The TradeWaiters 100: “Reinventing Comics” by Scott McCloud

It’s episode 100! Special guest Kathleen Gros rejoins the TradeWaiters to help us celebrate our anniversary, and we read Scott McCloud’s Reinventing Comics. This book made bold predictions of what the future of comics could be. More than twenty years later, we revisit Scott’s ideas to see where they’ve been prescient, where they’ve changed the landscape of comics, and where they’ve proven incomplete. We’ll talk about creators’ rights, the birth and death of the independent webcomic, the return of the middlemen, and whether or not we can declare the Great American (and Great Canadian) Graphic Novel.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Understanding Comics, Making Comics, Zot!, and The Sculptor, also by Scott McCloud
Anne: An Adaptation of Anne of Green Gables (Sort of), and Jo: An Adaptation of Little Women (Sort of) by Kathleen Gros
Sluggy Freelance by Pete Abrams
Penny Arcade by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik
Questionable Content by Jeph Jacques
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal by Zach Weinersmith
Dinosaur Comics by Ryan North
MegaTokyo by Fred Gallagher and Rodney Casto
Scary Go Round by John Allison
Wasted Talent by Jam
Meanwhile by Jason Shiga
Rabbit Head by Rebecca Dart
Sean Karemaker
Because Internet by Gretchen McCulloch
Death: The High Cost of Living by Neil Gaiman and Chris Bachalo
Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands by Kate Beaton
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
Essex County by Jeff Lemire
Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse
Dykes to Watch Out For and Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell
Acme Novelty Library by Chris Ware
Discovering America by David Mazzucchelli
and Phobos and Deimos by J Dalton, now on Kickstarter

Music by Sleuth

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Kathleen Gros

Our next episode will be continue the discussion on the future of comics!

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