It’s Jeff! the Landshark and other favs with Cohost Kid

Comics Syllabus
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It's Jeff! the Landshark and other favs with Cohost Kid
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It’s JEFF! Jeff the Landshark. Kelly Thompson’s Marvel Unlimited Infinity Comic with artist team Gurihiru has won our hearts. And by “our,” we mean Comics Syllabus host Paul and his special guest, Cohost Kid! (That’s his daughter.) Today on the Comics Syllabus, we dive deep into the far reaches of Marvel history (2018!!!) to explore the origins of this irresistibly adorable character, his origins in the “West Coast Avengers” and “Deadpool” (also scripted by Thompson). Here’s Thompson’s Substack post detailing Jeff’s origins!

from “It’s Jeff!” Infinity Comic on Marvel Unlimited by Kelly Thompson and Gurihiru
from “West Coast Avengers” 7 (Marvel) by Kelly Thompson, Daniele di Nicuolo, Triona Farrell, & Joe Caramagna

Then, Cohost Kid and the Comics Syllabus talk about some comics that have also won our hearts lately, including “Yotsuba&,” “Wings of Fire,” “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl,” “Ms. Marvel,” and Dad’s weird “Spider-Man” reading. We also chat about “Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3” and the Disney+ “What If?” series.

Check out the Comics Syllabus SubStack, and find out how you can support Paul’s work on this podcast, at comicssyllabus.substack.com

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Comics Syllabus: Ms Marvel Stretched Thin, Unearthed: Jessica Cruz, and BlancaFlor

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Comics Syllabus: Ms Marvel Stretched Thin, Unearthed: Jessica Cruz, and BlancaFlor
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On this week’s Comics PLEASE! (for Parents, Librarians, Educators, and Student Enthusiasts!), we look at “Ms. Marvel: Stretched This” (Marvel/Graphix) by Nadia Shammas and Nabi H. Ali, “Unearthed: A Jessica Cruz Story” (DC) by Lilliam Rivera and Steph C., and “BlancaFlor: The Hero with Secret Powers” (TOON) by Nadja Spiegelman and Sergio García Sánchez, three super cool comics for different audiences of younger readers.

Then, in “Polybagged,” Paul talks about new comics he’s picked up recently, including “The Mighty Valkyries,” “Seven Secrets,” “I Am Batman,” “Nightwing,” “Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow,” “The Death of Dr. Strange,” “Black Hammer: Visions,” “Robin,” “Adventureman,” and “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Comics!

Finally, continuing on with Substack’s comics, including Jeff Lemire’s FISHFLIES, James Tynion IV, Michael Avon Oeming, and Aditya Bidikar’s BLUE BOOK, and Chip Zdarsky’s PUBLIC DOMAIN.

Check out the Comics Syllabus SubStack, and find out how you can support Paul’s work on this podcast, at comicssyllabus.substack.com

Find the Comics Syllabus at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/

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Y: The Last Man (the comic), Shang-Chi (the movie), and Substack (the comics!)

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Y: The Last Man (the comic), Shang-Chi (the movie), and Substack (the comics!)
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Apologies for the late post here. Some issues with podcast plugin!

On this week’s Comics Syllabus, Paul talks through thoughts on the first volume and complete run of “Y: The Last Man” as part of the first Comics Syllabus “Long Read” segment. Over the next few weeks, read along with us as we re-read the seminal Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra Vertigo comic from the early aughts, timed with the new FX/Hulu show. You can also read more about the Long Read at the Comics Syllabus Substack: https://comicssyllabus.substack.com/

Then, Paul offers a few thoughts on his experience of watching “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” catching the movie (and hopefully not COVID!) at a drive-in movie theater, and pondering his feelings on seeing Chinese-American culture represented… IN AN MCU MOVIE! 

Finally, Paul talks about the comics that are starting to appear on Substacks for creators who have made the move to the newsletter platform making a big investment in comics. For subscribers, Jeff Lemire’s “FishFlies” and Chip Zdarsky’s “Public Domain” and James Tynion IV, Michael Avon Oeming, and Aditya Bidikar’s “Blue BOOK” are starting their early installments. Brief reviews!

