On this episode of their interview series, Derek and Andy W. talk with Jonathan Case about his new graphic novel that was just released, The New Deal(Dark Horse Books). It’s the Depression-era story of Frank and Theresa, a bellhop and maid working at the Waldorf Astoria who get caught up in a series of mysterious thefts. It’s a kind of heist narrative with an old screwball comedy flair — think of Cary Grant and Kathryn Hepburn — and one that involves references to both Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway. The Two Guys talk with Jonathan about his skills at characterization, both in the construction of his personae and his use of clean-line art to bring out each one’s best defining qualities. They also discuss Case’s background in the performing arts and how his sense of dialogue and timing manifests itself on the paneled page. Although most of the conversation centers on The New Deal, Andy and Derek also ask Jonathan about his work with Jeff Jenson on Green River Killer, a new edition of which will be coming out soon from Dark Horse. This was a completely different kind of project from Jonathan’s fictional work, and the guys ask their guest about the challenges of representing one of the most notorious serial killings of modern times. Of particular interest was Case’s working relationship with the Jenson family and the distance the artist needed to maintain while crafting the story’s documentary tone. Along the way, they discuss Jonathan’s work on other titles such as Dear Creature and Batman ’66, his association with Periscope Studio, and the ways in which his family life impacts his art. The result is a highly informative, personal, and measured conversation about the many facets of comics storytelling…something the Two Guys with PhDs are always able to get out of their guests.
This week on the most con-recovering LIVE comics radio program just fresh out of Hal-Con 2013, we welcome comic artist Jonathan Case to the Monster Cave. Jonathan has been hard at work on his pages for the digital first DC comic ‘Batman ’66’. He joins us to chat about this as well as his efforts to raise money for SARC (The Sexual Assault Resource Center).
At the top of the show, we’ll do our best to fit in our Hal-Con 2013 review as well as give you our thoughts on Thor: The Dark World.
If you have a question for Jonathan Case or a story to tell about Hal-Con 2013, feel free to post it on our Facebook wall or give us a call at 506-453-4949.
On this podcast we review three new titles: DC Comics’ Trinity of Sin: Pandora and Batman ‘66, and Marvel Comics’ What If? AVX #1. Oh, and a quick review of The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #1. That’s about it, really. Listen in!
Jesse, Freddie, Danny and Cammy from Cammy’s Comic Corner are on the case. Reviews of Batman #0, The Creep #1, and Stumptown Vol. 2 #1. But that’s not all! In honor of 150 podcasts (including those before the re-numbering) we answer your listener questions.
[03:24] Batman #0
[13:26] The Creep #1
[24:56] Stumptown Vol. 2 #1
[33:58] Your Listener Questions
[34:38] Jason asks “If Elvis was alive, what current comics would he enjoy?”
[35:47] Jeramey asks “If you could have one character from the big two switch companies, who would they be and why?”
[39:19] Kris asks “Which superhero would be the best/worst roommate?”
[44:28] Jorge asks “Will you guys ever go to NYCC or Baltimore Comic Con?”
[47:15] Johnny asks “What’s the most embarrassing comic you’ve ever read and enjoyed?”
[51:32] Jason asks “If Spawn was a hotdog, what would he taste like and would you eat him?”
Jesse, Freddie, and Danny discuss two mainstream superhero titles and one indie noir comic.
Becky Cloonan’s art is praised to high heaven, things finally get emotional in Spider-Men, and the justification for a zero issue is discussed.
[01:19] Batman #13
[20:00] Spider-Men #4
[42:50] Ultimate Comics Spider-man #12 Bonus Discussion
[47:28] The Creep #0
Intro Music: Mission of Burma – “That’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate”