Vanessa Davis talks with co-hosts Medaya Ocher and Kate Wolf about her autobiographical comics; in particular her collection Spaniel Rage, which is being reissued. Davis discusses the evolution of a new literary art form, along with the establishment of women in the comics world. Then Martabel Wasserman drops by to recommend Sarah Schulman’s classic novel of New York City at the height of the AIDS crisis, People in Trouble, which features a Donald Trump-inspired antagonist. Lastly, Tom and Laurie listen to, and adore, a couple of poems by Emily Dickinson.
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One of our favorite cartoonists, Vanessa joins us to talk about what she’s up to lately, celebrity sightings (sorta not really), her recent webcomics series on The Paris Review, and kicks off a sure to be re-occurring feature: Formative Works – aka We talk to cartoonists about the comics and art that have affected their own comics creation. This time, Vanessa talks up 100 Demons by Lynda Barry & Charlotte: Life or Theater by Charlotte Salomon.
Cartoonist & friend of the show Shanna Matuszak also joins us to chat about recent comics releases CAGE #1 by Genndy Tartakovsky & Stephen DeStefano, Impatience by Ines Estrada, American Blood by Benjamin Marra, Shade The Changing Girl #1 by Cecil Castellucci & Marley Zarcone, & Snotgirl by Bryan Lee O’Malley & Leslie Hung.