Episode 324 is a double-feature extravaganza! First up is the return of Johnathan Lewis from Penumbra, a comic from Shades of Vengeance! He’s got a brand new comic coming out called Violete: Unstoppable about a female powerhouse! This time, he’s editing the book, which focuses on a strong female character, so we examine this hero and the rest of the interesting cast of characters around her! To support the Kickstarter for Violete, go to this link until Sunday, April 15, until 7 p.m. ET. To learn more about Penumbra, go to this link! Be sure to support this terrific Indie comics creator!
Then, I always enjoy a unique take on classic characters, and Weapon Brown is a new favorite of mine! To conclude this episode, I talk with Creator Jason Yungbluth about his series and his recentl successfully concluded Kickstarter project. Jason is the writer and artist, among other things, and we talk about his inspiration for Weapon Brown as well as what is coming from this franchise in the future! To learn more about Jason and his series, go to this link! Don’t miss what this funny and creative comics talent has to say and has coming our way!
Next week, Episode 325 with two special interviews!
Gene and Derek are happy to have on the podcast Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden. Their book How to Read Nancy: The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panels was released last fall from Fantagraphics Books. The authors are back on the circuit discussing their close reading of Ernie Bushmiller, but they took time to talk with the Two Guys about their landmark work. Over the course of the conversation, Mark and Paul reveal their history reading the Nancy strip, their original “How to Read Nancy” essay and the book that grew from there, the educational function of their detailed analysis, the work — research, technological, and otherwise — that went into this project, and, of course, there’s the August 8, 1959 comic strip itself that comes under such meticulous scrutiny. Over the course of 44 steps, Paul and Mark pick apart this Nancy strip with painstaking detail. But How to Read Nancy also includes a thorough biography overview of Ernie Bushmiller, multiple appendixes that provide abundant cultural and aesthetic context, and a “Do It Yourself” section where readers can apply the analytical skills they learn from the text. This is a must-read for every student of comics, creators and critics alike.
A big THANK YOU to Craig Yoe, who actually planted the idea for this interview and became its chief encourager!
It’s that time again to talk about everything going down in the weekly Avengers event. For this block of issues, 683-686 Ryan is joined by Trevitt to review and discuss them all. Thanks for stopping by!
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This week we carry on with our coverage of Walt Simonson’s Ragnarok, with issue #10! This time around we have a mountain of Mjolnirs, Walt burns himself at the stake, we learn the secret of Regn’s blade, and there is implied zombie rape… eww. Still, don’t miss it!