Critiquing Comics #117: “Deiciders”

Deiciders

Andre Mateus, writer of Wanderer, is back, this time with artist Pedro Mendes, with issue 1 of sword and sorcery tale Deiciders. Tim and Mulele critique.

Also, Tim talks about his US trip so far.

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Critiquing Comics #116: “The Love Suicides at Sonezaki” and “I am an A.L.T.”

Love Suicides/ALT

This time, two Japan-related comics from our friends at Big Ugly Robot Press in Nagoya: Chikamatsu Monzaemon’s The Love Suicides at Sonezaki, a story adapted from Bunraku puppet theatre by Chieko Kobayashi; and I Am an A.L.T. by Ian M., a memoir of the twists and turns of the author’s English teaching career in Japan — a topic on which Tim and (especially) Mulele have plenty to say! If you’re considering teaching English in Japan, listen to this episode — and read Ian’s book!

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Critiquing Comics #115: “Dawn of War” and “Rocket to Pluto”

Dawn of War / Rocket to Pluto

This time Tim and Mulele take on two submitted comics: Dawn of War #1, the latest Warhammer 40,000 comic from Ryan O’Sullivan and Daniel Indro, published by Titan Comics; and Snowcone City: Rocket to Pluto by Joseph Hewitt, from Polar Bear Comix.

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Critiquing Comics #114: “Spencer and Locke”

Spence and Locke

A noir thriller… that seems very reminiscent of a very different comic strip! Tim and Mulele discuss “Spencer and Locke” by David Pepose and Jorge Santiago Jr.!

Also, we talk about Marvel and the backlash toward “Secret Empire”.

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Critiquing Comics #113: “Kid Sherlock”

Kid Sherlock

It’s Sherlock Holmes as a kid, with a talking dog for Watson! Tim and Mulele discuss Justin Phillips, Sean Gregory Miller, and Lesley Atlansky’s Kid Sherlock!

PLUS: Don’t miss Mulele’s story of the wild day-job situation that’s been keeping him from getting his comics done — but will now facilitate it!

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Critiquing Comics #112: “Squarriors”

Squarriors

Humanity has died out, and other animals — notably, squirrels — have become more intelligent, banding into factions and battling each other with primitive weapons. Why did this happen? And, now what? Tim and Mulele discuss Ashley Witter and Ash Maczko’s Squarriors.

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Critiquing Comics #111: “Evil Witch Allie”

Evil Witch Allie

Jake lives near a bog along a lake, and the bog makes him uncomfortable. On Halloween night, he finds a little girl in a witch costume stuck in the bog and he rescues her. Is she really a witch? What’s going on a Jake’s neighbors’ house? Tim and Mulele are reading Evil Witch Allie, by Kristin Tipping, to find out!

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

The Non-Seen Ch 2

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 off? Has he changed anything that we found lacking the first time?

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

Good or Dead/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 a rampage in a spacecraft) by Dan Amariles.

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Critiquing Comics #106: “Demon Archives” revisited

Demon Archives

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 listener mail, and mark the passing of Bunnies in Space creator and past critiquee Nick Dupree — someone we wish we’d met.

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Critiquing Comics #105: “Angel Catbird”

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!

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

Ned & Annie

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 DCP on how the podcast might evolve.

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Critiquing Comics #103: “The Glory”

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 M√łane, Tirso Llaneta, Monte Thompson, and Sean Rinehart.

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Critiquing Comics #102: “Yiffing in Hell”

Yiffing in Hell

Yiffing in Hell: Episode I – Secret Reunion in Carfax Lodge is a graphic novel by Mexican artist Geladaa. The slogan “A book you will know less about after putting it down than before picking it up” sets off some pretty major alarm bells, but Tim and Mulele forge ahead to investigate.

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Critiquing Comics #101: Eisenhorn: Xenos

EisenhornBased on the series of novels by Dan Abnett, Eisenhorn: Xenos is a one-shot comic book from TPub meant to lead into the new Eisenhorn video game. Tim and Mulele grab their swords and gird for a critique.

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