Arrowsmith, Buckhead, Comics on Substack, and Discipline!

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Arrowsmith, Buckhead, Comics on Substack, and Discipline!
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Back from a winter break, we (eventually) dive into Kurt Busiek and Carlos Pacheco’s return to “Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines” from Image Comics. First we touch bases with “Usagi Yojimbo,” open The Book of Boba Fett, revisit “Shadow Hero,” and then round the corner into the return to Busiek and Pacheco’s storyworld of a fantasy-infused World War I.

We also talk about recent runs of comics we’re reading, like “Action Comics,” “Amazing Spider-Man,” Dash Shaw’s “Discipline” from New York Review Books, and “Buckhead” by Shofo and George Kambadais (Boom!). Let’s dig deep!

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No One Else, Made in Korea, Good Asian, Crush and Lobo, and More!

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No One Else, Made in Korea, Good Asian, Crush and Lobo, and More!
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Graphic Novel Review: “No One Else” (Fantagraphics) by R. Kikuo Johnson.

PolyBagged (New Comics in Shops, Reviewed):

“The Good Asian” #7 by Pichetschote and Tefengki (Image),

“Made in Korea” #6 by Holt and Schall (Image),

“The Me You Love in the Dark” #5 by Young and Corona (Image),

“X-Men: Legends” #9 by Hama and Tan (Marvel),

“Crush and Lobo” #7 by Tamaki and Nahuelpan (DC),

“Devil’s Reign” #1 by Zdarsky and Chechetto (Marvel),

“Fire Power” #18 by Kirkman and Samnee (Image), and

“Amazing Spider-Man” #80.BEY by Ziglar and Fiorello (DC).

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Comics Syllabus: “Grass of Parnassus” and Podcast Updates

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Comics Syllabus: "Grass of Parnassus" and Podcast Updates
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Would you do us a HUGE favor and let us know on this Google Survey what you want to hear on the Comics Syllabus podcast?

This week, Paul asks for your input through the survey above. You— YES YOU!— can shape the future of the Comics Syllabus podcast. We want this podcast to meet your interests. Let us know!

Then, Paul walks through samplings of the segments to potentially expand in the future of the podcast, including:

PolyBagged (New Comics in Shops): “Decorum” #8 (Image), “Mazebook” #3 (Dark Horse), “What’s the Furthest Place from Here” #1 (Image).

Infinite Unlimited: on Marvel Unlimited— “Kang” #1, “Way of X” #5, “Trial of Magneto” #1; on DC Universe Infinite— “Icon and Rocket” #5, “Nightwing” #80, and “Wonder Girl” #1.

Sunday Substack Comics Rack: “FISHFLIES” by Jeff Lemire serialized at jefflemire.substack.com

Archival Revival: “Hawkeye” by Matt Fraction, David Aja, Annie Wu— and in issue 7, Steve Lieber and Jesse Hamm. Also Paul’s binds of “Superior Foes of Spider-Man” and “The Fix” by Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber, as well as “Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen” by Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber.

Graphic Novel Review: “Grass of Parnassus” (Adhouse) by Kathryn and Stuart Immonen

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: “Laid-Back Camp” and Other Comics with Cohost Kid

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Comics Syllabus: "Laid-Back Camp" and Other Comics with Cohost Kid
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Cohost Kid joins Paul again to talk about “Laid-Back Camp” by Afro (Yen Press) volumes 1-2. This charmingly low-key manga was an enjoyable read.

But first, dad and kid talk about other recent comics reads for each of them, including the “Wings of Fire” series by Tui T. Sutherland and Mike Holmes (Graphix), the “Frazzled” series by Booki Vivant (HarperCollins), “¡¡Manu!!” by Kelly Fernandez (Graphix), “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles” by Fermín Solís (Self-Made Hero), and “Welcome to the New World” by Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan (Metropolitan).

And of course, we HAVE to check in with “It’s Jeff!” the Jeff the Landshark Infinity Comic by Kelly Thompson and Gurihiru on Marvel Unlimited. Because JEFF!

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: “Asadora!” by Naoki Urasawa and “Marshmallow & Jordan” by Alina Chau

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Comics Syllabus: "Asadora!" by Naoki Urasawa and "Marshmallow & Jordan" by Alina Chau
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This week, Paul talks about “Asadora!” volumes 1-4 by Naoki Urasawa (Viz) and “Marshmallow & Jordan” by Alina Chau (First Second), two comics that have provided wonder and delight in hard times. (Those chats begin around 27:40 on the podcast.)

But first, Paul talks about some comics he’s been teaching and reading, including “Secret Coders” by Gene Yang and Mike Holmes (First Second) and “Long Way Down” by Jason Reynolds and Danica Novgorodoff (Atheneum).

From comic shops, Paul discusses “I Am Batman” by John Ridley and various artists (DC), “Shang-Chi” by Gene Yang and Dike Ruan (Marvel), “Compass” by Robert Mackenzie & Dave Walker and Justin Greenwood (Image), and a few others.

And Paul also chats about some updates on Substack comics. Thanks for listening!

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

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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

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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

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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!

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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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