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Episode 121 - MAD Magazine.

Episode 121 - MAD Magazine.

May 13, 2022

'HOOHAH!'

This week Tony is joined by co-hosts Al Henderson and Eamonn Clarke to discuss the phenomenon that is Mad Magazine and its impressive legacy. 

The discussion focuses in on the history, characters, creators, impact and influence that this long-running comic has had globally.

This one is not to be missed.

You can find Al's work (who would make a great new member of the Usual Gang of Idiots with a Penned Guin fold-in or two) at his website here and you can follow him on Twitter right here.

Why not have a listen to Eammon's Mega City Book Club podcast right here too. Or just stalk him online by following him on Twitter right here.

Many thanks for listening. 

 

Episode 120 - Is that Captain America?

Episode 120 - Is that Captain America?

May 3, 2022

This week Tony is joined by co-host Dan 'Vanguard' Butcher to chat about Captain America issues 333-350. This covers the storyline 'The Captain' where Steve Rogers gives up the Captain America role and John Walker steps into those boots.

Does it stand up? How do the politics of the time compare to those of today? And is throwing fake diamonds a reliable career path for the modern woman?

You can find Dan over at his brilliant webcomic Vanguard right here. On Twitter here. And with myself and Vince as one of the hosts of the very saucy Awesome Comics podcast here.

Many thanks for listening. 

Episode 119 - Robert Crumb!

Episode 119 - Robert Crumb!

April 8, 2022

This week Tony is re-joined by Alan Henderson and Eamonn Clarke to discuss the thorny subject of underground comics creator Robert Crumb.

Whilst focusing on Crumb's collection 'The Book of Mr. Natural' the boys also discuss the creators other works, impact, styles and subject matter. Is it satire? How can these comics be read? A balanced and fair discussion takes place but with very adult themes. 

Warning - This episode covers themes of sexual violence.

For more about Alan and his Penned Guin comics you can follow him here on Twitter and find his books at his store here.

You can also listen to Eamonn every other week at the Mega City Book Club right here and follow him on Twitter here.

Many thanks for listening. 

 

Episode 118 - Barefoot Gen - Volume 1. A conversation with Dave Robertson.

Episode 118 - Barefoot Gen - Volume 1. A conversation with Dave Robertson.

March 24, 2022

'I decided to use Manga to confront the bomb.'

This week Dave Robertson joins Tony to discuss Volume #1 of Keiji Nakazawa's series Barefoot Gen.

This episode includes a Content Warning regarding open and frank discussions about the use and tragic effects of using nuclear weapons on a civilian population. The hosts talk about this issue and it's themes, art and history.

Genuinely a book that should be read by everyone.

You can find more about Dave and his own comics by visiting his site Fred Egg Comics here and find him on Twitter here. You can also buy a copy of That Comics Smell issue #2 right here.

Many thanks for listening. 

Episode 117 - Reviews Galore with Tom Stewart.

Episode 117 - Reviews Galore with Tom Stewart.

March 17, 2022

This week it's the turn of comics podcaster, reviewer and creator Tom Stewart to return to the co-host chair. He and Tony walk through five recent releases and not only talk about their content and quality but also how easy it is to buy new comics in the UK. There were some complications!

Follow along with reviews of Marvel, DC, Image and a cheeky Manga title. Honest reviews regarding content and pricing (with a few moments of terrible language).

You can head over to the That Comic Smell Site and get their new anthology. You can also follow the guys on their bi-weekly podcast. Highly recommended.

This episode is full of comics opinions and history. Not to be missed. 

Many thanks for listening. 

Episode 116 - ’Domu - The Dreams of Children’ by Katsuhiro Otomo.

Episode 116 - ’Domu - The Dreams of Children’ by Katsuhiro Otomo.

February 24, 2022

'You're nothing but a bully!'

This week Al Henderson returns to the co-host seat with his book choice of Domu - The Dreams of Children.

Often talked about as Otomo's 'other book' this is a classic of horror manga. Al and Tony dive into the history of this comic and also investigate how and why it works so well. Well over forty years old - and still cool AF!

You can catch up on Mr Henderson's comics by visiting his store here or follow him on Twitter right here. Also look out for the second issue of the That Comic Smell Comic which has him as a special guest star. Here's that link!

Many thanks for listening.

 

Episode 115 - Shigeru Mizuki ’Onwards Towards Our Noble Deaths.’

Episode 115 - Shigeru Mizuki ’Onwards Towards Our Noble Deaths.’

February 11, 2022

This week Tony is joined by co-host Eamonn Clarke to explore the Gekiga Manga 'Onwards Towards Our Noble Deaths' by the master of the form Shigeru Mizuki.

A book that describes the mangaka's experiences as a Japanese soldier during World War 2. The hosts also discuss his other works as well as the impact manga has and is having on the UK and US markets. 

Genuinely not to be missed!

You can also catch recent episodes of Eamonn's brilliant British Comics podcast the Mega City Book Club here and follow him on Twitter right here.

Many thanks for listening.

Episode 114 - ’Crying Freeman’ - in discussion with Richard Sheaf.

Episode 114 - ’Crying Freeman’ - in discussion with Richard Sheaf.

February 3, 2022

This week we begin the themed 'Old Blokes Read Manga' month on the podcast.

First up in the co-host chair is comics historian Richard Sheaf who has chosen Volume #1 of Crying Freeman. Part of the big wave of Manga that hit the UK and US in the nineties and a series that even with a bit of awkward sex still stands up today.

Tony and Rich discuss the creators and the legacy of this cracking series from Kazuo Koike and Ryiochi Ikegami. 

You can catch up on Richard's brilliant Blog Boys Adventure Comics by clicking the link. You can also find and follow him here on Twitter.

Many thanks for listening. 

Episode 113 - Batman Adventure with Alan Henderson.

Episode 113 - Batman Adventure with Alan Henderson.

January 27, 2022

'It was a magic death potion, right?'

This week Alan Henderson is back in the co-host chair to lay the knowledge down about the comics that followed the Batman Animated series and especially those that had three certain career criminals based on DC Editors.

Can you guess who?

We also chat about the upcoming theme in February and the legacy of the comics editor.

You can find more about Al's comics here by following him on Twitter and buy his comics right here.

Many thanks for listening. 

 

Episode 112 - The Merits of Marvels with Dave & Mike.

Episode 112 - The Merits of Marvels with Dave & Mike.

December 30, 2021

This week Tony is joined by two co-hosts from the That Comic Smell comics podcast. Dave Robertson and Mike Sedakat pop over the border to talk about Marvels by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross.

This is an old book for Tony and Dave but a new experience for Mike and they discuss the history, story, art and merits of this landmark series.

Have a listen and see if you agree.

You can find Dave on Twitter here and buy his comics right here

You can find Mike over at the That Comic Smell podcast here on Twitter and on SoundCloud right here.

Many thanks for listening. 

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