Critiquing Comics #110: “The Non-Seen” chapter two

A couple years back we critiqued the first chapter of a Web comic called The Non-Seen, by John Allie. It’s a slightly creepy story about a mysterious book, and the protagonists are kids. Now chapter two is completed, and we’ve been invited to take a look at it. Is the promise of chapter one paying […]








Deconstructing Comics #544: Gerhard

At last month’s Toronto Comicon, Koom got a chance to sit down with Gerhard, most famous for drawing backgrounds and environments for (and NOT inking!) Dave Sim’s Cerebus. Koom talks with him about working with Dave Sim and navigating some of Sim’s more controversial moments; the ergonomics of comics creation; working with Grant Morrison on […]








Deconstructing Comics #543: Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith wanted to do a newspaper comic strip, but he couldn’t sell his idea, so he ended up self-publishing it. Bone eventually caught on, and now it has a color edition from GRAPHIX and it might become a movie! Jeff Smith joins Tim in this episode to talk about how he got started with […]








Deconstructing Comics #542: “We’re family”: Luke & Danny, Alan & Emily

This week we cross over with Shortbox Showcase, of the Relatively Geeky podcast network! Professor Alan and daughter Emily join Tim to fill us in on their comics-reading and podcast-making background, and then to discuss Power Man and Iron Fist v.1 by David Walker, Sanford Greene, and Flaviano — with digressions into differences between Marvel […]








Deconstructing Comics #541: Kyoto Manga Museum

Most people don’t equate the ancient city of Kyoto, Japan, with comics, but that happens to be the location of a museum and reading library of comics from Japan and around the world. Tim visited The Kyoto International Manga Museum recently, and this week he discusses it with Kobe-based comics creator Graeme McNee. Also, a […]








Deconstructing Comics #540: Jim Zub

Jim Zub loves Japan. He visited twice last year, including in October for the Kaigai Manga Festa. He set his Image series Wayward in Japan; it’s drawn by Yokohama resident Steven Cummings. In this week’s show, Jim talks about the effort to make Wayward‘s Japan feel as close to the real one as possible; playing […]








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 […]