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"Tim is probably the hardest working podcaster in the community. He's an insightful and articulate comic reviewer and somebody I always enjoy talking to." -- Jason McNamara, writer, "The Rattler"



“Some of the best interviews I’ve ever heard! You guys review the type of comics I love and that’s really hard to find. So thanks for unique and knowledgeable.” -- Jack Wallace, Disposable Fiction Comics



Deconstructing Comics is a podcast about the craft of comics. Tim, Brandon, Kumar, and guest reviewers discuss a variety of comics (both recent work and classics) and present interviews with a variety of comics creators -- mainstream, indy, and even international! And in our occasional "Critiquing Comics" episodes, Tim and Mulele will even critique YOUR comic!



Whether you’ve got a comic going and you’re trying to promote it, or you haven’t even started yet and need some help getting rolling, we hope you’ll come here for inspiration and tips. And there’s plenty of interest for the casual comics fan, as well!

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"Tim is probably the hardest working podcaster in the community. He's an insightful and articulate comic reviewer and somebody I always enjoy talking to." -- Jason McNamara, writer, "The Rattler"



“Some of the best interviews I’ve ever heard! You guys review the type of comics I love and that’s really hard to find. So thanks for unique and knowledgeable.” -- Jack Wallace, Disposable Fiction Comics



Deconstructing Comics is a podcast about the craft of comics. Tim, Brandon, Kumar, and guest reviewers discuss a variety of comics (both recent work and classics) and present interviews with a variety of comics creators -- mainstream, indy, and even international! And in our occasional "Critiquing Comics" episodes, Tim and Mulele will even critique YOUR comic!



Whether you’ve got a comic going and you’re trying to promote it, or you haven’t even started yet and need some help getting rolling, we hope you’ll come here for inspiration and tips. And there’s plenty of interest for the casual comics fan, as well!

    #647 Tom Spurgeon Remembered

    #647 Tom Spurgeon Remembered

    Tom Spurgeon, a comics advocate, historian, and journalist, passed away on November 13, 2019. Tom was a frequent guest on this podcast, and had a huge impact on comics in general. In this episode, Tim and Kumar discuss his effect on the comics industry and his appearances on DCP. Then, Tim talks to three people who knew him well:



    * Caitlin McGurk, associate curator of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum (Caitlin appeared on our show once before);

    * Gil Roth, of the Virtual Memories Show podcast; and

    * Dan Wright, a cartoonist who knew Tom growing up, and invited Tom to collaborate with him on the syndicated comic strip Wildwood. (Dan also appeared on our show once before.)



    New York memorial for Tom on January 24

    Comics Journal obit for Tom

    Sequential Tart‘s interview with Tom and Dan from 2001

    Tom’s appearances on our show:



    * #300 Love & Rockets: Jaime Hernandez

    * #305 Love & Rockets: Gilbert Hernandez

    * #331 The End of the Road for “Cul de Sac”

    * #339 “King-Cat”: The Mundane, Re-observed

    * #349 Expanding Comics’ Audience, pt 1

    * #358 Carl Barks, “The Good Duck Artist”

    * #404 Jules Feiffer’s “Sick Sick Sick”

    * #420 Kupperman and Hanawalt: Our Guides to the Absurd

    * #446 Tom Spurgeon (interviewed by Tim)

    * #462 “Usagi Yojimbo”

    * #488 Farewell, Alvin; Hello, MoCCA

    * #527 Tom Spurgeon’s “We Told You So”

    * #564 T-Rex and CXC

    * #588 We Love “HATE”

    * #612 RIP Stan Lee

    • 1 hr 15 min
    #646 “New Teen Titans”: a turning point for DC

    #646 “New Teen Titans”: a turning point for DC

    While Marv Wolfman and George Perez’s New Teen Titans (1980-1988) goes over the top with purple-prose narration and unsubtle plot points, it represents a turning point for DC Comics in a number of ways: it introduced many heroes and villains who are still around today; it was set in New York City, rather than some fictional burg; it was a major step toward getting DC to care as much about continuity as Marvel had for nearly 20 years. Patreon supporter Dylan joins Tim to discuss the first two years of this milestone series.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    #645 Rumiko Takahashi’s ghosts and monsters

    #645 Rumiko Takahashi’s ghosts and monsters

    For more than 40 years, Rumiko Takahashi has been one of Japan’s premiere manga creators. Many of her titles center around “yokai” – Japanese ghosts and monsters. While some are specifically modeled after mythical beings well-known to Japanese, some are original creations. Patrick I-W has been looking into Takahashi’s monsters for one of his comics-themed presentations, and he fills us in on his findings in this episode.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Critiquing Comics #167: Amazing Tales 2 & 3

    Critiquing Comics #167: Amazing Tales 2 & 3

    David Dye’s first issue of Amazing Tales caught our eyes a couple of months ago, so David sent along the next two issues. While they’re artistically good, an aspect of one story made us very uncomfortable…

    Also, Tim has a question about the course of Mulele’s comics career, and Mulele has some thoughts about the Watchmen TV show.

    • 50 min
    #644 Bob Budiansky

    #644 Bob Budiansky

     

     

    Bob Budiansky was a writer, artist, and editor for Marvel in the 1980s and ’90s, after starting out majoring in civil engineering. How did that change of direction come about, and how did his civil engineering background help him write Transformers comics? In this episode, he talks to Koom about that plus the origins of Circuit Breaker, his feelings looking back on his years at Marvel, and more.

    • 59 min
    #643 Ann Nocenti

    #643 Ann Nocenti

    Ann Nocenti is a journalist and filmmaker who also has had quite a career in comics. She wrote Daredevil for several years and created the character of Typhoid Mary. In this interview with Koom, she talks about why writing ol’ horn head was difficult for her at first, and why she created Typhoid Mary, as well as her two new comics “Ruby Falls” and “The Seeds.”

    • 1 hr 6 min

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