Comics for Grownups
By Joshua Malbin, Alex Rothman, and Andrea Tsurumi
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Reviews and discussion of comics and graphic novels, everything but the big superhero comics.
||CleanEpisode 45||In this episode we review Lynda Barry's Syllabus, Monte Beauchamp's Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World, Pascal Rabate's Street View, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen by Dylan Horrocks, FUNGUS: The Unbearable Rot of Being by James Kochalka,...||2/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 44: Best of 2014||It's our 10 favorite books of 2014, plus a few leftovers from 2013 we didn't know about in time for last year's list.||12/21/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 43||The Late Child and Other Animals by Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger, Flocks #4 by L. Nichols, Bow-Wow's Nightmare Neighbors by Mark Newgarden and Megan Montague Cash, and Isä by Hanneriina Moisseinen.||12/3/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 42||Reviews of Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue Deconnick and Emma Rios, A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories by John Martz, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast, BUMF! Vol. 1 by Joe Sacco, Doctors by Dash Shaw, Hospital Suite by John...||11/5/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 41||In this episode we discuss Jim: Jim Woodring's Notorious Autojournal, Hip-Hop Family Tree Vol. 2: 1981-1983 by Ed Piskor, A Cabbage in a Nutshell by Tin Can Forest, Hockey Ops #1 by Sam Page and Molly Brooks, The Second in Line by Mattias Adolfsson,...||9/22/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 40||In this episode we review It Never Happened Again by Sam Alden, This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis, God and the Devil at War in the Garden by Anders Nilsen, Demon by Jason Shiga, and How the World Was by...||9/2/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 39||In this episode Alex, Andrea, and Josh review Pictures That Tick vol. 2: Exhibition by Dave McKean, The River by Alessandro Sanna, Truth Is Fragmentary by Gabrielle Bell, Irene #3, s! #17, Darwin Carmichael Is Going to Hell by Sophie Goldstein and...||8/11/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 38: Mike Dawson||Mike Dawson joins Alex, Andrea, and Josh for a conversation about his work (including Angie Bongiolatti, which Alex raved about last episode), followed by reviews of Julie Delporte's Everywhere Antennas, Kyle Baker's Nat Turner, Tom Beland's...||7/21/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 37: Pat Dorian||In this episode we are joined by Pat Dorian, who talks about his work, his varied artistic background, and the Grand Comics Festival. We also review Box Brown's Andre the Giant: Life and Legend and Number 1, Mike Dawson's Angie Bongiolatti, Talya...||6/4/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 36: Josh Bayer||Andrea Tsurumi joins Josh and Alex as a permanent cohost, and the three of them talk with Josh Bayer about his work, his teaching, and the new upcoming issue of Suspect Device. Also the four of them review Philippe Squarzoni's Climate Changed, Rachel...||5/1/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 35: Liana Finck||Liana Finck joins for a great conversation about her new book A Bintel Brief and her other work. Also reviewed: Danica Novgorodoff's The Undertaking of Lily Chen, Keren Katz's Fire Theater, Sonatina Anthology, The Sleep of Reason: An Anthology of...||4/23/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 34||Alex and Josh review Persimmon Cup by Nick Bertozzi, Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoet, Pimo and Rex by Thomas Wellmann, Gandhi: My Life Is My Message by Jason Quinn and Sachin Nagar, Basewood by Alec Longstreth, Nijigahara Holograph...||3/16/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 33||Josh and Alex review Gerry Alanguilan's Where Bold Stars Go to Die, Sam Alden's Wicked Chicken Queen, Diane Obomsawin's On Loving Women, Brandon Graham's The Complete Multiple Warheads, Einat Tsarfati and Hila Noam's Omnibus, Liz Prince's Alone Forever,||3/3/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 32: Annie Koyama||Alex and Josh interview Annie Koyama, publisher of Koyama Press, and review Michael DeForge's Ant Colony, Keren Katz's Were You Watching, Warren Craghead's Untitled, Jacque Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette's Snowpiercer, Bob Fingerman's Minimum Wage, and Sam S||2/19/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 31||Alex and Josh review Ursula Vernon's Digger Omnibus, Ryan Cecil Smith's SF, World War III Illustrated, Trudy Cooper and Doug Bayne's Oglaf, Gustavo Duarte's Monsters, Wilfrid Lupano and Jeremie Moreau's The Hartlepool Monkey, and Alan Moore's Miracleman.||1/31/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 30: Matt Huynh||Alex and Josh welcome Aussie Matt Huynh to the show to talk about his work and review the anthologies Qu33r, Irene #3, and Home Brew Vampire Bullets, along with Charles Forsman's Celebrated Summer, Mirranda Burton's Hidden, Joe Sacco's The Great War, Mar||1/15/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 29: Best of 2013||Josh and Alex count down their favorite comics from 2013.