Deconstructing Comics



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  • #685 Hilary Barta interview

    #685 Hilary Barta interview

    03/02/2021 Duration: 01h48min

    Hilary Barta has been drawing (and sometimes writing) comics for decades, for nearly any publisher you can name. He even worked with the great Alan Moore on “Splash Branigan.” In this week’s show he talks to Koom about working with Moore, his Plastic Man stint, and his new humor story with Doug Rice “When Monsters … Continue reading #685 Hilary Barta interview

  • Critiquing Comics #188: “Jellied Feels”

    Critiquing Comics #188: “Jellied Feels”

    30/01/2021 Duration: 39min

    We’ve discussed Joseph Hewitt’s work on the show before, and even met him at a comics festival. Now he’s back with a collection of well-chosen gems from his back catalog. DCP co-founder Brandon makes his first Critiquing Comics appearance as he and Tim try spreading some of these Jellied Feels.

  • #684 Joe Sacco’s “Paying the Land”

    #684 Joe Sacco’s “Paying the Land”

    27/01/2021 Duration: 54min

    Comics journalist Joe Sacco is back, with an up-close look at the Dene people, of the western part of Canada’s Northwest Territories. Like many native peoples, their way of life was shattered by contact with colonial Europeans, who made traumatizing efforts to assimilate them into Western culture. What happened in western Canada, and what is … Continue reading #684 Joe Sacco’s “Paying the Land”

  • #683 COVID comics and graphic medicine

    #683 COVID comics and graphic medicine

    20/01/2021 Duration: 01h21min

    There have been plenty of comics made about the current COVID-19 pandemic, both instructional and autobiographical ones. In this episode Tim talks about about some of these with graphic medicine expert Alice Jaggers, a contributor to, as well as other comics on health issues… one of which is none other than Fullmetal Alchemist! The … Continue reading #683 COVID comics and graphic medicine

  • Critiquing Comics #187: “Bear With Me”

    Critiquing Comics #187: “Bear With Me”

    16/01/2021 Duration: 19min

    A retro-style daily strip about a talking bear! This time Tim is joined by comics colorist Jeremy Kahn to discuss Bob Scott‘s strip Bear With Me.

  • #682 “John Constantine: Hellblazer”

    #682 “John Constantine: Hellblazer”

    13/01/2021 Duration: 01h22min

    The pandemic has caused a variety of entertainment content to go unreleased or even unmade. Unfortunately, that extends to the recent series John Constantine: Hellblazer by Simon Spurrier and Aaron Campbell, canceled after issue 12 when Spurrier had expected to get six more issues. Kumar and Jordan are big fans of the series, and this … Continue reading #682 “John Constantine: Hellblazer”

  • LOEE: Fullmetal Alchemist ch. 5

    LOEE: Fullmetal Alchemist ch. 5

    06/01/2021 Duration: 46min

    The Law of Equivalent Exchange: We’ve arrived at the chapter that knocks us from our seats and tells us “This ain’t no ordinary manga!” It’s the shocking Chapter 5: The Alchemist’s Suffering! Mangaverse newsletter: Patrick will become editor Don’t Assume podcast: Tim appears in episode 10 Join us on Patreon! Follow DCP on Twitter! Follow … Continue reading LOEE: Fullmetal Alchemist ch. 5

  • Critiquing Comics #186: “Holy Diver”

    Critiquing Comics #186: “Holy Diver”

    02/01/2021 Duration: 29min

    If you’re an American who grew up in a certain era, you may have a story about that time you ended up at a presentation about how “backmasking” was being used in your favorite music to subliminally deliver satanic messages. Artist Rachelle Meyer, whose work we’ve encountered once before in Chad in Amsterdam #4, presents … Continue reading Critiquing Comics #186: “Holy Diver”

  • “Marvel’s The Avengers” (2012)

    “Marvel’s The Avengers” (2012)

    30/12/2020 Duration: 48min

    The time for “setup” is over! At last, Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk, and Captain America meet! Tim and Mulele discuss 2012’s “Marvel’s The Avengers.” Join us on Patreon! Follow us on Twitter!

  • “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011)

    “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011)

    23/12/2020 Duration: 57min

    Film buff Mulele prods Tim to get caught up on alllll the Marvel movies he’s missed. This time, they watch and discuss the first MCU appearance of Captain America. What changed from the comics, and why? What worked, and what’s hokey?

