ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 65: Alison Bechdel’s FUN HOME

Ah, FUN HOME. Of all of the graphic novels out there, this is one of the all-stars. If you haven’t read it, someone you know probably has. You may have noticed it on the syllabus of any number of literature classes. You may even have heard of the Tony-Award winning musical that was directly adapted from it. Yet under all the mega-hype and adulation, there is real, unfiltered power in FUN HOME.  For all of its award-winning façade of academia and popularity (it was considered “Best Book of the Year” by over 22 publications!), at the core of FUN HOME’s power is its refreshing honesty and its unrelenting, yet subtle, emotion, the praises of which we here at ComicsVerse have only added to in this podcast.

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The artistic and literary brainchild of Alison Bechdel, creator of comic strip, DYKES TO WATCH OUT FOR, FUN HOME finds itself in the extended medium of the graphic novel, the medium of choice for many a graphic autobiography. FUN HOME is a story of discovery, both of the self and of her family history. It is also a tale of exploration; Bechdel does not finish her autobiography with any set convictions or beliefs—only questions, which arguably is what makes the graphic novel relatable to so many readers who are themselves struggling with explorations of their own identities.

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Bechdel handles the toughest topics: sexuality, mental health, suicide, and family dynamics, with the ease and subtlety of the art itself, which is delivered in a melancholic slate blue. By the nature of the autobiographical beast, we also talk a lot about Bechdel herself in this podcast, along with the links between her artistic style and the content of the work: a beautiful alchemy of ingredients that result in deft parallels and allusions that hint at her literary background. Analyzing FUN HOME is always a special treat because there’s always more to the richness of Bechdel’s work. Listeners to the podcast, snap on your headphones, turn up your speakers, and indulge in that richness as well.

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Comic Timing – Episode 173: Comic Book Video Games

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Round 173: FIGHT! This episode, Jim Efantis is called up from BKs Bullets to the main show, as Jim, Brandon Christopher, Ian and Brent talk Comic Book Video Games. We run the gambit of titles and systems, from Atari to N64 to XBox 360 to current-gen consoles and back again. The group also discusses where comic book video games have been and where they’re headed, the best and the worst of the bunch, what it would take to make a successful Superman game, what characters we’d like to see games made for, and a whole lot more. This episode’s been a long time coming, so savor it in all its glory!

The show then concludes with some general comic talk, including Daredevil: The Man Without Fear, Fun Home, Secret Wars and Batman. And who do you think Mads Mikkelsen will play in Doctor Strange? Decisions, decisions, decisions!

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Comic News Insider Episode 604 – Not Episode 603!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 604 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Drones #1, The Infinite Loop #1, Kaptara #1

After a long absence, the podcast wife Erica Schultz returns! Jimmy is super tired and says some really dumb things in this episode like calling it Episode 603 when it is clearly 604. Plus, pronouncing Jared Leto’s last name wrong even though he realized it later. What a maroon! They chat about the aforementioned Leto’s new promo picture as The Joker, how RDJ’s publicist wisely pulled him out of annoying interview, quick bits on some of the Convergence spin-offs from DC and Fun Home musical gets 12 nominations! News includes: DC Superhero Girls to launch, Jill Thompson working on Wonder Woman graphic novel, Frank Miller returns to Batman, Stan Lee partners with Peter David and Colleen Doran for his graphic memoir, an all female Transformers is coming, Sony is planning a new animated Spider-Man film, Dragon Ball returns to TV after 20 years and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 417 – San Diego Comic Con Pre-Game!


Comic News Insider: Episode 417 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #1, Cape 1969 #1, He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe #1, Hero Worship #1

Jimmy is in San Diego for Comic Con! He is joined by 2000AD PR Coordinator Michael Molcher to chat about their SDCC plans and things to check out. 2000AD has a great line up of things including all the Dredd movie activities including signings, a panel and a screening! Jimmy is moderating a panel with Becky Cloonan and doing tons of interviews with the likes of Stan Lee, Karl Urban, Tara Strong, Tom Kenny, the casts of Fringe, The Walking Dead and so many more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Wednesday Warriors – Episode #85 – FUN HOME

Episode 85

Spotlight on Alison Bechdel’s original graphic novel, Fun Home.

Fun Home (Mariner Books)

Written and drawn by Alison Bechdel

Ultimate Spider-Man #153 (Marvel Comics)
Written by Brian Michael Bendis; Art by Sara Pichelli, David Lafuente, Lan Medina & Ed Tadeo

Cinderella: Fables are Forever #1 (Vertigo)
Written by Chris Roberson; Art by Shawn McManus

Invincible Iron Man #500.1 #1 (Marvel Comics)

Written by Matt Fraction; Art by Salvador Larroca

Trivia:
The Last Days of American Crime #1-3. Issue #1 signed by writer Rick Remender.

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