Welcome, lovely listeners and Precious Patrons of Pulp Pamphlet Parlay, to Issue 45 of Comics Squee. Each podcast our panelists, riding rainbow farting unicorns, discuss the comic books, graphic novels, and general sequential art geekery that excites them.
Our superpowers are tangents and tentacles.
Taking the revolving 4th chair this issue is our guest, comics fan and friend of the podcast Chris Tschetter.
In this issue of Comics Squee we have crime and culture on the Oglala reservation ; French noir versus pterodactyls ; adventures of the crystal gems ; and attack of the egg-laying women.
John: Scalped by Jason Aaron (writer) and R. M. Guéra (artist) (starts at 00:02:28.500)
Scalped is untethered. Aaron doesn’t hold back with his messages about culture and people. We’re talking about a noir story here about Dashiel Bad Horse, who was sent away from the reservation as a kid and never came back. He spent time in the military, ran drugs, and ended up as a copy busting red necks. But he has to return home as part of an undercover sting to snare Chief Red Crow, a mafia type boss putting together a casino for the reservation. Dashiel wants to see Red Crow put in prison for murder – and he doesn’t care WHOSE murder it is, even if it’s his own.
If you’ve read Southern Bastards, also written by Jason Aaron, you’ve got an idea of the grit goin’ on here.
And Guéra’s art is great. As is the artist who spelled him on occasion. They do great things with paneling here. And the colors go perfect with the story – those flat, dramatic color schemes Hell Boy made popular.
This is NOT a series for younger readers. They don’t shy from adult depictions of bodies, drugs, sex, etc.
- 1a) Tangent 1: Encyclopedia submarines (starts at 00:11:22.292)
April: Steven Universe by various (starts at 00:14:15.500)
So the comic based on the hit Cartoon Network series Steven Universe is good. As expected from Boom. And we love the TV show.
Chris Tschetter: Girls by the Luna Brothers (starts at 00:27:22.356)
Don’t let the cheesecake of the covers fool you, Girls from the Luna Brothers is sci-fi horror with an animation cell feel to the art. It takes place in a dome, so it has that classic ‘town-under-attack-from-aliens’ feel.
Plot is basically that there’s a female alien who’s sleeping with the fellas and slaughtering the ladies. It’s kind of terrifying stuff, but not gory thanks to the way the art is handled.
The art is drawn by hand on bristol board cut to size, and then the coloring is all done digitally. The effect is a visual that looks like frames of a digital animation film that have been captured and had dialog added.
This is another one NOT for younger readers.
Chriss: Adele Blanc Sec by Jaques Tardi (starts at 00:36:58.292)
These comics tell the story of the Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc Sec. The comic is set in Paris in 1912. Adele is best described as a Noir Adventuress. She has zero F!*#$ to give.
Each volume contains two stories, the first has “Pterror Over Paris” and “The Demon of the Eiffel Tower”. The first story involves a a pterodactyl that’s hatched from a millions year old age using telepathic powers. The second story involves an Assyrian death cult trying to come to power in Paris by unleashing the Black Plague.
And, as usual, Fantagraphics’ printing is beautiful and superior quality.
There was a movie based on the series, featuring the first few stories.
Question Time: What’s your favorite comic with dinosaurs? (starts at 00:48:18.325)
- The Tick with Dinosaur Neil
- Devil Dinosaur
- Various Japanese action TV shows from back in the day
- Dinotopia audiobook from ZBS Productions
Not all strictly comics but we’re not picky.
What We’re Looking Forward to Reading Next (starts at 00:56:21.125)
The Comic Book Story of Beer
Robert Earl collection from Fantagraphics
Still working on finishing the To-Read pile
- Chris Tschetter:
The next of whatever Avengers: thing he’s reading (can’t remember what comes after the colon)