Critiquing Comics #108: “Good or Dead” and “Solus”

Last time we looked at the first of five comics concepts on Irrational Comics’ “PITCH” page. This time, we get some answers about exactly how these 12-page teasers came to be, and critique two more of them: “Good or Dead” (about a zombie apocalypse in Singapore) by Louis Png, and “Solus” (about a monster on […]








Deconstructing Comics #539: “Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia”

Brian W. Cremins, author of Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia, discusses the Big Red Cheese as a symbol for the innocence of childhood and how creators Otto Binder and C.C. Beck expressly used the character we know as “Shazam” to explores these themes. Cremins also discusses with Emmet O’Cuana the use of nostalgia, […]








Deconstructing Comics #538: “Patience”

Dan Clowes’ 2016 graphic novel Patience has elements of science fiction, mystery, and psychedelia. It’s an interesting mix, but… was the sci-fi part really necessary? Kumar and Dana give it their usual thorough review. Deconstructing Comics site SUPPORT this podcast on Patreon! Follow DCP on Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr http://traffic.libsyn.com/stingpin/170313.mp3Podcast: Play in new window […]








Critiquing Comics #107: “Climb”

Irrational Comics sent us five comics that are in a competition to see which one can generate the most interest among readers and get published. This time, Tim and Mulele look at the first of the comics on Irrational’s “Pitch” page: Climb, a comic about a girl whose goal is to be the first to […]








Deconstructing Comics #537: Joey Alison Sayers

This week, Tim talks with with cartoonist Joey Alison Sayers. She’s done work for MAD magazine, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the Nib, GoComics and more, plus a couple of books about her coming out as transgender. Why did she disappear for a few years? Why did she come back to comics? Plus the best […]








Deconstructing Comics #536: “Black Ink”: African-Americans in Comics

Since we often don’t see the people who make the comics we read, we may not realize just how many African-American comics creators there are. Craig Rippon is gathering their thoughts and opinions in a documentary film called Black Ink. This week, Tim gets the scoop from Craig on who has been interviewed so far […]








Critiquing Comics #106: “Demon Archives” revisited

Three years ago we discussed Demon Archives, by Daniel Sharp and Sebastian Piriz. Recently, Daniel invited Tim and Mulele to take another look, as many more pages have come out since then. We did, and found that the comic has gone in some unexpected directions. Perhaps too many directions? Also, we read a bit of […]








Deconstructing Comics #535: Don’t sleep on “Power Nap”

The comedy/sci-fi web comic Power Nap takes place in a future where people take drugs to stay awake, and falling asleep isn’t socially acceptable. So what happens if you’re allergic to the drug? This week, Tim talks to writer Maritza Campos and artist Bachan about the comic, as well as the state of comics in […]








Deconstructing Comics #534: Oscar’s “Kai”, self-publicity, and book design

Many of us are good at making our work (comics, podcasts, what have you), but not good at putting it out there, letting people know it exists. Mulele has been advising his friend Oscar, creator of the comic Kai (discussed in Critiquing Comics #100), on using social media and on choosing the best presentation style […]








Critiquing Comics #105: “Angel Catbird”

A Dark Horse press release touts volume two of Angel Catbird. Seems like a lame superhero comic, but … wait, it’s written by acclaimed novelist Margaret Atwood? Maybe it won’t be lame…? Do novelists make good comics writers? Tim and Mulele discuss. Also: Yiffing in Hell continues to haunt us… and some listeners weigh in! […]








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. […]








Critiquing Comics #104: “Ned & Annie” + more

The unidentified creator of the strip Ned & Annie promises to “bring back funny comics.” Does the comic succeed on those terms? What makes a comic funny (or not)? Also, responding to a comment on CCP #102 comic “Yiffing in Hell“, Mulele on “Mindgator“, Tim on “To the Batpoles!” and a followup on last Monday’s […]








Critiquing Comics #103: “The Glory”

After twelve years in prison, Andy meets with Todd, who was his friend but let Andy take the fall for something they did together. Is meeting up with Todd really a good idea? And, how well does this comic build tension toward its climax? Tim and Mulele discuss The Glory by Glenn Møane, Tirso Llaneta, […]








Deconstructing Comics #532: Deconstructing “Deconstructing Comics”

What is this podcast? How could it be better? Tim gives his thoughts. What are yours? Deconstructing Comics site SUPPORT this podcast on Patreon! Follow DCP on Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr http://media.libsyn.com/media/stingpin/170123.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:09 — 12.2MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS








Deconstructing Comics #531: “Little in Japan” & “Cucumber Quest”

When webcomics creators aren’t creating webcomics, what are they reading? This week we check in with a couple of creators whose work we’ve looked at previously — Victor Edison and Maya Kern — and get their recommendations: Chris Carlier’s “Little in Japan” and G.G. Digi’s “Cucumber Quest“! Deconstructing Comics site SUPPORT this podcast on Patreon! […]