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Comics Writer Nadia Shammas: Bodies, Goth & No Olive Branches

From getting a Marvel internship out of spite to getting her own dream project graphic novel underway. 

Nadia Shammas is an Arab-American comic writer and native Brooklynite. She’s best known for being the creator of CORPUS: A Comic Anthology of Bodily Ailments and the author/co-creator of SQUIRE, a YA Middle Eastern fantasy set from HarperCollins next year. You can find her and her movie takes on https://twitter.com/Nadia_Shammas

Join us as we we get real about feelings about health, art and capitalism. Also goth.

PS here’s the GP radio episode about workplace harassment in the comics industry that I referenced in my added intro.

She-Ra & the Princesses of Power S5 w Lux Alptraum & Mey Rude

Lux Alptraum is a Peabody-nominated producer and writer whose work had appeared in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, and Hustler. Her first book, Faking It: The Lies Women Tell About Sex — And the Truths They Reveal, explores our cultural obsession with feminine deceit. https://twitter.com/luxalptraum

Mey Rude is a Los Angeles-based trans-Latina lesbian. she’s a journalist who’s worked for autostraddlethem.us, and Out Magazine, as well as a sensitivity reader and trans consultant on novels, comics, tv shows, and video games. she’s consulted on titles like Lumberjanes, Bitch Planet, and Cosmokights and is obsessed with queer representation in media. https://twitter.com/meyrude

MUST read 

Do We Need the Police? ‘Steven Universe’ and ‘She-Ra’ Suggest We Don’t” by Tahir Duckett

Preview: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Vol. 11

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Vol. 11

(W) Ryan Parrott (A) Daniele Nicuolo (CA) Jamal Campbell
In Shops: May 27, 2020
SRP: $16.99

The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers are back in Angel Grove…with the White Ranger as their leader! But what happened to the team after they defeated Lord Drakkon? And what does the White Ranger’s first appearance mean for the future of the team?

The new series creative team of writer Ryan Parrott (Go Go Power Rangers) and artist Daniele Di Nicuolo (Power Rangers: Shattered Grid) begin a bold new era as those answers-and more shocking secrets-are revealed for the very first time!

Collects issues #40-43.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Vol. 11

X-Men Dawn of X: Marauders, Be Queer Do Crimes

Kitty Pryde, sorry, I mean Kate Pryde, is coming out! She’s stealing a boat, getting drunk on Wolverine’s stash, and becoming a pirate/liberator of mutants everywhere. Join us for a deep dive into Marauders issues 1-9 from Gerry Duggan, Matteo Lolli, Stephano Casseli, Michelle Bandini, and others.

X-Perts:

Chingy L Gay is a writer, comedian, and critically acclaimed ex-girlfriend. She writes about queer identity, nerd shit, and her weird sex life and has been featured at MTV News, Out Magazine, Jezebel, Autostraddle, and Kotakuhttps://twitter.com/TheGayChingy

Dani Kinney is a Sensitivity Reader at Salt & Sage Books, a Trans & Intersex Educator and Policy Consult. They’re also a writer at Graphic Policy and Women Write About Comics where they’ve authored works such as “Hold Fast: Marauders and the Anti-Fascist Model“, “New Intersections: Krakoa and the Queer Body Politic“, and ” Subterranean Mutant Semiotics: Morlocks, X-Factor, and the Privilege of Passing”.  And yes they know they take the mutant metaphor a little too seriously.  https://twitter.com/sjw_LauraKinney

Artist/Writer Elsa Charretier: November in Mer-May

Elsa Charretier joins us from the south of France to talk about her latest comic, the noir tale November with Matt Fraction.  Elsa is a self-taught artist known for co-creating the award-winning scifi romance The Infinite Loop with writer Pierrick Colinet. Since then, she has been dividing her time between creating new creator-owned books (Superfreaks) and drawing established characters like The Unstopable Wasp, Starfire, DC’s Bombshells, and Star Wars’ most fashionable depiction of Admiral Holdo.

Volume 2 of November will be out June 2nd.

Follow her online.

Crisis on Infinite Jerry Ordway Part 2

Listen to Part 1

Interview with comics artist/writer Jerry Ordway continues! Jerry’s been making superhero comics for DC and Marvel for 40 years. He’s the guy who made people care about Shazam and the All Star Squadron again. He inked Crisis on Infinite Earths. He’s partnered with writers like Alan Moore, Warren Ellis, Michael Moorecock, and Neil Gaiman. His essay on age discrimination in the industry put a name to a significant problem in comics http://ordstersrandomthoughts.blogspot.com/2013/03/life-over-fifty.html

In part two of our interview, we talk about why we love hand lettering, the nightmare of Superman continuity, how he approached his groundbreaking graphic novel The Power of Shazam, on working with Michael Moorecock on Tom Strong, Warren Ellis on Planetary and creating a Loki story for Neil Gaiman’s Norse mythology book!

Whether you’re new to Jerry’s work or a long time fan you’ll learn a ton about the process of inking and drawing comics (traditional and digital), industry history, Alan Moore anecdotes and why he actually likes drawing boats and buildings (and how he does it so darn elegantly). 

Crisis on Infinite Jerry Ordway: Part 1!

Comics artist/writer Jerry Ordway has been making superhero comics for DC and Marvel for 40 years. He’s the guy who made people care about Shazam and the Justice Society of America again. He inked Crisis on Infinite Earths. He’s partnered with writers like Alan Moore, Warren Ellis, Michael Moorecock, and Neil Gaiman.

Welcome to a special two-part interview. Whether you’re new to Jerry’s work or a long time fan you’ll learn a ton about the process of inking and drawing comics, industry history, the secret workings of Letter Columns–and why Jerry tends to avoid name dropping bands in his comics, or drawing Lobo.

In part one we cover the start of his career, what it was like working on one of the 1st big comics mega-events, what makes the JSA tick, how he approaches Shazam and his indie horror work Semiautomagic with Alex di Campi.

Follow Jerry on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JerryOrdway

The Venture Bros podcast: S4 Ep 16 Operation P.R.O.M.

Travel back as we delve into a classic Venture Bros episode: Operation PROM. Thanks for being patient with the podcast right now: I’ve been slammed with work. I thought I’d make it up to you by covering a Venture Bros episode from Season 4, before we started podcast.

We’re here to help you catch all the references to feminist philosophers and 70s rock bands and Marvel comics. And to help you think about all the themes about all the failure, all the nostalgia and all the other stuff that Venture Bros are made of. 

I, Elana Levin, am joined by my co-host, Historian/Professor/pop culture nerd Steven Attewell.

If you want more podcast coverage of older episodes of the show, let us know on Twitter which episodes you want us to cover! And stay tuned for more interviews with comics creators next week!

Castlevania: A Very Warren Ellis Anime. with Leslie Lee III & Kat Overland

Warren Ellis‘ Castlevania show for Netflix is about powerful old men who want to bring the world down around them and the OT3 who say “nope” to all that. I’m joined by two critics who know their anime way better than I to talk about the show: Kat Overland is a freelance culture critic and the small press editor at Women Write About ComicsLeslie Lee the 3rd is a writer and host of Struggle Session.

We open with a Spoiler-free discussion of if you should watch the show. Answer: yes, there are lesbians. And the Byronic is actually likeable. 

Then deep dive into the show:

Tea and Spinach! Politics of Popeye, King Features Comics Strips to Memes

The comic strips you grew up with, and your great-grandma grew up with, are probably from King Features Syndicate: a comics syndicate over 100 years old! Tea Fougner is the Editorial Director for Comics at King Features Syndicate and joins us to talk about comics strips past and present.

As Tea says, “Comics is a format, not a genre.”

Find out:

  • Which vintage adventure strips will modern readers enjoy?
  • Popeye: Origins
  • The kweerness of Krazy Kat
  • The 1970s splenders of Apartment 3G
  • The Lockhorns are someone’s hip meme
  • Popeye on socialism and economic policy
  • “Mandrake the Magician was Doctor Strange before Doctor Strange”
  • How to read King Features comics. Literally.
  • Popeye is compassionate

Tea tweets as https://twitter.com/teaberryblue.

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