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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.

You can also follow the TradeWaiters on Tumblr and Soundcloud, and we now have a Twitter feed as well.


The TradeWaiters 16: “Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind” vol. 2 by Hayao Miyazaki

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In episode 16 Jon, Jeff, Kathleen, and special guest Jess Pollard continue the discussion of Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind by Hayao Miyazaki with volume 2 (or the second half, depending on what printing you have). The TradeWaiters get philosophical as this manga master-work leads us down roads to nihilism, zen buddhism, relativism, absolutism, pacifism, and existential terror. Welcome to funny books, everybody.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind, the movie, as well as Princess Mononoke, My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away, The Cat Returns, Whispers of the Heart, and Porco Rosso, all by Hayao Miyazaki and/or Studio Ghibli.
Mad Max directed by George Miller
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin
This Is How F***ing Scary the Ocean Is by Colleen Webber
Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard

Music by Sleuth.

Our next book will be Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel, but our next episode will be an afterword on TCAF and VanCAF 2016, coming out on June 10th.

You can also follow the TradeWaiters on Tumblr and Soundcloud, and we now have a Twitter feed as well.


Comics in the Clouds start date changed to April 11!

The start date for Comics in the Clouds, Cloudscape’s new comic-creating class, has been pushed back a week so it’ll be starting on the 11th of April, rather than the 4th. That means there is still time to register for it! It’s open for anyone aged 15-25, and is free to attend. Plus, all participants get to be part of an art show and print their own mini-comic. So don’t delay. Sign-up for an exciting program.
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The TradeWaiters 15: “Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind” vol. 1 by Hayao Miyazaki

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In episode 15 Jon, Jeff, and Kathleen are joined by special guest Jess Pollard to talk about the first half of Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind, the manga series by world-reknowned animator Hayao Miyazaki. This is an incredibly dense work and we have a lot to say about it! But the true purpose of the Sea of Corruption isn’t the only secret conspiracy that this episode will reveal…

Also mentioned in this episode:
Puss in Boots and People of the Desert by Hayao Miyazaki
Lupin III and Spirited Away, as well as Studio Ghibli
Azumanga Daioh by Kiyohiko Azuma
Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Fresh Romance edited by Janelle Asselin
Gegege no Kitaro by Shigeru Mizuki
It’s a Good Life if You Don’t Weaken by Seth
Whiteout by Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber
Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover the second half of Nausicaa.

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