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Archie's Furry Christmas

Archie's Christmas Stocking #1, 1993. Art by the great Dan DeCarlo. (Via Fantasy Ink)

Gweek podcast 124: visionary artist Jim Woodring

My guests are author Peter Bebergal and cartoonist Jim Woodring. We talked about the eccentric genius Polish artist Stanislav Szukalski, Jim's oeuvre of incredible wordless graphic novels about "The Unifactor" including his latest book, Fran (and the beautiful Spanish edition of Fran), the Brand Library in Glendale, CA, Peter Bebergal's favorite albums of 2013 (records by The Sons of Kemet, Fuzz, Teeth of the Sea), Boing Boing's upcoming feature film The Immortal Augustus Gladstone, the book God is Disappointed in You (the Bible as told by a know-it-all teenager), and lots more!

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Tell Me Something I Don't Know 020: Joe Lupo and the The Invincible Iron Man

In this episode of Boing Boing's Tell Me Something I Don't Know podcast, we speak with Joseph Lupo, a printmaker and professor at West Virginia University. His work focuses on how writers and artists communicate through comics. For more than a decade, he has deconstructed and examined a single volume of The Invincible Iron Man comic book: Volume 01, Issue 178, published in 1984.

"It is a different kind of superhero issue for a few reasons," says Lupo. "For one, never in this story does the superhero Iron Man ever directly appear. Also, this issue is split into two different story lines."

Using that single issue as source material, he invited 23 nationally-recognized artists to create new work inspired by that original comic. The result: a curated group exhibition, "Shame of the City: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Comic Book Narratives," which opens at Future Tenant in Pittsburgh on December 13, 2013.

We speak with Lupo about the show, and what we can learn about communication from studying comics.

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Apps for Kids 053: Plants vs. Zombies graphic novel

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Apps for Kids is Boing Boing's podcast about cool smartphone apps for kids and parents. My co-host is my 10-year-old daughter, Jane.

In this episode, we set down our smartphones to talk about the Plants vs. Zombies graphic novel, in which two kids team up with Crazy Dave, the deranged zombie prepper, to rid Neighborville of the invading horde of undead humans. Jane also grabs my staple remover that I was repairing with Sugru and messes it up.

And, we present a new "Would you rather?" question:

If you're an app developer and would like to have Jane and me try one of your apps for possible review, email a redeem code to appsforkids@boingboing.net.

Jane and I love to get your emails with questions about game, gear, and tech. What's your question?

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Tell Me Something I Don't Know 019: Ed Piskor and The Hip Hop Family Tree

Cartoonist Ed Piskor's latest book, The Hip Hop Family Tree (Fantagraphic Books) collects his non-fiction comic strip history of Hip Hop, serialized weekly here on Boing Boing. The Hip Hop Family Tree follows the success of his debut graphic novel last year, Wizzywig (Top Shelf Comics), the tale of a computer hacker. Piskor has a special knack for creating comics that appeal to audiences beyond those of us who frequent comic book shops and bookmark webcomics for daily reading. We caught up with him after a busy month of promotional activity for the new book, including stops at Miami Book Fair, Chicago Ideas Week, Brooklyn Book Fair, and the Small Press Expo.

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Comics Rack: November's best comic books

The end of the year is near, and we have lots of comics to read and best-of lists to compile. Also, it’s getting cold outside, and working our way out from under the stack seems like as good an excuse as any for avoiding chapped-lipped East Coast winters. In this edition of Boing Boing's Comics Rack roundup, we have Greek gods, autobiographical wolves, nightmare goats, and punk rockers.

Couch Tag
By Jesse Reklaw
Fantagraphics

I made a sound of audible excitement when a new Jesse Reklaw book showed up at my door a couple of weeks back. His dream strip Slow Wave has rightfully won him a fair amount of acclaim in the nearly 20 years since its inception, and Applicant is really a perfect one-off zine, assembled from discarded files of PhD applicants. Couch Tag, on the author hand, is a sort of family autobiography, assembled from countless loose threads centered around objects and things, discarding any semblance of chronology. It’s painful at times, like childhood itself, but Reklaw is mostly an objective tour guide through the strange and seminal moments of his youth.

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Gweek podcast 123: Kerbal Space Program


I had three, count 'em, three guests on Gweek this week: Dean Putney, Boing Boing's coding and development wizard, who updated us on his wildly successful Kickstarter project to publish a book of photographs that his great grandfather took as a German officer in WWI; Dannel Jurado, a developer at Etsy who blogs about 8-bit music and knows about a lot of cool stuff; and Glenn Fleishman, host of the New Disruptors podcast, who has a Kickstarter to publish an anthology of articles from the online publication he edits called The Magazine.

We discussed the T-shirts of Seibei, Jeopardy champ Bob Harris' books: The International Bank of Bob: Connecting Our Worlds One $25 Kiva Loan at a Time and Prisoner of Trebekistan: A Decade in Jeopardy!, The Android Netrunner card game, Richard Garfinkle's science fiction novels: Celestial Matters and All of an Instant, Hatch, Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree book, Brooklyn Radio's The Rub's Hip-Hop History, the Kerbal Space Program computer game, the iPhone game Hatch, and much more!

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Real Stuff: "Three in a Bed"

A NSFW comix noir tale from the fetid depths of Dennis P. Eichhorn’s troubled soul, illustrated by Mary Fleener. Originally published in Real Stuff #5, February 1992.

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Gweek 122: Save the Adventure!


The great illustrator Danny Hellman joined Josh Glenn and me to talk about his illustrious career, including his tenure drawing covers for Al Goldstein's Screw magazine in the 1990s. Josh talked about his successful Kickstarter for a project to save old adventure novels and make them available as monthly e-books. And we recommended three books for the holidays: Josh's Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun, Danny's Typhon, and Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities.

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Tell Me Something I Don't Know 018: Jacq Cohen of Fantagraphics


Jacq Cohen is the publicist of Fantagraphics Books. Before that, she was an assistant publicist at Dark Horse Comics and interned at Top Shelf Comix. Fantagraphics Books has been a proponent of comics as a legitimate form of art and literature since they started publishing the Comics Journal in 1976. Since then, they’ve published some of the greatest cartoonists in history including George Herriman, Charles Schulz, Carl Barks, the Hernandez Brothers, Robert Crumb, Chris Ware, Dan Clowes, Peter Bagge, and many, MANY more (including TMSIDK's own Ed Piskor).

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Gweek 121: The Return of Ape Lad


Any year that Adam Koford (aka Ape Lad) publishes a new book is a good year. The Disney artist joined Dean Putney and I to talk about his newest book of cartoons, Down with the Laugh-Out-Loud Cats, which he self-published so he could have more control over its design. And Dean tells a similar story about his forthcoming book of World War One photos taken by his great-grandfather, called Walter Koessler 1914-1918.

We also talked about the amazing Briggs & Riley Domestic Carry-On Expandable Roller, and the equally amazing Kickstarter project for the Heirloom Chemistry Set. And much more!

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RiYL podcast 027: cartoonist Peter Bagge


In this episode of Recommended if You Like, a conversation with Peter Bagge, the Harvey Award–winning author of the '90s alt-comic "Hate." We met at Seattle's Whisky Bar and discussed the life of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, who is the subject of a new biography by Bagge, "Rebel Woman."

And previously in Boing Boing podcasts: Mark's Gweek interview with Bagge, in which the cartoonist shares his take on a number of interesting books and records on the Boing Boing radar.

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Gweek 120: Cartoonist Peter Bagge


Peter Bagge is the Harvey Award–winning author of the acclaimed nineties alternative-comic series Hate, starring slacker hero Buddy Bradley, and a regular contributor to Reason magazine. He got his start in comics in the R. Crumb–edited magazine Weirdo. My co-host Peter Bebergal and I talked to him about his latest book, a graphic novel biography of the reproductive rights activist Margaret Sanger, called Woman Rebel.

We also talked about: Paul Kwiatkowsi's photobook/novel about "delinquent magic and chaotic adolescence" in "South Florida's lush and decaying suburban landscape," And Every Day was Overcast; and the singer/songwriter of The Shaggs' first album in 44 years, called Ready! Get! Go! And lots more!

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Jack Kirby's Eternals vs. Ridley Scott's Alien

Peter Bebergal points out the uncanny similarity between this panel from Jack Kirby's The Eternals #1 (1976) and the fossilized "space jockey" in Ridley Scott's Alien (1979). I have a feeling Kirby was inspired by the Mayan space jockey image that Erich von Däniken touted as proof of alien visitation in his crackpot science classic, Chariots of the Gods (1968)

The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library: Vol 5

Bless Fantagraphics for publishing Carl Barks' duck comics. One of the three original inductees into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame (along with Eisner and Jack Kirby), Barks was known for many years only as the nameless "good duck artist" in Walt Disney comic books. His stories read like Indiana Jones adventures, and the art is superb. Just looking at a Barks page make me feel good. My kids and I read Barks' duck comics together, over and over again.

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Christmas On Bear Mountain is the fifth book in Fantagraphics' Complete Carl Barks Disney Library. Fantagraphics went all out with the production quality in this series: the pages were shot from the original art, and the re-coloring carefully matches the original colors in the comics.

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