Category Archives: Graphic Policy Radio

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

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 represent 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 below or go here and download it for on the go.

Talking Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams Graphic Novel with Steve Horton

Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams is a graphic novel from legendary artist Mike Allred and writer Steve Horton. It chronicles the rise of David Bowie’s career from obscurity to fame; paralleled by the rise and fall of his alter ego Ziggy Stardust. As the Spiders from Mars slowly implode, Bowie wrestles with his Ziggy persona. The outcome of this internal conflict will change not only David Bowie, but also, the world.

I’m joined by the book’s writer Steve Horton to talk about the making of the graphic novel and our shared love of Bowie (and shared love of artist Mike Allred’s work). Whether you’re an “Absolute Beginer” on Bowie or already deeply “Loving the Alien” you will get something out of this tremendous book– and hopefully out of this episode too. 

Share your thoughts with me and maybe I’ll show you my Bowie tattoo. 

The Mandalorian: Westerns, Samurai Manga, and Muppets

What better collapse of the Disney vs auteurism fight then Werner Herzog talking to a Muppet? I’m joined by experts in the show’s influences from High Noon to Lone Wolf and Cub. Learn about darksabers and other stuff you missed by not watching the Clone Wars cartoon.

Guests:

Brandon Wilson is a filmmaker and lecturer. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he attended UCLA where he took a B.A. in African-American Studies and an M.F.A. from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. Wilson 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 and Introduction to Editing courses at UCLA. He also teaches at Columbia College Hollywood and Long Beach Community College. In 2020 he’ll begin hosting a monthly cinema salon at The Metaphor Club, a Black-owned workspace and lounge for creatives in Leimert Park. He blogs and has been a guest on several film oriented podcasts. He tweets regularly as https://twitter.com/Geniusbastard

Véronique Emma Houxbois is a fiercely queer critic, cartoonist, and consultant most recently spotted in the Pacific Northwest writing her Transmyscira column for Comicosity and 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

& of course I’m always at https://twitter.com/elana_brooklyn

Graphic Policy Radio Talks Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Experts at pop culture storytelling, social movements and fan organizing joining me to discuss the final Star Wars movie, Rise of Skywalker.

Porshéa PattersonHurst is the public opinion research associate for The Opportunity Agenda, a social justice communication lab in New York. She consults with allies in the field to identify and obtain pertinent research needs in the areas of immigration, criminal legal reform, and poverty. She is also the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Black Girls Create, volunteers with the Harry Potter Alliance, and co-hosts CastleBlackPod. https://twitter.com/Porshea_obvi

Rafael Shimunov is an artist and political activist from Queens. He was a HIAS refugee as a child from Russian-dominated Uzbekistan. Shimunov serves on the executive board of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ), is a co-founder of The Jewish Vote and has worked with IfNotNow, Michael Moore and The Center for Constitutional Rights. His work has been covered by Rolling Stone, Newsweek, The Washington Post, NowThis News and Haaretz. https://twitter.com/rafaelshimunov

Discussed:

  • Muppets, puppets and metaphors
  • Babu Frik and the tech worker insurgency
  • “There can be another Snoke in a minute” (thank you Beyonce)
  • Redemption arcs vs Restorative Justice
  • How Star Wars’ handling of queer rep is like a Bill Clinton speech
  • Spin-offs both real and imagined (and Rogue One, the best Star War)
  • And https://twitter.com/elana_brooklyn quotes the Hagadah like its Passover

Best Comics of 2019 with Nea Chingy, Sara Century & John Arminio

4 critics share our favorite comics of the year. We’ve got all-ages comics any kid will love, comics about Watchmen, comics about sex workers fighting for their rights, comics about Archie vs Predator. Hear which series had the best endings and find out the books we can’t wait to read in 2020. You’ll leave with a big reading list (or gift list).

Nea aka Chingy L Gay is a writer, comedian, and critically acclaimed ex-girlfriend. She writes about queer identity, nerd shit, and her weird sex life and has been featured at MTV News, Out Magazine, Jezebel, and Autostraddle. https://twitter.com/TheGayChingy

John Arminio 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. https://twitter.com/QuasarSniffer

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 cohost of the weekly podcast Bitches on Comics. https://twitter.com/saracentury (Here’s the episode of her podcast that I, https://twitter.com/Elana_Brooklyn guested on: https://bitchesoncomics.com/episode-14-a-quintessential-jewish-experience-of-christmas/)

Captain Manhattan: Comics & Running for Office with City Councilman Ben Kallos

NY City Councilman Ben Kallos grew up collecting comics, watching anime and reading science fiction as a Manhattan kid. While most of his time is now spent passing progressive reform legislation, getting trashcans installed across his Upper East Side district or taking care of his daughter, he still loves comics and scifi for the powerful stories they tell about the world around us.

