Deconstructing Comics #431: Mark Egan mans the “Back Office”

Back officeWhat happens when the computer that routes calls in a call center takes on a mind of its own? That’s the setup for the first story arc of Back Office, a Web comic by Mark Egan now available as a book. This week Tim asks him about his inspiration, his adopted home of Norway, and more.
Our critique of Back Office from 2013

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Deconstructing Comics #355: Give ’em enough (Eu)rope: “Nemi” and “Blacksad”

Nemi and Blacksad

In more than seven years of doing this podcast, our coverage of European comics has been, um… underwhelming. This week, Tim tries to change that, discussing two European comics with European co-reviewers!

First, Nemi, the overzealous goth girl from Norway, whose eponymous strip by Lise Myhre has become popular in numerous European countries. Norwegian Line Olsson (of the Boston Comics Roundtable) joins Tim to discuss.

Then, the second Blacksad installment, “Arctic Nation”, by animators Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido. Is racism the point of this noirish “furry” tale, or is it just the framing device for something else? Eugenia Koumaki in Athens co-reviews with Tim.

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Two True Freaks! Episode 166 – Podcast Vacation: Part V

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In which Chris and Scott visit EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Chris sees the Muppets and gets choked up, technical difficulties scuttle the Freaks’ attempt to ride The Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror, and 5 pound turkey legs are eaten before Scott and Chris watch everything blow up real good during Illuminations. Also, Scott talks about where his inspiration comes from!

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