Category Archives: Graphic Policy Radio

Captain Manhattan: Comics & Running for Office with City Councilman Ben Kallos

NY City Councilman Ben Kallos grew up collecting comics, watching anime and reading science fiction as a Manhattan kid. While most of his time is now spent passing progressive reform legislation, getting trashcans installed across his Upper East Side district or taking care of his daughter, he still loves comics and scifi for the powerful stories they tell about the world around us.

Discussed:

  • What’s it like running for office as a geek?
  • How an issue of Punisher 2099 changed his life
  • That Marvel Cease and Desist Letter. 
  • Being named an official Planeteer and working with Extinction Rebellion to declare a Climate Emergency
  • Do not dress up as Deadpool in any professional context
  • Speaking at AnimeNYC Con– “Comics are comics and animation is animation regardless of whether it’s in Japanese” 
  • Gundum Politics

https://benkallos.com/

Comics Anthologies are like mixtapes: Dead Beats and She Said Destroy

Creative team Liana Kangas and Joe Corallo discuss their comics merging music, horror & scifi fantasy:

She Said DestroyThe witches of Fey are the last believers of The Morrigan, Goddess of Death, Brigid’s sister and the only other God left. As Brigid’s forces prepare for one final battle, The Morrigan prepares to do what she does best: Destroy!

Dead Beats: The Dead Beats music shop is filled with deadly secrets. Run by the mysterious Shoppe Keeper, customers can browse through cursed records, evil sheet music, and instruments of the damned! Our host has dozens of spooky stories to tell you from some of the top names in comics. You’re gonna wanna put on your favorite album when you crack open this anthology.

Joe Corallo is a comics editor who curated and co-edited the Eisner nominated and Ringo Award winning Mine! anthology, edited the GLAAD nominated Oh S#!t It’s Kim and Kim as well as the Dead Beats anthology with Eric Palicki. He’s also a writer whose work includes writing and co-creating She Said Destroy at Vault Comics.

Liana Kangas co-created and illustrated She Said Destroy and has done artwork for 2000AD, Black Mask Studios, A Wave Blue World, Image and more. Her work is featured in both the 2018 and 2019 Ringo Award winning anthologies; Mine! and Where We Live. She illustrated a story for the Dead Beats anthology written by Eric Palicki. Listen to Liana’s Dead Beats play list: http://bit.ly/dpplaylist 

Also they got Doom Patrol legends Rachel Pollack, Richard Case and John Workman reunited! 

Sarah Horrocks makes comics. From Liefeld to Manga to Greek Theater

Sarah Horrocks does it all: she draws, writes, inks, letters and self-publishes her own comics and is a damn good critic too. We talk about how she makes comics and geek out about everything from the inks of Kyoko Okazaki to the queerness of Euripides to the inks and colors of Vertigo comics.

Sarah Horrocks is an Eisner-nominated comic artist and critic from Oklahoma. She has done cover work for various Image and BOOM! Studios projects, as well as comics for anthologies across a spectrum of publications and publishers including the Eisner-nominated Twisted Romance from Image Comics. She has written critically for Fantagraphics, ComicsAlliance, Study Group Magazine, and The Comics Journal. She co-hosted the Trash Twins podcast with fellow cartoonist Katie Skelly. Her major comics works include Dysnomia, Hecate Snake Diaries, The Leopard, Goro, Euripedes’s The Bacchae, and her latest work Aorta. Most of these can be purchased in either print or digital editions through her site: http://Mercurialblonde.squarespace.com.

On: 

  • Teaching herself to draw as an adult
  • “If I’d drawn as a teen I would have bene inspired by Rob Liefeld but I started as an adult so it was Guido Crepax and Egon Schiele”
  • “People act like transgender was invented on Tumblr 5 years ago. But it’s in the Euripides. It’s in the Bible.”
  • Drawing mechs (& getting me to care about them)
  • The power of ink in comics
  • America isn’t ready for Euripides
  • Manga recommendations 
  • Self publishing: how & why.

Follow Sarah on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mercurialblonde

Hickman’s X-Men: House of X /Powers of X & the Meaning of Krakoa

Mutants talking economic policy at Davos! Cyclops/Wolverine/Jean: a throuple! Is Krakoa Israel or is it a gay bar? Jonathan Hickman leads a relaunch of X-men comics that X-Men fans call #HoXPox. What are the politics of the series? This looks like a job for: 

Chingy Le Gay is a writer, comedian, advice columnist, and critically acclaimed ex-girlfriend. Her work focuses on queer dating, pop culture, and her weird sex life and can be found at Out Magazine, Jezebel, Them, and Autostraddle. https://twitter.com/TheGayChingy

Steven Attewell writes about the intersection of history, politics, and pop culture in The People’s History of the Marvel Universe for Graphic Policy, and at https://racefortheironthrone.tumblr.com/ (where he’s been covering HoX/PoX issue-by-issue). In his day job, he teaches public policy at CUNY’s School for Labor and Urban Studies. https://twitter.com/StevenAttewell

Also:

  • Comparing AOC and Krakoa
  • “No it’s not a cult!”
  • Who gets to tell big stories in comics
  • Mutant Social Reproduction in the Marxist sense & the sexy sense
  • Free All Political Prisoners!
  • “My medication is an endless supply of Charles Xaviers”
  • “Emma/Jean is Top for Top” 

As always, hosted by : https://twitter.com/Elana_Brooklyn

Steven Universe The Movie: With Musical Theater Geeks

Steven Universe the Movie is Steven Universe The Musical so one of my guests writes musicals: AriDy Nox is a black femme storyteller and social activist with a variety of forward-thinking creative works under her/their belt including the documentary Flawless Feminism, the sci-fi operetta Project Tiresias, and the dark comedy Joy is Dead, as well as others. AriDy creates out of the vehement belief that creating a future in which marginalized peoples are free requires a radical imagination. Ari is a graduate of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at Tisch School of the Performing Arts at NYU and a beneficiary of the Musical Theater Factory fellowship afrofuturist musical named Metropolis.

Klaudia Amenabar is a social media producer, pop culture critic, and occasional audio fiction voice actor. You may know her from her embarrassing Tumblr URL from high school Elphibia for President of Galifery or because she tweets too much about either Star Wars or Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure As https://twitter.com/kaludiasays

This is also the episode where https://twitter.com/Elana_Brooklyn compares Steven Universe’s predicament here to Obama ending Organize for America…

  • “You cant fix all your problems with a song!”
  • What happens when you actually decolonize?
  • Antiracism is something you have to do for the rest of your life

Young Justice: Outsiders! With Ahmed Ali Akbar, Ardo Omer & Ben Kahn

#WeAreAllOutsiders! I’ve got the perfect guests talking about the return of DC’s beloved animated series, Young Justice Season 3, streaming on DC Universe.

Ahmed Ali Akbaris a writer and host of the show “See Something Say Something.” He has worked as Staff Writer at BuzzFeed and has contributed pieces to Netflix, Catapult, Thrillist, Pushkin Industries, and more. He holds a Masters in Islamic Studies from Harvard Divinity School.  https://twitter.com/radbrowndads

Ardo Omer is a critic and freelance writer whose work can be found in The Comics Journal, Women Write About Comics and more. She’s the co-host of the Put A Blurb On It podcast, and has two short comics in the Toronto Comics’ Osgoode As Gold anthology and the upcoming Wayward Kindred anthology. https://twitter.com/ArdoOmer

Ben Kahn is an Ignatz Award-nominated comics writer. Their previous works include the comics series Heavenly Blues (Scout Comics) and Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most Wanted (SBI Press) https://twitter.com/BenTheKahn

Discussed 

  • Young Justice is like being on Twitter
  • Justice Society, “The Original Antifa”
  • Missed opportunities with Halo 
  • Halo IS a rebuttal to fascism 
  • Superboy learns collective action
  • The DCU: Where the UN is really powerful and run by Lex Luthor/Trump
  • “I’m not even mad about Harper Roe?!” https://twitter.com/Elana_Brooklyn

She-ra & the Princesses of Power: Seasons 2&3

It’s bi-week! Time to talk about She-ra and the Princesses of Power. What with all the queer teen heroes, and their queer parents, and their bi-pride flag colored hologram mentors and freedom fighting unicorns. Mey Rude returns for her second dive into the Dreamworks animated series. Mey is a queer, trans and fat Latina living in LA where she works as a trans consultant and a culture and entertainment writer for Out.com. She loves nerds, Judy Hopps and talking about her feelings.

And joining for the first time is Samantha Puc!

Samantha Puc is an essayist and culture critic who frequently writes about LGBTQ and fat characters in fiction. She is the managing editor at The Beat, as well as the co-creator and editor-in-chief of Fatventure Mag, an outdoors zine for fat folx who are into being active, but not into toxic weight-loss culture. She lives in Montana with her partner and cats.

Discussed:

  • Everyone’s dreamgirl Huntara
  • The right kind of sympathetic villians
  • “Once Upon a Time in the Waste” is the best episode name ever
  • Hordak gets a Vader suit—and pathos
  • Looking queer, for the kids!

Listen to our coverage of She-ra season 1 (and on spotify, itunes etc etc)

And sign-up for the new she-ra fanzine, Fans for Etheria, that’s a fundraiser for RAICES.

Daniel Kibblesmith: writing Loki, Colbert & being funny on the Internet

Daniel Kibblesmith is an Emmy-Nominated writer for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, and the writer of comics like Marvel’s “Loki” (2019), “Black Panther Vs. Deadpool” (2018) and others. He’s also the author of picture books like “Santa’s Husband” (2017) and the upcoming, “Princess Dinosaur” (2020). He was one of the founding editors of ClickHole (2014) and his humor writing can be seen in places like The New Yorker and McSweeney’s.

We talk about the differences between writing humor in comics, TV, movies, and Twitter.

Also:

  • The universal appeal of a High School AU
  • Loki as a 60 year redemption project
  • Is Loki immune to woobification?
  • “Like you’re all playing MST3K together but with the entire world”
  • That Low Key t-shirt
  • A hierarchy of 4th wall breaking

Follow @Elana_Brooklyn on Twitter.

Writer Brenden Fletcher: Motor Crush, Robotech & Isola

Brenden Fletcher is a bestselling writer of comic books and animation. Current projects include the Eisner Award-nominated series ISOLA and MOTOR CRUSH for Image Comics as well as the upcoming ROBOTECH Remix series for Titan. Previous work includes BATGIRL OF BURNSIDE and the YA mystery/adventure series GOTHAM ACADEMY.

Learn:

  • Of the creation of Catball: Nova Honda’s cutest robot/cat/ball
  • Robotech already IS a remix
  • Crediting the geniuses behind Robotech
  • Motor Crush Vol 3 goes Terminator (& I’ll Be Back)
  • Barbara Gordon fighting gentrification
  • The etiquette of fan art about creator-owned comics
  • A possible return for Gotham Academy?
  • Robotech’s legacy as a diverse series

Listen to our 2015 episode for more from Brenden on his Batgirl, Black Canary and Gotham Academy runs.

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.

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