Critiquing Comics #135: “Hyper Epics” and Mulele’s missing box

Hyper Epics

Hyperepics.com is a site showcasing a growing number of three-page comics, more or less of the “Amazing Stories” mold. In this episode we read many of them and talk about what we liked, and what we didn’t.

In the most recent Deconstructing Comics, Mulele told Koom about the box of his wares that didn’t make it to TCAF. In this episode, Mulele gives us an update on his box and a look back at the overall TCAF experience.

Plus, some listener mail!

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Deconstructing Comics #594: Campbell and Niffenegger and their “Bizarre Romance”

Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell

In town for the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, comics power couple Eddie Campbell and Audrey Niffenegger talk to Koom in this episode about their new collaboration, called Bizarre Romance. We also get some tidbits about Audrey’s work on the sequel to her novel The Time Traveler’s Wife, and Eddie talks about coloring From Hell and his recent book The Goat-Getters.

More from TCAF this Thursday!

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Comic News Insider Episode 853 – TCAF: Fantagraphics Special Pt 2 w/ Ho Che Anderson/Tommi Parrish!

Comic News Insider: Episode 853 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Jimmy went to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) over the weeekend and got a ton of great interviews! In this episode, he talked to Ho Che Anderson and Tommi Parrish. Ho talks about his new sci-fi/action adventure book Godhead. And Jimmy brings up Ho’s older Milestone Comics work Wise Son and they even go off on Legion of Superheroes tangent! Tommi talks their new book The Lie and How We Told It as well as some of their artistic influences over the years. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 852 – TCAF: First Second Special Pt 2 w/ Hope Larson/Charise Mericle Harper!

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Jimmy went to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) over the weeekend and got a ton of great interviews! In this episode, he talked to Hope Larson and Charise Mericle Harper. Hope chats about her new book All Summer Long as well as her run on Goldie Vance and Batgirl. Charise talks about crafts and her new book Crafty Cat and the Great Butterfly Battle. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 851 – More TCAF w/ Emma Vieceli!

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Reviews: Flavor #1, Justice League: No Justice #1-2, Mighty Thor At The Gates Of Valhalla #1, Agents of SHIELD s5 finale, Arrow s6 finale, Gotham s4 finale, Lucifer s3 finale, Riverdale s2 finale, Timeless s2 finale, Deadpool 2

Still lots of TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival) coverage! In this way too long episode (apologies for that!), you’ll hear the interview Jimmy did with good pal Emma Vieceli while at TCAF. They caught up on what she’s been working on, teased some other works and talked about their love of musicals. Joining Jimmy in the studio is Emmy Potter.  Lots of reviews so Jimmy gets some audio review help from friends Barry, Marta, Jessica, Ashley, and Rich and Iz! Many thanks for sending those awesome reviews. Jimmy and Emmy chat about that rumored Lando spin-off movie and indulge one another in their mutual Anglophenia. News includes: DC is teaming up with Looney Toons again, a new Wolverine series is coming this fall,  TV cancellations/renewals and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 850 – TCAF: Isola Special w/ Brenden Fletcher/Karl Kerschl!

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Jimmy went to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) over the weeekend and got a ton of great interviews! In this episode, he talked with friends Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl. Brenden goes into detail about how he and Karl came up with the idea for their new image book Isola. Karl was on a time crunch but graciously chatted for a few about his amazing art in the book and any influences. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 849 – TCAF: Fantagraphics Special Pt 1 w/ Sophie Goldstein/Georgia Webber!

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Jimmy went to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) over the weeekend and got a ton of great interviews! In this episode, he talked to Sophie Goldstein and Georgia Webber. Sophie talks about her new book House of Women and her influences for it and her art. Georgia talks about her graphic memoir Dumb: Living Without A Voice and the difficulties of not talking for months. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 848 – TCAF: First Second Special Pt 1 w/ Vera Brosgol/Jen Wang!

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Jimmy went to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) over the weeekend and got a ton of great interviews! In this episode, he talked to Vera Brosgol and Jen Wang. Vera talks about her current semi-autobiographical book Be Prepared and they even go off on a tangent about cooking. Jen talks about The Prince and the Dressmaker and Jimmy wonders if she could have a second career as a fashion designer. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 847 – TCAF Recap w/ Eddie Campbell/Audrey Niffenegger/Willow Dawson!

