Comics

Episode 367 – Whitney Matheson

Virtual Memories Show 367: Whitney Matheson “Music, film, TV, books: those are the things that tell you when you’re a kid that there’s a world out there.” It’s the end of the world as we know it, and we feel fine! A few weeks before the COVID-19 lockdowns began, pop culture writer and REM maniac…

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Episode 365 – Ben Katchor

Virtual Memories Show 365: Ben Katchor “A dairy restaurant feels to me like an urban, walled Garden of Eden, but it’s in this world, so it gets trapped in the doings of this world.” The great cartoonist Ben Katchor rejoins the show to talk about his brand-new book, The Dairy Restaurant (Schocken), a 500-page illustrated…

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Episode 362 – Richard Kadrey

Virtual Memories Show 362: Richard Kadrey “I try to tell young writers, ‘Do not fetishize your world-building.’ I’ve seen writers think they have to be Tolkien, they have to invent Elvish, before they can start the first page of their book.” With his new novel, The Grand Dark (Harper Voyager), Richard Kadrey takes an artistic…

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Episode 358 – Daniel Mendelsohn

Virtual Memories Show 358: Daniel Mendelsohn “Achilles is a hero who is mesmerizing without being penetrable, whereas Odysseus I think I understand (perhaps hubristic to say that).” His wondrous new collection, Ecstasy and Terror: From the Greeks to Game of Thrones (NYRB), brings a dizzying array of Daniel Mendelsohn‘s critical-essayistic-memoir pieces together. We sat down…

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Episode 357 – Walter Bernard

Virtual Memories Show 357: Walter Bernard “The first thing you try when you’re called in, is to find out how the top people see the problem. That’s often similar from project to project: the disconnect from the readership.” Legendary designer Walter Bernard joins the show to talk about Mag Men: Fifty Years of Making Magazines…

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Episode 356 – Emily Flake

Virtual Memories Show 356: Emily Flake “My personal brand tracks so well with physical awkwardness.” With her new book That Was Awkward: The Art & Etiquette of the Awkward Hug (Viking Books), cartoonist and humorist Emily Flake explores the world of awkward hugs. We get into how that book landed in her lap, why she…

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Episode 355 – The Guest List 2019

Virtual Memories Show: The Guest List 2019 It’s time for our year-end Virtual Memories Show tradition: The Guest List! I reached out to 2019’s pod-guests and asked them about the favorite book(s) they read in the past year, as well as the books or authors they’re hoping to read in 2020! More than two dozen…

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Tom Spurgeon Memorial Service – Dec. 14, 2019

Virtual Memories Show: Tom Spurgeon Memorial Service, Dec. 14, 2019 “I had an amazing life, and my love for my family is unsurpassed, followed nearly as much as the love for my closest friends. Be kind to yourselves, and live in laughter as much as possible. I love you. Thanks for everything.” This special episode…

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Episode 354 – Peter Kuper

Virtual Memories Show 354: Peter Kuper “Heart of Darkness deserves to be canonical because it addresses through art what it means to be civilized and what it means to be savage, and touches on things happening now in our world: the madness of power.” Political artist/illustrator Peter Kuper rejoins the show to talk about his…

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Tom Spurgeon Birthday Memorial Episode

Virtual Memories Show: Tom Spurgeon Birthday Memorial Episode “The thing about Tom was, he wasn’t necessarily interested in everything you were interested in, but he was interested in learning about WHY you were interested in it. That sort of curiosity is rare, and it’s part of what made him a special person.” Today (Dec. 16)…

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Episode 352 – Robb Armstrong

Virtual Memories Show 352: Robb Armstrong “These marks that the artist makes are our signature, our footprint. They have to stay.” At Cartoon Crossroads Columbus – CXC, cartoonist Robb Armstrong joins the show to talk about celebrating 30 years of his nationally syndicated comic strip, JumpStart. We get into how he made the transition from…

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Episode 351 – Annie Koyama

Virtual Memories Show 351: Annie Koyama “More and more in this society, if you have more than other people, you have a duty to share it.” Toronto-based small press comics publisher Annie Koyama joins the show to talk about her decision to shut down Koyama Press after 13 years, her thoughts on how artists should…

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