Comics Alternative, Critical Takes: A Conversation with Keith Dallas and Jason Sacks

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:25 – Introduction
  • 00:02:20 – Setup of interview
  • 00:03:54 – Interview with Keith Dallas and Jason Sacks
  • 01:22:12 – Wrap up
  • 01:22:52 – Contact us

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”

On this, the second show in The Comics Alternative‘s new Critical Takes series, Derek has back on the podcast Keith Dallas, coauthor of the new book, American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1990s. Listeners might remember that he talked with Keith, along with John Wells, back last summer when their Comic Book Implosion was released by TwoMorrows Publishing. In fact, that was the very first Critical Takes episode. This time around, Keith is joined by Jason Sacks, another comics scholar and historian who has worked on other texts within the American Comic Book Chroniclesseries. The two have just released their volume on the 1990s, a curious and tumultuous time in American comics history. As you’ll hear in conversation, Jason and Keith discuss in detail their first-hand experiences during this decade, the process of researching for this project, the various stereotypes that they had to overcome when encapsulating the decade, and what each of them sees as key defining moments for comics during the 1990s. They also talk about the genesis of the American Comic Book Chroniclesseries and what we might expect with future volumes.