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The TradeWaiters 92: “The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist” by Adrian Tomine

This week we read The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist by Adrian Tomine, diving deep into the most negative parts of one cartoonist’s psyche. We talk about the important place of “sad old man” comics in comics history, mumblecore, lonely book signings, and how cilantro salad is cringe (but only […]


The TradeWaiters 91: “Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands” Part 2 by Kate Beaton

Jam, Jeff, and JD return to Alberta for the rest of Kate Beaton’s Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands. We still have lots to talk about as Kate survives her own journey of being metaphorically trapped in a tailings pond. We’ll talk about resource extraction, Canadian history, late capitalism, […]


The TradeWaiters 90: “Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands” by Kate Beaton

Today’s episode takes Jam, Jeff, and JD to northern Alberta with Kate Beaton’s Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands. Kate is better known for her comics making jokes about history, but Ducks IS history. This first-hand account of the time Kate spent working in, and surviving, the oil industry […]


The TradeWaiters 89: “Mare Internum” by Der-Shing Helmer

This week Jam, Jeff, and JD read and talk about Mare Internum by Der-Shing Helmer. This is a character-driven sci-fi webcomic turned graphic novel that goes to some dark places in the belly of Mars. We’ll talk about dying climates, extraterrestrials, and our panelists’ complete lack of pioneer spirit. Be […]


The TradeWaiters 88: Return to Planet Con

This year our panelists returned to their first convention in a very long time, VanCAF 2022, and walked away with some books worth sharing. We discuss Prince of Cats by Ronald Wimberly, Mmm Syrup and Prayer of the Ninth House by Tajliya Jamal, Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas, Science Ghost […]


The TradeWaiters 87: “Yotsuba&!” Vol. 1&2 by Kiyohiko Azuma

This week Jam, Jeff, and JD read Yotsuba&! by Kiyohiko Azuma, for a breath of fresh air and a story with the lowest stakes imaginable. We get into reliving childhood, the importance of a good translator, top tier comedic pacing, and ask who this comic is actually supposed to be […]


The TradeWaiters 86: “The Golden Age” Vol. 2 by Roxanne Moreil and Cyril Pedrosa

The TradeWaiters return with part two of The Golden Age by Roxanne Moreil and Cyril Pedrosa. Hannah Myers rejoins us after our long absence, and we check in on how Tilda is doing in her war to reclaim the throne of Antrevers. It turns out, she’s not doing great! Join […]


The TradeWaiters 85: “Hawkeye” Part 2 by Matt Fraction, David Aja, & Annie Wu

This is part two of Hawkeye by Matt Fraction, David Aja, and Annie Wu, which is included in the trade paperbacks Hawkeye: LA Woman and Hawkeye: Rio Bravo, or else the second half of Hawkeye: The Saga of Barton and Bishop. It’s also by Matt Hollingsworth, Javier Pulido, Francesco Francavilla, […]


The TradeWaiters 84: “Hawkeye” Part 1 by Matt Fraction & David Aja

This episode covers Hawkeye by Matt Fraction and David Aja. It’s part one of two, and is equivalent to either the trade paperbacks Hawkeye: My Life Is a Weapon and Hawkeye: Little Hits, or else the first half of Hawkeye: The Saga of Barton and Bishop. It’s also by Matt […]


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 […]