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A comics and graphic novels appreciation podcast, where literacy educator Paul Lai (@twoplai) reads widely and digs deep in search of the socio-cultural, literary, and artistic significance of comic books, including superhero media, graphic novels, all-ages comics, and comic shop single issues. For comics fans, teachers, librarians and parents, and young readers alike.

Comics Syllabus Paul Lai

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A comics and graphic novels appreciation podcast, where literacy educator Paul Lai (@twoplai) reads widely and digs deep in search of the socio-cultural, literary, and artistic significance of comic books, including superhero media, graphic novels, all-ages comics, and comic shop single issues. For comics fans, teachers, librarians and parents, and young readers alike.

    Y: The Last Man (the comic), Shang-Chi (the movie), and Substack (the comics!)

    Y: The Last Man (the comic), Shang-Chi (the movie), and Substack (the comics!)

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    On this week's Comics Syllabus, Paul talks through thoughts on the first volume and complete run of "Y: The Last Man" as part of the first Comics Syllabus "Long Read" segment. Over the next few weeks, read along with us as we re-read the seminal Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra Vertigo comic from the early aughts, timed with the new FX/Hulu show. You can also read more about the Long Read at the Comics Syllabus Substack: https://comicssyllabus.substack.com/



    Then, Paul offers a few thoughts on his experience of watching "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," catching the movie (and hopefully not COVID!) at a drive-in movie theater, and pondering his feelings on seeing Chinese-American culture represented... IN AN MCU MOVIE! 



    Finally, Paul talks about the comics that are starting to appear on Substacks for creators who have made the move to the newsletter platform making a big investment in comics. For subscribers, Jeff Lemire's "FishFlies" and Chip Zdarsky's "Public Domain" and James Tynion IV, Michael Avon Oeming, and Aditya Bidikar's "Blue BOOK" are starting their early installments. Brief reviews!



    Check out the Comics Syllabus SubStack, and find out how you can support Paul’s work on this podcast, at comicssyllabus.substack.com



    Find the Comics Syllabus at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/



    Find the weekly audio podcast version of the Comics Syllabus on Sundays at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/



    For video segments, subscribe/follow the Comics Syllabus on Apple Podcasts or video-friendly podcast apps like Pocket Casts. You can try this RSS feed including video or watch the segments here at our podcast host Castos.



    For audio-only episodes, you can find us on Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, your favorite podcast app, or use this weekly audio-only RSS feed.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    2021-09-06 “Shang-Chi,” but not the movie

    2021-09-06 “Shang-Chi,” but not the movie

    On this week’s Comics Syllabus, some examination of “Shang-Chi”… but not the movie, since host Paul is still avoiding theaters. Pandemic! Delta! (For a good take on Marvel’s groundbreaking movie, check out Christopher Chiu-Tabet’s Multiversity review as well as All Over the Internet.) Instead, Paul shares thoughts on the recent Marvel series written by Gene Luen Yang and drawn by Dike Ruan and Philip Tan, including the five issue mini-series “Brothers and Sisters” and the first three issues of the current ongoing.



    Then, a brief “Polybagged” with mentions of comics that Paul’s recently been reading, including:



    “Jia and the Nian Monster” by Mike Richardson and Megan Huang (Dark Horse)



    “Amazing Fantasy” #1-2 by Kaare Andrews (Marvel)



    “Always Never” by Jordi Lafebre (Europe Comics)



    “Eve” #1-4 by Victor LaValle and Jo Mi-Gyeong (Boom!)



    “Superman: Son of Kal-El” #1-2 by Tom Taylor and John Timms with Gabe Eltaeb (DC)



    “Mouse Guard: Fall 1152” by David Peterson (Villard, 2008)



    Finally, we launch our “Long Read” for the Fall, a re-read of “Y the Last Man” by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. With the show coming in a couple weeks, join us as we read the original run of this series. A reading schedule:



    Deluxe Edition v1 and v2: Sep 19, 2021



    Deluxe Edition v3 and v4: Oct 3, 2021



    Deluxe Edition v5 and v6: Oct 17, 2021



    Read with us!



    Check out the Comics Syllabus SubStack, and find out how you can support Paul’s work on this podcast, at comicssyllabus.substack.com



    Find the Comics Syllabus at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/



    Find the weekly audio podcast version of the Comics Syllabus on Sundays at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/



    For video segments, subscribe/follow the Comics Syllabus on Apple Podcasts or video-friendly podcast apps like Pocket Casts. You can try this RSS feed including video or watch the segments here at our podcast host Castos.



    For audio-only episodes, you can find us on Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, your favorite podcast app, or use this weekly audio-only RSS feed.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    2021-08-22 Jeff Lemire and Jock’s “Snow Angels”… and LeMORE!

    2021-08-22 Jeff Lemire and Jock’s “Snow Angels”… and LeMORE!

    On this week's Comics Syllabus, we look into "Snow Angels," a Comixology Originals series by Jeff Lemire and Jock, now three issues into its second season. "Snow Angels" can be found here free for Comixology Unlimited or Amazon Prime subscribers. 









    Then, on our "Polybagged" segment about new comics in shops, Paul INADVERTENTLY figures out that he's completely Lemire-centric this week. Along with "Snow Angels," we look at: 



    "Ascender" #18 by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen (Image)



    "The Unbelievable Unteens" #1 by Jeff Lemire and Tyler Crook (Dark Horse) 



    and coming up soon, "Mazebook" #1 (Dark Horse, Sept 8) and "Primordial" #1 with Andrea Sorrentino (Image, Sept 15). 











    Let's admire this deft engineer of comics whose heft mirrors our life and years: Jeff Lemire! 



    Now, you can SHAPE THE FUTURE (of this podcast):



    What should Comics Syllabus do for our next "Long Read," where we make a reading schedule and discuss a longer series for a couple months? Our choices for you to vote on:





    "Bone" by Jeff Smith (Cartoon)
    "Y the Last Man" by Brian K. Vaughan & Pia Guerra (DC/Vertigo) 
    "Secret Coders" by Gene Yang & Mike Holmes (First Second)
    "Runaways" by Rainbow Rowell & Anka & Genolet (Marvel)
    VOTE HERE!



    ...and Paul's looking for feedback to make Comics Syllabus better! Y'know, it's one of those Google Form surveys. Respond to as little or as much as you please. Check it out here: https://forms.gle/eMVocv6M8LxTBzgv5



    Let's keep reading!



    Find the Comics Syllabus at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/



    Check out the Comics Syllabus SubStack (and find out how you can support Paul) at comicssyllabus.substack.com



    Find the weekly audio podcast version of the Comics Syllabus on Sundays at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/



    For video segments, subscribe/follow the Comics Syllabus on Apple Podcasts or video-friendly podcast apps like Pocket Casts. You can try this RSS feed including video or watch the segments here at our podcast host Castos.



    For audio-only episodes, you can find us on Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, your favorite podcast app, or use this weekly audio-only RSS feed.

    • 53 min
    2021-08-15 John Lewis’ “Run,” “What If,” and “Suicide Squad”

    2021-08-15 John Lewis’ “Run,” “What If,” and “Suicide Squad”

    Welcome to the Comics Syllabus, where on this week’s audio-only episode, we talk a bit about the sequel series to the celebrated “March” autobiography of John Lewis, “Run” volume 1, written by Lewis and Andrew Aydin, with art by L. Fury and Nate Powell.



    Then, some chatter about the “What If” comics on Marvel Unlimited compared to the MCU show on Disney Plus and the “Suicide Squad” comics on DC Universe Infinite.



    Let’s keep reading!



    Find the Comics Syllabus at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/



    Find the weekly audio podcast version of the Comics Syllabus on Sundays at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/



    For video segments, subscribe/follow the Comics Syllabus on Apple Podcasts or video-friendly podcast apps like Pocket Casts. You can try this RSS feed including video or watch the segments here at our podcast host Castos.



    For audio-only episodes, you can find us on Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, your favorite podcast app, or use this weekly audio-only RSS feed.

    • 43 min
    2021-08-07 Comics PLEASE Chibi Usagi, Miles Morales, Johnny Constantine, and Fifth Quarter

    2021-08-07 Comics PLEASE Chibi Usagi, Miles Morales, Johnny Constantine, and Fifth Quarter

    On this episode of Comics Syllabus, another installment of Comics PLEASE! (Parents, Librarians, Educators, and Student Enthusiasts). We are hyped about some new graphic novels for kids out this summer as we enter the Fall’s new school year:



    “The Mystery of the Meanest Teacher: A Johnny Constantine Graphic Novel” by Ryan North and Derek Charm (DC Kids)



    “Miles Morales: Shock Waves” by Justin A. Reynolds and Pablo Leon (Scholastic Graphix/Marvel)



    “Chibi Usagi: Attack of the Heebie Chibis” by Julie and Stan Sakai (IDW)



    “Fifth Quarter” by Mike Dawson (First Second)



    All four won us over and we talk about the virtues and potential audiences for these four cool new comics. Let’s dig deep!



    Find the Comics Syllabus at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/



    Find the weekly audio podcast version of the Comics Syllabus on Sundays at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/



    For video segments, subscribe/follow the Comics Syllabus on Apple Podcasts or video-friendly podcast apps like Pocket Casts. You can try this RSS feed including video or watch the segments here at our podcast host Castos.



    For audio-only episodes, you can find us on Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, your favorite podcast app, or use this weekly audio-only RSS feed.



    And for a glimpse of possible upcoming books and topics on the Comics Syllabus, check out Paul's reading spreadsheet. Get in touch if you have suggestions!

    • 39 min
    • video
    Comics PLEASE!: Chibi Usagi, Miles Morales, Johnny Constantine, Fifth Quarter

    Comics PLEASE!: Chibi Usagi, Miles Morales, Johnny Constantine, Fifth Quarter

    On this episode of Comics PLEASE! (Parents, Librarians, Educators, and Student Enthusiasts), we are hyped about some new graphic novels for kids out this summer as we enter the Fall's new school year:







    "The Mystery of the Meanest Teacher: A Johnny Constantine Graphic Novel" by Ryan North and Derek Charm (DC Kids)



    "Miles Morales: Shock Waves" by Justin A. Reynolds and Pablo Leon (Scholastic Graphix/Marvel)



    "Chibi Usagi: Attack of the Heebie Chibis" by Julie and Stan Sakai (IDW)



    "Fifth Quarter" by Mike Dawson (First Second)







    All four won us over and we talk about the virtues and potential audiences for these four cool new comics. Let's dig deep!



    Find the Comics Syllabus at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/



    Find the weekly audio podcast version of the Comics Syllabus on Sundays at its home at Multiversitycomics.com: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/tag/comics-syllabus/



    For video segments, subscribe/follow the Comics Syllabus on Apple Podcasts or video-friendly podcast apps like Pocket Casts. You can try this RSS feed including video or watch the segments here at our podcast host Castos.



    For audio-only episodes, you can find us on Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, your favorite podcast app, or use this weekly audio-only RSS feed.

    • 31 min

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20 Ratings

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Great Interviewer With Thought-Provoking Questions

I've never heard someone so thoughtful and measured in there questions and coverage. The topics covered are in-depth but always with the sights set on how we can be more inclusive, respectful, and meaningful toward one another. Comics is a community and Paul is one voice in that community... but man, is it a voice that we all should be paying attention to.

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