Check out the Comics Syllabus SubStack, and find out how you can support Paul’s work on this podcast, at comicssyllabus.substack.com

Find the Comics Syllabus at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/

Find the weekly audio podcast version of the Comics Syllabus on Sundays at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/

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2021-09-06 “Shang-Chi,” but not the movie

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2021-09-06 "Shang-Chi," but not the movie
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On this week’s Comics Syllabus, some examination of “Shang-Chi”… but not the movie, since host Paul is still avoiding theaters. Pandemic! Delta! (For a good take on Marvel’s groundbreaking movie, check out Christopher Chiu-Tabet’s Multiversity review as well as All Over the Internet.) Instead, Paul shares thoughts on the recent Marvel series written by Gene Luen Yang and drawn by Dike Ruan and Philip Tan, including the five issue mini-series “Brothers and Sisters” and the first three issues of the current ongoing.

Then, a brief “Polybagged” with mentions of comics that Paul’s recently been reading, including:

“Jia and the Nian Monster” by Mike Richardson and Megan Huang (Dark Horse)

“Amazing Fantasy” #1-2 by Kaare Andrews (Marvel)

“Always Never” by Jordi Lafebre (Europe Comics)

“Eve” #1-4 by Victor LaValle and Jo Mi-Gyeong (Boom!)

“Superman: Son of Kal-El” #1-2 by Tom Taylor and John Timms with Gabe Eltaeb (DC)

“Mouse Guard: Fall 1152” by David Peterson (Villard, 2008)

Finally, we launch our “Long Read” for the Fall, a re-read of “Y the Last Man” by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. With the show coming in a couple weeks, join us as we read the original run of this series. A reading schedule:

Deluxe Edition v1 and v2: Sep 19, 2021

Deluxe Edition v3 and v4: Oct 3, 2021

Deluxe Edition v5 and v6: Oct 17, 2021

Read with us!

Check out the Comics Syllabus SubStack, and find out how you can support Paul’s work on this podcast, at comicssyllabus.substack.com

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2021-08-22 Jeff Lemire and Jock’s “Snow Angels”… and LeMORE!

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2021-08-22 Jeff Lemire and Jock's "Snow Angels"... and LeMORE!
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On this week’s Comics Syllabus, we look into “Snow Angels,” a Comixology Originals series by Jeff Lemire and Jock, now three issues into its second season. “Snow Angels” can be found here free for Comixology Unlimited or Amazon Prime subscribers. 

Then, on our “Polybagged” segment about new comics in shops, Paul INADVERTENTLY figures out that he’s completely Lemire-centric this week. Along with “Snow Angels,” we look at: 

“Ascender” #18 by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen (Image)

“The Unbelievable Unteens” #1 by Jeff Lemire and Tyler Crook (Dark Horse) 

and coming up soon, “Mazebook” #1 (Dark Horse, Sept 8) and “Primordial” #1 with Andrea Sorrentino (Image, Sept 15). 

Let’s admire this deft engineer of comics whose heft mirrors our life and years: Jeff Lemire! 

Now, you can SHAPE THE FUTURE (of this podcast):

What should Comics Syllabus do for our next “Long Read,” where we make a reading schedule and discuss a longer series for a couple months? Our choices for you to vote on:

“Bone” by Jeff Smith (Cartoon)
“Y the Last Man” by Brian K. Vaughan & Pia Guerra (DC/Vertigo) 
“Secret Coders” by Gene Yang & Mike Holmes (First Second)
“Runaways” by Rainbow Rowell & Anka & Genolet (Marvel)
VOTE HERE!

…and Paul’s looking for feedback to make Comics Syllabus better! Y’know, it’s one of those Google Form surveys. Respond to as little or as much as you please. Check it out here: https://forms.gle/eMVocv6M8LxTBzgv5

Let’s keep reading!

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2021-08-15 John Lewis’ “Run,” “What If,” and “Suicide Squad”

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2021-08-15 John Lewis' "Run," "What If," and "Suicide Squad"
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Welcome to the Comics Syllabus, where on this week’s audio-only episode, we talk a bit about the sequel series to the celebrated “March” autobiography of John Lewis, “Run” volume 1, written by Lewis and Andrew Aydin, with art by L. Fury and Nate Powell.

Then, some chatter about the “What If” comics on Marvel Unlimited compared to the MCU show on Disney Plus and the “Suicide Squad” comics on DC Universe Infinite.

Let’s keep reading!

