Comics

Tom Spurgeon Bonus Episode

Virtual Memories Show: Tom Spurgeon Bonus Episode “The danger isn’t in the limits of what you can do for someone. The danger is in withdrawing, and realizing you don’t have those relationships anymore. If you can be engaged in someone’s life . . . that’s what you have and that’s what you work with.” Following…

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Episode 349 – Peter Bagge

Virtual Memories Show 349: Pete Bagge Returns! “One of the reasons I wrote about these three women for my books is that the lives they led give me something to draw.” Third time’s the charm! Cartoonist Pete Bagge returns to talk about his new comic biography, Credo: The Rose Wilder Lane Story (Drawn & Quarterly),…

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Episode 348 – Steven Heller

Virtual Memories Show 348: Steven Heller “It’s a learning moment of how powerful symbols are and how powerful graphic design is.” The Nazi swastika is a symbol of evil, but what about the pre-Nazi version of that symbol? With the publication of The Swastika and Symbols of Hate: Extremist Iconography Today (Allworth Press), Steven Heller…

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Episode 347 – Kevin Huizenga

Virtual Memories Show 347: Kevin Huizenga “I have a split in my writing life. Part of my brain plans everything out, but I know enough now not to listen to that too much, and that I should be more open to improvising.” Cartoonist Kevin Huizenga joins the show to talk about his new graphic novel,…

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Episode 346 – Ho Che Anderson

Virtual Memories Show 346: Ho Che Anderson “I walked into Star Wars at 7 years old as one person, and I left as someone else. That movie introduced me to the idea of visual storytelling.” Live from CXC – Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, it’s my Spotlight Session with Ho Che Anderson, cartoonist behind KING, Godhead (Fantagraphics)…

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Episode 345 – Frank Santoro

Virtual Memories Show 345: Frank Santoro “Memory rhymes with these little moments in time, and time folds in on itself in a remarkable way, and comics is a wonderful example of that, unlike film or prose.” A beautiful and subtle meditation on memory and his parents’ marriage and divorce, Frank Santoro‘s 200-page graphic novel, Pittsburgh…

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Episode 344 – Liz Hand

Virtual Memories Show 344: Liz Hand “Henry Darger was a devout Catholic who was engaged in a huge argument with God.” Transgression vs. transcendence: Elizabeth Hand‘s brand-new novel, Curious Toys (Mulholland Books), explores artistic and cultural taboos through the lens of a serial killer mystery set in the amusement parks of Progressive Era Chicago. We…

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Episode 343 – Kate Lacour

Virtual Memories Show 343: Kate Lacour “Attraction/repulsion is a big response that people have expressed about my work, whether they like it or not. I like that feeling when I experience it, like when something’s gorgeous but has an air of foulness to it.” With her new book, Vivisectionary (Fantagraphics), artist Kate Lacour has created…

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Episode 341 – Chris Ware

Virtual Memories Show 341: Chris Ware “Something in comics allows the concretization of the weird shifting and changing of our memories and senses of selves. It comes out organically in the drawing of a story.” With the publication of part 1 of Rusty Brown (Pantheon), Chris Ware joins the show to talk about how he…

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Episode 340 – Sylvia Nickerson

Virtual Memories Show 340: Sylvia Nickerson “You go along in the world and you experience a lot of people, but how deeply do you experience them, or know them, or connect with them?” With Creation (Drawn & Quarterly), Sylvia Nickerson explores the decay and renewal of the Rust Belt city of Hamilton, Ontario, tying the…

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Episode 333 – Gil Roth

Virtual Memories Show 333: Gil Roth AMA Because of a last-minute guest cancellation, I had no show lined up for this week! Rather than take a second week off this summer, I decided it was time for another Gil Roth AMA episode, since the last one was almost 5 years ago. Thirty-two past and upcoming…

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Episode 331 – Liniers

Virtual Memories Show 331: Liniers “In my mind, I thought, ‘Maybe if I can get my comic strip to Uruguay, my father will believe this is a real job.’ I’d be an international success. Montevideo was as far as my imagination could go.” In a rollicking conversation at the Society of Illustrators 128 Bar &…

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