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CAG! 108 – Comics for the Holidays! with Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman

December 19, 2014 by  
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El Deafo! Hilda and the Midnight Giant! Roz Chast, and more!

We’re continuing our tradition of closing out the year with Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier of The Comics Bakery. Join us for a rapid round of book talks on some of our favorite comics, which you can use as your last-minute holiday gift guide!

And check out the book talks we did last year!

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CAG! 107 – Animals Doing People Things, with John Green

December 6, 2014 by  
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Talking about the special communicative power of the cartoon on Comics Are Great!

Anthropomorphic comics characters have enjoyed a wide appeal almost since the invention of the comic. Who doesn’t love Snoopy? Characters like Garfield have inspired an entire generation of professional cartoonists. Even the critically-acclaimed Maus featured talking animal characters.

So what is it about “animals doing people things” that’s so compelling? Why are we so willing to invest in a character whose design is so defiantly absurd and unrealistic?

I’m joined by John Green , co-creator of the Teen Boat! graphic novels and creator of the upcoming Hippopotamister, published by First Second Books. Together we unlock the secret powers held within “funny animal characters.”

We’re also joined by Anne Drozd of the Ann Arbor District Library for another round of book recommendations!

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CAG! 106 – Talent or Effort? with Zack Giallongo

December 6, 2014 by  
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Broxo! Ewoks! Shakespeare! Banjo music, and more!

It’s time to unbox the age-old question of Talent vs. Effort on Comics Are Great!

How does your comics work change when you shift your focus from “expressing yourself” to “putting in the effort?” Are these terms mutually exclusive, or does the focus oscillate between those poles throughout the project? If so, how do you know when it’s time to change your focus?

I’m joined by Zack Giallongo, cartoonist behind Broxo, Star Wars: Ewoks: Shadows of Endor, and the Stratford Zoo Midnight Review series. Together we explore how a career in cartooning is equal parts creative expression and herculean effort, and how one finds balance between the two.

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CAG! 105 – Banned Books

December 6, 2014 by  
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Challenged Comics! Censorship! Dave Carter, and more!

Join us for a discussion on Banned Books Week with David Carter, Librarian at the University of Michigan’s Comics and Video Game Archive. Together we explore censorship in comics and ways we can better advocate for our medium.

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CAG! 100 – Getting Your Comic Into Libraries

December 2, 2014 by  
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Gregg Schigiel! Laura Given! Erin Helmrich! Finding new audiences for your work, and more!

It’s the 100th episode of the Comics Are Great show, recorded live before a studio audience at the 2014 Kids Read Comics Celebration!

I’m joined by guest co-host Gregg Schigiel of the Stuff Said Show, librarian Laura Given, and librarian Erin Helmrich. Together we discuss the growing importance of libraries in the world of comics, and how cartoonists can better connect with libraries to promote the medium.

We also spend a bit of time talking about Gregg’s new comic, PIX: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND, which is available for pre-order in Previews now! Item #DEC141546

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KCR! 13 – Cartoons to Comics, with Rafael Rosado

September 29, 2014 by  
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Giants Beware! Mermin! Rafael Rosado, and more!

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Comics and animation may share a lot of DNA. After all, the artists are clarifying their worlds through use of shape, size, line, and color.

But unlike comics, animated cartoons have sound and motion! Surely switching from animation to comics puts an artist at a disadvantage, or does it?

We talk with Rafael Rosado, storyboard artist on shows such as Scooby Doo and Transformers: Prime, who shares his experience and observations on switching from working in animation to co-creating the popular graphic novel, Giants Beware!

Rafael shows us how to draw Claudette, the heroine of Giants Beware!

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This episode features songs by Superchunk, The Pixies, and Maury Law & Glenn Yarbrough. Theme music by Harry and the Potters.

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CAG! 103 – Blending Cute and Eerie, with Eric Orchard

September 22, 2014 by  
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Talking about walking the line between eerie and cute on CAG!

In this special unscheduled episode of the Comics Are Great! show I’ll be joined by Eric Orchard, cartoonist behind Maddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch, published by Top Shelf. Maddy Kettle is a plucky young girl who faces witches, vampire bats, and spider goblins, yet never loses hope or refuses help when asked. She is assisted by friendly ballon-riding bears, banjo-playing raccoons, and vampire bats. So is this a creepy story or a light-hearted adventure? Maybe it can be both, thanks to the special affordances that only comics can offer!

Join us for a discussion on how comics is the perfect medium to blend opposite elements together and produce something new.

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CAG! 102 – You Got Your Cosplay in My Comic! with Rachel Ashley-Lovelace

September 21, 2014 by  
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Talking about the role of fandom on CAG!

Whatever your stance on cosplay, one can’t deny that it’s an active arena in fan participation with media. Is it simply a distracting branch that interferes with the “pure” transactions between fans and creators? Or is it a means for fans to enrich their participation with the creations themselves? When fandoms form around a creation, how should a creator respond?

This time I’m joined by Rachel Ashley-Lovelace for a discussion on the culture of fandoms and cosplay and how they might coexist with the creative forces that inform them.

AADL Production Librarian Anne Drozd also drops by for another round of book recommendations!

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CAG! 101 – Kids v. Adults with Gregg Schigiel and Connor

September 20, 2014 by  
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Comics Are Great! returns with a battle between kid and adult authors!

We grown-up cartoonists think we know what kids are and aren’t picking up on in our work. After all, we were kids once! But memory can be fickle testimony, so in the next Comics Are Great! I’ll be joined by 12-year-old cartoonist Connor to talk about what he perceives to be the anatomy of a good story for kids.

I’ll also be joined by Gregg Schigiel, creator of PIX: One Weirdest Weekend, artist on Spongebob Comics, and host of the Stuff Said podcast.

If you haven’t seen Gregg and Connor in action, they led some events at the 2014 Kids Read Comics festival in Ann Arbor, MI. You can see their banter during the Kids Comics Award show held that weekend here.
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CAG! 104 – Talking Muppets Most Wanted, with Dave Roman

September 19, 2014 by  
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Muppets Most Wanted, Perils of Retreading, and more!

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It’s another special audio-only “therapy session” of Comics Are Great! I’m joined by Dave Roman for a discussion on Muppets Most Wanted. Together we explore how this film scratched many of the itches we were left with after The Muppets movie, how revisiting a franchise almost demands self-referential humor, and why Constantine is one of the best cartoon villains of all time.

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