14 episodes

A biweekly analytical comics podcast. Every episode join cartoonist & comics educator Matt Smith and cosplayer & mainstream comics fan Cale Werake as they dive deep into a different graphic novel. Our two comics aficionados examine a book's writing, art and cultural impact, often joined by friends from the comics industry as they celebrate the medium of comics!

Matt and Cale Read Comic‪s‬ Matt Cale

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A biweekly analytical comics podcast. Every episode join cartoonist & comics educator Matt Smith and cosplayer & mainstream comics fan Cale Werake as they dive deep into a different graphic novel. Our two comics aficionados examine a book's writing, art and cultural impact, often joined by friends from the comics industry as they celebrate the medium of comics!

    12: Matt and Cale Read "Batman: Mad Love" with Ryan Howe

    12: Matt and Cale Read "Batman: Mad Love" with Ryan Howe

    Canadian cartoonist Ryan Howe joins our two comics aficionados to read the origin of Harley Quinn, Joker's girlfriend first introduced in the 1990s "Batman: The Animated Series." Ryan, Matt and Cale are all huge fans of this standalone graphic novel and the groundbreaking "Animated Series," which many still site as the definitive version of Batman. 

    This book, scripted by Paul Dini with art by Bruce Timm, was the first time fans were told the origin of Harley Quinn, who was once the Joker's psychiatrist in Arkham Asylum before she became his partner-in-crime. Dini and Timm are top talent creators and true collaborators. 

    During the episode, our guest, Ryan Howe, discusses his own collaborations with comics writers like Mark Allard-Will ("The Burning Black") and Alex de Campi ("Bad Karma"). Ryan is best known for his adventure webcomic "Daisy Blackwood: Pilot for Hire" and can be found online at DaisyBlackwood.com, on Twitter @ryan_howe, on Facebook @ryanhoweart and on Patreon.com/ryanhowe. Read "Bad Karma" at PanelSyndicate.com/comics/badkarma. 

    Follow us online @mattandcalereadcomics on Instagram and Facebook or @mattandcaleread on Twitter.

    Looking for more romance comics? Check out Matt's autobiographical "You're Stuck With Me Now," the true story of how he met his Scottish wife, Emma. You can buy a copy at SmithvsSmith.com/store/yourestuckwithmenow. 

    • 57 min
    11: Matt and Cale read "Blankets" with Elaine M. Will

    11: Matt and Cale read "Blankets" with Elaine M. Will

    Canadian cartoonist Elaine M Will joins our two comics aficionados to discuss Craig Thompson’s autobiographical “Blankets.” The graphic novel is a coming of age story, following Thompson from childhood through first love (and heartbreak) to adulthood. Along the way, he wrestles with his faith and devotion to his art. It’s a deeply personal and affecting book.

    Our guest, Elaine M Will, shares how “Blankets” influenced her own work, especially in her coming of age breakthrough graphic novel, “Look Straight Ahead.” Elaine has also adapted and illustrated the graphic novel “Dustship Glory” and was the colourist for “The Burning Black,” written by our former guest (and Elaine’s husband), Mark Allard-Will.

    You can find more of Elaine’s work online on Twitter (@ElaineMWill), Instagram (@Elaine.M.Will) and Patreon.com/cuckoosnestpress.

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    10 Part 2: Matt and Cale Read "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns"

    10 Part 2: Matt and Cale Read "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns"

    In the SECOND half of our first-ever two-part episode, our two comic aficionados dive deep into Frank Miller's "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns." In the first part of the episode, we hear listeners discuss the legacy of the graphic novel, but now Matt and Cale take a closer look at Miller's writing, art and characterization. 

    We examine Batman's post-retirement choices, and his relationships with Robin, Superman and the Joker.

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    • 1 hr
    10: Matt and Cale Read "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" (Part 1)

    10: Matt and Cale Read "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" (Part 1)

    In our first-ever two-part episode, our two comic aficionados read Frank Miller's groundbreaking "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns."

    Originally published in 1986, "The Dark Knight Returns' is often credited alongside Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' "Watchmen" (see our first episode) with redefining and reinvigorating superheroes and the comics medium as a whole. Miller delves into the psyche of Batman/Bruce Wayne while pushing the craft of comics to new heights. 

    After ten years of retirement, and older, grittier Bruce Wayne returns as Batman to face threats old and new in Gotham City. Commissioner Gordon faces retirement. The Joker has long been comatose. The teenage Mutant gang terrorizes the city and Superman is a government lackey. But Batman (and his new female Robin) will not rest until the streets of Gotham are free of crime. 

    To help make sense of the book's impact, we asked listeners to send in voice notes sharing their connections and observations. In this half of Episode 10, we listen to these voice notes and comment. Next week, Matt and Cale return to dive deep into Frank Miller's writing and drawing choices. 

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    9: Matt and Cale read "30 Days of Night"

    9: Matt and Cale read "30 Days of Night"

    In this episode, our two comic aficionados read "30 Days of Night" by Steve Niles with art by Ben Templesmith. To get some insight into what it is really like to live that far north, they are joined by Dan Summers; a resident of Ulukhaktok in Northern Canada. Ulukhaktok is as close to the North Pole as the real Barrow (Utqiagvik), Alaska from the story. 

    In the original three issue mini series published in 2002, Eben Oleman and his wife Stella make up the entire police force of Barrow. An evil group of vampires descend upon the town after hearing that the town suffers from 30 days of nightfall; allowing them to feed without the burden of sleep. As the townspeople are slaughtered, an ancient vampire named Vicente arrives to keep the knowledge of vampires a secret. He ultimately settles to kill the entire town, resulting in Eben injecting himself with vampire blood to become a creature of the night himself. 

    If you'd like to contribute a voice note, please reach out by following us @mattandcalereadcomics on Instagram and Facebook or @mattandcaleread on Twitter.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    8: Matt and Cale Read "Daredevil: Born Again" with Josh Raub

    8: Matt and Cale Read "Daredevil: Born Again" with Josh Raub

    In this episode, our two comic aficionados are joined by Matt's friend, Josh Raub, to read "Daredevil: Born Again" by Frank Miller with art by David Mazzucchelli. This story was originally published in 1986 by Marvel Comics in Daredevil Issues 227 - 231. When his ex-lover reveals Matt Murdoch's secret identity to the Kingpin of Crime, Daredevil loses everything that is near and dear to him. The hero must claw back his life and take down the villainous Kingpin and regain his identity as the Man Without Fear. 

    As we prepare for our upcoming tenth episode on Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns," we are asking listeners to send in voice notes sharing their opinions and personal connections to one of the greatest graphic novels of all time. If you'd like to contribute a voice note, please reach out by email (mattandcalerc@gmail.com) or follow us @mattandcalereadcomics on Instagram and Facebook or @mattandcaleread on Twitter.

    • 1 hr 46 min

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