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 Age-gap romances, dubious consent, uncomfortable tropes and outdated stereotypes, sexual objectification, an author with bad behavior or objectionable views—you name it, it’s in one of our favorite books or shows.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)

Episode 16: Romance comics, or £10,000 a year

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Kelly and Angela don’t know much about romance, so they bring in romance expert Sarah Neeri to help fill in the gaps! How did romance get started and why did it die in America? (hint: Angela’s favorite book!) Get your toast ready, these ladies have the dokidokis!

Book recommendations:

Angela: Misfit City by Kurt Lustgarten and Naomi Franquiz (Boom!)

Kelly: House of the Sun by Ta’amo (Kodansha Comics)

Sara: The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag (Graphix) & Finder by Carla McNeil (Dark Horse)

Episode 15: A talk with Anna Cebrian, or the secrets of a comic shop!

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Angela and Kelly sit down with Anna Cebrian, owner of Illusive Comics & Games in Santa Clara, CA (a 2017 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer nominee) to discuss how she got into the comics industry (not how you’d expect), what it’s like to be a woman in the biz (spoiler: not great), and where comics are heading (or should be) in the future. Plus: Everyone gets a chance to gush about their favorite kids’ books, and Kelly asks what the deal is with comic stores and manga.

Episode 14: 2017 Wrap Up, or good f%#@ing riddance

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Goodbye and good riddance, 2017. Kelly and Angela take one last look at geek culture in 2017, from movies and TV to anime, video games, and trends. We’re talking about The Last Jedi, Stranger Things 2, the new Doctor, Made in Abyss, Fire Emblem Heroes, and how much Kelly cried during Coco. Plus, what we’re looking forward to in 2018: Black Panther, Masaaki Yuasa’s Devilman Crybaby, the rumored Harry Potter AR game, and more. Angela might even admit that she learned something about manga this year!

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

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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)