Comics Alternative Interviews: Liz Prince

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:24 – Introduction
  • 00:02:02 – Setup of interview
  • 00:03:13 – Interview with Liz Prince
  • 01:16:24 – Wrap up
  • 01:18:11 – Contact us


Woods Porn

On this interview episode, Sterg talks with Liz Prince about her latest books, Look Back and Laugh (Top Shelf Productions) and the colorized Be Your Own Backing Band (Silver Sprocket), as well as several of her past publications. Over the course of the conversation, Sterg talks with Liz about self publishing, writing for certain age-appropriate audiences, the influences of music, her international reach, as well as many of her previous works.

Episode 296: Reviews of Scratches #2, Now #4, and Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive #1

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Anthologies and a Classic Cop

On this episode Sterg and Derek check out two new anthologies, as well as a recent incarnation of Dick Tracy. They begin with Scratches #2, a comics and art anthology curated by Joost Swarte (and distributed in the Americas by Conundrum Press). They actually spend the majority of the episode discussing this collection, which includes mostly European artists. After that they eagerly jump into the latest issue of Eric Reynold’s Now. This is Fantagraphics’ exciting anthology that began last year. In this issue we see work by, among others, Walt Holcombe, Cynthia Alfonso, Roman Muradov, Tommi Parrish, Theo Ellsworth, Rebecca W. Kirby, and David Alvardo. Finally, they wrap up with Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive #1, the first in a four-issue limited series. Written by Lee and Michael Allred, and with art by Rich Tommaso, this is (to some degree) an updated handling of Dick Tracy in that the legendary detective is fighting crime in the current day. But although temporal setting is contemporary, the issue still has the feel of a classic comic-strip narrative, including big-presence villains, a detective with many tricks up his sleeve, and a storyline that at times seems outrageous…but in a good way. The Two Guys really hope that this Dick Tracy has a long life well after the limited series.

Comics Alternative Interviews: Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden

Time Codes:

  • 00:26 – Introduction
  • 03:02 – Setup of interview
  • 05:10 – Interview with Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden
  • 56:08 – Wrap up
  • 58:29 – Contact us


Why Nancy…Again?

Gene and Derek are happy to have on the podcast Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden. Their book How to Read Nancy: The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panels was released last fall from Fantagraphics Books. The authors are back on the circuit discussing their close reading of Ernie Bushmiller, but they took time to talk with the Two Guys about their landmark work. Over the course of the conversation, Mark and Paul reveal their history reading the Nancy strip, their original “How to Read Nancy” essay and the book that grew from there, the educational function of their detailed analysis, the work — research, technological, and otherwise — that went into this project, and, of course, there’s the August 8, 1959 comic strip itself that comes under such meticulous scrutiny. Over the course of 44 steps, Paul and Mark pick apart this Nancy strip with painstaking detail. But How to Read Nancy also includes a thorough biography overview of Ernie Bushmiller, multiple appendixes that provide abundant cultural and aesthetic context, and a “Do It Yourself” section where readers can apply the analytical skills they learn from the text. This is a must-read for every student of comics, creators and critics alike.

A big THANK YOU to Craig Yoe, who actually planted the idea for this interview and became its chief encourager!

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #25 – Garfield: 1984 vs. 2014

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Rebecca Cohen and Nick Marino

Show Notes:

Loved and reviled.
A comic strip so mundane that it’s become quasi-controversial.

On this episode, we contrast and compare Garfield in January 1984 to Garfield in January 2014.

Q: How has the comic changed over 30 years?
A: Ummm… is that a trick question?

The art has evolved a bit with Garfield spending more time on his hind legs and doubling the size of his feet. But the jokes and themes are practically interchangeable. It’s impressive how stagnant consistent it’s been over three decades.

After the end theme, we read the latest Allegheny Teen Center announcement from Hank 300 (who wasn’t able to record this episode with us due to a catastrophic Super Bowl related internet crisis).

Next Episode:
We dissect the first half of Battle Angel Alita v6!

Sequential Underground #80 – Stripped Down

The podcast by indie comics creators for indie comics creators!

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Shawn Atkins and Nick Marino

Show Notes:
Shawn assisted cartoonist Rick Stromoski, creator of Soup to Nutz, at the Steel City Con and that got him thinking about comic strips. See, Shawn’s comics foundation is in creating comic books. Here’s some of his early Gello Apocalypse work:

But Nick’s foundation is in comic strips. Most of his early comics were three, four, or six panel gags.

In this episode, we share our experiences with comic strips. We discuss the differences in writing, drawing, pacing, and distributing comic strips vs. comic books (or whatever you wanna call comics made up of pages!).

Shawn and Nick have even collaborated on comics strips in the past. Shawn wrote and Nick arted a seven-part series of Super Haters comic strips in 2011:

We’d love to hear your experiences creating comic strips, so make sure to comment with your thoughts on the comic strip creation process and we’ll read your comments on the next episode.

And finally, after the end theme… more Culinary Underground!

At the time of this recording, the Love & Monsters Kickstarter campaign (featuring comics by Shawn and music by Nick) hadn’t been funded. But in the past 24 hours, thanks to the generosity and support of our listeners and friends, the project has reach it’s funding goal. THANKS!

Deconstructing Comics #357: Expanding Comics’ Audience, pt 3: Newspaper strips

Comics that you buy in comics shops or bookstores are facing enough business challenges, but how about newspaper comics? Their traditional delivery system is dying out, with many printed papers ceasing publication. The comic strip faces a number of challenges, but there are positive trends as well. How are Web comics and other new technology changing the game? This week, Tim talks newspaper(-style) strips with Tom Racine, host of the Tall Tale Radio podcast!

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Gello Shots #8

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Shawn Atkins had a very Ohio Xmas and he’s here to recap his midwestern holiday adventures! Plus, he got some Jack Kirby goodies from Santa 😀

So what’s up next in Gello Apocalypse? The raucous return of Pryor and Mikey 3!!!

Shawn also reviews Windsor McCay’s The Complete Little Nemo in Slumberland, Volume II: 1907-1908 and Charles Schulz’s The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952.

Critiquing Comics #033: “Minimal Comics”

Minimal ComicsIt’s very simply drawn; sometimes the topics are also simple, perhaps too simple. But other times, the simplicity of the art reveals more complex, nuanced takes on the world around us. We take a look at Minimal Comics and other work by Graeme McNee.

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Deconstructing Comics #226: Hey, Managers! Comics!

Comics are being used increasingly to get messages across visually, even those aimed at the business world.

Doug Jackson, a Tokyo-based business consultant, was involved in adapting Patrick Lencioni’s “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” into a “manga version.” He talks to Tim about the challenges he faced in turning Lencioni’s “business fable” into a comics script, and the potential for using sequential art as a teaching tool.

Grant Brownrigg of sells usage rights to his business-themed comic strips and one-panel cartoons through the site, for use in everything from newsletters to presentations. He tells Tim about how the business started in 1984 and how it has evolved.

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