Graphic Novel Explorers Club
Batman: Zero Year
Season 6, Ep. 89
Episode 89Become a Patron!Greetings, Explorers! After a short break due to our co-host Johnny being tied up with up a semester of school, we're back with some new-ish episodes (we recorded the next couple of episodes at the beginning of the year). We're kicking off the rest of our season with Batman: Zero Year. Published by DC comics the story in 2013. Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV wrote the story, with art by Greg Capullo.Set within DC's New 52 Universe, Batman: Zero Year is a new telling of the early days of Batman's career. Additionally, it wraps up Snyder and Capullo's run on Batman comics.Aubrey, Dennis, and Johnny starts things off chatting about Batman: Year Zero's connection to Batman: Last Knight on Earth, which we reviewed in Episode 81. Next, they discuss if Batman stories even need to be told at this point.Finally, they look at the Batman Eggs (Batman + Easter Eggs) in the story. Additional topics include Jim Gordon's coat; the Robin who isn't a Robin, wears a Batman symbol, but isn't a Batman either; the sexual tension between two of the characters (and it's not who you'd expect it to be); finding the time to move to Metropolis; "That rubbed me the right way"; and last, but not certainly not least, the storytelling and art of Batman: Year Zero.
Greetings, Explorers! The podcast is going on hiatus for a bit and co-host Johnny lets you know why.
Week in Geek -The Book of Boba Fett
Season 6, Ep. 88.5
Greetings, Explorers! This is our Week in Geek. Every other week we look back at the everything we’ve been geeking out on. That could be movies, shows, books, games, music, and anything else that got our attention. This week we look atThe Book of Boba Fett.Dennis, Aubrey, and Johnny chat about some of things they’ve been geeking out on. First up, Dennis shares his thoughts aboutThe Book ofBobaFett(and the culture building in the show), HBO’sPeacemaker, and Station Eleven. Next, Aubrey’s Week in Geek revolves aroundTalk Show the Game Show, the Korean dramaI Can Hear Your Voice,theDLCforBreath of the Wild, and the bookIn the Realm of Hungry Ghostsby Dr. Gabor Maté. Finally, Johnny’s Week in Geek involves The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window, MONK! by Youseff Dadudi, which is aboutThelonious MonkandPannonica de Koenigswarter, and musiciansAngel OlsenandJulia Jacklin.
Season 6, Ep. 88
Episode 88Greetings, Explorers! Prepare yourself to become a multi-modality hyper-genius after readingOmni.Story byDevin Graysonand art byAlitha E. Martinez.HUMANOIDSpublished the comic in2020.Doctor Cecelia Cobbina is a surgeon working with Doctors Without Borders. While helping patients in Africa, Doctor Cobbina suddenly becomes gifted with hyper-intelligence. However, she’s not alone. Other people are gaining powers of their own. Finally, her new metahuman abilities come in handy as tries to figure out this mystery.Frist, Johnny, Dennis, and Aubrey look at at the largerH1 Ignition Universe.Three of the series that make up the Ignition Universe areOmni,Strange Lands, andIgnited. Next, they discuss how the hero’s powers manifest themself. Finally, they talk about the flawed, smart, and dynamic character that is the hero of this series. Additional topics includeco-dependent superheroes; the bedside manners of doctors;and the Hippocratic Oath of letting a garbage truck hit people. Last of all, but not certainly not least, they look at the storytelling and art ofOmni.
Free Speech Handbook
Season 6, Ep. 87.5
Writer and Artist InterviewGreetings, Explorers! We’ve got a special episode for you.Ian Rosenberg, an attorney and writer, andMike Cavallaro, an artist with over 30 years of experience in comics and animation, stop by to chat about their new graphic novel, theFree Speech Handbook.First Secondpublished the book in 2021.Free Speech Handbookis part of the World Citizens Handbooks series of six graphic novels. Two of the other books in the series areWhat Unites Usby Dan Rather andWhy the Peopleby Beka Feathers.Free Speech Handbookand the rest of theWorld Citizen Handbooksare available now.Ian is a media lawyer and teaches media law at Brooklyn College. Additionally, he is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker and since 2003 has provided legal counsel for ABC News.Mike has worked in comics and animation since the early 90s. His body of work, to name just a few, includes the Eisner Award-nominatedParade (with Fireworks),The Life and Time of Savior 28,Foiled, andCurses! Foiled Again, and the Nico Bravo series, a 2019 New York Public Library Best Books for Kids selection.
