A comics theory and criticism podcast hosted by comic creators and MFA grads Eric Wong and Phillip Fleming.
Jonathan Hickman, Part 3 - Transhuman and Secret
52:15Phillip and Eric are continuing their series on the comics of Jonathan Hickman with his Image comics, Secret with Ryan Bodenheim, and Transhuman with J.M. Ringuet. They discuss these two oddballs in Hickman's bibliography, plus reveal documentaries they've watched and what modifications they'd accept to be transhuman. Reach us by email at [email protected] Music by rodneyretro. https://traktrain.com/rodneyretro
Black Lightning - Painkiller
52:48Phillip and Eric commemorate Black History Month by watching and commentating an episode of the CW series Black Lightning, and by commemorate, we mean Phil didn't have time to read the comics he was supposed to this week. Reach us by email at [email protected] Music by rodneyretro. https://traktrain.com/rodneyretro
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Jonathan Hickman, Part 2 - East of West and The Manhattan Projects
56:11Phillip and Eric continue their Jonathan Hickman retrospective with his Image series, East of West with Nick Dragotta and The Manhattan Projects Nick Pitarra! They talk about Hickman being a "high-concept" writer, his way of writing characters and dialogue, and why pizza is cheaper on the East Coast than the West Coast. Reach us by email at [email protected] Music by rodneyretro. https://traktrain.com/rodneyretro
Jonathan Hickman, Part 1 - The Nightly News and Pax Romana
52:54In this episode, Phillip and Eric are talking the Image comics The Nightly News and Pax Romana by Jonathan Hickman! This is the first part in a series focused on breaking down his body of work, starting with his most auteur creator-owned projects. Reach us by email at [email protected] Music by rodneyretro. https://traktrain.com/rodneyretro
1:06:27In this episode, Phillip and Eric forgot to have anything ready to talk about, so they turn their brains off to watch Black Adam instead. Hear them recommend many other movies to watch instead of Black Adam, Phillip explaining The People's Eyebrow, and Eric's groans of pain as he watches Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Reach us by email at [email protected] Music by rodneyretro. https://traktrain.com/rodneyretro
Cartoonist and former Marvel Intern James Kettner returns to talk X-Men!
1:20:22In this episode, Phillip and Eric welcome cartoonist and colorist James Kettner to hear about interning at Marvel in the late '90s and chat about X-Men! Kett shares some sad stories about working at Marvel in an atmosphere of tension and layoffs, office stories about Chris Claremont, and he and Phil educate Eric on the Summers family tree. Follow James Kettner here: https://kettnerd.com/ Reach us by email at [email protected] Music by rodneyretro. https://traktrain.com/rodneyretro
Interview with GB Tran, author of Vietamerica
40:24In this episode, Phillip and Eric sit down with their former professor and author of the graphic memoir Vietamerica, GB Tran! GB reveals and discusses the impetus and design process of his graphic novel, how his family reacted to the book, and some hard truths about the publishing support behind the book. Plus, they debate what year Avatar: The Last Airbender came out. Follow GB Tran at: Instagram: @fatherhoodsurvivalguide https://www.gbtran.com/ Reach us by email at [email protected] Music by rodneyretro. https://traktrain.com/rodneyretro
The Superior Foes of Spider-Man by Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber
33:41In this episode, Phillip and Eric are breaking down the Marvel series Superior Foes of Spider-Man by Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber! They discuss the comic medium's unique way to do visual humor, the series' blending of genres, and Eric once again confronts Phil about his racism against the AAPI community. Reach us by email at [email protected] Music by rodneyretro. https://traktrain.com/rodneyretro
Kamen Rider: Kuuga, The Rise of Ultraman, and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
59:34In this episode, Phillip and Eric are doing a Tokusatsu comics special as they talk the manga Kamen Rider: Kuuga from Titan Comics, The Rise of Ultraman from Marvel, and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from Boom! Studios. One of them is excited to talk about karate bug-men, the other nods politely and pretends to go along. Reach us by email at [email protected] Ending music by rodneyretro. https://traktrain.com/rodneyretro
Interview with cartoonist Steve Conley, creator of The Middle Age
1:13:28In the final episode for 2022, Phillip and Eric chat with a special guest, cartoonist and creator of The Middle Age webcomic, Steve Conley! Hear Steve talk about being a trailblazer in the early beginnings of webcomics, his work with the Eisners creating the webcomic category, and creating a webcomic in the current digital media landscape. If you're looking to your dip your toes into webcomics, don't miss this episode! https://twitter.com/theSteveConley https://steveconley.com/the-middle-age/ https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/the-middle-age/list?title_no=93310&page=1 https://tapas.io/series/The-Middle-Age/info https://www.twitch.tv/steveconley Reach us by email at [email protected] Music by rodneyretro. https://traktrain.com/rodneyretro