The TradeWaiters


The TradeWaiters 34: “Last Man” vol. 1 & 2 by Balak, Sanlaville, & Vivès

In today’s Tradewaiters episode Jess, Jam, Jon, and Jeff read the first two volumes of Last Man by the French team Balak, Sanlaville, and Vivès. Join us on a strange journey through a martial arts fighting championship on another world where nothing is quite what it seems. Caution: this comic, and our discussion about it, spend a not-insignificant amount of time talking about sexual assault.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Blacksad by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido
Sky Doll by Alessandro Barbucci and Barbara Canepa
One Punch Man by One
Yuri on Ice directed by Sayo Yamamoto
Cowboy Bebop directed by Shinichiro Watanabe
Y the Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra
Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto
Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama
Ranma 1/2 by Rumiko Takahashi
Monster by Naoki Urasawa
Hostage by Guy Delisle
Octopus Pie by Meredith Gran
and Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero by Michael DeForge

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Wasted Talent by Angela Melick, and
Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover the third and fourth volumes of Last Man by Balak, Michael Sanlaville, and Bastien Vivès. Only one man must remain!

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The TradeWaiters 33: “Wendy” & “Wendy’s Revenge” by Walter Scott

Join Jess, Jam, Jon, Jeff, and kgros for another episode of the TradeWaiters. We read Wendy and Wendy’s Revenge by Walter Scott, a gritty tale of post- art school drama told in a super-indie style. Come for the insightful comics discussion, stay for the totally stealable gallery show concepts.

Also mentioned in this episode:
The Imposter with Aliya Pabani
Softr by Jasmine Schuett
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff
Lucky’s Comics in Vancouver
and the Juicero

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Lunar Maladies by kgros
Wasted Talent by Angela Melick, and
Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover the first two volumes of Last Man by Balak, Michael Sanlaville, and Bastien Vives.

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The TradeWaiters 32: “Your Lie in April” vol. 1 & 2 by Naoshi Arakawa

Today on the TradeWaiters, we jumped head-first into some shoujo manga with the first two volumes of Your Lie in April by Naoshi Arakawa. Join us as we immerse ourselves in classical music, middle school romance, family drama, and the fine art of panel-to-panel transitions. We also officially welcome Jess Pollard as our fifth podcast panelist!

Also mentioned in this episode:
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto
Questionable Content by Jeph Jacques
Smith Vs Smith by Matt Smith
Cynthia Lin on Youtube
the Process Party podcast by Mike Dawson and Zack Soto
My Love Story!! by Kazune Kawahara and Aruko
and this comic about flute choir by kgros.

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Lunar Maladies by kgros
Wasted Talent by Angela Melick, and
Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover Wendy and Wendy’s Revenge by Walter Scott.

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The TradeWaiters 31: “Vattu” vol. 1 by Evan Dahm

This week on The Tradewaiters, The Fifth TradeWaiter (a.k.a. Jess Pollard) joins us to talk about Vattu: The Name and the Mark by Evan Dahm. This is the first volume in print of Evan’s epic webcomic project. Listen to us chat about how much we love his work, but more importantly, the reasons why we love it and why you should too. We’ve got a lot to say about webcomics in general this episode.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Rice Boy and Order of Tales, also by Evan Dahm, as well as his illustrated editions of The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and Moby Dick by Herman Melville.
Questionable Content by Jeph Jacques
Scary Go Round, Bobbins, and Bad Machinery by John Allison
XKCD by Randall Munroe
Dinosaur Comics by Ryan North
Neopets comics
Sluggy Freelance by Pete Abrams
Reinventing Comics by Scott McCloud
Mega Tokyo by Fred Gallagher and Rodney Caston
Shadoweyes by Sophie Campbell
Barbarous by Ananth Hirsch and Yuko Ota
Band Versus Band by Kathleen Jacques
Margaret by Matthew Seely
and The Dregs by Zac Thompson, Lonnie Nadler, and Eric Zawadzki

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Lunar Maladies by kgros
Wasted Talent by Angela Melick, and
Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover volumes one and two of Your Lie in April by Naoshi Arakawa.

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The TradeWaiters 30: “Paper Girls” vol. 1 & 2 by Brian K. Vaughan & Cliff Chiang


The Tradewaiters are back! Jess Pollard joins Jon, Jeff, Jam, and kgros for a discussion on Paper Girls volumes 1 & 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang. Join us as we talk about eighties nostalgia, book design, the pacing in floppies, “progressive edgy,” and Matt Wilson’s gorgeous colours.

