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Ramon Villalobos, Comics Artist, talks Border Town his new Vertigo series

Ramon Villalobos is a professional comic artist living in Stockton California. He’s worked on books for Marvel such as Nighthawk, Secret Wars: E is for Extinction, America, among others and now Border Town (co created with Eric M. Esquivel) for Vertigo Comics.

“When a crack in the border between worlds releases an army of monsters from Mexican folklore, the residents of Devil’s Fork, AZ, blame the ensuing weirdness—the shared nightmares, the otherworldly radio transmissions, the mysterious goat mutilations—on “God-dang illegals.” With racial tensions supernaturally charged, it’s up to new kid in town Frank Dominguez and a motley crew of high school misfits to discover what’s really going on in this town torn between worlds.”

The Venture Bros. Podcast: Season 7 Ep 6: The Bellicose Proxy

The Venture Bros has rich continuity and character arcs over years. Layer on pop culture and historic reference with thematic significance? It’s a lot. So join pop culture & NY history experts Elana Levin and Steven Attewell for our podcast examining each episode of the Adult Swim show.

Season 7 episode 6: The Bellicose Proxy

Wherein:

  • Newish villain Augustus St. Cloud is explored
  • Architecture reveals a lost subway location
  • The Guild is bad at being a labor organization
  • Anais Nin books your mom may or may not have hidden in a closet
  • The late Burt Reynolds is saluted

Adventure Time with Finn & Jake series Finale: Discussing the Ultimate Adventure

How many times did you cry watching The Adventure Time Series Finale? Come along with me as we discuss the meaning of the series finale of this revolutionary Cartoon Network show.

We’re joined by Oliver Sava who leads the Onion A.V. Club’s Adventure Time coverage, also freelancing for Vulture, and Chicago Reader. @OliverSava

And Jameson Hampton, a non-binary adventurer from Buffalo, NY who writes a lot of code and reads a lot of comics. They’re a regular contributor for WWAC and you can find them on Twitter@jameybash.

This episode includes spoilers for the entire TV series. We also discuss what we’re looking forward to in the continuing Adventure Time comics series published by BOOM! Studios.

I’m @Elana_Brooklyn on Twitter.

The Venture Bros. Podcast: Season 7 Ep 5: The Inamorata Consequence

The Venture Brosshow has rich continuity and character arcs that play out over many years. Then layer on pop culture and historic references with thematic significance? It’s a lot to sift through. So join pop culture and history experts Elana Levin and Steven Attewell for our Podcast examining each episode of this hit Adult Swim show.

This is Season 7 episode 5: The Inamorata Consequence.

Learn about the human brain, Fudgie the Whale, yesterday’s video games and enough father drama to win a Tony Award. Also, is this negotiation episode a political metaphor?

Catch up with the show! Listen to Season 7 episode 1 here. Season 7 episode 2 here, Season 7 episode 3 Season 7 episode 4.  And our Season 6 episodes are here(and everything is on Graphic Policy’s itunes).

The Venture Bros. Podcast: Season 7 Ep 4: The High Cost of Loathing

Love The Venture Bros cartoon but afraid of missing the plethora of historical references and layers of meaning behind each episode? Join pop culture and history experts Elana Levin and Steven Attewell for our Podcast examining each episode of this hit Adult Swim show.

This podcast is about Season 7 Episode 4: The High Cost of Loathing

Professor Attewell puts his campus teaching experience to use explaining Stuyvesant University. I reveal the dark truth behind HankCo’s Air BnB, We see parallels to Spider-Man and the works of leading American playwright Arthur Miller. Also, does Sandman hold up?

PS learn more about Air BnB here and take action: ShareBetter.org

Listen to Season 7 episode 1 here. Season 7 episode 2 here, Season 7 episode 3. And our Season 6 episodes are here(and everything is on Graphic Policy’s itunes).

The Venture Bros. Podcast: Season 7 Ep 3: Arrears In Science

Love The Venture Bros cartoon but afraid of missing the plethora of historical references and layers of meaning behind each episode? Join pop culture and history experts Elana Levin and Steven Attewell (whose secret identity is that he’s an actual historian) for our Podcast examining each episode of this hit Adult Swim show.

This podcast is about Season 7 Episode 3: Arrears in Science

It’s got everything from Frankenstein metaphors to the Gershwin Brothers’ Synagogue. 60s songwriter/producers including a real life supervillian, mad scientist/ sorry, I mean filmmaker, Werner Herzog and even a famous Manhattan diner. And more resolved plot threads than we’ve ever seen. This episode goes deep: it’s the conclusion to season 7’s Morphic Trillogy but also the conclusion to Season 1’s Careers in Science and so much of what the show has to say about fathers and sons.

