Category Archives: Graphic Policy Radio

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!

Castlevania: A Very Warren Ellis Anime. with Leslie Lee III & Kat Overland

Warren Ellis‘ Castlevania show for Netflix is about powerful old men who want to bring the world down around them and the OT3 who say “nope” to all that. I’m joined by two critics who know their anime way better than I to talk about the show: Kat Overland is a freelance culture critic and the small press editor at Women Write About ComicsLeslie Lee the 3rd is a writer and host of Struggle Session.

We open with a Spoiler-free discussion of if you should watch the show. Answer: yes, there are lesbians. And the Byronic is actually likeable. 

Then deep dive into the show:

Tea and Spinach! Politics of Popeye, King Features Comics Strips to Memes

The comic strips you grew up with, and your great-grandma grew up with, are probably from King Features Syndicate: a comics syndicate over 100 years old! Tea Fougner is the Editorial Director for Comics at King Features Syndicate and joins us to talk about comics strips past and present.

As Tea says, “Comics is a format, not a genre.”

Find out:

  • Which vintage adventure strips will modern readers enjoy?
  • Popeye: Origins
  • The kweerness of Krazy Kat
  • The 1970s splenders of Apartment 3G
  • The Lockhorns are someone’s hip meme
  • Popeye on socialism and economic policy
  • “Mandrake the Magician was Doctor Strange before Doctor Strange”
  • How to read King Features comics. Literally.
  • Popeye is compassionate

Tea tweets as https://twitter.com/teaberryblue.

V for Vendetta: A mask becomes un-Moore’d in time

V for Vendetta is marching in streets from Catalonia to Hong Kong; a centuries old symbol reinvented in the 1982 graphic novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd, and further popularized by the Wachowski Sisters movie of 2005. Even Occupy was almost 10 years ago?!  Why has this mask and story lived on in protests? How is V for Vendetta a unique dystopian text?

I’m joined by Ajay Singh Chaudhary PHD, executive director of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research and Ange Tran, artist and designer working on projects for radical social change. 

We discuss how the mask has been an effective tool and why the movie and comics still work for us.

Discussed: 

  • Histories of the Guy Fawkes mask
  • “The movie was about Bush the comic is about Thatcher” – https://twitter.com/Elana_Brooklyn
  • If V is passe then what’s next for protest garb?
  • “The mask has a story that people understand.” – Ange
  • Mask as floating signifier “Things become Un-Moore’d from their initial foundations “- Ajay
  • More Frankfurt School social theory than usual, even for this very nerdy podcast.

Follow Ajay on Twitter and Ange Tran is on Twitter as well. See more of Ange’s work here.

Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipated Comics Critics

Perfectly choreographed fights against sexists who had it coming! Does DC Entertainment‘s Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey movie keep the spirit of the beloved comics alive? From the comics to the big screen we’ve got an expert panel: 

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 Twitter https://twitter.com/Nadia_Shammas_

Véronique Emma Houxbois is a fiercely queer critic, cartoonist, and consultant hosting Read From the Rafters on YouTube as her drag persona Judith Slays. Named one of SyFy’s Most Influential Women in Genre 2017, her credits include Love is Love for IDW/DC, Critical Chips Volume 2 for Shortbox, and Called into Being: 200 Years of Frankenstein. https://twitter.com/EmmaHouxbois

Sara Century is a writer of short stories, articles about comics and film, and many, many zines. She is an artist, comic creator, and filmmaker as well as co-host of the weekly podcast Bitches on Comics. https://twitter.com/saracentury

Join us for:

  • New Yorkers’ opinions on Harley’s accent & parking in Gotham 
  • “Disaster capitalism, Spirit Halloween costume” Emma on some of Harley’s prior unfortunate looks
  • A chaotic neutral Batman and Robin 
  • Asking for more explicit conversation about why cops are pigs
  • How I define Harley’s real superpower

Watchmen on HBO: Black Wall Street, “Trust In the Law”, masks & politics

Victor Luckerson is writing a book about Tulsa’s Black Wall Street, which was highlighted by HBO‘s Watchmen series. Felicia Perez is the Innovation Director at the Center for Story-based Strategy. We team up to look at the real history and current politics behind the most 2019 of HBO shows. Also, check out Victor’s essay in the New Yorker: “The Great Achievement of Watchmen is Showing How Black Americans Shape History

Discussed:

  • Lady Trieu is Batman
  • Why it took me so long to cover this show (partially Alan Moore)
  • The power and danger of Nostalgia
  • America’s messed-up relationship with history
  • The problem with conspiracies
  • Ohhhhhklahoma! (is not OK)
  • and of course, the actual comics. 

Victor Luckerson: Twitter and newsletter runitback.substack.com.

Felicia Perez Facebook and Twitter 

and me, send me feedback! Twitter

Jamelle Bouie, Spencer Ackerman: The X-Men at Davos, HoxPox & Dawn of X

New York Times Opinion columnist Jamelle Bouie and Spencer AckermanDaily Beast National Security Reporter, join me to talk about the new X-Men series, the ideology of Krakoa and more:

  • “Magneto as Lenin” Jamelle Bouie 
  • “This is The X-Men that I have always dreamed of existing, in my soul”- Spencer Ackerman
  • What does the Mutant Liberation Front really mean?
  • Pan Africanism, not Zionism 
  • “Based on my friends fighting between Bernie and Warren there should be a lot more fighting between being a Magneto guy vs being a Scott Summers guy.” — me, @Elana_Brooklyn
  • The utterly perfect X-Men #4
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