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Superman’s Pal, Steve Lieber, Comics Artist

Artist Steve Lieber is one of the funniest artists in superhero comics today and his new series with Matt Fraction, Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen is wild and wonderful. Steve Lieber’s comics have been published by DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Image, Valiant and many others. He’s known for his work on the Eisner-winning Whiteout, a graphic novel adapted by Warner Brothers as a feature film, and for Superior Foes of Spider-Man, an Eisner-nominated cult favorite. His comic The Fix was named Best New Comic of the Year by IGN.

Steve is also a founding member of Helioscope, the largest studio of comic book artists in North America. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Find out:

  • Pro tips on making comics funny– like how creative paneling will kill a joke
  • Jimmy’s outfits are based on Steve’s lawyer
  • What a 10 year old Steve made of the Don Rickles issues of Jimmy Olson by Jack Kirby 
  • “Social class is everywhere. If it’s not coming out in your pictures I’m not sure what you’re drawing”
  • “Humor theory is always terrible.”
  • “I was trained in the state of the art art of the mid 50s”

My review of issue 1.

And here’s my interview with Steve 3 years back about his series The Fix and going to The Kubert School of Art.

Psychedelic space warriors & kitty cats w/ comics writer Carlos Giffoni. Listen to the Podcast

Comics writer/musician Carlos Giffoni joins us to talk about his series Strayed, a sci-fi story about the military industrial complex, staring a pet cat, with art by Juan Doe, and Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness with Alexis Ziritt, which is some seriously trippy stuff. 

At 14 Carlos began singing in a punk band in his homeland Venezuela. Since then, he has been involved in experimental music with over a dozen releases. He has worked on projects for League of Legends, South Park, Ugly Americans, The Daily Show, and other established properties. He currently lives in LA, with his two cats Viktor and Lou Reed. He started writing comic books a few years ago with two creator-owned series and more on the way. https://twitter.com/carlosgiffoni

  • Don’t worry, the cat is safe! “he’s just under stress”
  • Why we needed to know that the cat would be ok
  • On inheriting a highly personal creator-driven comic
  • Casual Spanish
  • His work in the animation industry
  • & I, https://twitter.com/Elana_Brooklyn finally get to talk Hawkwind with someone who cares

Spider-Man Far From Home, Ripped from the Headlines. Listen on Demand

TV writer Tom Ciaccio and Cayden Mak of 18 Million Rising webswing by to talk about the latest MCU movie. Wherein we discuss:

  • The Post Blip Economy
  • What makes a Spider-Man story
  • Unionizing tech workers
  • Seeing the world through weapons colored lenses
  • Give the trans actor lines you cowards!
  • “At every movie now people are always waiting for Sammuel L Jackson to pop out after the credits”
  • Young Justice S3

Cayden Mak is Executive Director at 18MillionRising.org, where he has been rabble-rousing and nerding out in various roles for the past seven years. Outside of work he keeps busy with local organizing projects in Oakland, California, where he lives with his two cats. On Twitter @Cayden 

Tom Ciaccio is a television writer and producer whose recent credits include truTV’s HACK MY LIFE, Bravo’s THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA, and the forthcoming web series, LO: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF ULTIMATE MAN’S EX-GIRLFRIEND. He grew up in Queens but has yet to be bitten by a radioactive anything. He is on twitter at @tomteevee

(and I’m https://twitter.com/Elana_Brooklyn

Doom Patrol: It’s Always Pride on Danny Street. Listen to the Podcast on Demand

Danny the Street sprang into existence out of the first brick thrown at Stonewall. Facts. We loved Doom Patrol on DC Universe streaming and comics writer Ben Kahn and comics retailer John Arminio are here to tell you why.

  • The Bureau of Normalcy is ICE
  • Yes you should watch Swamp Thing
  • “My face is beat. My look is flawless. And I am dulcet from head to toe. The only thing I am not is scared of you.”

This covers episodes 3 through the finale. Hear thoughts on episodes 1 and 2.

Ben Kahn is a comic book writer based in New York. Their latest series, Gryffen: galaxy’s Most Wanted, is their third collaboration with artist Bruno Hidalgo after Shaman and Heavenly Blues. Gryffen is a genderqueer, anti-fascist space opera published by SBI Press exclusively on ComiXology.

Heavenly Blues sees a ragtag group of deceased thieves condemned Hell team up to pull the ultimate heist on Heaven. Art also by Bruno Hidalgo.

John Arminio is a long-time comic book devotee and retailer who peddles his wares at Comix Connection in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Along with comics, another of his great passions is film, and you can hear him discuss that artistic medium on recent episodes of the podcasts Hellbent for Horror, Film ’89, and 26 Movies from Hell. 

Thank you John for the editing help! And sorry to our listeners for the wait on this. 

I am Phoenix Hear Me Roar: Jean Grey of the X-Men from Comics to Screen

Even a bad movie can’t stop the return of the Phoenix! The Phoenix Saga is iconic but it shouldn’t be the only Jean story you know. Josh Wilson of The Fabulist interviews me (Elana) for a change, as we talk about Jean Grey in comics and cartoons.

