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Saturday, Nov 8 2014

Issue #026: Justine Dolorfino

In Which Our Guest:

Fan guest Justine Dolorfino joins us to talk about comics… 1) Comics Curmudgeon blog 2) We Can Fix It by Jess Fink 3) Witchfinder by Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck 4) Kate Bishop Hawkeye 5) Question Time: Comic characters with a food thing? 6) What we’re looking forward to next


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Show Notes for Issue #26 of the Comics Squee Podcast


Welcome, lovely listeners, to Issue 26 of Comics Squee. Each podcast our panelists, resplendent in halftone dots, discuss the comic books, graphic novels, and general sequential art geekery that excites them. Our superpowers are tangents and tentacles.

I’m your host, Chriss Cornish. Joining me are regular squeesters: John Oliver, a dark fantasy author online at ; and April Taie, leader of the Geek Girls Meetup in San Diego. Piloting the revolving 4th chair this issue is fan guest and Geek Girls member, Justine

In this issue of Comics Squee we have: a time travel memoir ; comic strip curmudgeonry ; a Victorian occult detective ; and everyone’s favorite female Hawkeye.

  1. Chriss: Comics Curmudgeon blog at (starts at 00:02:07.750)

    Podcast-Track-Image-Comics-CurmudgeonJosh of Comics Curmudgeon reads the funny pages so you don’t have to. He cherry picks the most…interesting soap opera and ‘funny’ comic strips from the newspaper and provides amusing commentary. It’s very fun and you can check it out for yourself at

    • 1a) Tangent 1: Our favorite comic strips as kids (starts at 00:04:08.542)
      The Squeesters foil my question time query!
  2. 2) April: We Can Fix It – A Time Travel Memoir by Jess Fink (starts at 00:11:59.894)

    Podcast-Track-Image-We-Can-Fix-ItThis book isn’t very long. But is totally compelling and interesting. The conceit of We Can Fix It is that she has a time machine; doesn’t matter how she got it or how it works – the story doesn’t go into it and it’s not important. The point is the main character has one and decides to use it to go back in time to visit herself, see all her sexy times and try to fix her past embarrassments.

    And of course everything that happens actually happened to the creator. This is a memoir, after all, just one told in a different and humorous way. The artwork is loose and fun and silly. And We Can Fix It is a really good book that’s also surprisingly touching.

    • 2a) Tangent 2: Tales of the Bizarro World (starts at 00:21:38.667)
  3. 3) John: Witchfinder by Mike Mignola (writer) and Ben Stenbeck (artist) (starts at 00:23:12.675)

    Podcast-Track-Image-WitchfinderWitchfinder is set in the Hellboy universe and tells the adventures of one Sir Edward Gray. Readers of other Hellboy titles might recognize the character from Lobster Johnson or Hellboy in Hell.

    This is a Victorian adventurer series. Sir Edward Gray is an occult investigator who is rumored to have saved the Queen, though he is discrete and won’t talk about any of it.

    • 3a) Tangent 3: The time travels of Abraham Lincoln (starts at 00:28:32.500)
  4. Justine Dolorfino: Kate Bishop Hawkeye (starts at 00:00:00.000)

    Podcast-Track-Image-Kate-Bishop-HawkeyeKate Bishop is awesome and everybody should know who she is. She came on to the scene in the Marvel Universe in the pages of Young Avengers after the Avengers Disassembled event. At the time Clint Barton/Hawkeye was dead and Kate Bishop took up the bow and mantle of Hawkeye.

    We really love that Kate Bishop IS Hawkeye. She’s not Hawk-Girl, she’s not Lady Hawkeye. She’s Hawkeye. And Clint Barton is Hawkeye (and not dead). Kate’s not a sidekick, she’s an equal and stands on her own.

    The second Young Avengers volume, from Kieron and Gillean, doesn’t have much Kate Bishop in it. So we suggest getting the current volumes of Hawkeye, then going back to the start of Young Avengers.

Question Time: What comic characters have a food thing? (starts at 00:41:27.708)

John caught on to my planned query so I had to come up with one on the fly. We talked about Dagwood, a cartoon strip character known for his love of sandwiches. So, what other comic charaters have a food thing? _Podcast-Track-QUESTION-TIME

  • Beetle Bailey has a food thing
  • Garfield has lasagna
  • Naruto loves ramen
  • The Avengers movie has shwarma
  • Jiro, the comic by celebrity chef and travel show dude Anthony Bourdain
  • ALL of Chew
  • Hellboy likes Baby Ruth candy bars in the movie
  • A lot of food-based graphic novels and comics like Relish and Oishinbo
  • The manga Excel Saga has a dog named Emergency Rations

What We’re Looking Forward to Reading Next (starts at 00:56:21.125)


  • John:

    The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

  • Justine Dolorfino:

    New run of Star Wars comics coming out in January from Marvel

  • April:

    Going home to read Jess Fink’s other book, Chester 5000 XYV

  • Chriss:

    The next My Little Pony comics coming out

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