Discussed:

  • What’s it like running for office as a geek?
  • How an issue of Punisher 2099 changed his life
  • That Marvel Cease and Desist Letter. 
  • Being named an official Planeteer and working with Extinction Rebellion to declare a Climate Emergency
  • Do not dress up as Deadpool in any professional context
  • Speaking at AnimeNYC Con– “Comics are comics and animation is animation regardless of whether it’s in Japanese” 
  • Gundum Politics

https://benkallos.com/

Comics Anthologies are like mixtapes: Dead Beats and She Said Destroy

Creative team Liana Kangas and Joe Corallo discuss their comics merging music, horror & scifi fantasy:

She Said DestroyThe witches of Fey are the last believers of The Morrigan, Goddess of Death, Brigid’s sister and the only other God left. As Brigid’s forces prepare for one final battle, The Morrigan prepares to do what she does best: Destroy!

Dead Beats: The Dead Beats music shop is filled with deadly secrets. Run by the mysterious Shoppe Keeper, customers can browse through cursed records, evil sheet music, and instruments of the damned! Our host has dozens of spooky stories to tell you from some of the top names in comics. You’re gonna wanna put on your favorite album when you crack open this anthology.

Joe Corallo is a comics editor who curated and co-edited the Eisner nominated and Ringo Award winning Mine! anthology, edited the GLAAD nominated Oh S#!t It’s Kim and Kim as well as the Dead Beats anthology with Eric Palicki. He’s also a writer whose work includes writing and co-creating She Said Destroy at Vault Comics.

Liana Kangas co-created and illustrated She Said Destroy and has done artwork for 2000AD, Black Mask Studios, A Wave Blue World, Image and more. Her work is featured in both the 2018 and 2019 Ringo Award winning anthologies; Mine! and Where We Live. She illustrated a story for the Dead Beats anthology written by Eric Palicki. Listen to Liana’s Dead Beats play list: http://bit.ly/dpplaylist 

Also they got Doom Patrol legends Rachel Pollack, Richard Case and John Workman reunited! 

Sarah Horrocks makes comics. From Liefeld to Manga to Greek Theater

Sarah Horrocks does it all: she draws, writes, inks, letters and self-publishes her own comics and is a damn good critic too. We talk about how she makes comics and geek out about everything from the inks of Kyoko Okazaki to the queerness of Euripides to the inks and colors of Vertigo comics.

Sarah Horrocks is an Eisner-nominated comic artist and critic from Oklahoma. She has done cover work for various Image and BOOM! Studios projects, as well as comics for anthologies across a spectrum of publications and publishers including the Eisner-nominated Twisted Romance from Image Comics. She has written critically for Fantagraphics, ComicsAlliance, Study Group Magazine, and The Comics Journal. She co-hosted the Trash Twins podcast with fellow cartoonist Katie Skelly. Her major comics works include Dysnomia, Hecate Snake Diaries, The Leopard, Goro, Euripedes’s The Bacchae, and her latest work Aorta. Most of these can be purchased in either print or digital editions through her site: http://Mercurialblonde.squarespace.com.

On: 

  • Teaching herself to draw as an adult
  • “If I’d drawn as a teen I would have bene inspired by Rob Liefeld but I started as an adult so it was Guido Crepax and Egon Schiele”
  • “People act like transgender was invented on Tumblr 5 years ago. But it’s in the Euripides. It’s in the Bible.”
  • Drawing mechs (& getting me to care about them)
  • The power of ink in comics
  • America isn’t ready for Euripides
  • Manga recommendations 
  • Self publishing: how & why.

Follow Sarah on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mercurialblonde

Hickman’s X-Men: House of X /Powers of X & the Meaning of Krakoa

Mutants talking economic policy at Davos! Cyclops/Wolverine/Jean: a throuple! Is Krakoa Israel or is it a gay bar? Jonathan Hickman leads a relaunch of X-men comics that X-Men fans call #HoXPox. What are the politics of the series? This looks like a job for: 

Chingy Le Gay is a writer, comedian, advice columnist, and critically acclaimed ex-girlfriend. Her work focuses on queer dating, pop culture, and her weird sex life and can be found at Out Magazine, Jezebel, Them, and Autostraddle. https://twitter.com/TheGayChingy

Steven Attewell writes about the intersection of history, politics, and pop culture in The People’s History of the Marvel Universe for Graphic Policy, and at https://racefortheironthrone.tumblr.com/ (where he’s been covering HoX/PoX issue-by-issue). In his day job, he teaches public policy at CUNY’s School for Labor and Urban Studies. https://twitter.com/StevenAttewell

Also:

  • Comparing AOC and Krakoa
  • “No it’s not a cult!”
  • Who gets to tell big stories in comics
  • Mutant Social Reproduction in the Marxist sense & the sexy sense
  • Free All Political Prisoners!
  • “My medication is an endless supply of Charles Xaviers”
  • “Emma/Jean is Top for Top” 

As always, hosted by : https://twitter.com/Elana_Brooklyn

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