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51 minutes | 9 months ago
Lone Wolf and Cub
Did you watch The Mandalorian? We did! And the people who made the show very clearly read Lone Wolf and Cub. So we read the first volume of this legendary 50-year-old manga.
59 minutes | a year ago
House of X/Powers of X (with special guest!)
We get some of the old X-team back together when old friend Ian Ritch joins Alan and Ryan to talk about Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz, and RB Silva’s full reboot of the X-Men comics universe in the interlocking double series House of X/Powers of X.
65 minutes | a year ago
Ghosted, Vol. 1 (Four Color Commentary Reunion Special!)
We got the gang back together to talk about a book we first looked into nearly five years ago: Ghosted, volume 1, by Joshua Williamson, Goran Sudzuka and Miroslav Mrva. Get ready for spoopy shenanigans with Alan and Ryan and special guests Ian and Chewie!
52 minutes | a year ago
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
This time on You Should Read This, Alan and Ryan jump into the Eisner award winning spoopy Dia de los Muertos tale from Ryan’s kids’ favorite cartoonist, Raina Telgemeier.
59 minutes | a year ago
Die Volume 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker by Kieron Gillen & Stephanie Hans (with special guest)
In this episode of You Should Read This, Alan and Ryan are joined by their pal Adam Ryan Cools to talk Dungeons & Dragons, RPGs with heavy lore, and deep, dark backstories in their discussion of Kieron Gillen & Stephanie Hans’ incredible book, Die.
47 minutes | a year ago
20th Century Boys
To start off Season 2 of You Should Read This, Alan and Ryan tackle the first volume of the dense, legendary manga series 20th Century Boys.
59 minutes | 2 years ago
Captain Marvel: In Pursuit of Flight & Down (with special guest!)
In this episode of You Should Read This, we dig into the first two volumes of the big relaunch of Captain Marvel from 2014. Volume one is In Pursuit of Flight, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and with art by Dexter Soy, Richard Elson, Al Barrionuevo, and Emma Rios. Volume two is Down, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Christopher Sebela, with art by Dexter Soy and Filipe Andrade. This episode also features special guest Jenna Blush! She’s a huge comics fan who is super knowledgeable and happens to be Alan’s better half!
51 minutes | 2 years ago
Battle Angel Alita Vol. 1 by Yukito Kishiro
In this episode of You Should Read This, Alan and Ryan discuss the first volume of the legendary cyberpunk manga Battle Angel Alita. Show Notes: Manga and its influence (yes, again. Always)ExpectationsSubverted tropes90s comicsTechnopathyPanel Backgrounds in MangaTechnobabble
52 minutes | 2 years ago
Scales & Scoundrels vol. 1&2 by Sebastian Girner and Galaad
For this episode we talked about the first two volumes of the Scales & Scoundrels series: Into the Dragon’s Maw and Treasurehearts. Written by Sebastian Girner with art by Galaad and letters by Jeff Powell, it’s a fun fantasy romp that will certainly hook fans of Dungeons & Dragons. Show Notes: D&D having it’s moment D&D’s influence on comics Manga’s inescapable influence at this point Eurocomics as a style Race and class for each character Webcomics as a style Digital-first sequential artNausicaa’s influence on this bookCartoony faces and their benefits
61 minutes | 2 years ago
Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite & Dallas by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá
In this episode we discuss the two collections of Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite and Dallas, as well as a spoiler-free discussion of the Netflix original show. Show Notes: My Chemical Romance and our histories with emoWatching the show/movie vs reading the bookDon’t read the book for Infinity War, it’s badElevator pitch“Random” as an evolving comic book aestheticThe dimension black can bring to a page of comicsA unique way to draw the reader’s eyeWhether you should, in fact, read this
55 minutes | 2 years ago
Akira vol. 1
This time on You Should Read This, we talked about the first volume of the legendary manga Akira. Show notes: Millennials killing things Japanese influence on children’s media in the united states in the 80s and 90sReading Manga flippedThe perspective of having read a complete series versus coming in freshLong-game storytelling in mangaOtomo is a masterTHE ARTEvery single detail is rendered, it’s totally insane
45 minutes | 2 years ago
Buzz by Ananth Hirsh and Tess Stone
In this episode of You Should Read This, we jump into the outrageous world of underground spelling bees in the Oni Press book Buzz. Also discussed: “Amerimanga”Oni PressConventions of shonen sports manga and animeWhich Ninja Turtles movies are the best onesStorytelling techniques unique to comics
64 minutes | 2 years ago
East of West Vol. 1 & 2
In this episode of You Should Read This, we talk about the dense world and history that are revealed in the first two volumes of East of West. Also discussed: the history of Image comics, Hickman’s Marvel histories, macro-series like Game of Thrones and Westworld, and the weird alternate history of the East of West series.
67 minutes | 2 years ago
The Wicked + The Divine: Year One
In this episode of You Should Read This, we talk about fan-favorite ultra-modern pop music masterpiece, The Wicked + The Divine. http://www.youshouldreadthis.club/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/01-You-Should-Read-This-Episode-3：-The-Wicked-The-Divine：-Year-One.mp3
48 minutes | 2 years ago
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Phantom Blood Vol. 1
In this episode of You Should Read This! we talk about one of the longest still-running Shonen Jump manga, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure! It’s a hell of a ride. http://www.youshouldreadthis.club/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/01-You-Should-Read-This-Episode-2-Jojos-Bizarre-Adventure-Phantom-Blood-Vol.-1.mp3
44 minutes | 2 years ago
Headlopper Vol. 1: The Island or a Plague of Beasts by Andrew MacLean
Our first official episode has Alan and Ryan talking about Andrew MacLean’s Headlopper Vol. 1: The Island or a Plague of Beasts.
34 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 0: Diary Comics by Dustin Harbin
For our 0th (zeroth) episode (aka our demo episode), we read and discussed Dustin Harbin’s Diary Comics.
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