Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #8

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Scalpedcast: The End pt 1

We smash the Scalpedcast format to bits! Hank 300 and Nick review the three final volumes of the series (issues #43-60) — Scalped Vol. 8: You Gotta Sin to Get Saved, Scalped Vol. 9: Knuckle Up, and Scalped Vol. 10: Trail’s End.

Hank describes the blossoming romance between Dino (#1 rez gangsta) and Carol (the new Granny), and the parental connection between Red Crow (living in a tipi) and Dash (deadbeat dad).

While the end of Scalped defies many of our original expectations, it also reinforces the extreme violence and misogyny that consumed earlier volumes.

IMPORTANT! Hank and Nick want suggestions for the next graphic novel, book, or audiobook you’d like us to review. Choose wisely because there might be some freebies in it for you!

NEXT: Scalpedcast: The End pt 2 and the results of the Teen Center’s fall candlepin bowling tournament.

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #7

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Scalpedcast pt 7

Hank 300 and Nick 20 discuss Scalped Vol. 7: Rez Blues (issues #35-42) with new and improved segments!

In Between the Panels we take a look at artist Danijel Žeželj, who’s managed to best match Guéra’s style out of any other contributing artist on Scalped.

In Down on the Rez we explore the developments of Volume 7. Shunka’s sexual reveal gets trumped by more extreme violence, while Dash’s daddy — Wade — returns to the Prairie Rose Indian Reservation.

We also ponder the budding relationship between Carol and Granny. The elder sage has taken in the roustabout young woman due to her pregnancy. But can wisdom truly trump addiction? (ANSWER: Abortion.)

Finally, in Smoke Signals we look ahead to the future, asking questions like: Has Dino’s character arc fizzled out? What’s up with Catcher and Falls Down? And is there an inevitable conservative undercurrent in American comic books?

NEXT: Scalped Vol. 8: You Gotta Sin to Get Saved and a recap of the Teen Center’s summer field trip to Fallingwater.

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #6

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Scalpedcast pt 6

First up, Hank 300 and Nick 20 chat about the digital panel-to-panel experience of reading Scalped on ComiXology. Then we take a bite out of Scalped Vol. 6: The Gnawing (issues #30-34) by asking ourselves a question: Is this story arc any better than the low point of Scalped Vol. 5?

The cliffhanger image from the end of Scalped #32.

We also continue our discussion about Scalped’s treatment of female characters, finding that this story arc does nothing to make up for past transgressions. If anything, it makes things worse by ensuring that pretty much every woman in the story safely fits into a “lover, mother, or corpse” role.

As soon as she leaves the Lover Zone, Carol gets put into the Mom Zone!

The story settles into a brisk action-packed pace but it also increases the language and violence to a cartoonish extreme. If the earlier arcs of Scalped seemed to promise a “Native American noir” style of storytelling, then this arc suggests that we’re really reading Bad Boys on the rez” instead.

Chief Red Crow bought a news copter… because, ummmm, why not?

NEXT: Hank 300 will read Scalped Vol. 7: Rez Blues while Nick won’t.

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #5

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Scalpedcast pt 5

Hank 300 and Nick Marino face their greatest challenge yet as they take on Scalped Vol. 5: High Lonesome, a five-issue arc full of sex, drugs, and violence.

Nick ponders if Scalped is hateful towards women. Female characters seem to only show up in the story as lovers, mothers, or corpses. We discuss the issue at length, speculating on the intended audience for the story.

And there’s a new addition to the rotating team of Scalped artists — the magnificent Francesco Francavilla, whose work here is a bit looser than usual.

Also… did Catcher actually kill Gina? Hank says yes, while Nick says no.

NEXT: Scalped Vol. 6: The Gnawing and the winners of the staff picnic relay race!

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #4

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Scalpedcast pt 4

Hank 300 and Nick Marino begin their discussion of Scalped Vol. 4: The Gravel in Your Guts with a look the storytelling of Davide Furnò and R. M. Guéra, the two artists responsible for the comics in this collection.

Furnò’s two-parter, The Boudoir Stomp, feels distinctly different from the stories that Jason Aaron writes for Guéra. It’s a much more direct and introspective tale, with lots of close-ups and character studies.

However, Guéra’s work has established the overall visual tone of Scalped and his approach tends to heavily integrate characters with settings. Also, Guéra’s close character shots are more abstract than Furnò’s direct, emotional images.

