Sunday, July 20, 2014

Interviews with Jimmy Gownley, Mike Maihack and Chris Butcher

Interview with Jimmy Gownley of The Dumbest Idea Ever! and Amelia Rules!
Interview with Mike Maihack of Cleopatra in Space.
Interview with Chris Butcher of Udon Entertainment and Toronto Comic Arts Fest.
Check out our additional ALA coverage with Episode 14: Interviews with Gill & Hale, plus our ALA wrap-up
Jack, Amanda and our esteemed producer, Donna Mettier, will be at San Diego Comic-Con this week. We’ll have some limited conference swag, so if you see us at the con, be sure to stop us and say hi. 
Jack will be presenting Publishers Weekly: Creating Great Graphic Novel Events in Libraries on Sunday from 4:00-5:00 at Room 32AB.
AND we’ll be podcasting live, so stay tuned for lots of exciting coverage!

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014


    In Episode 13, Jack and Amanda interview John Bultena of UC Merced and his use of comics in the college classroom and also discuss the Big Wow Comicfest.

    Recommended Reads
    • Starlight by Mark Millar
    • Young Avengers, Vol. 3: Mic-Drop at the Edge of Time and Space  by Kieron Gillen
    • Southern Bastards by Jason Aaron
    • Scalped by Jason Aaron
    Coverage of the Big Wow Comicfest; including our interview with Greg Rucka and Michael Lark of Lazarus.

    Comics in the classroom:

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

    Episode 12: Big Wow ComicFest

    In Episode 12, Jack and Amanda cover the Big Wow Comicsfest in San Jose CA on Sunday, May, 18, 2014:

    Interview with Greg Rucka and Michael Lark of Lazarus.

    Interview with Andrew C. Robinson of The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story.

    Monday, May 19, 2014

    Episode 11: Listener Mail Bag

    In episode 11, Jack and Amanda answer listener questions:

    Recommended Reads:
    • Bad Houses by Sara Ryan
    • She-Hulk by Charles Soule
    Listener Question #1 from Courtney Saldana of Ontario Public Library: What are the best horror comics for teens ages 13-18?:
    • The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth 
    • Locke & Key by Joe Hill
    • Ape Sapian, Vol. 2: The Devil Does Not Jest and Other Stories by Mike Mignola
    • Hellboy by Mike Mignolla
    • Hoax Hunters, Vol. 3: The Book of Mothman by Michael Moreci
    • Justice League Dark by Peter Milligan
    • Batman by Scott Synder
    • Severed by Scott Synder
    • The Wake by Scott Synder
    Listener Question #2: What graphic novel recommendations do you have for a 12-year-old boy from Genesis Hansen of Mission Viejo Library?:
    Battling Boy by Paul Pope
    Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell
    Rust series by Royden Lepp
    Adventure Time series by Ryan North
    March: Book One by Congressman John Lewis
    Cardboard by Doug TenNapel
    Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown
    The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth

    Question #3: Bitch Magazine’s Three New Comics Starring Great Female Characters… are these any good from Lauren?:
    Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe
    Rocket Girl by Brandon Montclare
    Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

    Podcast #10: Fantastic Ladies Comics Club

    In episode 10, Jack and Amanda the Eisner nominations and Amanda interviews members of the Fantastic Ladies Comics Club in Berkeley, CA:
    Recommended Reads:
    • Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson 
    • This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki
    • Skim by Mariko Tamaki
    • Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki
    In the News:
    Fantastic Ladies Comics Club of Fantastic Comics in Berkeley,CA

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

    Podcast #9: Emerald City Comic-Con, plus Gender and Sexism in Comics

    In episode 9, Jack and Amanda discuss Emerald City Comic-Con as well as gender and sexism issues in comics:

    Recommended Reads:
    • Andre the Giant: Life and Legend by Box Brown
    • Gotham Central by Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka
    Emerald City Comic-Con
    Gender and Sexism in Comics Resources:
    Interview with Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch of Rat Queens
    Interview with Royden Lepp of Rust

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

    Podcast #8: Adult Literacy and Comics

    In Episode 8, Jack and Amanda welcome special guest, Morgan Rose Pershing of Santa Clara City Library:

    Jack, Amanda and Morgan discuss:

    Recommended Reads:
    • Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe
    • Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction
    • Peter Panzerfaust by Kurtis J. Wiebe
    • Velvet by Ed Brubaker
    • Winter Solider by Ed Brubaker
    • Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan
    • Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
    Comics: Our Origin Stories; Related Reads
    Adult Literacy and Comics with Morgan Rose Pershing & Related Reads:
    Morgan also mentions The Learner conference.
    And check out Mrogan’s original presentation on her project: MP3 and the Eureka! Leadership Institute.