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The TradeWaiters 49: “The Witch Boy” by Molly Knox Ostertag

Get down with the magical commune. This episode Jon, Jess, Jeff, Jam, and Kaye read The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag, and it was a universal favourite. The Witch Boy is a middle grade graphic novel about magic, gender roles, and defeating dragons. Our panelists also reveal their cat-sonas and talk about the Scholastic book order forms.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Strong Female Protagonist and The Hidden Witch, also by Molly Knox Ostertag, as well as Shattered Warrior drawn by Molly and written by Sharon Shinn, The Castoffs drawn by Molly and written by M.K. Reed and Brian Arthur Smith, and Star Vs. the Forces of Evil created by Daron Nefcy.
Baby Mouse by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Garfield by Jim Davis
Asterix by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo
The Stone Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
The Expanse created by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby
Never Alone by Upper One Games
Money Heist created by Álex Pina
The Vampire Diaries created by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec
and Teen Wolf created by Jeff Davis

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
It’s Okay to Sploot by Jam
Lunar Maladies by kgros
and Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be our fiftieth anniversary edition, recorded live at VanCAF 2018!

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The TradeWaiters 48: “The Prince and the Dressmaker” by Jen Wang

Listen in as Jon, Jess, Jeff, Jam, and Kaye read The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang. This book is a stunning piece of cartooning and an instant classic. It’s a fairytale-esque historical drama about a genderfluid prince and his fashion designer slash muse slash confidante.

TradeWaiters episodes have been sparse in the last few months, which Jon would like to apologize for, so to make up for it for the next while episodes will be released every other week until we’re caught up.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Koko Be Good and White Snake, also by Jen Wang.
In Real Life by Corey Doctorow and Jen Wang
Flight edited by Kazu Kibuishi
Nancy by Olivia Jaimes
Set to Sea by Drew Weing
Super Late Bloomer by Julia Kaye
The Flinstones by Mark Russell and Steve Pugh
and Tomboy Survival Guide by Ivan Coyote

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
It’s Okay to Sploot by Jam
Lunar Maladies by kgros
and Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag.

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The TradeWaiters 47: “Battle Angel Alita” Vol. 1 & 2 by Yukito Kishiro

It today’s episode Jam, Jeff, Jon, and Kaye read the first two volumes of Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro. Join us in the bleak, dystopian future of this nineties manga where robot bodies are cheap but freedom is not. Spoiler alert: one of the Tradewaiters didn’t like this book, and another doesn’t like movies.

Also, you are cordially invited to the LIVE recording of our fiftieth episode at VanCAF this weekend! Admission is free (and VanCAF is awesome), so come watch us talk about comics in person at 3:30 on May 19th in the panel room at VanCAF at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown, Vancouver.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Space Oddity and Aqua Knight, also by Yukito Kishiro.
Altered Carbon produced by Laeta Kalogridis
Dragon Ball Z by Akira Toriyama
The Wicked and the Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
The Infinity Gauntlet by Jim Starlin, George Perez, & Ron Lim
Serial Experiments Lain directed by Ryutaro Nakamura
The Wolf-Birds by Willow Dawson
and Eden’s Outcasts by John Matteson

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Lunar Maladies by kgros
and Jam’s website

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang.

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The TradeWaiters 46: “Louis Riel” by Chester Brown

The TradeWaiters read Louis Riel by Chester Brown, which gave us a chance not only to meet our Cancon quota, but to dive deep into Canadian history, as well as a discussion on biography and the journalistic integrity of the author. Canadians can look forward to feeling nostalgic over Expos 86 and 67, while listeners from away can look forward to finding out just how interesting (and how grim) Canadian history can get.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Ed the Happy Clown, The Playboy, I Never Liked You, Paying for It, and Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus, all also by Chester Brown.
Canada House directed by Douglas Coupland
Canadian Heritage Minutes
It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken by Seth
Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray
Passchendale directed by Paul Gross
Sparks by Ian Boothby and Nina Matsumoto
Mare Internum by Dershing Helmer
The Amazing Life of Onion Jack by Joel Priddy
and Firebug by Johnnie Christmas

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Lunar Maladies by kgros
and Jam’s website

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on volumes one and two of Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro.

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The TradeWaiters 45: “Castle Waiting” Vol. 2 by Linda Medley

In today’s episode our panelists finish out the extant volumes of Linda Medley’s Castle Waiting with volume two. This volume answers questions about the Doctor, Simon’s father, and Jain’s childhood. We also discuss the most important parts of history, fairy tale endings, where we hope the series will go next, and cartoonist death pacts.

Also mentioned in this episode:
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel produced by Amy Sherman-Palladino
Townsends on Youtube
Age of Bronze by Eric Shanower
Berlin by Jason Lutes
Shadoweyes by Sophie Campbell
Thieves and Kings by Mark Oakley
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency produced by Max Landis
Firewatch by Campo Santo
One Day at a Time written by Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce
Night in the Woods by Alec Holowka
Materwelonz on Youtube
Roman Holiday directed by Willian Wyler

and Linda Medley’s Patreon page

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
kagcomix.com by kgros
Jam’s website
and Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on Louis Riel by Chester Brown.

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The TradeWaiters 44: “Castle Waiting” Vol. 1 by Linda Medley

After much delay, we can finally bring you the first of our two episode series on Linda Medley’s Castle Waiting. The whole team reunites to do a close reading of this indy darling, which takes some familiar fairy tales in new directions. We’ll talk about story structure, sense of place, bearded nuns, and the Heroine’s Journey. Hashtag France is real.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Justice League America and Doom Patrol, also drawn by Linda Medley
O Human Star by Blue Delliquanti
Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales: Asia Edition edited by Kel McDonald
The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell
Sandman written by Neil Gaiman
The Sharing Knife by Lois McMaster Bujold
Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography by Susan Cheever
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel produced by Amy Sherman-Palladino
It Came from Outer Space directed by Jack Arnold
Tiger Lung by Simon Roy
Sparks! by Ian Boothby and Nina Matsumoto
TCAF
VanCAF

Linda Medley’s Patreon page

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
kagcomix.com by kgros
Jam’s Tumblr
and Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on volume two of Castle Waiting by Linda Medley.

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The TradeWaiters 39: “Scott Pilgrim” vol. 5 & 6 by Bryan Lee O’Malley

At last we’ve reached the end of our Scott Pilgrimage. Join Jess, Jam, Jeff, Jon, and Kgros as we finish off Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim with volumes 5 and 6. In this episode we talk about character arcs, throwaway plot twists, background artists, and More Kim Pine. If you’ve traveled with us this far, take our hand and jump into the void with us one more time.

Also there was a movie based on this book. What’s the deal with that?

Also mentioned in this episode:
Spaced directed by Edgar Wright
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
Theo Ellsworth
Andrew MacLean
Let’s Speak English by Mary Cagle
and Retail Nightmares by Alicia Tobin and Jessica Delisle

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Lunar Maladies by kgros
Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard
and Wasted Talent by Angela Melick.

Original music by Sleuth.
Chip-tune adaptation by Beru.

Our next episode will be on the first volume of Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura

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The TradeWaiters 38: “Scott Pilgrim” vol. 3 & 4 by Bryan Lee O’Malley

And now, we continue our “Scott Pilgrimage” through volumes three and four of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim. In this episode we go even deeper into the themes, scenes, and subspace highway dreams of a twenty-something slacker who’s not very good at playing the bass. We talk about evil exes, what it’s really like to be inside Honest Ed’s, and we finally get to find out what Jess thinks of this series. CONTINUE?

Also mentioned in this episode:
New World edited by Spike Trotman
Bones of the Coast edited by Shannon Campbell et al
Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
Ranma 1/2 by Rumiko Takahashi
TCAF
Boise Library Comic Con
Yon and Mu by Junji Ito
Out of the Blue Period by Sleuth
and Yotsuba&! by Kiyohiko Azuma

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Lemon Eating Boss by kgros
Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard
and Wasted Talent by Angela Melick.

Original music by Sleuth.
Chip-tune adaptation by Beru.

Our next episode will conclude the Pilgrimage with the fifth and sixth volumes of Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley

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The TradeWaiters 37: “Scott Pilgrim” Vol. 1 & 2 by Bryan Lee O’Malley

GET READY! Today we start our three episode “Scott Pilgrimage” as Jon, Jeff, kgros and Jam read the first two volumes of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim. These books changed comics, and they changed each of our panelists. Join us as we talk about video game literacy, female coming-of-age stories, breaking the fourth wall, Can-con, garbage twenty-somethings, and how one of us used to have Bryan Lee O’Malley’s blog as her homepage. Today, today we’re all Scottaholics.

BEGIN.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Seconds and Lost at Sea, also by Bryan Lee O’Malley
The Office
Blue Monday by Chynna Clugston Flores
Astroboy by Osamu Tezuka
Moonshot volumes 1 & 2, edited by Hope Nicholson
Stuck at 32 by Danielle Corsetto
Bride’s Story by Kaoru Mori
Life Is Strange
and a whole bunch of music.

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Lunar Maladies by kgros
and Wasted Talent by Angela Melick.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will continue the Pilgrimage with the third and fourth volumes of Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley

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The TradeWaiters 36: “Shadoweyes” by Sophie Campbell

Today’s TradeWaiters covers Shadoweyes by Sophie Campbell. With Jess mysteriously absent (someone start putting up missing person posters!) it’s left to Jam, Jon, Jeff, and kgros to dive deep into this dense, indie graphic novel. We test the limits of what counts as a superhero comic, discuss the “slow burn friendship drama,” remember the nineties, and talk about the shady, short past of some defunct publishers.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Wet Moon, The Abandoned, Water Baby, and Mountain Girl, also by Sophie Campbell
Jem and the Holograms, Glory, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, all drawn by Sophie Campbell and written by Kelly Thompson, Joe Keating, and Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz respectively
Zombies Calling by Faith Erin Hicks
Excalibur by Chris Claremont and Alan Davis
Generation X by Scott Lobdell and Chris Bachalo
Sleepwalker by Bob Budiansky
Alice Grove by Jeph Jacques
Finder: Third World by Carla Speed McNeil
Templar, Arizona by Spike Trotman
and Invincible Iron Man by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Lunar Maladies by kgros
and Wasted Talent by Angela Melick.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on volumes one and two of Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley

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