Many of our questions from last week’s discussion were promptly addressed by these comics, Scalped #19-24. We get Carol’s backstory, a flashback involving Wade (Dash’s father), and a lot of character development for Dino Poor Bear.

And we speculate on the fate of Lincoln Red Crow. Hank wonders when he’ll die, while Nick wonders if he’ll die at all. Will Red Crow become the hero of Scalped? Or will he remain an anti-villain, redeemed only by a tragic-but-inevitable death?

NEXT: Scalped Vol. 5: High Lonesome and a recap of the Allegheny Teen Center’s Christmas in July festivities.

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #3

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Scalpedcast pt 3

Hank 300 and Nick 237 tag team Scalped Vol. 3: Dead Mothers, analyzing (hehe “anal”) its rich characters and themes.

In this story arc, we’re introduced to Mr. Brass. He’s a torture-happy enforcer that poses a problem for Red Crow’s tenuous balance of crime and justice on the rez. Does Mr. Brass enhance the story by adding complexity? Or does he detract from it with his over-the-top violence?

Mr. Brass

We also meet Sheriff Karnow, a caricature of crooked country cop (alliteration!). Is Karnow a welcome addition to the rich cast of characters? Or does he alter the emotional tone of the story with his buffoonery?

Sheriff Karnow

Finally, we follow up on last week’s discussion of Scalped’s lack of substantial female characterization. We question if Scalped’s constant use of female nudity (albeit realistic nudity) is better or worse than the idealized sexualization of the female body often found in superhero comics.

NEXT: Scalped Vol. 4: The Gravel in Your Guts and a retrospective tribute to Esther McGillson, the ATC’s treasurer from 1976-2012.

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #2

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Scalpedcast pt 2

On the previous episode, Hank 300 and Nick Marino assumed that Dash would always be Scalped‘s primary protagonist. But Scalped Vol. 2: Casino Boogie smashes that notion to bits as it spotlights six different characters from the rez.

After we ponder the chronological order of events that led to Gina Bad Horse’s death, we ask ourselves if Chief Red Crow has become more likable after this arc. Then we discuss a new character — Diesel, who Hank sees as Dash’s opposite.

Dash vs. Diesel

Nick wonders about Agent Nitz’s background, trying to discern if the character’s heritage is important to the story. Meanwhile, Hank has a strong premonition that Dino Poor Bear is gonna do something terrible as things progress, while Nick feels that Granny Poor Bear adds a vital level of humanity to the cast of characters.

Granny Poor Bear

Nick compares the differences between the male and female characters in Scalped, and speculates on the significance of the blowjobs seen in this story arc. And after the end theme, Hank shares this week’s Allegheny Teen Center announcements.

NEXT: Scalped Vol. 3: Dead Mothers and the results of Teen Center’s Bake ‘Til You Quake cooking competition.

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #1

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Hank 300 of the Allegheny Teen Center has teamed up with Nick Marino to launch a new show about books, comics, and more!

Scalpedcast pt 1

We’re kicking things off with an 11-part series of weekly podcasts focused on Scalped, the 60-issue Vertigo comic series by Jason Aaron and R.M. Guéra.

meet Dashiell Bad Horse

In our debut episode, we review Scalped Vol. 1: Indian Country a.k.a the first five issues of the comic book series.

Hank is reading Scalped as printed graphic novels while Nick is reading it digitally in single issues, so we’ve got different perspectives on the darkness of Guéra’s art and Lee Loughridge’s colors.

Hoka Hey

We dig deep into thematic elements and character relationships, leaving us asking a lot of questions. Is this story Native American crime noir or rezsploitation? Is Dash on a hero’s journey or a superhero’s journey? And will Red Crow be a redemptive character by the end of the tale?

NEXT: Scalped Vol. 2: Casino Boogie and a recap of the ATC’s Solstice Gala.

The Pull List podcast #244: BATTLE BEASTS #3 / SWORD OF SORCERY #0 / SCALPED retrospective

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0:00:00 – Spoiler warning
Theme: “Blunts & Robots” – The Crystal Method

Featured Reviews:
0:04:05 – BATTLE BEASTS #3 from IDW
0:12:15 – SWORD OF SORCERY #0 from DC

The Stacks:
0:20:10 – DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #0
0:22:09 – GODZILLA #5
0:22:57 – LOBSTER JOHNSON: CAPUT MORTUUM
0:25:06 – UNTOLD TALES OF PUNISHER MAX #4
0:25:49 – GODZILLA: HALF CENTURY WAR #2
0:27:18 – DARK AVENGERS #181
0:27:52 – X-FACTOR #244
0:28:44 – WONDER WOMAN #0
0:29:30 – MIGHTY THOR #20
0:30:28 – DAREDEVIL #18
0:31:14 – Top of The Stacks
0:32:05 – Pull Quote

