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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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The TradeWaiters 24: “Ghosts” by Raina Telgemeier

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In this episode Jon, Jeff, Angela, and kgros read Ghosts, the new graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier. Raina’s books have single-handedly dominated the New York Times Bestseller List for graphic novels for years. Join us as we look at why that might be. We’ll also talk about how great Montreal is, how boring Medicine Hat is, a bunch of Kickstarters you’ll want to back, and Jeff’s nephew, world’s youngest comics fan.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Smile, Drama, and Sisters, also by Raina Telgemeier
The Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels, by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier
Check, Please! by Ngozi
O Human Star by Blue Delliquanti
Unshelved by Gene Ambaum
The Adventures of Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy by Doug Savage
Family Man by Dylan Meconis
and The Decadent James Brandy by Jasmine Schuett

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia.

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The TradeWaiters 23: “Cul de Sac: This Exit” by Richard Thompson

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For today’s episode our panelists read Cul de Sac: This Exit by Richard Thompson, the “last great newspaper comic.” After Richard’s passing earlier this year and the dire state of newspapers in general, we may not see his kind again. We also discuss the documentary Stripped directed by Dave Kellett, the “tell, don’t show” approach to making comics, which part of southern Ontario is the most dire, and the similarity between kgros and Petey Otterloop.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
Peanuts by Charles Shulz
St. Trinitan’s School by Ronald Searle
The Far Side by Gary Larson
Sheldon by Dave Kellett
Bone by Jeff Smith
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Garfield by Jim Davis
Dinosaur Comics by Ryan North
Questionable Content by Jeph Jacques
XKCD by Randall Munroe
Cyanide and Happiness by Kris Wilson
The Oatmeal by Matthew Inman
CBR
The Art of Richard Thompson
Dirty Old Ladies: The Podcast
Shattered Starlight by Nicole Chartrand
and Spider-Man by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier.

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The TradeWaiters 22: “V for Vendetta” by Alan Moore and David Lloyd

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Voila! Let us next volunteer V for Vendetta, the volume by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. But are they visionaries viewing behind the veil, or vandals giving voice to violence? Join Jonathon, Jeff, Angela, and kgros as we debate the merits and shortcomings of this dark and gritty and deeply political graphic novel. The discussion ranges from violence against women and anarchy as a lifestyle, to a movie with the same name and an internet movement with the same face. But don’t worry, we still have time to talk about the fan fic possibilities and our favourite spiral staircases.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Watchmen, Swamp Thing, From Hell, Tom Strong, AARGH, and The Mirror of Love, also written by Alan Moore
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Angel Catbird by Margaret Atwood and Johnny Christmas
Full Metal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
and Lunar Maladies by kgros.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover Cul de Sac: This Exit by Richard Thompson.

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The TradeWaiters 21: “Bakuman” vol. 3&4 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

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Our Bakumanathon continues! We read the third and fourth volumes of Bakuman by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata and we invite you to join us as we check in with how our boys Mashiro and Takagi are doing in their quest for manga greatness. Also on deck are some in depth discussions of the differences between the North American and Japanese comics industries, and how to make sure comics only breaks your heart, not your hands. Our panelists agree, middle school marriage pacts and comics careers don’t mix.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Death Note, also by Ohba and Obata
Ranma 1/2, One Pound Gospel, Mermaid Scar, and Inu Yasha by Rumiko Takahashi
Shonen Jump
Gals! by Mihona Fujii
Soul Eater by Atsushi Okubo
A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Oima
Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura
Skin Deep by Kory Bing
The Violent by Ed Brisson and Adam Gorham
and this infamous schedule of a manga-ka.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd.

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The TradeWaiters 20: “Bakuman” vol. 1&2 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

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Episode 20 begins our Bakumanathon! Our TradeWaiters read the first two volumes of Bakuman by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, and it filled them with a determination to share their opinions. Find out what they really think about the Japanese manga industry, the Shonen Jump editorial process, middle school cartoonists, and Pure Romance. Making comics will break your heart, but listening to this episode will not!

Also mentioned in this episode:
Death Note and Platinum End, also by Ohba and Obata
Hikaru no Go by Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata
Shonen Jump
Yakitate!! Japan written by Takashi Hashiguchi
This Is Everything I Know by Spike
Island, edited by Brandon Graham
Flight, edited by Kazu Kibuishi
Papercutter
Bones of the Coast, edited by Shannon Campbell
All-New, All-Different Avengers Annual #1 by G. Willow Wilson, Faith Erin Hicks, & Chip Zdarski
Full Metal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
1493 by Charles C. Mann
The Wicked and the Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover the next two volumes of Bakuman by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, volumes 3 and 4. The Bakumanathon continues!

