Episode 25: Crossovers & Spinoffs, or spoilers for Infinity War

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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

Episode 24: Magical Girls, or Angela’s crush on Sailor Jupiter

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In the name of the moon! Angela and Kelly chat about the legacy of Sailor Moon in Western fandom, share some of our favorite magical girl anime and manga, and try to break down what makes a magical girl. Are magical girls superheroes? Is Squirrel Girl a magical girl? Plus, a quick look at the latest Comicsgate nonsense for those wondering what was happening on Twitter last week.

Book Reviews (50:35):

AngelaDeadly Class by Rick Remender (Image)

KellyWotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku by Fujita (Kodansha)

Mentioned on the pod (in order of appearance): 

Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi
Cardcaptor Sakura by CLAMP
Princess Tutu
Kigurumi Guardians by Lily Hoshino
Pretty Cure
Shugo Chara
Magical Princess Minky Momo
Creamy Mami, the Magic Angel
Revolutionary Girl Utena
Magic Knight Rayearth by CLAMP
Cutie Honey by Go Nagai
Star Driver
Magical Girl Ore
Cute High Earth Defense Club Love!
Steven Universe
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Magical Girl Site
Zodiac Starforce
by Kevin Panetta
Agents of the Realm by Mildred Louis
Power Up by Kate Leth
Jem and the Holograms
The Powerpuff Girls
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North
Adorned by Chi: The Graphic Novel
Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad
Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir
Assassination Classroom 
by Yusei Matsui
Mean Girls
Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun
by Izumi Tsubaki

Episode 23: Eisner Snubs, or how to get out of manga jail

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Angela and Kelly break down the 2018 Eisner nominations–or, more accurately, spend 45 minutes complaining that their favorite things didn’t get nominated. We’re whining about middle grade snubs, looking for YA books in the YA category, and getting huffy about adaptations of Jane Eyre. Plus, Kelly goes on yet another indignant rant about manga getting treated like a leper at the Eisners.

Book Reviews (46:35):

Angela: Rock Candy Mountain by Kyle Starks (Image)

Kelly: Takane and Hana by Yuki Shiwasu (Viz)

Mentioned on the pod (in order of appearance): 

All the Eisner Nominees 
Giant Days by John Allison
Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
Hawkeye by Kate Bishop
The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie Mckelvie
Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro
Descender by Jeff Lemire
Black Panther: World of Wakanda by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay
Extremity by Daniel Warren Johnson and Mike Spicer
The Flintstones by Mark Russell and Steve Pugh
Redlands by Jordie Bellaire and Vanesa Del Rey
Royal City by Jeff Lemire
The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner
Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson
The Great Art Caper by Victoria Jamieson
Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
Bolivar by Sean Rubin
Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez
Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
Wallace the Brave by Will Henry
NewsPrints by Ru Xu
The Stone Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson
Fish Girl by David Weisner and Donna Jo Napoli
The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag
Cucumber Quest by Gigi DG
Brave by Svetlana Chmakova
Fantasy Sports by Sam Bosma
Jane by Aline Brosh McKenna and Ramón K. Pérez
Spinning by Tillie Walden
Louis Undercover by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault
The Backstagers by James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh
Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland
Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green
Shattered Warrior by Sharon Shinn and Molly Knox Ostertag
I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina and Stacey Robinson
As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman
Paper Girls by Brian Vaughan and Cliff Chiang
YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens List
Super Sons by Peter J. Tomasi and Jorge Jimenez
Jughead by Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson
Furari by Jiro Taniguchi
Golden Kamuy by Satoru Noda
My Brother’s Husband, by Gengoroh Tagame
Otherworld Barbara by Moto Hagio
Shiver by Junji Ito
Summit of the Gods by Jiro Taniguchi
My Lesbian Experience Experience with Loneliness by Nagata Kabi
Descending Stories by Haruko Kumota
Land of the Lustrous by Haruko Ichikawa
The Girl From the Other Side by Nagabe
I Hear the Sunspot  by Yuki Fumino
The Promised Neverland by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu
My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi
Delicious in Dungeon by Ryoko Kui
Tokyo Tarareba Girls by Akiko Higashimura
To Your Eternity by Yoshitoki Oima
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack
Lovely Complex/LovCom by Aya Nakahara
Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun by Izumi Tsubaki
Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori


Episode 22: The Catch-Up Pod, or why Kelly is jet-lagged

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Angela and Kelly spend a week catching up on current events. Kelly talks about what she saw on her trip to Japan, including the Weekly Shonen Jump Exhibition in Tokyo and lots of ads for Golden Kamuy, and Angela catches us up on some major comics news items from the past few weeks, like the failed Deadpool cartoon and what’s going on with the Batgirl film. Plus: Kelly talks about why she hates Funko Pops and we mourn the late Isao Takahata.

Book Reviews (40:20):

Angela: Citrus by Saburouta (Seven Seas)

Kelly: Goodnight Punpun by Inio Asano (Viz)

Mentioned on the pod: 

My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi
Golden Kamuy by Satoru Noda
Takane and Hana by Yuki Shiwasu
Banana Fish by Akimi Yoshida
Yuri!!! On Ice
Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for an Otaku by Fujita
Ten Count by Rihito Takarai
Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pacat
Delicious in Dungeon by Ryoko Kui
The Ancient Magus Bride by Kore Yamazaki
Haikyu!! by Haruichi Furudate
The Promised Neverland by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu
One-Punch Man by ONE and Yusuke Murata
Ran and the Gray World by Aki Irie (I said this was a josei series on the pod, but actually it’s seinen) – Just licensed by Viz!
YuYu Hakusho by Yoshihiro Togashi
Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki
Slam Dunk by Takehiko Inoue
Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama
Hunter x Hunter by Yoshihiro Togashi
Witch Hat Atelier by Shirahama Kamome (whose name I totally know yet butchered in my jet-lagged state, I am so sorry)
Love Live!
Isao Takahata (1935-2018) – check out some of his films like Pom Poko, My Neighbors the Yamadas, Only Yesterday, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Here is a great retrospective on his career. 



Episode 21: Black Panther, or why we need diversity!

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Angela and Kelly get heavy with a pod about diversity (or the lack thereof) in comics and manga. We’re covering Black Panther (finally), Marvel’s diversity SNAFUs, the homogeneity of manga, and how kids’ comics are filling in the gaps. Plus, cute stories from the library about why diversity matters to our kids and teens.

Book Reviews (42:45):

Angela: The Flinstones by Mark Russell & Steve Pugh (DC Comics)

Kelly: Silver Spoon by Hiromu Arakawa (Yen Press)

Mentioned on the pod: 

America Vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez by Gabby Rivera and Joe Quinones
Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad
Iceman Vol. 1: Thawing Out by Sina Grace and Alessandro Vitti
Luke Cage Vol. 1: Sins of the Father by David F. Walker by Nelson Blake
Super Sons by Peter J. Tomasi and Jorge Jimenez
Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson
Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze
Spider-Man: Miles Morales Vol. 1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North
A Centaur’s Life by Kei Murayama
Yuri!!! On Ice
Attack on Titan
by Hajime Isayama
Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
Golden Kamuy by Satoru Noda
What Did You Eat Yesterday? by Fumi Yoshinaga
My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame
My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Nagata Kabi
March Comes in Like a Lion by Chica Umino
A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Oima
Real by Takehiko Inoue
Satoko and Nada by Yupechika
New Super-Man Vol. 1: Made In China by Gene Luen Yang and Viktor Bogdanovic
The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, etc.
The Backstagers by James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh
Black by Kwanza Osajyefo


Episode 20: Classics, or why we bother with the old stuff

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Angela and Kelly discuss comics and manga classics (no not THOSE classics). What makes something a classic and not just old? Why is the history of manga classics in the English-speaking fandom so muddled and weird? We’re talking 80s cyberpunk manga, retro X-Men, why Fullmetal Alchemist deserves to be a classic, and why some of the most classic Superman titles might be part of the canon but not “canon.”

