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

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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!

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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!

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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.

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Polybagged New Comics July 21, ’21 Week: Bermuda, Dark Blood, Save Yourself, Radiant Black

On this week’s “Polybagged,” covering some new comics in shops this 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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Black Widow film + comics thoughts [audio version]

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This week’s Comics Syllabus is a set of thoughts on the “Black Widow” movie from Marvel/Disney (SPOILERS aplenty!) with some reference to the comic book history of the character.

But first, Paul opens with a correction/apology, as last week’s “Polybagged” misattributed the backmatter story in “Ordinary Gods” #1 to Kyle Higgins, when the author is the awesome Jana Tropper. (And I mention Reading with Pictures and an upcoming comics for educators conference: https://www.readingwithpictures.org/ )

Then we delve into “Black Widow,” and Paul shares some of his responses to the movie and connections to various “Black Widow” comics iterations of the character.

Finally, a plea for feedback and some help getting the word out about Comics Syllabus during this experimental summertime period.

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Black Widow film + comics thoughts

This week’s Comics Syllabus is a set of thoughts on the “Black Widow” movie from Marvel/Disney (SPOILERS aplenty!) with some reference to the comic book history of the character.

But first, Paul opens with a correction/apology, as last week’s “Polybagged” misattributed the backmatter story in “Ordinary Gods” #1 to Kyle Higgins, when the author is the awesome Jana Tropper. (And I mention Reading with Pictures and an upcoming comics for educators conference: https://www.readingwithpictures.org/ )

Then we delve into “Black Widow,” and Paul shares some of his responses to the movie and connections to various “Black Widow” comics iterations of the character.

Finally, a plea for feedback and some help getting the word out about Comics Syllabus during this experimental summertime period.

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. Connect with us at the Comics Syllabus Facebook  or TwoPlai on Twitter or Instagram.

Let’s keep reading!

Eisner Nominees 2021 part 1

On this segment of Comics Syllabus, a couple months ago the Eisner nominees for 2021 were announced. Here’s the whole list from their website:

https://www.comic-con.org/awards/2021-eisner-awards-nominations

But in this segment, Paul runs through the list of nominees (and his own selections for most of the categories) in:

Best Continuing Series

Best Limited Series

Best New Series

Best Single Issue

Best Short Story

Best Writer

Best Writer/Artist

We’ll be back next week for Part 2 about the other major categories Paul plans to decide!

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