Jonathon Dalton


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 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 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.

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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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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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The TradeWaiters 13: “Jessica Jones: Alias” vol. 1 & 2 by Brian Michael Bendis & Michael Gaydos

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We’re trying something different! Episode 13 of the TradeWaiters will cover the first two trade paperbacks of Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Alias by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, and then episode 14 will cover volumes 3 and 4. Alias being a Marvel book, it’s a hard sell for some of the TradeWaiters, but we get in pretty deep with the book’s pros and cons. If you’re a comics reader, a comics maker, or just a fan of the Jessica Jones Netflix adaptation, give us a listen and decide for yourself.

Also mentioned in this episode are:
Ultimate Spiderman, Torso, Jynx, Goldfish, Hellspawn, and Fortune and Glory, all written by Brian Michael Bendis
Invincible Iron Man by Brian Michael Bendis & David Marquez
Marvels by Kurt Busiek & Alex Ross
Yowamushi Pedal by Wataru Watanabe
Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men (a podcast)
The Big Lebowski by the Cohen Brothers
Jessica Jones, the Netflix series, adapted by Melissa Rosenberg
Angela’s patreon
Jeff’s patreon

Music by Sleuth.

The next episode will continue the series with volumes 3 & 4 of Jessica Jones: Alias by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos.

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The TradeWaiters 12: “Nimona” by Noelle Stevenson

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In episode 12 the TradeWaiters read Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, a subversive fantasy graphic novel. In addition to all four panelists gushing over this book, you can get the inside scoop on Jonathon crying in restaurants, what Kathleen really thinks of spoiler warnings, and roll your eyes at yet another imperfect Kindle comic.

Also mentioned in this episode are:
Lumberjanes, Runaways, and Wander Over Yonder, all written by Noelle Stevenson
Hark, a Vagrant by Kate Beaton
Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gilman
Undertale
Buying Time by Casey J
Last Night at Wyrmwood High by Kathleen Gros
Una the Blade by Steve LeCouilliard

Music by Sleuth.

The next episode will cover volumes 1 & 2 of Jessica Jones: Alias by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos.

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TradeWaiters 11: “Astro Boy” Volumes 1&2 by Osamu Tezuka

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For today’s episode Jon, Jeff, Angela, and Kathleen read the first two volumes of Dark Horse’s translation of Astro Boy by the godfather of manga, Osamu Tezuka. Travel back in time with us to the dawn of modern Japanese comics, and then forward again to the distant future of the year 2000 and the dawn of the age of robotics. Tune in for an in-depth discussion of the pros and cons of butt guns, cartoon dog cars, and angry eyes.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Black Jack, Phoenix, and Buddha, also by Osamu Tezuka
Pluto by Naoki Urasawa (a re-telling of the Astro Boy story “The Greatest Robot on Earth”)
Blade of the Immortal by Hiroaki Samura
Little Nemo in Slumberland by Windsor McKay
Asterix: The Mansion of the Gods
The Angouleme Grand Prix

Music by Sleuth

Our next episode will cover Nimona by Noelle Stevenson


TradeWaiters 10: “Finder: Voice” by Carla Speed McNeil

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The TradeWaiters are back! This episode actually went online on December 25th, but the Cloudscape site was offline at the time, so it’s fresh and new as far as anyone seeing it here first knows.

In episode 10, Jon, Jeff, Angela, and Kathleen read Voice from Carla Speed McNeil’s celebrated science fiction series Finder. This volume covers Rachel Grossvenor’s rocky initiation into the image-conscious clan of her mother and grandmothers, and how the hardest thing to find is a finder. Also in this episode, someone makes the mistake of letting Jon talk about Star Trek, and Kathleen contemplates switching to reading books digitally (gasp!).

Music by Sleuth

Episode 11 will be volumes 1 & 2 of Astro Boy by Osamu Tezuka and will be up in just a few days.