Welcome, lovely listeners and Precious Patrons of Pulp Pamphlet Parlay, to Issue 36 of Comics Squee. Each podcast our panelists, from a world of super-science and sorcery, 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 artist, Leila de Luca. She’s currently drawing The Pantheon Project and the acclaimed comic Shutter, which I describe as Buffy meets Grandville.
In this issue of Comics Squee we have: the creepiest horror comic going ; wordless comics with a Korean influence ; a young adult tale of superhero sisters ; and Aboriginal sci-fi
Chriss: Jinchalo and Ojingogo by Matthew Forsyth(starts at 00:02:49.333)
These are silent comics. The creator, Matthew Forsyth, taught in Korea so they are influenced by the folk tale traditions of that country. They’re a bit surreal and follow the misadventures of a little girl.
You can read the two volumes in any order. In Jinchalo she dreams about eating giant sushi, and then eats all the food in the house. When she goes to the market she ends up with a trickster’s egg and silliness ensues.
- 1a) Tangent 1: Troll King – NSFW Ever(starts at 00:06:34.083)
John: Colder by Paul Tobin (writer) and Juan Ferreyra (artist) (starts at 00:07:47.167)
The cover is so creepy we had to turn it face down until it was John’s turn to talk about this.
Tale of a guy who’s been in asylums, un-aged, for 70 years. When the latest asylum closes he’s adopted by one of the nurses. That’s when things get scary.
Colder is on of the best horror comics going, and bar none the creepiest.
April: Double Life of Miranda Turner by Jamie S. Rich (writer) and George Kambadais (artist) (starts at 00:12:17.500)
This is a fun comic doing interesting things. The main character is Miranda Turner. Her sister is a superhero named The Cat. Only, her sister has been murdered and her corpse stolen. Now Miranda, who has no powers, must pretend to be The Cat and try to solve her sister’s murder.
And her sister’s ghost talks to her.
Issue one starts with her mid-battle fighting LEGO generating villains dressed like Devo and called The Blockheads. This made April squee much and sold her on the comic.
Leila del Duca: Finder by Carla Speed McNeil (starts at 00:17:26.642)
We had a hard time knowing where to start describing Finder. The series has a lot of layers. It’s a science fiction/fantasy story that uses those tropes to tell stories about domestic abuse, how your relationship with what you love as a child changes when your older, how past experiences inform current actions, and more.
It’s the far future, and everyone lives in protective dome cities. And each dome has it’s own culture and peoples. The primary character, Jaeger, is a finder and a sin eater.
Carla Speed McNeil describes her work as Aboriginal sci-fi. And the rich world she’s created in Finder draws on the cultures native to North America and other ‘aboriginal’ cultures for inspiration.
The art is beautiful and the character design so good, drawing on many sources. It’s black and white, but her art is so lovely that it would make Leila sad to see it colored.
Question Time: How Many Comic Book Cats Can We Name (starts at 00:27:15.783)
- Alarm Cat (Shutter)
- Burman (I Was The Cat)
- the rabbi’s cat (The Rabbi’s Cat)
- One of the pet characters in Beasts of Burden is a cat
- Salem (Sabrina The Teenaged Witch)
- Lying Cat (Saga)
- the lions in Pride of Baghdad
- Ozymandius’ lynx in Watchmen
- the cat from King City
- Tawky Tawny Tiger (Captain Marvel/Shazam – DC)
- Tiger Lawyer (backup pages in Shutter)
- Shaw (Shutter)
- the Nazis in Maus
- Zabu, the saber-tooth tiger companion of Ka-Zar who lives in the Savage Land in the Marvel comics universe
- the cartoon lion in Astro City
- Chewy, Captain Marvel’s cat (Captain Marvel – Marvel)
- Voltron comics now, and that has those giant lion robots
- Speedy, Supergirls’ cat
- Felix the Cat
- Michael (What’s Michael)
- Krazy Kat
- Puppycat (Bee And Puppycat)
- Catbug (Bravest Warriors)
- Catbug (Bravest Warriors)
What We’re Looking Forward to Reading Next (starts at 00:30:21.833)
The new volume of Possesions by Ray Fawkes
Bad Seed, the next volume of Colder
Now that her collection of Thor Visionaires: Walter Simonson is complete she’s looking forward to sitting down and reading them all
- Leila del Duca:
Island from Image Comics