The TradeWaiters 83: “Stargazing” by Jen Wang

For today’s episode Jeff, Jam, and JD are joined by cartoonist Miriam Libicki and her daughter Mered for a discussion about Stargazing by Jen Wang. This slice-of-life story about two girls dealing with life issues big and small gives us lots to talk about, and according to Mered, should be […]

The TradeWaiters 82: “Death Note” Vol. 3&4 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

It’s finally time for the third and fourth volumes of Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata! We finally get to see Light and L become the best of fake friends, and we get to meet Misa, the third pillar of our triumvirate of sociopathic twenty-year-olds. Join Jam, JD, […]

The TradeWaiters 81: “Paying the Land” by Joe Sacco

For today’s episode we read Paying the Land, comics journalist Joe Sacco’s book about the Dene people, resource extraction in the Northwest Territories, the legacy of Canadian colonialism, and residential schools. It’s a big book with a lot to say on some weighty issues, but we also find time to […]

The TradeWaiters 80: “The Golden Age” Vol. 1 by Roxanne Moreil & Cyril Pedrosa

The TradeWaiters are joined by Hannah Myers to read volume one of The Golden Age by Roxanne Moreil and Cyril Pedrosa. This medieval adventure from France isn’t all that it seems. We talk about colour, innovating ways to show motion through time, our favourite absent meals, and why you should […]

The TradeWaiters 79: “The Magic Fish” by Trung Le Nguyen

For today’s episode Jam, Jeff, and JD read The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen, a story about love, growing up, immigration, and identity framed by three fairy tales. This is a work with a lot of depth and a lot of heart, and we hope you’ll enjoy it as […]

The TradeWaiters 78: “Death Note” Vol. 1&2 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

It’s time to jump back to the early 2000s. We read the first two volumes of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s Death Note and can let you in on the gritty details. Listen in and you can also hear about Sherlock Holmes’ descendants, the importance of having the right stationary, […]

The TradeWaiters 77: “Sex Criminals” Vol. 1&2 by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky

Wizz! Bang! Pow! This comic is definitely not for kids. No seriously, skip this episode if you do not want “adult” content. This is Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, the comic that asks the question, what would you do if could stop time when you orgasm? What […]

The TradeWaiters 76: “Through the Woods” by Emily Carroll

Special guest Kathleen Jacques joins Jeff, Jam, and JD for a spooky read-through of Emily Carroll’s breakout short story collection Through the Woods. Emily is a master of the medium, and her book sparks conversations about how to do horror in the comics medium, web versus print comics, fairy tales, […]

The TradeWaiters 75: “Meal” by Blue Delliquanti with Soleil Ho

The TradeWaiters are back from another (probably pandemic-related) hiatus. For this episode, Jam, Jeff, and JD read Meal by Blue Delliquanti with Soleil Ho. Have you ever eaten a bug? Like, on purpose? Would you like to? Meal is more than just a great case for entomophagy (i.e. bug eating), […]

Prophet Against Slavery by David Lester

From the Vancouver-based cartoonist who brought us 1919: A Graphic History of the Winnipeg General Strike comes a new book about one of my personal favourite figures in history: Benjamin Lay. If you know anything about the Quakers you may have heard that they were early advocates for the abolishmment […]