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.

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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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2021-07-04 Djeliya by Juni Ba, Crossover, Monstress, Usagi, Made in Korea

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This week: “Djeliya” by Juni Ba (TKO). New issues of “Crossover,” “Monstress,” “Usagi Yojimbo,” and “Made in Korea.”

First, we review “Djeliya” by Juni Ba from TKO Studios (video episode here). Juni Ba’s new graphic novel is “A West African Fantasy Epic” and follows djeli (storyteller and advisor) Awa as she fights for (and with!) Monsour, heir to a throne, against gods and beasts for the rightful throne. Ba’s work artfully mixes Cartoon Network stylistics with folk narratives from Ba’s Senegal/West Africa, as he mentions in this great interview with the Comic Book Couples Counseling podcast. Paul unpacks some of why this book has jumped to the tops of his list, and Juni Ba to the group of creators Paul’s most excited about.

On this week’s “Polybagged,” (video episode here) covering some new comics in shops this week (June 30, 2021), we talk about:

“Usagi Yojimbo: Dragon Bellow Conspiracy” #1 by Stan Sakai and Pattison (c) (IDW),

“Made in Korea” #2 by Holt and Schall (Image),

“Monstress” #35 by Liu and Takeda (Image), and

“Crossover” #2 by Zdarsky, Hester, and Parks (Image)

with mentions of other titles.

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Polybagged New Comics June 30, ’21 Week Usagi, Monstress, Made in Korea, Crossover

On this week’s “Polybagged,” covering some new comics in shops this week (June 30, 2021), we talk about:

“Usagi Yojimbo: Dragon Bellow Conspiracy” #1 by Stan Sakai and Pattison (c) (IDW),

“Made in Korea” #2 by Holt and Schall (Image),

“Monstress” #35 by Liu and Takeda (Image), and

“Crossover” #2 by Zdarsky, Hester, and Parks (Image)

with mentions of other titles.

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Review of “Djeliya” by Juni Ba (TKO)

On this video episode, we review “Djeliya” by Juni Ba from TKO Studios. Juni Ba’s new graphic novel is “A West African Fantasy Epic” and follows djeli (storyteller and advisor) Awa as she fights for (and with!) Monsour, heir to a throne, against gods and beasts for the rightful throne. Ba’s work artfully mixes Cartoon Network stylistics with folk narratives from Ba’s Senegal/West Africa, as he mentions in this great interview with the Comic Book Couples Counseling podcast. Paul unpacks some of why this book has jumped to the tops of his list, and Juni Ba to the group of creators Paul’s most excited about.

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Polybagged New Comics June 23, ’21 Week Jonna, Good Luck, Blue Flame, Black Hammer Reborn

On this week’s “Polybagged,” covering some new comics in shops this week (June 23, 2021), we talk about:

“Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters” #4 by Samnee and Samnee (Oni)

“Good Luck” #1 by Erman and Simeone (Boom!)

“The Blue Flame” #2 by Cantwell and Gorham (Vault) and

“Black Hammer Reborn” #1 by Lemire and Yarsky (Dark Horse)

with mentions of other titles, and a little preface about opting not to cover any Image titles this week among our main reviews.

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2021-06-20 “Truly Tyler” by Terry Libenson, Home, Laila Starr, Rangers of the Divide, Compass

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On a new segment (series?) on the Comics Syllabus, Paul talks about comics and graphic novels of interest to Parents, Librarians, Educators, And Student Enthusiasts in “Comics P.L.E.A.S.E.” (see what I did there?)

We start by discussing “Truly Tyler” from Balzer + Bray, the latest in Terry Libenson’s “Emmie and Friends” series which was kicked off by “Invisible Emmie.” Emmie reappears as one of the two main characters here, and we also get to know Tyler, her friend and cartooning partner, as the two deal with the pressures of middle school social circles and a growing friendship across boundaries.

Join us as we dig deep into “Truly Tyler” and talk about why Libenson’s latest offers gifts and opportunities for different points of view for young people.

Then, in “Polybagged” (21:35), new comics in shops this week that Paul picked up, including

“Home” #3 (Image) by Anta and Wieszczyk,

“The Many Deaths of Laila Starr” #21 (Boom!) by Ram V and Andrade,

“Rangers of the Divide” #3 (Dark Horse) by Megan Huang,

and “Compass” #1 (Image) by Mackenzie, Walker, and Greenwood.

Let’s keep reading!

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Comics PLEASE: “Truly Tyler” by Terry Libenson

On a new segment (series?) on the Comics Syllabus, Paul talks about comics and graphic novels of interest to Parents, Librarians, Educators, And Student Enthusiasts in “Comics P.L.E.A.S.E.” (see what I did there?)

We start by discussing “Truly Tyler” from Balzer + Bray, the latest in Terry Libenson’s “Emmie and Friends” series which was kicked off by “Invisible Emmie.” Emmie reappears as one of the two main characters here, and we also get to know Tyler, her friend and cartooning partner, as the two deal with the pressures of middle school social circles and a growing friendship across boundaries.

Join us as we dig deep into “Truly Tyler” and talk about why Libenson’s latest offers gifts and opportunities for different points of view for young people.

Let’s keep reading!

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

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Polybagged for June 16, 2021

On our “Polybagged” segment for the week of June 16, 2021, Paul discusses new comics in shops this week that he picked up, including:

“Home” #3 (Image) by Anta and Wieszczyk

“The Many Deaths of Laila Starr” #3 (Boom!) by Ram V and Andrade

“Rangers of the Divide” #2 (Dark Horse) by Megan Huang

“Compass” #1 (Image) by Mackenzie, Walker, and Greenwood

Let’s keep reading!

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Returning & Remembering Derek

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TwoPlai sets up to return to the Comics Syllabus, and he offers a remembrance of Derek Parker Royal of the Comics Alternative.

Derek and the Comics Alternative: http://comicsalternative.com/

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For upcoming Comics Syllabus discussions:

“Hot Comb” by Ebony Flowers, which I think I called “Blowout Comb” on the podcast, mistaking that title for the Digable Planets album from 25 (!) years ago: https://www.drawnandquarterly.com/blog/2018/05/dqhq-pr-hot-comb-ebony-flowers-spring-2019