Category Archives: Graphic Policy Radio

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WandaVision: Marvel Magical Refugee Girl Origin Stories

Traumatized people processing loss by watching TV sure do connect with a TV show in which a traumatized person processes loss via the medium of television. Disney+‘s newest Marvel television show is a timely hit. I’m joined by three fascinating guests for a nuanced and necessary conversation.

“When someone tells a Black woman she’s not supposed to be there it goes from being uncomfortable to being dangerous” – comics critic Niki J.

Occasional voice actress and constant Marvel fan, Niki J posts about comics and queer issues at @blackloislane on Twitter. In her free time she’s helped organize panels for Geeks OUT’s annual queer comics celebration, Flame Con.

“This was my entire childhood flashing before me”– Asya Pikovsky is a communications consultant for grassroots and worker advocacy organizations. When she was four, she immigrated to the US with her family as Jewish refugees from the former Soviet Union. She also compares Wanda to the FBI… 

Diana Hussein is a Detroit-based Communications Specialist for the hospitality workers’ labor union, UNITE HERE. She’s one of my favorite union voices on Twitter: https://twitter.com/heyadiana. and has a lot to say about the MCU and Arab American fandom.

Comics Artist/Writer Michel Fiffe of COPRA. Taking Risks & Making Monsters

“Realism is unfortunate”- Michel Fiffe

Michel Fiffe is the creator/writer /artist of the action series COPRA. He’s worked with Marvel and DC on top of fully producing Panorama for Dark Horse, Bloodstrike: Brutalists for Image Comics, and Zegas for Fantagraphics.

We talk about the development of comics art styles in-depth and a graph he made attempting to chart where some of his favorite artists’ style fall on a scale of realistic to cartoony, messy to clean. So get artsy with us!

“It’s a comic, take a risk, do something different”

“Go to a museum, open up a fashion magazine, watch a documentary on Klaus Nomi. Do anything but look at a comic book for inspiration. That’s what Kirby did!”

“The 90s isn’t just Jim Lee”

His interview of artist Trevor Von Eeden

Follow Michel Fiffe on Twitter

True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee with biographer Abraham Riesman

“I’m not damning Stan Lee, I’m living with ambiguity” says Abraham Riesman of his essential new Stan Lee biography True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee. No matter where you stand on the debate of who gets credit for Marvel comics, you MUST read this book.

It’s past time for a serious work of history like this one examining the conflicting stories behind one of most imporant cultural forces of the 20th century. Abe has done completely new research into the Lieber familiy’s history in Romania and the Romanian Jewish mileiu of Stan’s youth. He’s interviewed the journalists who wrote key pieces around Stan’s life and times at Marvel. He’s gotten everyone to talk, from Stan’s brother (cartoonist Larry Lieber) to the vultures who plagued Stan at the end of his life.

Abraham Riesman is a journalist whose work has appeared in Vulture, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, The Boston Globe, and many other outlets. He is the author of TRUE BELIEVER: THE RISE AND FALL OF STAN LEE and the forthcoming RINGMASTER: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF VINCE MCMAHON. He lives in Rhode Island with his partner, the journalist SI Rosenbaum. His website is abrahamriesman.com and his Twitter handle is @abrahamjoseph.

For more from me on Stan Lee, listen to my episode with journalist Spencer Ackermen upon Lee’s death.

Kieron Gillen: The Eternals, Die RPG, Peter Cannon, and Canon

How are The Celestials and The Eternals like Diana Ross & The Supremes? Find out as Kieron Gillen (obviously) returns to discuss his new series for Marvel Comics, a relaunch of The Eternals, in which he and artist Esad Ribić interpret Jack Kirby’s classic “powerchord of a visual”. We follow up with his critically acclaimed re-imagining of Peter Cannon Thunderbolt as well as his current indie series Once and Future, which politicizes Arthurian legends in powerful new ways.

Plus, catch up on Die Comic’s success as an RPG and RPG’s in general during COVID.

Also Black Sabbath.

Jay Edidin; From X-Plaining to Writing the X-Men

X-Pert podcaster Jay Edidin wrote his 1st Marvel comic X-Men: Marvels Snapshots, and I love it! So of course I had him on my show to talk about the obvious topics like DC Comics, Victorian Literature, and Fun Home.