Listen to Season 7 episode 1 here. Season 7 episode 2 here. And our Season 6 episodes are here(and everything is on Graphic Policy’s itunes).

The Venture Bros. Podcast: Season 7 Ep 2: The Rorqual Affair

Love the Venture Bros. cartoon but afraid of missing the myriad of historical references and layers of meaning behind each episode? Join pop culture and history experts Elana Levin (can one ever truly be a recovering art student?) and Steven Attewell (whose secret identity is that he’s an actual historian) for our Podcast examining each episode of Season 7 of this hit Adult Swim show.

This episode is about Season 7 Episode 2 “The Rorqual Affair”.

Featuring Jaws 🦈, 90’s conceptual art (also 🦈), Rat Island is Real and deep cuts into history are all topics radio’s podcast.

The Venture Bros. cartoon on Adult Swim references everything from Hannah-Barbara to Marvel, David Bowie to the Big Bopper, cult cinema to Scorsese, Oscar Wilde to Henry Kissinger. The show’s central theme is failure– the reality of life after the promises and optimism of the 60s space age have faded. But also the positive value of failure as a way to learn and grow, of making unpleasant realities better, and ultimately whether you can learn to keep the joyfulness of youth without its illusions.

Catch up on our podcasts of Season 6 right here (and on iTunes).

And our episode about the Season 7 premiere. 

The Venture Bros. Podcast Season 7 Episode 1

Brock venture bros season 7Love The Venture Bros cartoon but afraid of missing the myriad of historical references and layers of meaning behind each episode? Join pop culture and history experts Elana Levin and Steven Attewell (whose secret identity is that he’s an actual historian) for our Podcast examining each episode of Season 7 of this hit Adult Swim show.

This podcast is about Season 7 Episode 1: “The Venture Bros & The Curse of the Haunted Problem.”

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The Venture Bros. cartoon on Adult Swim references everything from Hannah-Barbara to Marvel, David Bowie to the Big Bopper, cult cinema to Scorsese, Oscar Wilde to Henry Kissinger. The show’s central theme is failure– the reality of life after the promises and optimism of the 60s space age have faded. But also the positive value of failure as a way to learn and grow, of making unpleasant realities better, and ultimately whether you can learn to keep the joyfulness of youth without its illusions.

You can catch up on our podcasts about Season 6 right here (and on iTunes). They were WILDLY popular. Thanks for your support!

Graphic Policy Radio Talks San Diego Comic-Con 2018. Listen on Demand and on the Go!

On demand: iTunes ¦ Sound Cloud ¦ Stitcher ¦ BlogTalkRadio

San Diego Comic-Con is an economy in itself. This is the US’s biggest pop culture convention and it has massive implications not just in nerd friendly TV, Movies and oh yeah, comics — but also in politics. Get the Graphic Policy Radio style scoop on the convention on our site and also from this week’s guest and resident San Diegan:

Arturo R. Garcia has worked as a journalist across the media spectrum – newspapers, television news and now as a reporter and fact-checker for Snopes.com. For the past two years he’s also been one of two correspondents for Rolling Stone covering San Diego Comic-Con. His work has also appeared at The Raw Story, Racialicious, The Guardian, and Alternet. He has followed a multitude of superhero media fandoms and there is a Rocky Horror Picture Show convention named after him.

Graphic Policy Radio Podcasts with 2018 Eisner Winners

Graphic Policy Radio has had phenomenal guests over the years. Several of the winners of the 2018 Eisner Awards have guests on our podcast. We’re offering theme our congratulations, especially since each of them has broken new ground diversifying the awards and industry. Check the links below for our podcast interviews:

Congrats to Saladin Ahmed & Christian Ward for Black Bolt, Best New Series. We interviewed Saladin Ahmed about Black Bolt and his creator-owned series Abott in January. Pretty sure he’s the first writer of Middle Eastern heritage who’s won for a superhero series let alone for Best New Series.

Congrats to Taneka Stotts, editor of Elements: Fire, A Comic Anthology by Creators of Color for Best Anthology. Her leadership at Beyond Press has just helped to usher 32 creators of color onto the list of Eisner winners. She said in her acceptance speech that we “declare war on an antiquated mentality that tells us our voices and stories aren’t ‘profitable’ enough.” I interviewed Taneka Stotts just a few weeks ago!

Congrats to Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda for Monstress which won Best Publication for Teens and Best Continuing Series. She is the first woman to win the Best Writer award which she also won in a tie.  We interviewed Marjorie Liu back when this series first began.

Congrats to Karen Berger, legendary founding editor of Vertigo Comics who was inaugurated into the Hall of Fame. Karen Berger spoke to us about one of her recent editorial efforts, Surgeon X and her return to comics.

Each of these links goes to SoundCloud but all of these episodes are also available on our iTunes feed. Just look under our account.

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