Infinite Canvas Podcast 4/27/16

On this week’s episode of Infinite Canvas, Dan and Mike review 3 new titles from this week: Saga #36, Sex Criminals #15, and Batman #51.

They also talk about the woes that come with buying too many comics and not having the time to read them, and touch on Kanye West’s latest album, The Life of Pablo.

— Michael Lane, Blog Editor

Infinite Canvas Podcast 3/2/16

the flightWe’re back with the second episode of our new podcast about comic books, Infinite Canvas.

For our main feature this episode, we dig deep into our absolute favorite comics being released today. We also talk a bit about Chicago’s big annual comic convention, C2E2, and round out the show with a review of issue #19 of Rick Remender and Wes Craig’s Deadly Class.

Also, we’ve decided to start a sort of “Book Club” feature for the podcast, in which we assign a graphic novel for both us and you, the listener, to read. We hope this will start some sort of larger discussion. This week we’ve chosen Joe the Barbarian by Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy, and we hope to talk about the book on either next week’s episode or the following one.

Lastly, if you like what we’re doing or maybe even have a question, please leave a comment on the SoundCloud page, here on the blog, or shoot us an email at infinitecanvaspodcast@gmail.com

— Michael Lane, Blog Editor

Discussion: Graphic Novels

Image courtesy of Mike Egan
Image courtesy of Mike Egan

Have you read any graphic novels this summer? How about this year? Have you ever read a graphic novel? I think that people tend to think that graphic novels are only for certain people. People might think that graphic novels are only for “nerds,” whatever that means. But I disagree!

I am here today to encourage you to check out a graphic novel. Just try one! I used to read a lot of graphic novels when I was younger, and then I stopped reading them for some reason. Recently, however, I’ve discovered a lot of interesting graphic novels and have been reading a lot of great stories as a result.

BoingBoing had a Summer Reading List of Graphic Novels just a little while ago, and I think they had some great recommendations. Their list includes Saga, which I definitely agree with. I’ve only read the first volume of Saga so far (there are 3 out right now), but it’s a story of cross-species romance and intergalactic conflict. It. Is. Amazing. Also on their list is Hyperbole and a Half, the graphic novel memoir of Allie Brosh, who runs a blog of the same name. I read it earlier this year and enjoyed it immensely! It had a good mix of comedy and tragedy, coupled with Allie Brosh’s signature art style.

To this list, I would like to add some recommendations of my own. My first recommendation is Sex Criminals. Sure, it sounds a bit scandalous–and maybe it is–but it’s a superb idea and has an awesome art style. Basically, two people find that they both have a unique ability–they stop time when they climax, but they remain aware and able to move around. What will they do in that quiet space? You’ll have to read it to find out!

Another great series that I’ve been reading is Manhattan Projects, which is an alternate universe re-imagining of what happened with the scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project. There are aliens, robots, and a whole lot of crazy corruption. If you’re ready for a story that’s really out there, I’d recommend this one.

Finally, I want to put in a good word for two oldies-but-goodies. Firstly, Fables, which has been going on for quite some time. It’s all about fairytale characters in modern day Manhattan. Secondly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Yes, there are Buffy graphic novels. They start with a “season 8” run of stories, which continues the seven-season television show. They are so much fun to read if you’re a Buffy fan.

I hope that these recommendations have inspired you to check out some graphic novels this summer, or any time this year!

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan