The Grawlix Podcast tribute to Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson and homage to just one of their many great characters, Swamp Thing. In this special Halloween episode the G-Crew offer up a fan reading and audio production of Swamp Thing’s 1st appearance in the pages of House of Secrets #92 followed by a discussion.
This episode originally appeared on GrawlixPodcast.com
00:00:00 – Intro/Greetings
00:02:00 – House of Secrets #92 – Swamp Thing as read by the Grawlix Podcast
00:13:27 – Swamp Thing 1st Appearance Discussion and Audio Reaction
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- 00:00:26 – Introduction
- 00:03:10 – Setting up this year’s manga horror show
- 00:06:52 – Domu: A Child’s Dream
- 00:31:12 – Panorama of Hell
- 00:56:25 – Mail
- 01:12:42 – Dissolving Classroom
- 01:32:47 – H.P. Lovecraft’s The Hound and Other Stories
- 01:52:51 – Neo Parasyte M
- 02:03:12 – Wrap up
- 02:04:39 – Contact us
“There’s a lot of greasy ooze in this text”
Shea and Derek are back with their second manga episode of the month! On this show, they discuss several horror manga that will get you in the mood for Halloween tomorrow. As they did last year, the Two Manga Guys are both thrilled and chilled with by introducing listeners to a variety creepy titles, some older and some brand new. They begin with Katsuhiro Otomo’s Domu: A Child’s Dream (Dark Horse Manga), a story that is probably the least horrific of those discussed, but it’s nonetheless one of the guys’ favorites on this episode. As the guys point out, it’s a shame that Otomo’s canonical Akira tends to overshadows other impressive efforts such as Domu. After that they look at a markedly different kind of horror manga, Hideshi Hino’s Panorama of Hell (Blast Books). This is a very violent and blood-filled work, so if you have a weak reading constitution, this might be a challenge for you. After that they cover the three-volume Mail, written and drawn by Housui Yamazaki (Dark Horse Manga). As Derek describes, this is a “lighter” narrative compared to some of the others discussed, but one that nonetheless has them wanting more.
From there Shea and Derek turn to a favorite creator of theirs, Junji Ito. However, his latest graphic cycle, Dissolving Classroom (Vertical Comics) is definitely not what they have come to expect from the horror mangaka. Somewhat similar to Fragments of Horror, which the guys discussed last year, Ito relies a little too heavily on over-the-top graphics at the expense of any bedrock terror. But the guys are more impressed with Gou Tanabe’s H.P. Lovecraft’s The Hound and Other Stories (Dark Horse Manga), an adaptation of three classic Lovecraft stories. In addition to the titular reference, Tanabe also presents manga versions of “The Temple” and “The Nameless City.” Finally, Shea and Derek discuss Neo Parasyte M (Kodansha Comics), the latest anthology inspired by Hitoshi Iwaaki’s Parasyte, which ran between 1988 and 1995. Including contributions from a wide variety of creators, this volume is similar to last year’s Neo Parasyte F, which the guys discussed on the 2016 manga horror episode. However, they enjoyed this anthology even more than last year’s.
Episode #295 features Matthew Erman, a co-creator of a fascinating new book from Scout Comics called Long Lost! We discuss what the series is about, who works with him on the comic, what we can expect from the book and how he and his co-creator work together to make Long Lost happen! Now is the time to contact your local comics shop and tell them you want this terrific series, and be sure to tell them to order code: SEP171868! Orders for November must be placed soon, so don’t delay! Call as soon as you’ve listened to this fun interview with Matt! Also, be sure to keep up with Long Lost at their Facebook page!
It’s like Halloween in July! In Episode 290 this week, I talk with Troy Vevasis about his fun/horror comic Mr. Crypt, coming soon from Alterna… in newsprint, no less! We talk about how he brought this series to life, and the other projects he’s made happen as well! For more about Mr. Crypt or his other works, be sure to go to this link. You can get this series at the location on comixology. He’s got a lot of good things to say, so don’t miss his comics or this interview!
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