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Queer gamers write a queer graphic novel about queer gamers: Renegade Rule

“One of the goals of Renegade Rule was to present a book and world that allows for queer joy” – Ben Kahn

“The closer it is to trope-y fan fiction the more I like it”  – Rachel Silverstein

Meet the writers of a new original graphic novel published by Dark Horse, Renegade Rule!

“The Manhattan Mist have beaten the odds to land themselves in the national championships for Renegade Rule, one of the hottest virtual reality games in existence. But they’re in for competition fiercer then they ever imagined, and one team member’s entire future could be at stake. Four queer female friends will have to play harder than ever against self-doubt, infighting, romantic distraction, and a slew of other world-class teams if they hope to become champions.

From Ignatz-nominated writer Ben Kahn, debut author Rachel Silverstein, and artist Sam Beck is a celebration of friendship, competition, queer identity, and the insane things we do for the things and people we love.”

Rachel Silverstein is a recent law school graduate. Renegade Rule is her first comic book publication. She also has a Master’s degree in elephant paleontology. https://twitter.com/flirtymango

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). They can usually be found shuttered away in their shoebox-sized New York apartment, afraid to leave the city. https://twitter.com/BenTheKahn

Check out Ben’s horror podcast: Progressively Horrified https://progressivelyhorrified.transistor.fm/

Hear Ben on my podcast to talk about their earlier comics writing: http://bit.ly/grifBee

On Doom Patrol S2 http://bit.ly/DoomPatrolgp

& Young Justice S3 http://bit.ly/YJoutsiders

The Good Asian comic with creators Pornsak Pichetshote and Alexandre Tefenkgi

Policing and the model minority myth are deconstructed through a noir genre lens in this hardboiled detective series created by today’s guests, Pornsak Pichetshote and Alexandre Tefenkgi.

A new Image Comics series, The Good Asian stars detective Edison Hark—a haunted Chinese-American detective—on the trail of a killer in 1936 San Francisco’s Chinatown. The series explores Chinese American identity, US immigration policy and the brutal contradictions inherent in being the first Chinese American cop when the target of his policing is inevitably his own community. It’s also a beautifully drawn piece of historical fiction and an exciting mystery.

My guests are:

Pornsak Pichetshote is a writer for comics and TV. He wrote the critically acclaimed horror comic hit INFIDEL that was featured on NPR’s best horror stories of all time. In TV, he’s written for the shows Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, Light as a Feather, and Two Sentence Horror Stories.

Alexandre Tefenkgi is the acclaimed artist of European comics and graphic albums as well as the critically acclaimed Skybound book Outpost Zero by Sean McKeever. Born in Africa and raised in France, he’s an artist of Vietnamese descent.

The series’ colorist is Lee Loughridge and letterer is Jeff Powell.

Learn more here

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier with Spencer Ackerman and Brandon Wilson

“Zemo is the only character with an ideology” – Brandon Wilson

“A real Captain America looks to the rest of the world like The Joker” – Spencer Ackerman

Talking about Disney’s latest Marvel TV show, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier with two of my favorite Marvel experts.

Spencer Ackerman award-winning national security journalist and author of REIGN OF TERROR: How The 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump, out August 10 from Viking. https://twitter.com/attackerman

Brandon Wilson is a filmmaker and lecturer. Brandon has directed two micro-budget features: 2005’s The Man Who Couldn’t… which is on YouTube and Sepulveda from 2016 which is streaming for free on Vimeo. Wilson has taught Film Analysis for Filmmakers, Introduction to Editing and classes on national cinemas, the essay film, and diversity in cinema at UCLA, Columbia College Hollywood and others. https://twitter.com/geniusbastard

And your host, Elana Levin is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Elana_Brooklyn.

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

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