  • Critiquing Comics #185: “Wynter”

    Critiquing Comics #185: “Wynter”

    19/12/2020 Duration: 47min

    Liz Wynter isn’t special. She’s exactly like thousands of other people who have lived, with the same DNA, and she thinks in the same ways that they did, so the government can predict her every move. The same is true of everyone else in her world. Wynter #1, by Guy Hasson and Aron Elkes, isn’t … Continue reading Critiquing Comics #185: “Wynter”

  • “THOR” (2011)

    “THOR” (2011)

    16/12/2020 Duration: 47min

    What do you do when you want to talk about the MCU movies, but no one around you has watched them? Bug your friends to watch them! That’s how Mulele finally got Tim to find time to “Catch Up with the MCU”! Having discussed the first two Iron Man films on Deconstructing Comics a decade … Continue reading “THOR” (2011)

  • LOEE: Fullmetal Alchemist ch. 4

    LOEE: Fullmetal Alchemist ch. 4

    09/12/2020 Duration: 39min

    The Law of Equivalent Exchange: Tim and Patrick discuss Fullmetal Alchemist chapter 4, which features both scary violence and violence for laughs. Why is Ed sleeping at his desk on the splash page? Plus, volume 1 back matter explained!

  • Critiquing Comics #184: “R.U.N.” volume 2

    Critiquing Comics #184: “R.U.N.” volume 2

    05/12/2020 Duration: 29min

    Way back in 2014, Tim and Mulele discussed the first volume of R.u.N. (Remember Ur Nature), a comic in shonen manga style about the sport of parkour. Now, at last, volume two is available, and Tim is joined by a new voice, Ryan Carey of SOLRAD, to discuss the book (by Kariofillis Chris Hatzopoulos, Rafail … Continue reading Critiquing Comics #184: “R.U.N.” volume 2

  • #681 “The Last Tide” and “Breakwater”

    #681 “The Last Tide” and “Breakwater”

    02/12/2020 Duration: 01h01min

    Isekai is a genre, named in Japan, in which a character from our earth is suddenly transported to “another world.” This concept goes back at least to Alice in Wonderland, but these days the “other world” is often the inside of a computer game. Although it’s not explicitly stated (so far), that seems to be … Continue reading #681 “The Last Tide” and “Breakwater”

  • #680 “Dorohedoro”

    #680 “Dorohedoro”

    25/11/2020 Duration: 01h11min

    Is it comedy or violent action? Delivering fan service or gross-out scenes? Who are the good guys and who are the bad guys? Perceptions and expectations are constantly flipping in Q Hayashida’s Dorohedoro. Kumar and Emmet review.

  • Critiquing Comics #183: “Chad in Amsterdam” #5

    Critiquing Comics #183: “Chad in Amsterdam” #5

    21/11/2020 Duration: 56min

    Chad Bilyue is on a roll! No sooner had he released issue 4 of Chad in Amsterdam than he was releasing issue 5 on its coattails. CIA 5 turns out to be a theme issue, on a bizarre and rather offensive aspect of Dutch culture. It’s about what happens when an entire country convinces itself … Continue reading Critiquing Comics #183: “Chad in Amsterdam” #5

  • #679 Mark Russell

    #679 Mark Russell

    18/11/2020 Duration: 39min

    Mark Russell has been one of the standout comics writers of the past five years, in part because he’s possibly the only mainstream comics writer doing satire (or, he would argue, fables). Since he burst on the scene with Prez and The Flintstones, he’s written a number of comics for several publishers that aren’t just … Continue reading #679 Mark Russell

  • The Law of Equivalent Exchange: “Fullmetal Alchemist” chapter 3

    The Law of Equivalent Exchange: “Fullmetal Alchemist” chapter 3

    11/11/2020 Duration: 57min

    Tim and Patrick discuss the third chapter of Fullmetal Alchemist, “The Mining Town.” Why are alchemists hated as “the dogs of the military”?

  • Critiquing Comics #182: “After the Fall” and “Organic But Not Mental”

    Critiquing Comics #182: “After the Fall” and “Organic But Not Mental”

    07/11/2020 Duration: 32min

    Telling a story without dialogue can be difficult. Telling your story entirely with pictures takes excellent storytelling skills. What are the stakes? What are the characters’ motivations? What, exactly, is going on here?! Tim and Mulele discuss two submitted comics which partially or entirely rely on wordless sequences: After the Fall, by Jacqueline Goldfinger, Keni … Continue reading Critiquing Comics #182: “After the Fall” and “Organic But Not Mental”

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