"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 comic book or graphic novel fan, as well!
"Ballyskillen": An augmented reality comic
Over the years there have been some attempts at augmented reality comics — where a smartphone app pointed at a comics page will reveal a bit of animation. One issue with these projects is that they’re labor-intensive, and require several different skill sets to produce. Sam Noir and Andrew Dorland are Kickstarting an augmented reality comic called Ballyskillen, and Andrew has multiple necessary skill sets for the endeavor, which he’ll apply to the project in proportion to the amount of money raised. In this mini-episode, Tim talks with Sam and Andrew about the project, and also about Sam’s series of comics anthologies called Cauldron.
Critiquing Comics: "Chad in Amsterdam 4"
The latest installment of our beloved Chad in Amsterdam is here! As always, Chad combines some incisive but casual observational and philosophical discussion with the work of his great artist friends, but this time the focus is less on Amsterdam and more on Chad himself. Where is he from? What makes you “from” a place? Will Tim and Mulele like this issue as much as the others? (Well, what do you think!?)
The Law of Equivalent Exchange: “Fullmetal Alchemist”
This week we present the second installment in a proposed new podcast series: The Law of Equivalent Exchange, a chapter-by-chapter discussion of the manga Fullmetal Alchemist. Tim and Patrick discuss chapter two of the series; while we remembered it as not having much of an impact on the overall story, the chapters in volume 1 turn out to do a lot of orientation to help prepare us for future volumes. We point out these signposts.
Critiquing Comics: "Spider Forest Webcomic Anthology 4"
Last episode, we mentioned how writing a short, tight story can be more challenging than writing a sprawling epic. Right on cue comes Spider Forest Webcomic Anthology 4, an engaging collection of short comics by 17 creators of web comics. Tim and Mulele discuss which are the best (and which are merely good!), and whether perhaps some of these stories are a little too short.
Spider Forest Kickstarter – beginning October 12, 2020
Gaiman's "Black Orchid" and "The Books of Magic"
This time, two books by Neil Gaiman: Black Orchid, with art by Dave McKean, and The Books of Magic, drawn by John Bolton and other artists. The challenge of Black Orchid can be to simply figure out the backstory, and how Gaiman changed it! The Books of Magic‘s Tim Hunter character is Harry Potter before Harry Potter; coincidence? Kumar and Jordan look at the evidence.
Critiquing Comics: "The Solar Grid"
In a flooded New York City of the future, a corporate whistleblower is in a hurry to skip town. Tim and Mulele wish they understood more about the plot of The Solar Grid issue 1, by Gazeer, but this issue is more concerned with the comic’s world than its plot. So we critique what’s there!
Customer ReviewsSee All
Smart and Interesting
Tim and his rotating band of co-hosts do an excellent job covering comics from across the spectrum and around the world. Definitely not the usual comic book podcast. it is smart, insighful & entertaining.
I listened to Tim's interview with Dan Jurgens, questions were great, a real nice insight into the comics craft and marketplace. Tim gives attention/respect to the independents as well.
Somewhat good but meanspirited
I listen to this podcast on occasion. The hosts are fairly smart and well-informed, but have very, very high-opinions of themselves. They do a very good job going in depth into comics matters, bringing a wealth of background knowledge to bear, but on the other hand they seem obsessed with the negative side of everything. I dislike most of the things about comics and fandom that they complain about, but at the same time, they'll sometimes spend upwards of 95% of a podcast ragging on things so much, like they're pathologically fixated on people whose tastes differ from their own. And even though they are pretty well-informed, that only makes it all the worse when they happen to be wrong about a certain factual detail but will build elaborate arguments around it. As you can tell, I'm very much of two minds about the podcast. They're basically pompous jerks... but they are nonetheless more interesting than 90% of the competition. They also needlessly bring in their own petulant political beliefs for absolutely no reason. Again, I agree with them most of the time, but there's only so long I want to listen to people who give me the impression that they think anyone who doesn't agree with them on everything deserves to be controlled by a totalitarian government.