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!
By now you know that Chris is a HUGE fan of the vampire movie “Let The Right One In”. It is also no secret that he’s not a big fan of remakes, in fact he swore NEVER TO PAY MONEY to see the American re-do. Well, now it’s available on the internets for free, and the time has come to see if it lives up to the original masterpiece. Spoiler: it doesn’t. Joining Chris for the first time on Two True Freaks is fellow champion of the original film, Joe “Matt Reeves’ Worst Nightmare” Anthrax! FUR FLIES!
In a special Christmas present to their listeners Scott and Chris extend the warmest of holiday spirit in this…oh, come on, who am I fooling? Basically, this podcast is the audio equivilant of the Freaks beating Christopher Nolan to within an inch of his life in a back alley. Then they tell Morgan Freeman that there is no Santa Clause while stabbing Michael Caine with a sharpened candy cane. And Bale…. oh, Bale, the Freaks have stuff planned for YOU that decency dictates can’t be put up in this public forum, just know that it concerns a Christmas tree and a certain Dark Orifice. Ho Ho Ho! WARNING- This episode is NOT FOR THE KIDDIES (or people who take their crappy Dark Knight movies seriously). This audio commentary is 2 1/2 hours of savage mocking and ruthless griping by two podcasters with Tourette’s Syndrome.