The Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics are back with another fun conversation, this time with artist I. N. J. Culbard. They talk with him about his latest book, The King in Yellow (SelfMadeHero), a graphic adaptation of Robert W. Chambers’s macabre collection of stories originally published in 1895. To be more specific, Culbard actually takes the first four stories from Chambers’s original work, the ones that reference the notorious fictional play referenced in the title — “The Repairer of Reputations,” “The Mask,” “In the Court of the Dragon,” and “The Yellow Sign” — and adapts those. As Ian reveals, he attempts to stay true to the spirit of the original, while at the same time making creative changes that will more fully bring out the stories’ tone and present them in more of a thematic whole. In fact, Derek suggests that Ian has actually made The King in Yellow better by giving it more structural cohesion, using the four stories in such a way that the book becomes short-story cycle, or more appropriate to the medium, a graphic cycle. The guys spend a lot of time discussing the new book, the artist’s storytelling choices, and especially Culbard’s larger philosophy on adaptation and comics. However, they also explore a variety of Ian’s earlier works, including his ongoing adaptations of H. P. Lovecraft narratives (of which we can expect more in the near future), his many collaborations with both Ian Edgington and Dan Abnett, and his solo work from last year, Celeste. If you aren’t previously familiar with the work of I. N. J. Culbard, then this is your chance to get introduced to one of the best adapters, and best artists, working in comics today.
Brian John Mitchell talks about his Kickstarter project to fund the making of his matchbook-sized comics. Two of these books involved a collaboration with Dave Sim!
“Rook Bartly” (US Air Force active duty member Jason) tells us about “Okashi na Futari”, the Japanese novel series whose author has hired him to draw a manga version of the story.
Then, Kumar returns to tell us about a couple of his recent manga translation projects, “Stupid Guy Goes to India” (which landed him an interview in the March 25 Mumbai Sunday Mid-Day, pg 38-39) and Osamu Tezuka’s “Adolf”.
All this, plus the announcement of the winning “what do you like about Deconstructing Comics” entry!
A lot is revealed in this super special edition of the podcast that gets your grey matter moving. (now isn’t that a lot of hyperbole that really amounts to a pile of shit.) Mike is away teaching skiers how to properly ride a bus, so Kevin and TJ take the helm and lead with a scintillating discussion on the walking dead and whether or not it should be called an adaptation or is it just something that is very loosely based on the book. The Atrocity of the Spiderman Musical is discussed and TJ’s love of Tweener Sit-Com is fully explored as he tells you what is worth watching and what isn’t. A fan mail is read from Frosty London, and Monkey doesn’t disappoint by making us do a top five list of our favorite movies of all time. The documentary Secret Origins: The History of DC Comics is none of those things, unless they just wanted to keep some of the most important things a secret to the viewers. X-Men: Legacy, Sandman, and JSA are all discussed as well. Enjoy!