Category Archives: Graphic Policy Radio

Stopping abuse in the comics industry: not just a few bad apples

Comics’ harassment crisis isn’t just caused by the names you’ve seen in the comics news. It is enabled by an entire system of employment and fandom built on exploitation. Good thing there are some brilliant and brave people joining me to talk about what we can to do create meaningful change in the industry.

Guests:

Jay Edidin writes comics, short fiction, and narrative nonfiction; covers culture, arts, science, and gender as a journalist and essayist; edits comics, transmedia, and genre fiction; and is half of the podcast Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men. Jay was named ComicBook .com 2017 Comics Person of the Year for his investigative coverage of harassment issues at D.C. Comics and his work to foster diversity and inclusion in comics culture.

Joan Hilty is a comics editor who came up in the 90s queer comics scene as a cartoonist, then had a 15-year editorial run at DC Comics/Vertigo, and now works with many of the Top 10 comics publishers in licensed publishing at Nickelodeon. She’s taught at Maryland Institute College of Art and is currently on the Cartooning faculty at School of Visual Arts. In 2014 she wrote about her experience with harassment in the industry for the Guardian, which was later a part of Jay’s Buzzfeed reporting leading to the ouster of a top editor at DC.

Kwanza Osajyefo: Author and creator of BLACK, a comic that asks: what if only black people had superpowers. Kwanza has been a part of the comics for nearly 20 years. Beginning his career as an online producer at Marvel before moving into other media roles. He later returned to comics and launched DC Comics’ digital publishing initiatives.

Referenced:

https://www.somanyofus.com/ : a website created by people targeted and manipulated by Warren Ellis.

Comics Writer Tina Horn on SfSx: Freedom & Safety in the SciFi Sex Dystopia

Tina Horn is the creator and writer of the sci-fi sex-rebel comic book series SfSx (Safe Sex). She hosts and produces the long-running kink podcast Why Are People Into That?!.

SfSx is the near-future story of the underground queer sex workers known as the Dirty Mind, who use their powers of bondage and intrigue to free their incarcerated friends and fight the power! SfSx: Volume 1: Protection is out now in trade paperback.

Tina’s reporting on sexual subcultures and politics has been in Playboy, Rolling Stone and more; she is the author of two nonfiction books and has contributed to numerous anthologies including the queer horror collection Theater of Terror and the feminist essay collection Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World. Tina has lectured on sex worker politics and queer BDSM identities at universities and community centers all over North America and works as an on-set consultant for theater and television including the dominatrix scenes of Pose. She is a LAMBDA Literary Fellow, the recipient of two Feminist Awards, and holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence. Tina is currently working on her first scripts for film and television. You can follower her on Twitter and Instagram https://twitter.com/tinahornsass her podcast: https://tinahorn.net/podcast/

Cartoonist Christina ‘Steenz’ Stewart: From the Library to the Heart of the City

“I want to show that the people behind the desk can look like me, “– Christina ‘Steenz’ Stewart is a St. Louis based cartoonist, editor, and professor. She’s the cartoonist on the syndicated comic strip ‘Heart Of The City’, the co-creator of Dwayne McDuffie Award winning Graphic Novel Archival Quality, and is featured in short story anthologies such as Eisner and Ignatz Award-Winning Elements: FireMine!, and Dead Beats. Steenz launched and edited the popular RPG periodical Rolled & Told. She participates in and creates community building comics related programming, and is a frequent panelist at comic cons. Steenz currently teaches cartooning at Webster University while editing titles from Mad Cave Studios.

She’s  https://www.oheysteenz.com/ and https://twitter.com/oheysteenz

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

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!

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