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Graphic Novel Explorers Club is an audible book club for fans of graphic novels and comic books. The show is cohosted by Frankie, Johnny, and Dennis. They take a humorous and in-depth look at the storytelling and art of graphic novels. SEASON 5 starts 2021.

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Graphic Novel Explorers Club is an audible book club for fans of graphic novels and comic books. The show is cohosted by Frankie, Johnny, and Dennis. They take a humorous and in-depth look at the storytelling and art of graphic novels. SEASON 5 starts 2021.

    Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites

    Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites

    EPISODE 68
    Greetings, Explorers! Who is that gently rapping, rapping at our podcast chamber door? It appears to be our annual Halloween Special! Join the gang as they take a look at Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites. The story was written by Evan Dorkin, with art by Jill Thompson. The series was published by Dark Horse Comics.

    The story takes place in Burden Hill, a quaint town that happens to be the epicenter of paranormal activity. However, the town need not be afraid! A gang of heroes protects the citizens of Burden Hill from the horrors of killer frogs, zombie roadkill, a haunted (dog) house, and even a coven of witches! However, little does the town know its heroes are none other than its very own pets. This heroic group is Ace, Jack, Pugs, Whitey, Red, (all dogs) and the Orphan (a stray cat).

    Dennis and Johnny (Frankie was investigating some paranormal activities while we were recording) kicks things off by discussing when the Beasts of Burden meet World’s Greatest Paranormal Detective. Furthermore, they mention how the characters and story feel like the offspring of Through the Woods and We3. Finally, they ponder the possibility that Thompson’s art for the series pays tribute books like The Poky Little Puppy, publisher Little Golden Books, and The Adventures of Milo and Otis.

    Further topics include the wonderful animal euphemisms, like “eatin’ outta the same bowl” or “I been walked around the block a few times”; the careful balance of humor, horror, and heart throughout the series; and last, but not least, the storytelling and art of Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites.


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    • 23 min
    Batman: Ego and Other Tails

    Batman: Ego and Other Tails

    Episode 67
    Greetings, Explorers! Our final episode of the Summer Special will strike fear in the hearts of criminals! The gang goes inside the Batcave to look at Batman: Ego and Other Tails. The late, great Darwyn Cooke illustrated and wrote many of the stories in this Batman collection. The series was published by DC Comics.

    Batman: Ego and Other Tails is a collection of Batman and Catwoman stories pulled from sources like Batman Gotham Knights (#23 and #33). Batman even teams up with The Spirit in one of the stories included in this collection. Additionally, the Catwoman story delves into a possible past for Selina Kyle and how she came to be a cat burglar. The story harkens back to Cooke's foray into Richard Stark's Parker series.

    Johnny and Dennis (Frankie was off helping Wayne Enterprises) begin the episode by paying tribute to Darwyn Cooke's artistic style and possible influences. Additionally, they discuss if Selina Kyle visited the world of Richard Stark's Parker series or Parker visited the the world of Gotham in Batman: Ego and Other Tails.

    Further topics include the similarities between Bruce Wayne and Michael Jordan; how Batman beat the devil (his own personal devil); the timeless designs of Darwyn Cooke's worlds; and last, but not least, the storytelling and art of Batman: Ego and Other Tails.


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    • 26 min
    Wormwood Gentleman Corpse

    Wormwood Gentleman Corpse

    Episode 66
    Greetings, Explorers! Our third episode of the 2020 Summer Special has risen! The gang takes a look at Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse – Issue 1: Birds, Bees, Blood & Beer by writer and artist Ben Templesmith. The series was first published in 2017 by IDW. Birds, Bees, Blood & Beer is the first volume of the Wormwood: Gentlemen Corpse series.

    Wormwood and his entourage are introduce in this first story. In  addition to Wormwood, there is Trotsky, a ghost cop who can’t leave  Earth until his case load is solved. Next, there is Pendulum, Wormwood’s  drinking buddy and a Rasputin look-a-like. Finally, there is Phoebe,  who has the ability to turn her tattoos into weapons. The team is pulled  together when Cthulhu-like creatures “burst” onto the scene and start  killing people.

    Dennis, Johnnny, and guest host Jake start off discussing if the  character of Phoebe is a Manic Pixie Dream Girl or not. Furthermore, they  discuss the possible story and art influences of H.P. Lovecraft, Sam  Raimi, and H.R. Giger. Finally, they look at possibly the worst design ever for a Batmobile.

    Further topics include Wormwoods possible hook up with a tentacle  beast; the appreciation for when world-building is done well; a few of  the other influences on the book; and last, but not least, the  storytelling and art of Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse – Issue 1: Birds, Bees, Blood & Beer. 




