Category Archives: Graphic Policy Radio

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

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/

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