It’s a convention weekend and Drew is recording alone about a doctor with an impossible task… BUT NOT FOR LONG! Robin Furth, co-author of the Dark Tower comics and author of Concordance stops in to talk about her experience with the property. Listen in to discover:
The Dark Tower
The Dark Tower: Concordance
Skin & Earth
S**t & P**s
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Mods and Monsters
- 00:00:27 – Introduction
- 00:02:28 – The Blubber report
- 00:10:51 – Scooter Girl
- 00:44:42 – My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, Vol. 1
- 01:30:15 – Wrap up
- 01:31:35 – Contact us
On this week’s episode the Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics do deep dives into two recent, and very different, publications. They begin with Chynna Clugston Flores’s Scooter Girl, just released from Image Comics. This is a brand new color edition of a six-issue black-and-white series originally published by Oni Press is 2003-2004, and then collected as a trade in 2004. Derek describes this it as an adult Archie, and throughout their discussion the guys make reference to the series that Chynna Clugston Flores is perhaps best known for, Blue Monday. As is evident in the recent publication, her writing is heavily infused with music and pop references — specifically, mod culture and the mod revival during the 1970s and early 1980s — and her art has a manga flair. As Andy and Derek point out, much of the appeal of Scooter Girl is the author’s ability to take a milieu out of time and set it in a time and place where in never really existed.
Next, the Two Guys spend a lot of time discussing Emil Ferris’s My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, Vol. 1 (Fantagraphics). This is a phenomenal new work from an artist that neither Andy nor Derek knew about until the release of Resist!, to which Ferris contributed a story. The range and depth of this narrative is truly impressive, and as the guys make clear, it’s a text that requires serious research and sustained analysis. The storytelling is ambitious and multilayered, its engagement with identity and marginalized cultures is sophisticated, its art style is unlike any other, and its treatment of late 1960s horror culture is thematically resonant. In short, this is one of the most astounding works that Derek and Andy have encountered so far this year. However, as much as the guys agree on this book’s significance, they disagree on what constitutes the narrative’s turning point. On one occasion in their discussion, Derek describes a particular illustration that Andy feels is a spoiler and could potentially diminish the emotional impact of the story. Derek disagrees, and the guys go back and forth over role of Ferris’s art in establishing the text’s climax (or climaxes). As their debate demonstrates, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is a richly textured work that should generate future analysis. And the guys eagerly await the second volume, which is due out in the fall.
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Derek is back at his local comic shop, Valhalla Games and Comics in Plano, TX, for the October on-location episode. But it is also Halloween ComicFest 2016, adding even more flavor into mix. He is joined by customers of the shop, some of them in costume, to discuss horror comics, Halloween specials, as well as scary movies and games. They spend much of their time discussing the many free comic-book offerings for this year’s Halloween ComicFest. Derek is particularly interested in the special horror manga issues, such as VIZ Media’s Tomie and Drawn and Quarterly’s Shigeru Mizuki’s Kitaro: Strange Fun for Everyone. But there are many other titles that the gang discusses, ranging from holiday-appropriate (e.g., Comix Tribe’s Mummy’s Always Right, American Mythology’s The Three Stooges Halloween Hullabaloo, and the BoooOOOoooM! Box Halloween Haunt 2016) to Halloween-free, such as several offerings from DC and Marvel
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Weird Fireballs, Haunted Video Games, and a Naked Florence Nightingale
- 00:00:58 – Introduction
- 00:03:22 – Set up of episode
- 00:07:25 – Hell Baby
- 00:33:27 – Fragments of Horror
- 01:08:53 – Lychee Light Club
- 01:31:52 – Portus
- 01:48:16 – Black Museum: The Ghost and the Lady, Book 1
- 02:07:46 – Neo Parasyte F
- 02:25:55 – Wrap up
- 02:27:23 – Contact us
In celebration of the Halloween season, Shea and Derek devote October’s episode to a discussion of horror manga. This month they look at six — count them, six! — books, all of which embody the eerie holiday spirit in some way. That makes this a extra-long episode, clocking in at over two and a half hours, the longest manga show the Two Guys have ever produced. They begin with a classic example of horror manga, Hideshi Hino’s Hell Baby (Blast Books), and then move on to the medium’s most notable practitioner of the genre, Junji Ito and his 2014 collection Fragments of Horror (VIZ Media). They then turn up the creep factor with Usamaru Furuya’s Lychee Light Club (Vertical Comics) and Jun Abe’s Portus (VIZ Media). Finally, the guys conclude with two brand new titles from Kodansha Comics, Kazuhiro Fujita’s The Black Museum: The Ghost and the Lady, Book 1 and the shojo anthology Neo Parasyte F. The latter is a fifteen-story celebration of Hitoshi Iwaaki’s classic Parasyte series, which ran from 1988 to 1995. In their extensive discussions, Shea and Derek visit such topics as the juxtaposition of cute and gross, why the grotesque may become a writing crutch, the many uses of gender ambiguity, if video games are inherently spooky, and how Florence Nightingale can be quite sexy. That’s right, folks, it’s all here!
