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


Episode 18: Page Layouts, or what’s with all these dots?

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Angela and Kelly take a deep dive into comics minutiae this week with a discussion about the nitty gritty of page layouts. Angela can’t understand why every panel in manga doesn’t have detailed backgrounds. Kelly can’t understand why Angela doesn’t appreciate negative space. Kelly thinks comics move too fast. Angela worries about getting enough action for her $3.99. Also, a discussion of Rachel Thorn’s fascinating thread on traffic laws in manga panelling and whether comics need similar guidelines or are better off without them.

Mentioned on the pod:

The Death of Superman by Dan Jurgens & Jerry Ordway (DC Comics)
Haikyu!! by Haruichi Furudate (Viz Comics)
Batman vol 2: I am Suicide (rebirth) by Tom King & Mikel Janin (DC Comics)
Mech Cadet Yu vol 1 by Greg Pak & Takeshi Miyazawa (Boom! Studios)
My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi (Viz Comics)
Decender vol 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen (Image Comics)
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure by Hirohika Araki (Viz Comics)
Land of the Lustrous by Haruko Ichikawa (Kodansha Comics)
Bleach by Tite Kubo (Viz)
The Runaways by Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka (Marvel)
Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad (Boom! Studios)
Delicious in Dungeon by Ryoko Kui (Yen Press)
Hunter x Hunter and YuYu Hakusho by Yoshihiro Togashi (Viz)


Book Recommendations:

Angela: My Brothers Husband by Gengoroh Tagame (Pantheon)

Kelly: The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang (FirstSecond) and also because she cannot help herself Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura





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!