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Jerzy and Dave Roman connect the worlds of comics, graphic novels, and kid lit. Join the Kids' Comics Revolution!

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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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Live streams every other Wednesday at Comicsaregreat.tv and on Google+!

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This episode was recorded live at the Ann Arbor District Library.

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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!

Links mentioned in this episode (thanks to Eric Klooster for collecting the links!):

Book Recommendations:

Live streams every other Wednesday at Comicsaregreat.tv and on Google+!

Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing.

This episode was recorded live at the Ann Arbor District Library.

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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.

Links mentioned in this episode (thanks to Eric Klooster for collecting the links!):

Live streams every other Wednesday at Comicsaregreat.tv and on Google+!

Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing.

This episode was recorded live at the Ann Arbor District Library.

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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.

Links mentioned in this episode (thanks to Eric Klooster for collecting the links!):

Live streams every other Wednesday at Comicsaregreat.tv and on Google+!

Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing.

This episode was recorded live at the Ann Arbor District Library.

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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

Links mentioned:

Live streams every other Wednesday at Comicsaregreat.tv and on Google+!

Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing.

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TPD 180 – Art SoundOff Final Reflections

November 30, 2014 by  
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Art SoundOffIn this final entry into the Art SoundOff Challenge I reflect on how the challenge changed me, and offer advice to anyone who may be interested in starting a journal micro cast.

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Music for this show is by Eliott Drozd.
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Voiceover by Tara Platt
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TPD 179 – Collecting Initial Reflections

November 29, 2014 by  
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TPD NotesI’m back to work, but not back up to speed. I also share some initial reflections on what I got out of the Art SoundOff Challenge.

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Music for this show is by Eliott Drozd.
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TPD 178 – Gearing Up

November 28, 2014 by  
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Tiny ExpoToday I share some thoughts about hitting the breaks and recharging before diving in to a heavy week.

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Music for this show is by Eliott Drozd.
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TPD 177 – Superman 1978

November 27, 2014 by  
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THAT SMILETurns out I’m getting a cold after all. Between that and the holiday, I didn’t get any drawing done. But I did watch the 1978 Superman film and gathered some takeaways.

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Music for this show is by Eliott Drozd.
Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing and IndyPlanet Digital
Voiceover by Tara Platt
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TPD 176 – Shopping for Tablets

November 26, 2014 by  
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TPD Given that this weekend is Black Friday, and inspired by a recent email, I explore some options we have if when purchasing tablets.

Links mentioned:

Music for this show is by Eliott Drozd.
Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing and IndyPlanet Digital
Voiceover by Tara Platt
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