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Monday, Nov 30 2015

Issue #043: Dave Tomcik

In Which Our Guest:

Dave Tomcik, comic fan and friend of The Squee, joins us to talk about… 1) Ink for Beginners: A Comic Guide to Getting Tattooed by Kate Leth 2) Beasts of Burden by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson 3) Shutter by Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca 4) Monster Commute by Daniel M. Davis 5) Question Time: unusual comics? 6) What we’re looking forward to next


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Show Notes for Issue #43 of the Comics Squee Podcast


Welcome, lovely listeners and Precious Patrons of Pulp Pamphlet Parlay, to Issue 43 of Comics Squee. Each podcast our panelists, astride their battle pugs, 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, friend of the podcast and return guest,Dave.

In this issue of Comics Squee we have: cute animals versus Lovecraftian hours ; a tattoo infomercial ; steampunk monster adventures on the not-so-open road ; and a book I’ve described as Buffy meets Grandville.

Before we start, a reminder this podcast has chapter images (if your player supports m4a). You can also pause the podcast at any time to search the internet for books we’re squeeing about so you can look at pictures of the art whilst, at the same time, we talk about it.

  1. John: Ink for Beginners: A Comic Guide to Getting Tattooed by Kate Leth (starts at 00:02:06.000)

    Podcast-Track-Image-Ink-for-BeginnersThis mini comic provides a quick guide to what you need to know if you’re thinking of getting inked. This tutorial gives an overview of what you need to know about getting a tattoo. What do you need to know? How do you choose a design? Where on your body do you want to get your tattoo? How to pick an artist? Should you tip your artist?

    What not to do. What to do.

    Our favorite part is the little person outline that provides a color-coded chart of how much it hurts to get tattooed in varies places. And the other side of the page is the backside of the human body. And in addition to a cartoonified Kate giving advice, there are little quotes from actually artists on various topics.

    Ink for Beginners is great if you’re thinking of getting a tattoo, and a great tool for artists themselves to hand to people. And it’s only $4.00.

    • 1a) Tangent 1: We’re a train podcast now – CHOO CHOO! (starts at 00:07:13.750)
    • 1b) Tangent 2: Burrito – The Unending Struggle!!! (starts at 00:11:39.750)
  2. April: Beasts of Burden by Evan Dorkin (writer) and Jill Thompson (artist) (starts at 00:15:10.000)

    Podcast-Track-Image-Beasts-of-BurdernThis book is amazing. The first bound is called “Animal Rites”. It’s slow to come out because it’s hand-painted watercolors. And they both have other projects. But it’s SO good.

    This is the story of a whole bunch of dogs and a cat who live in a suburban neighborhood called Burden Hill and a bunch of strange things happen. Like a haunted dog house (haunted by dog ghosts). It’s a whole bunch of traditional horror tropes done with animals.

    This is NOT recommended for younger readers. Maybe 11 year olds if they’re an active reader who is comfortable and/or accustomed to reading horror. There is violence and lots of sad feels that a parent may not be comfortable with.

    • 2a) Night In The Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny (prose novel) (starts at 00:27:17.662)
  3. Dave Tomcik: Shutter by Joe Keatinge (writer) and Leila del Duca (artist) (starts at 00:28:25.750)

    Podcast-Track-Image-ShutterWhen we had Leila on show 36 Chriss described Shutter as, “Buffy meets Grandville.” (we love you Leila, but we butchered your name again)

    This is a cinematic comic about a girl adventurer who has grown up and stopped adventuring. She lives in a strange future world with anthropomorphic animals and automatons. Like Alarm Clock Cat, who is totally one of those cat wall clocks but backs cookies and hides candy in his body.

    Shutter goes from 0 to shit-hits-the-fan really quick. It’s a slow burn, but fascinating. It doesn’t feel slow despite dragging you along to issue 9; it keeps you entertained.

    This comic is cinematic and non-traditional, but brilliantly easy to follow and engaging.

    And then there’s the Richard Scary issue with the bomb gun. Shutter is so wrong, but it’s amazing. Like if Wes Anderson did an action adventure movie.

    NOT for younger readers, definitely rated R.

    VERY diverse cast. Everything is so well done. Nothing feels contrived. The main character is an ANGRY person; she does NOT like taking orders or not being in control. The writing is superb and the art brings the cinematic script to full life.

    We give Shutter the best recommendation a book can get: we couldn’t put it down.

  4. Chriss: Monster Commute: A Traffic Novel by Daniel M. Davis – published by Steam Crow (starts at 00:38:01.625)

    Podcast-Track-Image-Monster-CommuteThis is a webcomic collected into two volumes right now in a nice rectangular shape. It’s a steampunk monsters fantasy with a vector art style.

    The two main characters are trapped in a car in – instead of a freeway- the Hellways. This entire monster world is a fascist world of people stuck on the freeway. They’re always commuting, they never actually arrive.

    They’re ruled by Abe Lincolnstein, which is Abe Lincoln’s head all Frankensteined out and floating in a tank. His agents are the Crowbots which are giant kaiju-like bird robots.

    The comic is mostly the two main character’s conversations as they drive around. And below each comic is the alt-text description from the website – each giving additional information about the world. At first it’s episodic gag-of-the-day. In the second volume plot starts to happen. The story is complete online, but only two volumes are out right now.

    Clownbite is scary and reminds us of the clown ballerina in Cabin In The Woods. And then there’s Egg On A Stick.

Question Time: What would you recommend to some looking for unusual comics? (starts at 00:45:51.375)

_Podcast-Track-QUESTION-TIMEComics are so diverse, that ‘weird’ depends on your normal.

  • Casanova by Matt Fraction
  • Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction (writer) and Chip Zdarsky (artist)
  • For young readers, Korgi
  • For animation, Triplets of Bellville (a French film)
  • Troll King (NOT SAFE FOR WORK – EXTREMELY Surreal – We don’t really recommend casually checking it out)
  • Pretty Deadly
  • The Leaning Girl, translated and published in English by Abraxis Press
  • The Tooth (meta horror comic)
  • Castle Waiting
  • Bandette
  • Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse
  • Mr Punch by Neil Gaiman (writer) and Dave McKean (illustration)
  • Bitch Planet
  • Grindhouse series by Alex di Campi
  • For anime, Excel Saga (very meta to it’s own genre)

What We’re Looking Forward to Reading Next (starts at 00:56:08.498)


  • April:

    Live action movie of Attack on Titan

  • Dave:

    Volume two of Shutter. And two Ben Templesmith works, Choker and Welcome to Hoxford

  • John:

    Reading World War Kaiju

  • Chriss:

    Getting volume two of Lumberjanes

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