frank Tieri & Michael Walsh (available only in single issue floppies) (Archie)
  • Redlands, by Jordie Bellaire & Vanesa Del Rey (available only in single issue floppies) (Image)
  • Through the Woods, by Emily Carroll (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
  • Tokyo Ghoul, by Sui Ishida (Viz)
  • Hellsing, by Kohta Hirano (Dark Horse)
  • Uzumaki, by Junji Ito (Viz)
  • Attack on Titan, by Hajime Isayama (Kodansha)
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, by Koyoharu Gotoge (Viz)
  • Ajin: Demi-Human, by Gamon Sakurai (Vertical)
  • Franken Fran, by Katsuhisa Kigitsu (Seven Seas)
  • Parasyte, by Hitoshi Iwaaki (Kodansha)
  • Gantz, by Hiroya Oku (Dark Horse)
  • Killing Stalking, by Koogi (Lezhin)


  • Shiki
  • Hell Girl
  • Mononoke
  • Another

Articles and Books

Book Recommendations/Reviews:

Angela: House of Penance, by Peter Tomasi & Ian Bertram (Dark Horse comics)

Kelly: Land of the Lustrous, by Haruko Ichikawa (Kodansha Comics)

Episode 8: Digital Comics, or the problem with pirates!

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Arrrrr! Pirates have invaded the podcast!! The ladies share their thoughts about digital comics and the proliferation of piracy in the manga market. Plus, Kelly talks you into reading her favorite book of 2017. Spoiler: it has bears and bayonets.

Book recommendations/reviews:

Angela: Vision Vol 1: Little Worse Than a Man by Tom King & Gabriel Hernandez Walta (Marvel Comics)

Kelly: Golden Kamuy by Satoru Noda (Viz)

Food in comics, or why am I so hungry?!

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What has you hungry today? Could it be FOOD COMICS?! Listen as Angela and Kelly discuss the tastiest manga and comic books that deal with food and cooking. From competitions in space to foraging in dungeons, there is no limit to what they will eat. Bonus content below includes some our favorite recipes. Is it time for lunch?

Book Recommendations: 

Angela: Chew by John Layman and Rob Guillory (Image Comics)

Kelly: Delicious in Dungeon by Ryoko Kui (Yen Press)

Recipe Recommendations!!

Angela: Don’t be intimidated, it’s so easy, Cream Puffs!!!!

Kelly: Yummy tea time snacks you don’t even have to slay living armor for: Molly Yeh’s Dark Chocolate Marzipan Scone Loaf.