For this episode, we are talking about the new graphic anthology Dead Beats 2, released by A Wave Blue World, an independent publisher of high-quality graphic novels, anthologies, and art books, focusing on socially conscious storytelling and providing a platform for a multitude of creative voices. Joining me for this discussion is A Wave Blue World co-founders Wendy and Tyler Chin-Tanner, who started the company over 15 years ago. Dead Beats 2: London Calling, is a continuation after a successful campaign for the first volume which also received high acclaim for both its art direction and storytelling.
The guest for this episode is trumpet player, cartoonist, composer, and educator Dave Chisholm, whose latest work is Chasin’ the Bird: Charlie Parker in California — a 144-page graphic novel (via Z2 Comics) commissioned by the Parker estate in celebration of Bird’s Centennial showcasing a stretch of time the infamous jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker spent in California. During our conversation, we talked about how this idea took shape and what sort of research went into developing this graphic novel. We also talked about his music background and how he was able to combine that with comics, along with so much more
The guest for this episode Kenny Keil, artist and author of the graphic novel Smoove City, a story of four best friends as they try to make their journey towards boy band stardom. Kenny Keil is an artist and writer whose work crosses a spectrum of music, comics, and comedy, appearing everywhere from MAD Magazine and comic books to VIBE Magazine and music videos. During our chat, we talk about his motivation in making Smoove City along with his process creating it. We also talk about what music we both like and what music influenced Smoove City.
The guest for this episode is Rick Spears, author of the YA graphic novel My Riot, recently released via Oni Press. My Riot, created along with artist Emmett Helen, is a riot grrrl story set in 1981 with its main character, a teenager named Val, struggling with finding her own identity while facing the pressures of conformity. It’s a story about how the counter cultures of our society have been influential to the people that we would later become.
The guests for this episode is the team behind the Hugo Award nominated graphic novel Mooncakes, author Suzanne Walker and illustrator Wendy Xu, available now via ONI Press. With an LGBTQ+ and disabled cast, Mooncakes follows a young witch, as she works to help her grandmothers out with their store and their duties of protecting the town, only to find out that the white wolf being reported in their area is his childhood crush. During our chat, we talk about many of the themes within this story like sexuality, family, generational wisdom, and much more.
The guest for this episode is the Montreal-based comic artist and illustrator, Sweeney Boo. After a successful Kickstarter launched in December 2016, Sweeney just released her first graphic novel called Eat, and Love Yourself via Boom! Studios, a 150-page story about eating disorders, depression, body dysmorphia, and ultimately self-love; a subject really important to her. She is also the illustrator on the Marvel Action: Captain Marvel comic book via IDW/Marvel. She shared with us her long journey to the release of Eat, and Love Yourself, along with her transition of moving from the southwest of France to Montreal and much more.
The guest for this episode is cartoonist, educator, and author, Joel Christian Gill, writer and illustrator of Fights: One Boy’s Triumph Over Violence. Fights is a gripping memoir of the author’s upbringing fighting through the abuse from the people he encountered starting in his early childhood. It touched on so many forms of abuse and how he had to fight is way out of it all. It’s also about how to break that cycle of abuse from your own people and the people that should care about you and have your back.