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    • 20 min
    Scooby Apocalypse, Vol. 1

    Scooby Apocalypse, Vol. 1

    Episode 65
    Greetings, Explorers! Our second episode of the 2020 Summer Special is here! The gang takes a look at Scooby Apocalypse, Vol. 1 by writers Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis.  This Scooby story is part of DC Comics’ Hannah-Barbera Beyond. We  previously covered The Flintstones story that is part of the  Hanna-Barbera Beyond series in Episode 40.

    Scooby Apocalypse, Vol. 1 is an Scooby Gang origin story set  in a post-apocalyptic world. In the story, Fred and Daphne are a  hard-hitting two-person news team. Daphne is the on-camera personality  and Fred is her loyal cameraman (who is desperately in love with  Daphne). Wilma is part of a secret science team whose experiments with  nanotechnology may bring out about the end of the world. And what about  Scooby and Shaggy? Scooby is part of a secret experiment at Wilma’s lab  and Shaggy is a friendly dog trainer hired by the lab where Wilma works.

    Johnny and Dennis (Frankie is off getting Scooby Snacks) chat about  by chatting about Dennis’s love of all things Scooby. Secondly, they  discuss the connection between Scrappy Doo, Snarf, Orko, and Poochie. Lastly, they discuss the differences between wonderfully complex and witty The Flintstones and the lighthearted Scooby Apocalypse.

    Further topics include the difference between Shaggy’s and Velma’s  relationships with their coworkers; the moral dilemma of killing zombies  and monster that were once human beings;  the connection between this  comic, Sideshow Bob, and Jean Valjean; and last, but not least, the storytelling and art of Scooby Apocalypse, Vol. 1.

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    • 24 min
    Obscura

    Obscura

    EPISODE 64
    Greetings, Explorers! We’re back to take a look at Obscura for our 2020 Summer Special. Luke Cartwright is the author and Lukasz Wnuczek is the artist. Obscura takes place in Van Diemen’s Land (now known as Tasmania) in the late 19th Century. The story concerns one William Morier, the son of a mortician. Wiliam’s wife, Catherine, is diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition, so they decide to raise the money they need to help her by running a scam on the rich. The scam? To photograph the spirits of the recently deceased with their families. However, this ruse is not the first one that Catherine has committed. As their grift grows, they draw the attention of a local constable who bullied William when they were children. Finally, as William and Catherine’s plans start to unravel, so does Wiliam’s sanity.

    Dennis, Johnny, and guest host Jake begin by chatting about the bullying and isolation William suffered as child and how it may have effected him as an adult. Secondly, Johnny finds a possible connection between this story and the Simpson franchise that could put them in the same fictional universe. Finally, they discuss the wonderful showdown between William and the town constable.

    Further topics include guessing what currency is used in Tasmania (one theory: pizza parlor coins); the legality of Spiritual Law and Ghost Rules; and last, but not least, the storytelling and art of Obscura.

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    • 39 min
    Fab4 Mania

    Fab4 Mania

    EPISODE 63
    Greetings, Explorers! Lend me your ear for our season 4 finale and we’ll review you a graphic novel called Fab4 Mania. The story was written and illustrated by Carol Tyler. Fantagraphics Books published the story in 2018. The story is a recreation of Tyler’s childhood diary and her love, -nay, obsession- with The Beatles as a 13-year-old girl in 1965. Her dream throughout the book is to see The Beatles live.

    Frankie, Dennis, and Johnny start by discussing the similarities (and differences) between My Favorite Thing Is Monsters to Fab4 Mania. For instance, both stories were published by Fantagraphics Books and share perspectives of being told by children. Secondly, Frankie tells tales about the legendary Chef-Boyardee Pizza Pie Kit from the 1960s. Finally, they discuss how Splendor in the Grass did for pizza what 9 1/2 Weeks did for ice cubes.

    Further topics include the difference between parenting in the 60s versus the 21st Century; the parallels between The Wonder Years, Stand By Me, and Fab4 Mania; if Frankie and Johnny’s love of Paula Abdul compares to Tyler’s love of The Beatles; and last, but not least, the storytelling and art of Fab4 Mania.

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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

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MoonRider416 ,

Batman Year One

Frankie hit the nail on the head: Selina being portrayed as racially and ethnically ambiguous was surely a choice made for this 80s era reinterpretation. I think her character was meant to highlight the experience and attitudes of sex workers of color. A nihilistic approach to men and justifying her motives in taking from the rich.

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