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2021-08-07 Comics PLEASE Chibi Usagi, Miles Morales, Johnny Constantine, and Fifth Quarter

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2021-08-07 Comics PLEASE Chibi Usagi, Miles Morales, Johnny Constantine, and Fifth Quarter
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On this episode of Comics Syllabus, another installment of Comics PLEASE! (Parents, Librarians, Educators, and Student Enthusiasts). We are hyped about some new graphic novels for kids out this summer as we enter the Fall’s new school year:

“The Mystery of the Meanest Teacher: A Johnny Constantine Graphic Novel” by Ryan North and Derek Charm (DC Kids)

“Miles Morales: Shock Waves” by Justin A. Reynolds and Pablo Leon (Scholastic Graphix/Marvel)

“Chibi Usagi: Attack of the Heebie Chibis” by Julie and Stan Sakai (IDW)

“Fifth Quarter” by Mike Dawson (First Second)

All four won us over and we talk about the virtues and potential audiences for these four cool new comics. Let’s dig deep!

Find the Comics Syllabus at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/

Find the weekly audio podcast version of the Comics Syllabus on Sundays at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/

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And for a glimpse of possible upcoming books and topics on the Comics Syllabus, check out Paul’s reading spreadsheet. Get in touch if you have suggestions!

Comics PLEASE!: Chibi Usagi, Miles Morales, Johnny Constantine, Fifth Quarter

On this episode of Comics PLEASE! (Parents, Librarians, Educators, and Student Enthusiasts), we are hyped about some new graphic novels for kids out this summer as we enter the Fall’s new school year:

“The Mystery of the Meanest Teacher: A Johnny Constantine Graphic Novel” by Ryan North and Derek Charm (DC Kids)

“Miles Morales: Shock Waves” by Justin A. Reynolds and Pablo Leon (Scholastic Graphix/Marvel)

“Chibi Usagi: Attack of the Heebie Chibis” by Julie and Stan Sakai (IDW)

“Fifth Quarter” by Mike Dawson (First Second)

All four won us over and we talk about the virtues and potential audiences for these four cool new comics. Let’s dig deep!

Find the Comics Syllabus at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/

Find the weekly audio podcast version of the Comics Syllabus on Sundays at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/

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2021-08-01 Adora and the Distance, Bermuda, Dark Blood, Radiant Black, Save Yourself

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2021-08-01 Adora and the Distance, Bermuda, Dark Blood, Radiant Black, Save Yourself
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This week’s Comics Syllabus is a review of “Adora and the Distance” by Marc Bernardin and Ariela Kristantina from Comixology Originals. And in Polybagged, we talk about “Bermuda,” “Dark Blood,” “Radiant Black,” and “Save Yourself.”


We begin with “Adora and the Distance.” Marc Bernardin writes and Ariella Kristantina draws this all-ages fantasy about Adora, a girl whose adventurous spirit, courageous heart, and generous soul lead her and a band of companions on a voyage that is more than meets the eye. From Comixology Originals, this is a graphic novel for parents and caregivers as well as kids. Both will find a familiar sort of fun, but the story is set in a surprise context that reverberates with significance.

Then, on this week’s “Polybagged,” covering some new comics in shops last week (July 21, 2021), we talk about:

“Bermuda” #1 by John Layman and Nick Bradshaw (IDW)

“Dark Blood” #1 by LaToya Morgan and Walt Barna (Boom!),

“Save Yourself” #2 by Bones Leopard and Kelly & Nichole Matthews (Boom!), and

“Radiant Black” #6 by Kyle Higgins, Cherish Chen, and Darko LaFuente (Image)

with mentions of other titles.

Let’s keep reading!

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“Adora and the Distance” review

Marc Bernardin writes and Ariella Kristantina draws this all-ages fantasy about Adora, a girl whose adventurous spirit, courageous heart, and generous soul lead her and a band of companions on a voyage that is more than meets the eye. From Comixology Originals, this is a graphic novel for parents and caregivers as well as kids. Both will find a familiar sort of fun, but the story is set in a surprise context that reverberates with significance.

Find the Comics Syllabus at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/

Find the weekly audio podcast version of the Comics Syllabus on Sundays at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/

For video segments, subscribe/follow the Comics Syllabus on Apple Podcasts or video-friendly podcast apps like Pocket Casts. You can try this RSS feed including video or watch the segments here at our podcast host Castos.

For audio-only episodes, you can find us on Google PodcastsSpotify, Stitcher, your favorite podcast app, or use this weekly audio-only RSS feed.