||12/20/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 28||Andrea Tsurumi joins Josh and Alex once more as they discuss: Ambedkar, The Fight for Justice by Srividya Natarajan and S. Anand, art by Durgabai and Subhash Vyam, Journal by Julia Delporte, Brooklyn Quesadillas by Antony Huchette, Battling Boy by Paul P||12/9/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 27: Sam Alden||Special guest Sam Alden joins Josh and Alex to discuss his work along with Gold Pollen and Other Stories by Seiichi Hayashi, Showa: 1926-1939 by Shigeru Mizuki, Picnic Ruined by Roman Muradov, Missy by Daryl Seitchik, Wool and Gin by Alabaster, Stuff Abo||12/3/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26||In this episode Alex and Josh talk about Comic Arts Brooklyn and review Gregory Benton's B+F, Fred Chao's Johnny Hiro, Keren Katz's Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Coat Check Dream, Anders Nilsen's Rage of Poseidon, Jess Worby's The Sasquatch in Brook||11/11/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25||Reviewed: David Prudhomme's Rebetiko, Max de Radigues's Moose #1-14, Aaron Cockle's Annotated #11, Peter Bagge's Woman Rebel, Jess Ruliffson's Invisible Wounds, Darryl Cunningham's Ayn Rand, and Walt Holcombe's The King of Persia.||10/24/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24: Charles Forsman||Recent Ignatz winner Charles Forsman joins Josh and Alex to talk about his book TEOTFW and his imprint Oily Comics, along with Frank Santoro's Pompeii, Josh Bayer's ROM, Fantagraphics' Treasury of Mini Comics, Jeremie Dres's We Won't See Auschwitz, Alex||10/8/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23||Brendan Leach's Iron Bound, Anna Bongiovanni's Out of Hollow Water, Sam Alden's Hawaii 1997, Neil Brideau's Plot #3, various authors in Low Society, Alex de Campi's Smoke/Ashes, Richard Fairgray's Blastosaurus and Anoraks and Acolytes, and Jim Woodring's||9/22/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22: Karen Green||Karen Green, who created and oversees the Columbia University Library graphic novel collection, joins Josh and Alex to discuss the new collaborative project Cartozia Tales, The End of the F*****g World by Charles Forsman, Sacrifice by Sam Humphries and D||9/5/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21||Josh and Alex talk about Comics Arts Brooklyn, Box Brown's Beach Girls, Jeff Lemire's Trillium, Michael DeForge's Lose #5, Eric T. Johnson's The Outliers Chapter 1, Josh Burggraf's A33, As You Were: a punk comix anthology, Farel Dalrymple's It Will All H||8/19/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: Tom Hart||Tom Hart joins Alex and Josh to talk about the Sequential Artists Workshop and his latest work. Also reviewed: Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault's Jane, the Fox, and Me, Lucy Knisley's Relish, Zak Sally's Sammy the Mouse Book 2, David B.'s Incidents in||8/6/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19||In this episode: Zander Cannon's Heck, Dash Shaw's New School, Jason's Lost Cat, Eamon Espey's Songs of the Abyss, Aron Nels Steinke's Big Plans, Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin's Satellite Sam, Adam Hines's Duncan the Wonder Dog, and Galit and Gilad Se||7/15/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18||Josh and Alex review Josh Bayer's Raw Power, Ulli Lust's Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, Study Group Magazine #2, Joe Ollmann's Science Fiction, Tiny Pencil: The Forest Issue, Jeff Ruliffson's Where Eden Once Stood: Veteran Stories from I||6/24/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17||It's a long one, as Alex, Josh, and Andrea Tsurumi discuss Anders Nilsen's The End, Simon Moreton's Grand Gestures, Occupy Comics, several comics by Kriota Willberg, Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever, Anuj Shrestha's Genus, Drew Alderfer's Robot Versus Ghost,||6/12/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16||Alex and Josh discuss Vattu by Evan Dahm, My Dumb Dirty Eyes by Lisa Hanawalt, Drawn to New York by Peter Kuper, So Long Silver Screen by Blutch, Strange Attractors by Charles Soule, The Property by Rutu Modan, and Freaks' Amour by Dana Marie Andra.||5/27/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14||Josh and Alex talk about MoCCA and all the stuff they got there, including books by Michel Fiffe, Gregory Benton, Neil Dvorak, Daniel Pucca, Darryl Ayo Brathwaite, and Antonio Romero. All that plus even more stuff by Ted McKeever, Matt Kindt, and Jared A||4/22/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13||Alex and Josh record in a basement near MoCCA on a single mike (sorry about the slight audio problems). They discuss Ben Katchor's Hand Drying in America, Michael DeForge's Ant Comic, Miriam Katin's Letting It Go, Darryl Cunningham's How to Fake a Moon||4/12/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12||Andrea Tsurumi joins Josh and Alex to talk about When David Lost His Voice by Judith Vanistendael, In the Kitchen with Alain Passard by Christophe Blain, Maximum Minimum Wage by Bob Fingerman, The Massive by Brian Wood, and Matt Fraction's superhero comi||3/29/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11||Have-um-us Pope-um! Francis drops by to celebrate our 1000th subscriber and to discuss Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy's Joe the Barbarian, Genevieve Castree's Susceptible, Pierre Gabus and Romulad Reutimann's District 14, Study Group Magazine #1, David B||3/15/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
Rare sighting: Intelligent, articulate, and insightful comics reviewers
Alex and Joshua get their hands on EVERYTHING. Not afraid to review comics from all genres and publishers. You may not always agree with them, but you'll appreciate the way they deliver their opinions and be thankful there are podcasters like them doing the dirty work.
Insightful reviews on a wide range if comics.
Joshua and Alex are filling a much needed void in the glut of comics podcasts which mostly focus on the mainstream. This podcast does a great job of highlighting many of the new releases in alternative comics in an easy to digest, structured discussion. Both hosts are working artists and have a deep knowledge of comics past and present.
Very helpful in purchase choices
These podcasts are very helpful in using my shopping dollars wisely. The opinions of these reviewers are a great resource.