Welcome, lovely listeners and Precious Patrons of Pulp Pamphlet Parlay, to Issue 39 of Comics Squee. Each podcast our panelists, mighty robots loved by all and feared by evil, 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 creator and writer Paul Tobin. We’ve squeed about his books Bandette, Colder, and I Was The Cat. He also writes the Angry Birds series for IDW, plus many other projects. And, like my own good self, he is powered by cookies.
In this issue of Comics Squee we have: a great warrior who’d rather eat cake then meet her destiny ; a tale of high school angst and family ghosts ; an adventure epic with an Indian flavor and princesses-meets-Conan feel ; and the craft of comics.
- Tangent 1: We write Bandette’s Great Cookies and Milk Caper for Paul (starts at 00:02:29.784)
John: Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks (starts at 00:03:36.583)
John has squeed about Faith Erin Hicks’ work before (Adventures of Superhero Girl). Friends With Boys is not the normal flavor he goes for, but her REALLY enjoyed it.
This graphic novel is very much a coming of age story. Maggie has been home-schooled all of her life but she now has to go to the highschool her brothers have been attending. Their mother has left the family and their father, a police officer, has just got a promotion to their small town’s Chief of Police. And there’s a ghost that seemingly only Maggie can see.
The printing is lovely. John loves Hicks’ cartooning. The story is well constructed, humorous, and engaging.
Like much of the books published by First Second, Friends With Boys is very all-ages friendly.
April: Legend of Bold Riley by Leia Weathington with various artists (starts at 00:09:07.667)
Created and written by everyone’s favorite F-bomb dropping guest on The Squee, with each chapter by a different artist. Bold Riley is a princess who is youngest of three in a royal family. She’s trained in all the courtly graces but decides she wants to go out and have adventures.
April likes this book for several reasons. Her parents are encouraging her to do this; they’re all, “Go have adventures, we’ll hold the fort – come back when you’re ready but realize what you’re planning to do won’t be easy.” So a girl gets to be the one with itchy feet and goes off to seek adventure. And she woes all the ladies.
The interesting effect of each chapter/issue having a different artist is that it feels like you’re ‘hearing’ a series of storytellers recount the tales of Bold Riley.
Our guest, Paul Tobin, is a big fan of Leia’s and really enjoys Legend of Bold Riley as well.
There are two volumes out at this point, both Kickstarted.
Chriss: Help Us! Great Warrior by Madeleine Flores with colors by Trillain Gunn (starts at 00:16:22.498)
This is very silly. Very fun. Very clever. It’s different and has a lot of cool female characters.
The main character, Great Warrior, is shaped like a green jelly bean and is 3 1/2 feet tall and wears just boots, a big pink bow, and a sword with a bunny head pommel.
It’s published by Book Box which puts out great, true all ages books that are perfect for us ‘weird kids’.
The art is a loose cartooning style that feels very modern. Nice colors. Fun writing. The first page of each issue recaps where the story is, and there’s a backup 4-panel comic in the back.
Paul Tobin: Writing comics (starts at 00:23:17.675)
We jam about the art of writing comics; script styles, clothes for characters, panels counts and use, dialog count, working with artists, etc.
Question Time: What’s your favorite creepy and favorite funny comic (starts at 00:44:28.667)
Funny, Yotsuba. Creepy, Korusagi Corpse Delivery Service
Funny, Adventures of Superhero Girl. Creepy, Afterlife with Archie.
Funny, Hilda. Creepy, Nailbiter.
Funny, The Tick. Creepy, anything Chuck Burns does but Black Hole specifically.
What We’re Looking Forward to Reading Next (starts at 00:50:32.375)
The Girl in Dior
Reading volume 4 of Stumptown and Lazarus
Volume 4 of Batman ’66 comic
- Paul Tobin:
Jeff Parker’s upcoming book.
- #a) Tangent #: Tangent title (starts at 00:43:19.608)