Graphic Re-Reading Secret Six: 1st Rate Comics about Last Rate Supervillains

“The Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead of the DCU”– John Arminio.

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Secret Six is easily one of the 5 best cape comics of the 21st century. Staring a diverse team of D-List supervillians, the series was created by Gail Simone working with artists including Nicola Scott, Jim Calafiore, and Brad Walker.

The true heir to the legendary 1980s’ Suicide Squad, this comic lovingly depicts mercenaries fucking up their contracts, backstabbing each other, then coming back together to tell the world to go to hell.

I’m joined by comics retailer and critic John Arminio for a deep dive into this brilliantly dark, funny and groundbreaking early 00s series.

Discussed:

  • Why D-List characters are so much fun
  • Scandal Savage Is Living the Lesbian Dream
  • Cigarettes, pools of blood and butts of all genders
  • Godbless you Nicola Scott for making Catman a sex symbol
  • Is this Bane?
  • Yes, you should watch Doom Patrol (we covered the 1st two Doom Patrol episodes here )

Also we are now on Spotify! So check us out http://bit.ly/GraphicPolicySpotify

Graphic Re-Reading Secret Six: 1st Rate Comics about Last Rate Supervillains

“The Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead of the DCU”– John Arminio.

Secret_Six_Vol_3_36Secret Six is easily one of the 5 best cape comics of the 21st century. Staring a diverse team of D-List supervillians, the series was created by Gail Simone working with artists including Nicola Scott, Jim Calafiore and Brad Walker. The true heir to the legendary 1980s’ Suicide Squad, this comic lovingly depicts mercenaries fucking up their contracts, backstabbing each other, then coming back together to tell the world to go to hell.

I’m joined by comics retailer and critic John Arminio for a deep dive into this brilliantly dark, funny and groundbreaking early 00s series.

Discussed:

  • Why D-List characters are so much fun
  • Scandal Savage Is Living the Lesbian Dream
  • Cigarettes, pools of blood and butts of all genders
  • Godbless you Nicola Scott for making Catman a sex symbol
  • Is this Bane?
  • Yes, you should watch Doom Patrol (we covered the 1st two Doom Patrol episodes here )

Also we are now on Spotify! So check us out http://bit.ly/GraphicPolicySpotify

Game of Thrones Finale: Team Small Folk. With Attewell, Hayslett and Rasher. Listen on Demand and on the Go!

Steven Attewell is the founder of “Race for the Iron Throne,” covering A Song of Ice and Fire chapter-by-chapter from a historical & political angle. He’s published 2 collections of chapter-by-chapter essays and the book “Kings, Hands, and City-States,” focusing on the political structures of GRRM’s world. He’s on twitter @StevenAttewellTumblr & has a Patreon for his ASOIAF work.

Reuben “Tihi” Hayslett is a queer activist, writer, and storyteller. As a fluent speaker of Dothraki, one of the languages created for HBO’s Game of Thrones, Tihi recently worked on the upcoming Netflix series Daybreak as a Dothraki Language Consultant. Tihi’s debut book, Dark Corners, is a short story collection of speculative fiction that centers the voices of queer people of color.

Sarah Rasher is a former professor of Shakespearology. Their pop culture & sports writing at https://twitter.com/pas_deChat

Ben Kahn writes Gryffen Galaxy’s Most Wanted and Heavenly Blues and is on Graphic Policy Radio!

Ben’s not writing a dystopia, they’re writing a catharisis! “Like the Hulk!” but with a pink queer undercut. 

Ben Kahn is a comic book writer based in New York. Their latest series, Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most Wanted, is their third collaboration with artist Bruno Hidalgo after Shaman and Heavenly Blues.

Gryffen is a genderqueer, anti-fascist space opera published by SBI Press exclusively on comiXology

Heavenly Blues sees a ragtag group of deceased thieves condemned Hell team up to pull the ultimate heist on Heaven. Art also by Bruno Hidalgo. 

Follow Ben on twitter at https://twitter.com/BenTheKahn

Writer Anthony Oliveira: Stevonnie, Satan and other queer icons. Listen on Demand.

“Kids have stopped being kids in the time you’ve made them wait for queer representation… “We won’t metaphorize these things away.”–

Anthony Oliveira is a writer, film programmer, pop culture critic, and PhD living in Toronto.

He’s written comics for Dark Horse, BOOM! Studios’ Steven Universe: Fusion Frenzy, and for Marvel “My Drag Brunch with Loki” in War of the Realms: War Scrolls.

He tweets @meakoopa and hosts the podcast The Devil’s Party, as he reads through Milton’s Paradise Lost and its demonic twists and turns.

Discussed:

  • Steven Universe is a healing text
  • In defense of sad gay narratives
  • “Mike Pince” ??
  • The relief of canon queerness
  • Disco fries
  • “Shakespeare would be writing for Netflix”
  • The corporate politics of Shipping Wars ??

Fusion Frenzy art is by Ver

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