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Jimmy went to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) over the weeekend and got a ton of great interviews! 13 total equaling about 5 hours of content. So you will hear all of them over the next 2 weeks! No reviews or news this week since it’s the TCAF recap. Jimmy got friends Heidi MacDonald and Molly Kremer to send in their quick recaps as well. 2 awesome interviews in this episode. Jimmy sat down with Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell to discuss their new book Bizarre Romance. He also got them to talk about some of their more popular works The Time Traveler’s Wife and From Hell. He also sat down with good pal Willow Dawson about her new book White As Milk, Red As Blood: The Forgotten Fairy Tales of Franz Xaver von Schonwerth. They discussed the dark and twisted fairy tales within. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 846 – Training For TCAF!

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Reviews: Avengers Vol 7 #1, Coda #1, DC Nation #0, Red Sonja/Tarzan #1 

TCAF is approaching and Jimmy is madly prepping for it. Due to that, he has to fly solo but recruits friends to send in some audio reviews. Thanks to Amy aka The Frog Queen, Ashley Lanni, Erica Schultz and Rachael Smith. News includes: Gina Gagliano will serve as Publishing Director for the new Random House Graphic, the 2000AD Sci-Fi Special will have an all-female creative team including Babs Tarr/Tula Lotay/Leah Moore/Emma Vieceli/ Alex De Campi/etc,  Bill & Ted 3 is happening and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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#554 Ethan Rilly

Pope Hats

After TCAF, Koom sat down with Ethan Rilly, creator of the comic Pope Hats. How did he get started? Where’d the title come from? Why did he focus the story on two women? The interview covers all this and more. (NOTE: There’s a bit of a spoiler for issue 5 — we’ll warn you when it’s coming!)

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Deconstructing Comics #551: R. Sikoryak


Robert Sikoryak is known for adopting the styles of various famous comics and mashing them up with classic literature, Donald Trump quotes, and even the iTunes user agreement. This week he talks with Koom how he chooses the specific pairings of comics titles and other content, why he didn’t want to do his book on Trump, what Kafka’s Metamorphosis and Schulz’s Peanuts have in common, getting inside the head of the creator whose work he’s parodying, and more.

 

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Deconstructing Comics #550: Four TCAF Interviews

This year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival was held May 13 & 14. Koom was there and brought back interviews with Dave McKean, Jessica Campbell, Rick Geary, and Charlie Adlard!

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Comic News Insider Episode 771 – TCAF: Spotlight on Penelope Bagieu/Sandrine Revel!

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Jimmy was at TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival) over the weekend and got a ton of great interviews and moderated 2 panels! He moderated the Spotlight panel with Penelope Bagieu (California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before The Mamas & the Papas) and Sandrine Revel (Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo). They talk about their books, differences between French and North American publishers/audiences, favorite comics, inspirations, ever changing art styles and more! A massive thank you to Charlotte Groult (Book and Debates Officer – Consulate General of France in Toronto) for serving as Sandrine’s translator. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 769 – More TCAF w/ Sandrine Revel/Jamie Tanner & Five Points Fest Fun!

Comic News Insider: Episode 769 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Generation X Vol 2 #1, Eternal Empire #1, Luke Cage #1, X-Files Funko Universe #1, Agents of SHIELD S4 finale, Supergirl S2 finale

Emily Edwards returns to co-host after a brief hiatus! The Five Points Fest was this weekend and Jimmy attended. Check out his thoughts on the comics/toy show. They also discuss the Into the Badlands finale along with Dutch cartoonist Aimee de Jongh’s TCAF diary comics. Speaking of TCAF, It’s the last of the TCAF interviews that Jimmy got when he was in Toronto. You’ll hear him talk to Sandrine Revel (Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo) with special assist from translator Charlotte. He also chatted to old pal Jamie Tanner (The Consumptive 3). News includes: Netflix announces a Dark Crystal prequel, Supernatural will do an animated Scooby-Doo episode, Once Upon A Time will lose cast members & reboot next season, Tom Hardy will be Eddie Brock in the Venom film, Hellboy Hell Water Cinnamon Whiskey is here, The Runaways is returning to comics, DC Comics will explore the Dark Multiverse and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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