Book Reviews (43:55):

Angela: The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell (Knopf) Out June 5, 2018

Kelly: Again!! by Miturou Kubo (Kodansha Comics)

Mentioned on the pod (in order of appearance):

Spider-Man: The Clone Saga by Tom DeFalco
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Watchmen by Alan Moore
Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo
Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy, Black Jack)
Devilman by Go Nagai
Cutie Honey by Go Nagai
Banana Fish by Akimi Yoshida
Captain Harlock by Leiji Matsumoto
Claudine by Riyoko Ikeda
Rose of Versailles by Riyoko Ikeda
Death Note by by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
Ranma 1/2 by Rumiko Takahashi
Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro
Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199 (on Crunchyroll)
Robotech / Super Dimensional Fortress Macross
Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow
Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama
Guardians of the Galaxy
Superman: Red Son 
by Mark Millar and Dave Johnson
Superman: Kingdom Come 
by Mark Waid and Alex Ross
X-men: The Dark Phoenix Saga
X-men: Mutant Genesis
by Chris Claremont
X-men: Days of Future Past
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
World War Hulk
Batman: The Killing Joke
Batman: The Long Halloween

Maus by Art Spiegelman
Preacher by Garth Ennis
Fables by Bill Willingham
Y: The Last Man Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra
Bone by Jeff Smith
Sandman by Neil Gaiman
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
Justice League: The New Frontier
Naoki Urasawa (Monster, Pluto, 20th Century Boys)
First of the North Star by Buronson and by Tetsuo Hara
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure by Hirohiko Araki
Saint Seiya by Masami Kurumada
Yu Yu Hakusho by Yoshihiro Togashi
Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
Captain Tsubasa by Yōichi Takahashi
Prince of Tennis by Takeshi Konomi
Touch by Mitsuru Adachi
Aim for the Ace by Sumika Yamamoto
Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi
Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori
Love Hina by Ken Akamatsu
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
The Heart of Thomas by Moto Hagio

Episode 19: Hard choices, or why I threw out Fushigi Yugi

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Angela and Kelly go full librarian this week, talking about how libraries choose what books to put on the shelves–and what has to go. Ever wonder who gets to pick which manga/graphic novels your library carries? (Spoiler: it’s us). Frustrated that a library got rid of your favorite series? (Guilty). We talk about budget and space constraints, out of print titles, the challenge balancing old and new, the siren call of nostalgia, and why we sometimes remove books you loved (sorry, Fushigi Yugi). Learn the darkest secrets of the library!

Also: We’re reviewers for No Flying No Tights now! Check it out.

Book Recommendations:

Angela: Moonstruck by Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle (Image Comics)

KellyWaiting for Spring by Anashin (Kodansha Comics)


Mentioned on the pod:

Fushigi Yugi by Yuu Watase
Kekkaishi by Yellow Tanabe
Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya
Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun by Izumi Tsubaki
Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama
Princess Princess by Mikiyo Tsuda (omg so unfortunate)
Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi
Case Closed Gosho Aoyama
Amalgam Universe arc from Marvel & D.C Comics (do not recommend)
One Piece by Eiichiro Oda
Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto
Bleach by Tite Kubo
Skip Beat by Yoshiki Nakamura
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure by Hirohiko Araki
Kimi ni Todoke by Karuho Shiina
Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi
Devilman by Go Nagai
Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Guardians of the Galaxy in general
Hayate the Combat Butler by Kenjiro Hata
Banana Fish by Akimi Yoshida
Vampire Knight by  Matsuri Hino
Y the Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra
Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale
Batman: Hush by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee
Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley
Superman: Death of Superman by Dan Jurgens and Jerry Ordway
Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar and Dave Johnson
Superman: Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross
Superman for All Seasons by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale
All Star Superman by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely
Saga by by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Preacher by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon
Kill la Kill
Tiger and Bunny
Yuri!!! on Ice
Togainu no Chi
 by Suguro Chayamachi (DO NOT BUY)
Monster Musume by OKAYADO
My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi
The Promised Neverland by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu
Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma by Yuto Tsukuda and‎ Shun Saeki
Kase-san and Morning Glories by Hiromi Takashima
Silver Spoon by Hiromu Arakawa
Ten Count by Rihito Takarai
Delicious in Dungeon by Ryoko Kui
Golden Kamuy by Satoru Noda
Black Butler by Yana Toboso
The Case Study of Vanitas by Jun Mochizuki
Black Clover by Yuki Tabata
Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad