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A comics analysis podcast, where literacy researcher, English teacher, and comics reader Paul (@twoplai) discusses a comic book for socio-cultural, literary, and artistic significance. The podcast pairs various academic approaches to studying comics with superhero comics, alternative comics, and other offerings in the medium. Let's dig deep!

Comics Syllabus Paul Lai

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    • 4.8, 20 Ratings

A comics analysis podcast, where literacy researcher, English teacher, and comics reader Paul (@twoplai) discusses a comic book for socio-cultural, literary, and artistic significance. The podcast pairs various academic approaches to studying comics with superhero comics, alternative comics, and other offerings in the medium. Let's dig deep!

    215 Mark Russell on SECOND COMING and BILLIONAIRE ISLAND

    215 Mark Russell on SECOND COMING and BILLIONAIRE ISLAND

    On this week’s episode, we’re graced by an interview with Mark Russell, writer of the Ahoy Comics series “Billionaire Island” with artist Steve Pugh and the newly collected first arc of “Second Coming” with artist Richard Pace. Mark Russell talks with Paul about the origins of these sharply satirical but ultimately profound comics, one about […]

    • 1 hr 14 min
    214 On Little Bird and Pretty Deadly: the Rat, Lemire in space, TKO, and Spy x Family

    214 On Little Bird and Pretty Deadly: the Rat, Lemire in space, TKO, and Spy x Family

    On this week’s episode, Johnny digs deep into a pair of series from Image Comics, “Little Bird” by Darcy Van Poelgeest (W) and Ian Bertram (A) and “Pretty Deadly: The Rat” by Kelly Sue DeConnick (W) and Emma Rios (A). But first, our “Picks and Shovels” segment on what we’re reading: Johnny: “Green Lantern” Seasons […]

    • 1 hr 1 min
    213 On “Sports is Hell” by Ben Passmore

    213 On “Sports is Hell” by Ben Passmore

    Ben Passmore’s new “Sports is Hell” from Koyama Press satirically sends up our intertwined sports, politics, and cultural madnesses. Paul and Johnny dig deep into the short graphic novel. But first, our “Picks and Shovels” (What We’re Reading) include: Johnny: “The Last God” (DC Black Label), “Nancy” by Olivia Jaimes (Andrews McMeel), “East of West” […]

    • 1 hr 4 min
    212 Carnival X: On Marvel’s Dawn of X

    212 Carnival X: On Marvel’s Dawn of X

    This week, Johnny and Paul offer a perspective and critiques of the “Dawn of X” mutant titles from Marvel, drawing on theory of the “literary carnivalesque” from Mikhail Bakhtin to describe what’s  intriguing about the X-books in the wake of Jonathan Hickman’s House of X/Powers of X relaunch. Our discussion then touches on all the […]

    • 1 hr 57 min
    211 Comics of the Decade

    211 Comics of the Decade

    What comics meant the most in the 2010s… to us, to comics, to the larger culture? “Saga”? “Ms. Marvel”? Raina Telgemeier’s “Smile”? Paul and Johnny run through their list of the comics of the decade, the graphic novels, superhero books, independent or alternative comics that marked out the 2010s for them. They also try to […]

    • 2 hr 9 min
    210 Favorite Graphic Novels of 2019

    210 Favorite Graphic Novels of 2019

    What graphic novels in 2019 stood out as the most significant, most soul-stirring, most thought-provoking, most artistically innovative? Co-hosts Paul and Johnny are excited to share the Comics Syllabus Podcast’s favorite graphic novels of 2019. Listen as they chatter about the comics works and collections that they loved most this year. Johnny’s List: 10:  The […]

    • 1 hr 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

SaxonJacob ,

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.

Wolf Warner ,

Fantastic Podcast

Great analysis of comics that provokes scholarly thought. Awesome job!! Playlist add ASAP!!

Plant pathologist ,

Yes!

I don’t listen to every episode... (generally just the episodes covering comics that I enjoy) ... but it is exciting to hear comics discussed on this level. 🔥💯🔥

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