Comics Alternative Interviews: Karl Stevens

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Time Codes:

  • 00:00:24 – Introduction
  • 00:02:26 – Setup of interview
  • 00:04:01 – Interview with Karl Stevens
  • 01:26:32 – Wrap up
  • 01:28:02 – Contact us


On this interview episode, Derek talks with Karl Steven about Penny, his current weekly/semiweekly strip appearing in The Village Voice. The two discuss this ongoing comic and its genesis, but they also talk about a variety of Karl’s other works. Of particular focus are the series of strips he created for the Boston Phoenix between June 2005 and November 2012. The earliest ones are collected in Whatever (Alternative Comics), and the later comics in two follow-up compilations, The Lodger (KSA Publishing) and Failure (Alternative Comics). In this way, Derek is able to talk with Karl about his distinctive realistic style and  how he has evolved from a heavily reliance on crosshatching to a more simple, even softer approach. Along with this, Karl shares is aesthetic philosophy of naturalistic detail and  how it differs strongly from that of creators such as Scott McCloud, Jessica Abel, and Matt Madden.

The guys also talk about Karl’s first book, the Xeric Award-winning Guilty. This effort is what put Karl Stevens on the map in 2005, and even today it serves as a wonderful introduction to his style. They also cover the artist’s efforts in the fine arts, including his highly informative Anatomy for Artists: A New Approach to Discovering, Learning and Remembering the Body (North Light Books), coauthored with Anthony Apesos. Karl also shares some information about The Winner, his new book that will be coming out this fall from Retrofit Comics/Big Planet Comics, and future plans to collect his and Gustavo Turner’s Succe$$ comics into book form.


Deconstructing Comics #533: Captain America: Evolving with the nation’s mood


Over the decades, Captain America has changed his name, changed his costume, changed his mission, and been temporarily replaced by others. These changes, and other story developments, have often reflected changes in the national mood, such as post-Watergate malaise or the struggle to understand why 9/11 happened and how the U.S. should respond to it.

In this episode, Emmet O’Cuana talks with Neal Curtis, of the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Neal recently presented the paper “Captain America: Patriotism, Nationalism, Fascism” and is the author of the book “Sovereignty and Superheroes“. He talks here about how Cap has reflected changes in America, from World War II to the age of Trump.

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Weekly Comics Spotlight #494: 2017-01-25

John and Drew discuss KAMANDI CHALLENGE #1 by DC, HULK #2 by Marvel and LADY CASTLE #1 by BOOM! STUDIOS.

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00:00 Intro
18:13 Marvel: HULK #2
36:59 General discussion
56:52 Next Week Promo
57:02 Wrap up
57:32 End of episode.

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The Grawlix Podcast #38: Hel Month

It’s just the boys this episode for the girl power love ballad that is Angela: Queen of Hel Welcome to FUNderworld. They also discuss Randy’s recent appearance on Grindbin, Dustin Smother’s recent appearance on Grawlix & Jesse’s daily entries in the #30DayComicChallenge. Enjoy!

Show Notes and Links

00:00:00 – Intro/Greetings
00:04:07 – This Episode’s Topics
00:06:22 – Randy talks TerrorVision on the Grindbin Podcast
00:14:57 – Grawlix Bytes #9 with Dustin Smothers
00:19:14 – Next Month’s Pick – The Tick
00:21:32 – Angela: Queen Of Hel – Journey To Funderworld & Spawn #9
01:05:40 – The #30DayComicChallenge and Superior Comic Show
01:10:26 – Letters Page, Next Episode
01:14:35 – Outro

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