Category Archives: Graphic Policy Radio

Matt Fraction, Elsa Charretier: November is Coming and Jimmy Olsen too

November isn’t just the election it’s also the hit hardboiled graphic novel series from Elsa Charretier and Matt Fraction. A special commentary edition of the book is on its way and Elsa has the scoop! Fraction and I also chatted about Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen, his series with Steve Lieber- and there are some interesting connections between the two very different works!

Support the massively popular Kickstarter for the November art book here.

If you missed my episode with Elsa this Spring definitely give it a listen for her amazing, and inspiring origin story as an artist.

For more Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen check out my interview with artist Steve Lieber and review.

and if you are looking for ways to volunteer around the election or want to share show feedback I’m on Twitter.

Role-Playing Games: Dungeons and Dragons, Lasers and Feelings and Beyond

Tabletop roleplaying games are a hot social activity. Many have played for decades, but some have always wanted to try but haven’t found a group to join yet. This episode features a diverse crew of TTRPG experts answering your questions on everything from how to get started, how to make your games more inclusive, how to adapt your offline games to online AND recommend awesome games you haven’t heard of yet (those may involve neither dungeons nor dragons). 

Jess Ross is an editor, writer, and podcaster. She plays D&D with the d20 Dames, a family-friendly actual play podcast https://d20dames.com/  You can find all of Jess’ writing on their website http://writejess.com

Mike Kelly is a cohost of the One Shot Test Kitchen podcast https://anchor.fm/one-shot-test-kitchen, which is a real-play podcast of different indie pen-and-paper RPGs. He is a game designer/writer and public speaker about games based out of Brooklyn

April-Lyn Caouette is a cohost of the One Shot Test Kitchen. She’s a cofounder / Chief Resource Nerd at Love Thy Nerd, a nerd culture ministry that exists to love and serve their nerdy neighbors through thoughtful content, intentional community, and relational outreach. lovethynerd.com.

Matthew Perpetua talks X-Men, music, and being a critic

“disrupting the idea of superhero vs super villains and more about what happens within any community”

Music critic Matt Perpetua is writing about X-Men comics on his new site https://www.houseofx.org. He is also the sole writer of the independent music site Fluxblog since 2002, more recently expanding beyond the site itself to playlist curation on Spotify. In addition to the site, has also contributed to Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NPR, and New York Magazine, and was the founding editor of BuzzFeed Music.

Follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/perpetua

His music blog http://www.fluxblog.org/ is a must read for anyone who loves music criticism.

For Matt’s educational and electrifying playlists visit: https://open.spotify.com/user/123059001

Here’s the Industrial one we spoke about:

Doom Patrol Season 2. Graphic Policy Radio Dives Into the Second Season

Our critically acclaimed coverage of Doom Patrol-DC Universe‘s critically acclaimed show–continues with this episode on Season 2.

Joining me are guests:

Sarah Daniel Rasher is an erstwhile professor of Shakespeareology who now tries to save the world through educational data. They also occasionally write about figure skating and Star Trek on the internet. 

Winn Periyasamy is a Fordham law student and advocate working and organizing in New York City. She has her master’s in public health and her writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Nation, and more. You can follow Winn at @wperiyasamy

Here’s the essay on Cyborg I recommended https://themiddlespaces.com/2015/03/31/humanity-not-included/ 

Working in a Comic Book Shop During COVID

“I’m so thankful that my job is to sell people art.” – John Arminio, Comix Connection.

Guest John Arminio shares what it is like working at a comics store during this unprecedented time and how fans can support comics retail staff. Plus he makes some great suggestions of comics to buy.

John 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.

John has joined Graphic Policy Radio before to talk about:

Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/QuasarSniffer 

Visit the Comix Connection here: https://www.facebook.com/comix.connection/

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

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