About Betty's Boob
Season 6, Ep. 87
Episode 87Bonjour mes Explorateurs!In this episode we look atAbout Betty’s Boob.Written byVéro Cazot, art byJulie Rocheleau, and published byArchaia Entertainmentin 2017.About Betty’s Boobconcerns a young woman named Betty waking up after her mastectomy. In addition to her surgery, she goes through a break up and losing her job.However, what seems to be the darkest time in Betty’s life may be the start of a bright new day. Above all, what could easily be a dark tale is told with humor, healing, and self-acceptance.Aubrey, Johnny, and Dennis chat the lack of dialogue in the book. Next, they discuss the anti-Capitalism themes of the book.Finally, Aubrey examines the exploratory structure of the book. Additional topics include 80085; why the artisanal fake breast shop was done dirty; “boobdazzled”; the lack of comeuppance for the “villain”; anothergraphic novelby a French duo; and last, but not certainly not least, the storytelling and art ofAbout Betty’s Boob.
Week in Geek - Spider-Man: No Way Home & Donut Country
Season 6, Ep. 78.5
Our Week in Geek - The King's Affection & Spider-Man: No Way HomeGreetings, Explorers! We're trying something new here at Graphic Novel Explorers Club. We thought started checking in every other week to see what non-comic book and non-graphic novel media that's got our attention. Things like shows, movies, books, games, and music.In the very first episode, Aubrey and Johnny chat about some of things they've been geeking out on: The King's Affection, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Mixtape, Donut County, New Teeth: Stories, and Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers.
Daredevil Know Fear
Season 6, Ep. 86
Episode 86Greetings, Explorers! We kick off our sixth season of Graphic Novel Explorers Club withDaredevil Know Fear, by writerChip Zdarskyand artistMarco Checchetto. Marvel published the comic in 2019.Matt Murdock, better known as Daredevil, is rebuilding everything after nearly passing away, both in his personal life and his vigilante life as the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen. His first mission back results in a criminal dying while trying to stop a crime. Consequently, NYPD is scouring Hell's Kitchen for Daredevil. His problems don’t stop there! First, Kingpin is mayor of New York. Next, the one hero no one wants on their side is trying to help him. Finally, his investigation into who really killed that criminal is not going where Daredevil is hoping it will go.Dennis and Johnny kicks things off with some updates about the podcast, including introducing our new co-hostAubrey Zevallos! Next, they look at the history of comic book villains running foroffice.Finally, that ask how effective are superheroes if supervillains are able to commit crimes after being caught? Additional topics include asking if Daredevil Know Fear is a What If story; “brutal with compassion”; the consequences of running that hero game; how heroes deal with the loss of their identity; the Anti-Vigilante Vigilante; and last, but not certainly not least, the storytelling and art ofDaredevil Know Fear.
Season 5, Ep. 85
Episode 85Become a Patron!Happy Holidays, Explorers! December marks the return of our annual Holiday Special! This year we take a look at Krampus! by writer Brian Joines and artist Dean Kotz. Images Comics published the comic in 2014.The bones of Saint Nicholas have gone missing! Now the Secret Society of Santa Clauses are in mortal danger and so is Christmas! With time running out, their only option is to turn to the creature they locked up decades ago: Krampus. With the Santas in their most desperate hour, will he help his jailers or return to his ways of punishing children? However, knowing Krampus is forever on the Naughty List, the Santas go to an extreme measure to him to keep him in line. Which begs the question, what's a Krampus to do?Johnny, Dennis, and guest hostAubreylook at the similarities between the character of Krampus and private detectives like Philip Marlowe and Jeffrey Lebowski.Next, they discuss the respect the author shows in bringing different cultures’ winter lore to life in the story.Finally, they contemplate if this book will follow the lead of other loved comics that are yet to have their follow up published – looking at youRoberto Aguirre-SacasaandEmil Ferris. Additional topics include taking the trope of cursing Santa; the many versions of a gift-giving deity; the possible inspiration of Escape from New York; did the kid at the end make it; Horny Christmas vs. Depressed Christmas; the Boomer State of Mind; and last, but not certainly not least, the storytelling and art ofKrampus!.Graphic Novel Explorers Club will return with a new season (number 6!) in January 2022.