Episode 44: Reading Without Walls Panel for BAYA Librarians

February 20, 2017

Audio from our BAYA Librarians Reading Without Walls: Graphic Novels, Literacy, and Diversity workshop Featuring Gene Luen Yang, Mariko Tamaki, and David Brothers on October 24, 2016 at Berkley Public Library; moderated by Jack Baur and Amanda Jacobs Foust. 

Recommended Reads: 

  • Gratuitous Ninjas by Rob Wimberly
  • Lazarus by Greg Rucka
  • Skim by Mariko Tamaki
  • This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Casey & April by Mariko Tamaki
  • Tomb Raider, Vol. 1: Spore by Mariko Tamaki
  • Hulk by Mariko Tamaki
  • Supergirl: Being Super by Mariko Tamaki
  • Adventure Time #8 by Mariko Tamaki
  • Superman, Vol. 1: Before Truth by Gene Luen Yang
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi 
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson
  • Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man (Miles Morales) by Brian Michael Bendis
  • Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North
  • Slam Dunk by Takeiko Inoue

Take a listen here.

Episode 43: Free Comic Book Day 2017

January 23, 2017

Recommended Reads: 

  • Doctor Strange: The Way of the Weird by Jason Aaron
  • The Art of Sonny Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew

Recommended Listen:

Free Comic Book Day Titles Discussed:

(Note: Not all titles are recommended. Your mileage, and that of your community, may vary.)


  • Animal Jam by Fernando Ruiz
  • Drawn & Quarterly’s Colorful Monsters
  • Hilda’s Back by Luke Pearson
  • Legend of Zelda by Akira Himekawa
  • Graphix Spotlight: Time Shifters by Chris Grine 
  • Kid Savage by Joe Kelly
  • Barbie by Sarah Kuhn and Tini Howard
  • Monster High by Abby Denson
  • TokyoPop Disney Descendants by Jason Muell 
  • Spongebob Freestyle Funnies 


  • Guardians of the Galaxy 
  • Secret #1 (Spider-Man/Secret Empire)
  • DC Comics Gold and DC Comics Silver (“Top Secret”) 
  • Boom Fresh off the Boat by Gene Luen Yang
  • Attack on Titan by Jody Houser
  • Spill Night by Scott Westerfeld
  • Catalyst Prime: The Event by Christopher J. Priest


  • I Hate Image by Skottie Young
  • Guy Delisle & Brigitte Findakly
  • Fantagraphics World’s Greatest
  • Incal by Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Malika Warrior Queen

Episode 42: Interview with Jason Shiga

August 18, 2016

Recommended Reads: 

In this episode, Jack and Jason Shiga discuss:
  • Meanwhile by Jason Shiga
  • Demon by Jason Shiga
  • Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
  • Fleep by Jason Shiga
  • Astro Boy by Osamu Tezuka
  • Kimba the White Lion by Osamu Tezuka
  • Adolf by Osamu Tezuka
  • The Drifting Classroom by Kazuo Umezu 
  • Fourteen by Kazuo Umezu 
  • Prison Pit by Johnny Ryan
  • Berserk by Kentaro Miura
Interview with Jason Shiga.

Episode 41: SDCC 2016 Wrap-Up & Ben Hatke

August 11, 2016

Recommend Reads: 

  • Science Comics: Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers by MK Reed and Joe Flood
  • Science Comics: Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean by Maris Wicks
  • Science Comics: Volcanoes: Fire and Life by Jon Chad
  • Long Walk to Valhalla by Adam Smith and Matthew Fox
In this episode, Jack and Amanda discuss: 
Interview with Ben Hatke:
  • Little Robot by Ben Hatke
  • The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
  • Corgi by Christian Slade
  • Owly by Andy Runton
  • Zita the Space Girl series by Ben Hatke
  • Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke
  • Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke

Episode 40: Rick Remender at SDCC 2016

August 4, 2016

Interview with Rick Remender at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 with Casey Gilly of Comic Book Resources.

In the interview, Jack, Rick and Casey discuss:

Episode 39: SDCC 2016 & The Killing Joke

July 19, 2016

Recommended Reads:

  • Black Canary, Vol. 1: Kicking and Screaming by Brenden Fletcher
  • Deadly Class Deluxe Edition: Noise Noise Noise by Rick Remender
  • The Killing Joke by Alan Moore
  • Watchman by Alan Moore
  • Batman: Year One by Frank Miller
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
Jack and Amanda discuss: 
Jack's SDCC Schedule at the Comic Conference for Educators and Librarians at the San Diego Public Library, Central Library:

Episode 38: Comics Success Stories

July 14, 2016

What we are reading: 

  • Trashed by Derf Backderf
  • Punk Rock and Trailer Parks by Derf
  • My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
  • Archie by Mark Waid
  • Jughead by Chip Zdarsky
Jack and Amanda discuss:

Episode 37: Cathy Camper

July 7, 2016

Recommended Reads:

  • Lowriders in Space: Book 1 by Cathy Camper and Raul the Third
  • Lowriders to the Center of the Earth: Book 2 by Cathy Camper and Raul the Third
  • Palestine by Joe Sacco
  • Love & Rockets by Jaime Hernandez and Gilbert Hernandez
Also check out Mission: Comics and Art in San Francisco, CA

Interview with Cathy Camper of Lowriders in Space and Librarian at Multnomah County Library.

Episode 36: Steven T. Seagle

June 30, 2016

Recommended Reads:

  • Camp Midnight by Steven T. Seagle
  • Rocket Girl #6 by Brandon Montclare
  • Howard the Duck by Chip Zdarksky
  • Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North
  • Dinosaur Comics by Ryan North
  • Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
  • Smile by Raina Telgemeier
  • Drama by Raina Telgeimeier
  • Sisters by Raina Telgeimeier
  • Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm
  • Archie by Mark Waid
  • Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
  • Big Hero Six by Steven T. Seagle
  • Genius by Steven T. Seagle

Interview with Steven T. Seagle at Image Expo on July 2, 2015.

Episode 35: Jason Aaron & Ron Wimberly

June 23, 2016

Recommended Reads:

  • The Goddamned by Jason Aaron
  • Scalped by Jason Aaron
  • Doctor Strange: The Way of the Weird by Jason Aaron
  • The Other Side by Jason Aaron
  • Southern Bastards by Jason Aaron
  • Star Wars: Skywalker Strikes by Jason Aaron
  • Prince of Cats by Ron Wimberly
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  • Sunset Park by Ron Wimberly
  • Slave Punk by Ron Wimberly
  • She-Hulk: Law and Disorder by Charles Soule

Interview with Jason Aaron at Image Expo on July 2, 2015

Interview with Ron Wimberly at Image Expo on July 2, 2015