Category Archives: Graphic Policy Radio

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.

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 )

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