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.

LISTEN: Want podcasts on more graphic novels like FUN HOME? The gang gets into Craig Thompson’s BLANKETS!

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.

HEAR: More discussion of love and sexuality in Adrian Tomine’s SHORTCOMINGS!

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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ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 58: THE CARTOON HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE

Do you want to learn all about the entire history of the known universe, but just can’t commit to all of that pesky student loan debt? Do you prefer reading comic strips to textbooks? Then you’ve got to check out Larry Gonick‘s THE CARTOON HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE.

Kathleen, Jamie, Nolan, Pete, and Travis sat down to discuss Gonick’s incredible 30-year project as part of our The Best Comics You’ve Never Read podcast series. Be sure to check out our last episode on one of our favorite indie titles no one is talking about: THE TALES OF MR. RHEE by Dirk Manning.

LISTEN: Want more Kathy? Check out another podcast she hosted on Craig Thompson’s BLANKETS!

THE CARTOON HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE gives an entertaining and surprisingly accurate account of the history of the known universe from the Big Bang all the way up until 2008 (at least until Gonick treats us with another entry). The series is notable not only for the incredible achievement of giving a fairly complete (and balanced) history of the universe, but for Gonick’s incredibly charming Sunday strip comic art-style and the wealth of superhero level  puns and Dad-humor.

Gonick began work on THE CARTOON HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE all the way back in 1978 when the series was published in traditional comic book format. Today you can find the series broken up into three thick trade paperback volumes along with THE CARTOON HISTORY OF THE MODERN WORLD #1 & #2 which concluded the series. According to the scholars over at Wikipedia the project was “championed” by none other than former first lady Jackie O, who worked as an editor over at Doubleday.

HEAR: This isn’t our first podcast on something without superheroes! Why not listen to this podcast on Julie Daucet’s MY NEW YORK DIARY?

If you’re interested in getting schooled on topics ranging from science to sex be sure to check out Gonick’s website (http://www.larrygonick.com) so you can enjoy his work as much as we did.

Be sure to check out our next episode in The Best Comics You’ve Never Read podcast series, where we’ll be discussing BOOK!

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Comic News Insider Episode 641 – CNI Gets the Cooties!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 641
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Reviews: Atomic Robo And The Ring Of Fire #1, Head Lopper #1, Journey To Star Wars Force Awakens Shattered Empire #1, Tet #1, Tyson Hesses Diesel #1, Cooties

Emmy Potter returns after a long absence to co-host! She brings all of her Whovian love with her. They chat about Doctor Who, Kit Harington, and more. News includes: DC cancels several titles, Joe Kelly’s I Kill Giants will be a movie starring Zoe Saldana, Jessica Jones will debut on Netflix on November 20th, Rachel McAdams will star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in upcoming Doctor Strange film, and New York Comic Con extends panels to Hammerstein Ballroom. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Feed It Comics ep. 14 | “Four Horseman of the Podcopalypse”

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The master needs his menu prepared for the next month so the Order of Caretakers employs the temporary assistance of Josh from Apocalypse Later to present offerings. Let me be clear, this episode is an utter DEBACLE disguised as a good production, but what resulted was more endearingly idiosyncratic than one would hope.

So yes, we actually talk about somewhat current comics, and even though an entire hilarious segment was accidentally NOT recorded, and Brother Oberts had the gall to suggest we burn Avengers in the incinerator, a Frankenstein of a listenable show has come together. Please join us as we feed it comics…

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Topics we cover:

  • Save Steve Niles
  • Fraction vs. Suicide
  • Greg Rucks’s new Book!
  • Three
  • Rocket Girl
  • Motorcycle Samurai
  • Brain Boy
  • Red Sonja
  • Letter 44′
  • Avengers (Uncanny)
  • Another Infinity Rant by Doc
  • Fortunately, the Milk

 

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Feed It Comics ep. 12 | “Crotchless Voltron Comicon Spectacular”

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Yep yep. It has been a week since Rose City Comicon here in Portland and its high time Brother Oberts and Doc Fluxx give up some juicy details and make Brother Shepherd jealous as all get-out. Also, all three members of the order of caretakers are united to offer a review of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and we do plenty of bantering about DC’s stupid announcements. Join us, will you?

Errors: During the episode I say “Gotham Nights” when I clearly meant “Gotham Central”. Forgive the error.

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Topics we cover:

  • Constantine to be ruined by David Goyer on TV
  • Gotham Central TV Show Rumored
  • Inhumanity
  • Slot & Allred Silver Surfer?
  • ROSE CITY COMICON RECAP
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Review

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Feed It Comics #11 | Top 10 Villains, So Say We

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This episode we conduct a roundtable on our top 10 favorite villains in comics, in honor of DC’s villain’s month. Everybody loves top 10 lists so I presume you will join us! Especially seeing as we have ANOTHER special guest: host of Apocalypse Later and perpetrator of the Rhymes With Geek Podcast Network: Josh Reifler! Oh yeah and Brother Shepherd makes his “triumphant” return.

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Topics we cover:

  • Walking Dead Spin-Off Show
  • Rose City Comicon
  • False Alarm – Bieber NOT Robin
  • TOP 10 Villains

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FEED IT COMICS PRESENTS: Doc’s Diagnosis ep.2

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Doc is back with a whole other stack of comics to rip through, and he recruited a bit of help in the form of ComixCrux.com’s writer/editor Wesley Messer! Fans of the Geekening podcast of yore should know who I’m talking about.In this episode we talk Batman #23, Trillium #2, FBP #2, Daredevil #30, Gamma One Shot, Red Sonja #2, It Girl #12, Star Wars #8, and East of West #5!

Join us. Or die! Oh, and of course don’t forget to listen to our regular show Feed It Comics!

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  • Batman #23
  • Trillium #2
  • FBP (Federal Bureau if Physics) #2
  • Daredevil #30
  • Red Sonja #2
  • It Girl #12
  • Star Wars #8
  • East of West #5
  • Gamma One SHot

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Backroom Comics Podcast #220

The Backroom team share some first things first, revisit Wizard Magazine from 1995, and reflect on the Man of Steel controversy.

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Backroom Comics Podcast #219

The Backroom team share some first things first, propose some mock casting for a live action Archie movie, and look at some hypotheticals for Trinity War.

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Backroom Comics Podcast #218

The Backroom team discuss Thor #6-8, review Joe Casey’s Bounce, and consider the possibility of Quicksilver appearing in both Avengers 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

This episode can be played online via the flash player below or it can be downloaded from here. It is available on iTunes and Stitcher.

Backroom Comics Podcast #217

The Backroom team look at The Fall of the House of Usher, share the latest comic Kickstarters, and review some #1 issues.

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Backroom Comics Podcast #216

The Backroom check out Bob’s Burgers Live, share some yard sale finds, and give a review/parsing of DC’s Essential Graphic Novels and Collections.

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Backroom Comics Podcast #215

The Backroom team reflect on their Free Comic Book Day experience: they share where they went, what they got, and other stuff they bought.

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Backroom Comics Podcast #214

The Backroom team look at comic Kickstarters, give a review of the Avengers Annual, and discuss Man of Steel’s impact on a Justice League movie.

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