Comics

Episode 389 – Woodrow Phoenix

Virtual Memories Show 389: Woodrow Phoenix Who’s driving whom? With Crash Course (Street Noise Books), British cartoonist, artist and designer Woodrow Phoenix examines what cars do to us: physically, mentally, and environmentally. We talk about the evolution of Crash Course, the stint in LA that inspired it, the visual and design choices that make it…

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Episode 386 – Judy Gold

Virtual Memories Show 386:Judy Gold “Don’t tell me what I’m allowed to talk about. There’s no growth without discourse. When you start shutting people up, that’s the end of evolution.” Comedian, actress and Emmy-winning TV writer Judy Gold joins the show to celebrate her brand new book, Yes, I CAN Say That: When They Come…

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Episode 385 – Ellen Lindner

Virtual Memories Show 385: Ellen Lindner “Women have always played baseball; it just hasn’t been discussed. In the late 19th century, in concert with American imperialism, white men looked at baseball and said, ‘This is something we want for ourselves.’” Batter up! Let’s celebrate Major League Baseball’s 2020 Opening Day by talking with cartoonist, illustrator…

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Episode 384 – Adrian Tomine

Virtual Memories Show 384: Adrian Tomine “For all those years, one of the main questions in my mind was: What is my own style? What isn’t a hodgepodge of things I’ve borrowed from my heroes? With this book, it felt like a great opportunity to probe that and challenge myself to investigate that.” Cartoonist and…

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Episode 383 – Everett Glenn

Virtual Memories Show 383: Everett Glenn “My motivation? Kinda cookie-cutter: Desperate person doesn’t want to die of alcoholism, writes instead. That’s the blurb.” Artist, cartoonist, and clotheshorse Everett Glenn joins the show from Berlin to talk about how narrating his life as a story helped him make (some) sense of his fragmented, chaotic upbringing (he…

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Episode 382 – John Vercher

Virtual Memories Show 382: John Vercher “Growing up mixed-race, there’s a lot of soul-searching and identity-searching, and when you’re asked often enough ‘What are you?’, you start to ask that question of yourself.” With Three Fifths (Agora), debut author John Vercher explores race and representation in a taut crime novel. We get into Black identity…

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Episode 380 – Bill Campbell

Virtual Memories Show 380: Bill Campbell “When you own the field, it’s very easy to move the goalposts.” Author & publisher Bill Campbell joins the show to talk about what he’s learned from running Rosarium Publishing (and how he accidentally became a publisher). We get into how having a diverse roster of authors and cartoonists…

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Episode 379 – Jonathan W Gray

Virtual Memories Show 379: Jonathan W. Gray “Literature has a role to play at precisely this moment, because we have to dream and think big.” I nerd out with author, English professor, and hardcore comics reader Jonathan W. Gray. We talk about how Blackness is represented in American comics (the subject of his next book),…

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Episode 377 – Keith Henry Brown

Virtual Memories Show 377: Keith Henry Brown “I was shocked no one had done a kids picture book about Miles Davis. I didn’t even read the script; I just said yes!” Designer, artist and writer Keith Henry Brown joins the show to talk about his new kids book, Birth of The Cool: How Miles Davis…

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Episode 376 – Calvin Reid

Virtual Memories Show 376:Calvin Reid “The biggest shift in comics right now is the explosion of independent publishing, the impact of Kickstarter on the ability of artists to not have to go through the superhero gatekeepers, the explosion of diversity in terms of creators and in genres, and the impact of the book publishing world.”…

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Episode 372 – Tom Hart

Virtual Memories Show 372: Tom Hart “For my next book, I’m looking for a new form. Everything feels like the old form. I’m giving myself that luxury. I don’t owe this to anybody but my own creative satisfaction.” Cartoonist and educator Tom Hart joins the show to talk about how the Sequential Artists Workshop (SAW)…

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Episode 371 – Paul C Tumey

Virtual Memories Show 371: Paul C. Tumey “I regard Mad Magazine as an apex of Screwballism in comic books, and in a way, my whole book is an attempt to understand what the lineage of Mad is.” Nov Shmoz Ka Pop? Writer & artist Paul C. Tumey joins the show to talk about his fantastic…

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