EDIT: Jonathon would like to apologize for mixing up Warren Ellis and Frank Miller. Minus ten points from Hufflepuff for such a slanderous error.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Human Target, Beware the Creeper, Crisis Aftermath: The Spectre, and Green Arrow/Black Canary, all drawn by Cliff Chiang
Y: The Last Man, Saga, Ex Machina, Runaways, and Pride of Baghdad, all written by Brian K. Vaughan
Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch
Iron Fist, Bullseye, and Old Man Logan, all written by Ed Brisson
Intervals by Kalen Knowles
Contact by Carl Sagan
Chained to the Rhythm by Katy Perry
and Fir Valley by Jason Turner and Feast of Fields by Sean Karemaker, both on Kickstarter right now.

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Wasted Talent by Angela Melick
Lunar Maladies by kgros, and
Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover volume one of Vattu by Evan Dahm.

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The TradeWaiters 29: “Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life” by Ulli Lust


In this episode we read Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Austrian cartoonist Ulli Lust. This comic follows the artist’s real life journey from Austria to Sicily with no money, no passport, and no friends. It’s a heavy book in terms of both physical weight and emotional content. Join us, we’ve got lots to talk about!

Also mentioned in this episode:
This interview with Ulli Lust by Marc Sorbel on The Comics Journal
Bones of the Coast published by Cloudscape Comics
Please Like Me written by Josh Thomas
And a bunch of video games, I don’t know, that part went right over my head because I’m not a real gamer.

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Wasted Talent by Angela Melick, and
Lunar Maladies by kgros

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover the first two volumes of Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang.

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The TradeWaiters 28: “Bone” Volumes 1 & 2 by Jeff Smith

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Today we read Bone: Out from Boneville and Bone: The Great Cow Race, the first two volumes of the acclaimed series by Jeff Smith. Join us and find out what we thought about these books that revolutionized graphic novels as we know them. Find out where Jeff Smith’s inspiration came from, how Bone has affected the classroom, and how it’s influenced cartoonists who grew up reading them (hint: it’s kgros). And join us for our exciting new TradeWaiters segments, “Um Actually” and “Devil’s Advocate.”

Also mentioned in this episode:
Rasl and Tuki: Save the Humans also by Jeff Smith
Spider-Man drawn by Mark Bagley
Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai
Asterix by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
Pogo by Walt Kelly
Vattu by Evan Dahm
Johnny the Homicidal Maniac by Jhonen Vasquez
Promises, Promises: A History of Debt
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? directed by Robert Zemeckis
Wet Moon by Sophie Campbell
The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula LeGuin
Habitat by Simon Roy, and
Anatomy of Melancholy: Best of a Softer World by Joey Comeau and Emily Horne
And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Wasted Talent by Angela Melick, and
Lunar Maladies by kgros

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust.

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The TradeWaiters 27: “Aya” by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie

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On today’s Tradewaiters we read Aya written by Marguerite Abouet and drawn by Clément Oubrerie. Special guest Jess Pollard joins us again while Angela is away. Our first formal foray into bande dessinée, Aya follows the chaotic love lives of three young women in 1970s Ivory Coast. This book was a lot of fun! Join us as we share our thoughts.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Akissi by Marguerite Abouet and Matthieu Sapin
Easy directed by Joe Swanburg
And our own projects:
Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis, and
Lunar Maladies by kgros

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover volumes 1 & 2 of Bone by Jeff Smith.

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The TradeWaiters 26: “Americus” by M.K. Reed and Jonathan Hill

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Special guest Jess Pollard returns to the TradeWaiters studio for Americus by M.K. Reed and Jonathan Hill. She proceeds to get Socratic on the group as we discuss censorship, culture wars, and comics. Meanwhile, we confirm the existence of actual IRL TradeWaiters listeners, and everyone’s got an opinion on a certain ultra-popular young adult fantasy book series.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Jack Chick tracts
Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel
Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind by Hayao Miyazaki
No Exit by Annie Mok
A Wizard of Earthsea and Annals of the Western Shore both by Ursula K. LeGuin
Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard
And don’t forget to check out Angela’s Kickstarter for Wasted Talent.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover Aya by Marguerite Abouet and Clemente Oubrerie.

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The TradeWaiters 25: “Sacred Heart” by Liz Suburbia

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Stuff is bad right now. Let’s read a book! In this episode Jon, Jeff, Angela, and kgros read Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia, about a group of punk teens surviving in a town that seems to have no adults. Spoiler alert: something mysterious is going on. Also in this episode you’ll find out our panelists’ favourite conspiracy theories, and our thoughts on depicting atmospheric sound in comics.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Cyanide Milkshake and Egg Cream, also by Liz Suburbia
The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal by E.K. Weaver
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
Moonshot volumes 1 & 2 edited by Hope Nicholson
Josie and the Pussycats by Marguerite Bennett, Cameron DeOrdio, & Audrey Mok
Band Vs Band by Kathleen Jacques
Brick directed by Rhian Johnson
Gingersnaps directed by John Fawcett
Night of the Living Dead directed by George Romero
Kill Bill directed by Quentin Tarantino
and this interview with Annie Mok.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover Americus by MK Reed and Jonathan Hill.

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