0:33:10 – Retrospective: 60 issues of SCALPED

The Pull List podcast #241: LOBSTER JOHNSON / TMNT #13 / ALIENS: SALVATION

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0:00:00 – Spoiler warning
Theme: “Blunts & Robots” – The Crystal Method

Featured Reviews:
0:04:14 – LOBSTER JOHNSON: THE PRAYER OF NEFERU from Dark Horse
0:12:56 – TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #13 from IDW

The Stacks:
0:20:10 – AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #692
0:21:46 – HERO WORSHIP #2
0:23:40 – BATMAN INCORPORATED #3
0:24:45 – DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE #4
0:26:04 – PUNISHER #14
0:26:45 – ROCKETEER: CARGO OF DOOM #1
0:27:50 – SCALPED #60
0:29:19 – INVINCIBLE #94
0:31:25 – Top of The Stacks
0:31:52 – Pull Quote

0:33:20 – The Longbox: ALIENS: SALVATION from Dark Horse

The Pull List podcast #233: PROPHET #26 / FATALE #6 / Previews

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0:00:00 – Spoiler warning

0:02:42 – PROPHET #26
0:09:52 – FATALE #6

The Stacks:
0:18:40 – X-MEN #31
0:19:28 – ATOMIC ROBO: THE FLYING SHE-DEVILS OF THE PACIFIC #1
0:20:27 – SHADOW #3
0:20:53 – SCALPED #59
0:21:47 – BPRD HELL ON EARTH: EXORCISM #1
0:23:09 – TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE #6
0:24:11 – BATMAN INCORPORATED #2
0:24:38 – MANHATTAN PROJECTS #4
0:25:52 – Top of The Stacks
0:26:33 – Pull Quote

0:27:29 – Previews of Things to Come: July 2012

Cammy’s Comic Corner – Episode 211 (7/1/12)

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Comic-Con is coming. DID YOU BRING YOUR SANITY?! Pick Of The Week goes to Jason Aaron & R.M. Guera for Scalped #59 (Vertigo)! Fast Five picks include Justice League: Dark #10 (DC), B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth: Exorcism #1 (Dark Horse), Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation Squared (IDW), American Vampire #28 (Vertigo), and Atomic Robo: The Flying She-Devils of the Pacific #1 (Red 5). Spoilers!

The Pull List podcast #228: DANCER #1 / BPRD: DEVIL’S ENGINE #1 / ASTONISHING X-MEN #1

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0:00:00 – Spoiler warning

0:03:03 – DANCER #1
0:10:03 – BPRD HELL ON EARTH: THE DEVIL’S ENGINE #1

The Stacks:
0:16:20 – ATOMIC ROBO: REAL SCIENCE ADVENTURES #2
0:18:32 – SECRET HISTORY OF D.B. COOPER #3
0:19:24 – SIXTH GUN #22
0:20:49 – DAREDEVIL #13
0:22:22 – NIGHTWING #9
0:23:20 – SAUCER COUNTRY #3
0:24:35 – MANHATTAN PROJECTS #3
0:25:58 – VALEN THE OUTCAST #6
0:26:25 – CONAN THE BARBARIAN #4
0:27:40 – DANGER CLUB #2
0:29:07 – HARDCORE #1
0:30:14 – SHADOW #2
0:31:02 – SCALPED #58
0:32:07 – Top of The Stacks
0:33:06 – Pull Quote

0:34:51 – Longbox: ASTONISHING X-MEN #1

Cammy’s Comic Corner – Episode 206 (5/20/12)

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Comic book fans, I have returned to you! Pick Of The Week goes to Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez for Locke & Key: Clockworks #6 (IDW)! Fast Five picks include Saga #3 (Image), Fantastic Four #605.1 (Marvel), Hardcore #1 (Top Cow), Scalped #58 (Vertigo), and The Manhattan Projects #3 (Image). Spoilers!

Cammy’s Comic Corner – Geeky Talky – Episode 125

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In this special episode I’m joined by Dommy (The House-Dwarf) to discuss some graphic novels. We review Sweet Tooth Vol. 1 (Vertigo), Kill Shakespeare Vol. 1 (IDW), and Scalped Vol. 1 (Vertigo). Spoilers!

This episode has been brought to you by Crazy Mary!