Comics Alternative Podcast Episode 58: A Review of Rebetiko, Pachyderme, and The Outliers #1

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RebetikoThis week Gene and Derek review two new books (both translations from the French) and the first issue of a new series. They begin with David Prudhomme’s Rebetiko (SelfMadeHero), a narrative centered around a day in the lives of five rebetes, musicians who were a part of the Greek folk music subculture in the 1920s and 1930s. The characters are outcasts, living on the fringe because of their love of rebetiko — often called “Greek blues” — and treated as immoral influences. Prudhomme uses the music and the lifestyle as a Pachydermestructuring device for his narrative. The Two Guys then turn to Pachyderme (SelfMadeHero), Frederik Peeter’s surreal, dreamlike story of a woman who is searching — searching for her husband, whom she believes to have been in an accident; searching for her young female piano student, who elicits in her some sort of hidden passion; and searching for her own sense of self as a fully realized woman. The result is a free-flowing, associative story that seems to turn back on itself and resists closure. If you appreciate Charles Burns’s dislocated and defamiliarizing narratives, you’ll really enjoy OutliersPachyderme. Finally, Derek and Gene discuss the first issue of Erik T. Johnson’s series, The Outliers (Panelvision Productions/Alternative Comics). Beginning almost two years ago as a Kickstarter campaign, this is Johnson’s adventure story of a speech-impaired boy who is able to see creatures living on the periphery of human consciousness, or outliers, that others cannot perceive. The guys are impressed by all three of the titles they discuss and heartily recommend that listeners run out to get these comics. This week is truly an alternative comics feast!

NOTE ABOUT THE EPISODE: Approximately 35 minutes into the show, there is a little technical difficulty with the recording. There is a two- or three-second lag between what Gene is saying and what Derek is saying, and at times it sounds as if one is talking on top of the other. We apologize for this minor problem, but the gist of the guys’ commentary is still understandable and clearly intact.

This week’s incidental music is brought to you by
Rebetiko Sergiani – İstanbul’un Şarkıları (1920 – 1940) and
Camper Van Beethoven’s Telephone Free Landslide Victory

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The podcast wife, Erica Schultz, joins Jimmy in studio again! They chat about Jimmy’s upcoming move back in with Producer Joe next week. More San Diego Comic Con interviews! Jimmy sat in on the round tables for the hit Cartoon Network show Adventure Time and chatted with voice stars John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny, Olivia Olson, Jeremy Shada and producers/writers Adam Muto and Kent Osborne. News includes: Garth Ennis returns to The Punisher, Harper Collins signs Molly Crabapple to write/draw memoirs, CLiNT magazine canceled and Rally Downtown presents a comic book trivia night. Great feedback from a loyal listener Glenn that gest Jimmy and Erica to wax on about the recent Doctor Who casting and showrunner Stephen Moffat’s comments about diverse casting. As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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