And yes, of course, his take on Cyclops in this highly personal yet accessible comic.

You can hear Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-men and read his tweets.

He’s been on Graphic Policy Radio before to talk about stopping harassment and abuse in the comics industry and Punisher Season 2.

Graphic Policy Radio: X-Men and the MLK Legacy Roundtable

One of our most listened to episodes of Graphic Policy Radio discussed the X-Men and their use as an allegory of the civil rights, it covered the series throughout its many incarnations and writers. The discussion also veered into the depiction of minorities in “comic” entertainment and Marvel’s continuity. In honor of MLK Day, we present that podcast discussion.

Guests joining in on the conversation were:

  • Steve Attewell – A political & union activist, Steve holds a PhD in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the founder and writer of Race for the Iron Throne as well as The Realignment Project
  • David Brothers – David works for a comics publisher, blogs about stuff at 4thletter.net, & tweets about everything at @hermanos. Find his life story at iamdavidbrothers.com.
  • Gene Demby – Gene Demby is an American writer and journalist & the lead blogger for NPR’s Code Switch team.
  • Emma Houxbois – Emma is a queer blogger for hire out of Vancouver, BC most recently attached to Girls Read Comics. Follow her @emmahouxbois
  • Kendra James – a blogger who writes on race, comics, television & more for Racialicious, follow her @wriglied

You can listen to the archive above or go here and download it for on the go.

Mark Trail cartoonist Jules Rivera: Nature Dad’s environmentalist roots & future

“I reverse engineered Mark Trail”–  Jules Rivera is the new cartoonist for the classic syndicated comicstrip Mark Trail. You know, the nature guy in the plaid! Jules gives Mark Trail a look and a new environmental justice spin on his LONG STANDING mission of conservation education. Plus a diverse cast for soap opera hijinks and humor.

Jules is the second Latina woman to become a nationally syndicated comic strip cartoonist. Jules brings her background in engineering and lifelong interest in nature and the environment to Mark’s adventures.

You can read Mark Trail every day FOR FREE

And follow Jules Rivera

Writer Alex de Campi: Veterans, Vampires, Truth & Fiction

“If you can do comedy you can do horror”- writer and letterer Alex de Campi returns to the show to talk about her latest comics

  • Vintage pulp horror graphic novel Dracula, Motherf**ker (Image Comics) with Erica Henderson
  • Sci-fi thriller Madi: Once Upon A Time in the Future co-written by filmmaker Duncan Jones
  • Veteran action/buddy comedy Bad Karma — read it online 
  • True War Stories, an anthology of soldiers’ deployment tales by soldiers themselves.

Follow Alex on twitter

Elana’s review of Bad Karma

The Venture Bros Podcast: S 2; Ep 5: 20 Years to Midnight

IGNORE ME at your peril! Professor Steven Attewell and I, (Elana Levin) walk you through one of the most quotable episodes of The Venture Bros show. We’re here to help you understand the history, context, and pop culture references within. From the most important chair of the mid 20th century to the 1991 MTV Music Video Awards (that was a weird one indeed).

3rd image our slide show is Arishem the Judge by Jack Kirby– a massive inspiration for The Grand Inquisitor. 

Follow Steven here: https://twitter.com/StevenAttewell 

and me: https://twitter.com/Elana_Brooklyn 

Daredevil: Inferno. Comics of Marvel’s New York

In 1989 Daredevil‘s “Inferno” storyline from Ann Nocenti and John Romita Jr offered some pointed social commentary about NYC. It returns in Chip Zdarsky, Marco Checchetto, and Mattia Iacono‘s current series made for some uncanny reading for New Yorkers today.

Join Leslie Lee III of Struggle Sessions podcast and Scott Thorough of Zebras in America podcast as we swing into;

Classic Daredevil #260-266 

Current Daredevil issues #18-20

Also discussed: 

  • Scott’s lived experience of Hells Kitchen in the 1980s
  • Leslie on how the comics misunderstand the role cops play in gentrification
  • “Matt Murdock’s superpower is Catholic guilt”- Scott
  • Please tell your Fox watching Grandpa that New York is not on fire
  • Typhoid Mary’s character design is still hot
  • They made Stiltman scary
  • and as always, Matt Murdock is the worst boyfriend in comics
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