WARNING! This issue of The Squee is adults ONLY. It is Not Safe For Work, junior listeners, or sensitive grandparents.
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Welcome, lovely listeners and Precious Patrons of Pulp Pamphlet Parlay, to Issue 40 of Comics Squee. Each podcast our panelists, mechanical heroes of lore and legend, 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, indie comics creator Leia Weathington. We squeed about her fantasy adventure series Bold Riley last show when Paul Tobin joined us. Loyal listeners will likely recall Leia’s first appearance on The Squee, when we WAY overthought the economics of Bizzaro World.
In this issue of Comics Squee we have: high seas adventure with haunted toys ; a chilling retell of a famous fictional teen witch ; the price of revenge ; and adult toy journal – yes, THAT kind.
Leia Weathington: The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson (starts at 00:03:04.750)
Leia loves the writing of this fantasy prose novel. It is about a woman who becomes an accountant in order to destroy from the inside the imperium that colonized and destroyed her home.
Seth Dickinson’s prose is beautiful and, like Chabon, Dickinson constructs a mean sentence. And this story will mess you up.
You can read Chapter 1 for free on Tor’s website.
If you’d like to read comics like this than we recommend:
- Ooku by Fumi Yoshinaga
- Saints and Sinners by Gene Yang
John: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre Sacasa (writer) and Robert Hack (artist) (starts at 00:13:45.800)
This is another title in Archie’s horror takes on their classic characters. The Chilling Adventures is yet another take, unconnected with Afterlife With Archie. This comic focuses on Sabrina and how she was raised and grew up with her aunts who are witches in the demonic tradition.
John really enjoyed this take on Sabrina. And the art is great and creepy.
- 2a) Tangent 1: Cannibal dinner party (starts at 00:18:46.875)
We’d say Archie is putting out some of the best horror comics.
Chriss: Sock Monkey: The Inches Incident by Tony Millionaire (starts at 00:19:49.268)
This is a fun adventure story with a trio of friends who are haunted toys; Uncle Gabby the sock monkey, Mr. Crow the crow toy, and Inches the adorable dolly. They team up with sailor Oyster Joe when Inches in possesed by ants crazed by the sugar of a giant gingerbread monkey.
Everyone lost their shit over the ants and creepy doll. Surprising Chriss, who thought everyone would enjoy the nautical theme and etching art.
Honestly, this entire squee is a tangent.
April: Oh Joy, Sex Toy by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan (starts at 00:28:58.500)
This webcomic concentrates on education and provides a non-judgmental font of information about both sex toys and human reproduction. What do you do first time you encounter an uncircumcised penis? (don’t freak out).
Erika’s cartooning is friendly and the overall tone is conversational, frank, and honest.
The hallmark of Oh Joy Sex Toy is research and an emphasis on education.
There are currently two print volumes of Oh Joy Sex Toy out, which you can purchase off the website, from Amazon, or have your local comic shop order for you.
Question Time: What’s your favorite comic for an emotional ride? (starts at 00:36:11.333)
Maus, Y: The Last Man – when the monkey dies
American Born Chinese, Pride of Baghdad, Far Arden
Scalped, In Real Life
- Leia Weathington:
Epileptic, Ex Machina
- Tangent 2: Monkeys and apes are face eaters (starts at 00:40:01.500)
What We’re Looking Forward to Reading Next (starts at 00:43:57.000)
Reading more of Scalped
- Leia Weathington:
Magekiller, the Dragon Age comic Gregg Rucka is writing
She decided to finish her To-Read pile of comics by New Years by starting at A and working her way to Z.
- Tangent 3: Spiders, ants, silverfish and our land of body horror nightmares (starts at 00:48:20.500)