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The TradeWaiters 19: “The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For” Part 2 by Alison Bechdel

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Episode 19 continues the discussion from our previous episode on The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel. Jeff, Angela, and Kathleen are once again joined by special guest Sfé R. Monster while Jonathon is busy doing work or something. Don’t let the lengthy discussion on long-running Canadian TV franchises at the start of the episode fool you, this episode gets in-depth with a seminal comics work, with politics, representation, and life in general. A melancholy time was had by all.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Fun Home: a Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
Degrassi: Extra Credit by J. Torres, Ed Northcott, and Steve Rolston
No Mercy by Alex de Campi and Carla Speed McNeil
Vattu by Evan Dahm
So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane
Michael Ondaatje
JJ McCullough
TechRax

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover at least the first two volumes of Bakuman by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, with the episode after that covering at least two more volumes. We’re doing a marathon Bakumathon.

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The TradeWaiters 18: “The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For” Part 1 by Alison Bechdel

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In episode 18 Jeff, Angela, and Kathleen are joined by special guest Sfé R. Monster for the first of a two-episode break-down of The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel. Our panelists have opinions on everything from Star Trek to page layouts, and from Trump to TERFs. You won’t want to miss a beat.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Fun Home: a Family Tragicomic and Are You My Mother? also by Alison Bechdel
Spider-Gwen by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez
Star Trek created by Gene Roddenberry
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Finder by Carla Speed McNeil
Thieves and Kings by Mark Oakley
Horace and Pete by Louis C.K.
The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer
Alice Grove by Jeph Jacques
Elements edited by Taneka Stotts

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will continue the discussion on The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel.

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The TradeWaiters 17: The CAF Episode (TCAF & VanCAF 2016)

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Episode 17 is our “CAF” episode! Join Jon, Jeff, Kathleen, Angela, and special guest Sfé R. Monster as they share some of the best new comics they found at TCAF and VanCAF 2016.

In this episode our panelists talk about:
When You Grow Up by Ma’at Crook
My Sister’s Voice by Alexis Sugden
Clear Quartz by Joamette Gil
(Tr)Eat Yoself by Wai Khan
Before the Snows Come by Kat Verhoeven
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson & Troy Little
Friends and Food Stories by Joslin Chan, Roberta Chang, and Sylvia Chan
Desolation by Jade McGilvray
Journey to Oz by Arianna Mao
Four Fables by Maëlle Doliveux
Sky Gods by Leda Zawacki
Don’t Talk to Me or I’ll Set Myself on Fire by Jane Mai & An Nguyen
Hotel Positano by Levi Hastings
Agents of the Realm by Mildred Louis
Sad Boy Comix by Mike Dawson
Version 002 by Jake Wyatt
Late Bloomer by Maré Odomo
Twins by Kiku Hughes
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
Escargoteric by Johnny Herber

Music by Sleuth.

Our next book will be Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel.

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The TradeWaiters 14: “Jessica Jones: Alias” vol. 3 & 4 by Brian Michael Bendis & Michael Gaydos

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In this episode we continue to read through Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Alias by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, with volumes 3 and 4. We talk about the tricky dance of words and pictures in this series, hypothesize about a Marvel non-comics AU, dis the Savage Land, compare non-canon doujinshi on Wolverine, and discuss post-renaissance mannerism. Oh, and the Jessica Jones Netflix series gets some airtime too. Come with us, on a journey, with your pals, the TradeWaiters.

Also mentioned in this episode are:
The Pulse, Powerless, Daredevil Redemtion, Snake Woman, and The Nightmare Factory, all drawn by Michael Gaydos
2000 AD
Ultimate Spiderman by Brian Michael Bendis & Mike Bagley
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
Spring Break Wolverine by Jason Latour & Robbi Rodriguez
X-Treme X-Men by Chris Claremont & Salvador Larroca
Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat by Kate Leth & Brittney Williams
Our Expanding Universe by Alex Robinson
Jessica Jones, the Netflix series, adapted by Melissa Rosenberg
Logan the Bike Courier by Jeff

Music by Sleuth.

Episodes 15 and 16 will be another two-part series, on the first and second halves (respectively) of Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind.

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