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Hi De Hi De Hi De Hi!
- 00:00:34 – Introduction
- 00:02:34 – Andy’s report on Cartoons Crossroads Columbus
- 00:15:08 – Setup of this year’s Halloween episode
- 00:17:24 – All-age Halloween anthologies
- 00:43:38 – Betty Boop #1 and Spell on Wheels #1
- 00:59:47 – The Lost Boys #1 and American Vampire Anthology #2
- 01:19:48 – The Double Life of Miranda Turner and Nix Comics Quarterly #9
- 01:34:22 – Wrap up
- 01:35:55 – Contact us
It’s the Wednesday before Halloween, so it’s time once again for the Two Guys with PhDs to look at this season’s spooky, horror-filled offerings. This year, Andy and Derek discuss 10 individual titles, some of which were specifically published for Halloween 2016 and others with particular themes and release dates that nicely coincide with the holiday. They begin with four all-age anthology titles and then move on to works that, while not specifically intended as Halloween specials, capture the spirit of the season in one form or another. In total, they discuss:
- The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror #22, by Matt Groenig and others (Bongo Comics)
- Spongebob Comics #61, edited by Chris Duffy (United Plankton Pictures)
- Adventure Time Spooktacular 2016, by Pendleton Ward and others (KaBoom!)
- Disney’s Giant Halloween Hex, by various (IDW Publishing)
- Betty Boop #1, by Roger Langridge and Gisèle Lagacé (Dynamite Entertainment)
- Spell on Wheels #1, by Kate Leth and Megan Levens (Dark Horse Comics)
- The Lost Boys #1, by Tim Seeley and Scott Godlewski (DC/Vertigo)
- American Vampire Anthology #2, by Scott Snyder and others (DC/Vertigo)
- The Double Life of Miranda Turner, by Jamie S. Smith and George Kambadais (Image Comics)
- Nix Comics Quarterly #9, by Ken Eppstein and others (Nix Comics)
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- 00:24 – Introduction
- 02:28 – Setup of interview
- 04:50 – Interview with Mike Howlett
- 56:56 – Wrap up
- 57:52 – Contact us
Halloween is just around the corner, and what could be scarier than a nest of snakes? Although to hear Mike Howlett tell it, there’s nothing at all frightening about the legless reptiles. This was part of the impetus behind Snake Tales, the latest volume in Yoe Books’ Chilling Archives of Horror Comics series. In it, Mike curates some of the weirdest, the most ridiculous, and the most ophidiophobia-inducing snake-related tales found in pre-code comics. Derek talks with Mike about the genesis of this project, his love of snakes, his collaboration with noted herpetologist Frank T. Burbrink, and his ongoing work with Craig Yoe and Clizia Gussoni in their never-ending quest to bring pre-code horror sensibilities to the heartland of America.
On this year’s Halloween episode the boys brave the airwaves alone! Randy and Jesse ponder their Suicide Squad apathy, discuss Scott Pilgrim Vol. 1, pitch their ideal horror comics, and realize Melanie is the show’s anchor. In the recently returned Recent Reads segment Jesse proclaims you’ve got to have Faith and Randy confesses his current favorite Bat-book is the Batman lite Detective Comics. Enjoy!
This episode originally appeared on http://www.grawlixpodcast.com/2016/10/grawlix33.html
Show Notes and Links
00:00:00 – Intro/Greetings
IN-HOUSE NEWS/SHOUT OUTS
00:02:19 – International Podcast Day
00:05:02 – Grawlix Bytes #8, Drinking in the Park Podcast, Doctor Who Dark Journey
00:18:11 – Pete Mitchell’s Diamondhead
IT’S ALL PIZZA
00:23:30 – Suicide Squad Apathy, Good Snyder/Bad Snyder, Mel is our anchor!
00:32:26 – Next Month’s Pick: Preacher Vol. 1
00:37:15 – Scott Pilgrim Vol. 1: Precious Little Life
RECENT READS/TV TALK
00:56:05 – Faith, Detective Comics
01:10:09 – Luke Cage, Supergirl, The Flash and CW Streaming. All Speculation!
FULL PAGE BLEED
01:18:26 – Ideal Horror Comics Pitches
01:52:52 – Outro