Bitches on Comics

Bitches on Comics

Bitches on Comics, a podcast where SE Fleenor and Sara Century answer your comics questions.

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In this episode, we talk to Becky Cloonan (Gotham Academy, Wonder Woman) and Michael W. Conrad (Wonder Woman, Doom Patrol) about their new comic: Batgirls! We discuss how they first met Batman and the Bat Family, the balance of high stakes and hijinks in Batgirls, and why this comic we've all been waiting for totally rules. And, don't miss Bondo!You can find Becky on social media at: @beckycloonan (link goes to Twitter)You can find Becky on social media at:  @michaelwconrad (link goes to Twitter)Born in Pisa, Becky Cloonan began her career self-publishing mini-comics in 1999. Since then she has gone on to work with publishers like DC, Dark Horse, Harper Collins and Marvel, winning a few Eisner Awards along the way, both for self-published books. In 2012 Becky broke a glass ceiling, became the first woman to illustrate an issue of Batman. In her spare time, she illustrates for Mondo, Criterion, Roadburn Festival, Konkani and DeathWaltz Records, and has worked with bands like Clutch, Abbath, X Japan, and Black Sabbath. She currently co-writes Wonder Woman and Batgirls for DC.Michael Conrad has written for DC, Marvel, and ComiXology Originals, as well as Mystery School Comics Group, an independent comics collective he founded. He currently co-writes Wonder Woman and Batgirls for DC.

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Dec 8

33 min 20 sec

We interview adrienne maree brown, author, Octavia E. Butler scholar, podcast host, and doula, about her new novella Grievers. We also get into the connection between organizing and speculative fiction, amb's deep love of Butler and Ursula LeGuin, and the power of creativity. Don't worry, we also dish on queerness and it's transformative power in fiction and life.Learn more about amb at: adriennemareebrown.netJoin them on Twitter at: @adriennemaree and Instagram at @adriennemareebrownPick up Grievers from AK Press.adrienne maree brown is the writer-in-residence at the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute, and author of Grievers (the first novella in a trilogy on the Black Dawn imprint), Holding Change: The Way of Emergent Strategy Facilitation and Mediation, We Will Not Cancel Us and Other Dreams of Transformative Justice, Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements and How to Get Stupid White Men Out of Office. She is the cohost of the How to Survive the End of the World, Octavia’s Parables and Emergent Strategy podcasts. adrienne is rooted in Detroit.

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Nov 24

27 min 50 sec

In this episode, we interview comic artist and writer Natasha Alterici. We discuss her epic, queer Norse-mythology comic Heathen, her numerous zines, her great love for cover art, and, of course, we talk dinosaurs. Dino DNA! Don't miss this opportunity to hear from the dino queen herself!Follow Natasha on Twitter at: @Alterici or on Instagram at: @alterici_artCheck out Natasha's work at: alterici.com or alterici.gumroad.comSupport Natasha's GoFundMe at:  gofundme.com/f/help-fix-natashas-hand 

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Nov 10

59 min 10 sec

In this episode we interview monster romance author Magen Cubed (Leather and Lace, In The Bedroom of Medusa) about the challenges facing queer creators, the purpose and power of self-publishing, her Leather and Lace characters Cash and Dorian, and so much more.Follow Magen on Twitter and Instagram at: @magencubed (links to Twitter)Check out their books and stories at: magencubed.netSign up for her newsletter at: magencubed.substack.com

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Oct 27

1 hr 31 min

In today's episode, we interview authors Ada Hoffmann (The Outside, The Fallen) and R.B. Lemberg (The Four Profound Weaves, Birdverse). We talk about their fiction and get deep into neurodiversity and queer and trans representation in speculative fiction, discussing internality, pacing, trauma, and who gets to tell their own stories--and how.Learn more about Ada Hoffmann on Twitter: @xasymptoteOr at: Ada-Hoffmann.com or AdaHoffmann.substack.comLearn more about R.B. Lemberg on Twitter: @RB_Lemberg On Instagram: @RBLemberg Or at: rblemberg.net  or patreon.com/rblembergAnd, check out 25 Essential Notes on Craft from Matthew Salesses an article referenced by Ada Hoffmann in this episode.

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Oct 13

1 hr 23 min

In today's interview, we talk to return guest Danny Lore about everything they've been up to since last we spoke. They've just been writing Captain America and John Constantine and Wonder Woman and Zatanna and Transformers. No big. Danny's also been busy cooking up an original werewolf and supernatural comic Lunar Room. In this great conversation, we get into why some characters have to be reclaimed, what it means to see people as both good and evil, and so much more.Find Danny on Twitter at:  @weredawgzLearn more about Danny at: https://dannylore.com/And make sure to check out Danny's last appearance on the pod: Episode 45

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Sep 29

1 hr 1 min

Today's interview is with Sarah Gailey, author of Magic for Liars, The Echo Wife, and much more. Sarah joins us to talk about their new comic Eat The Rich, out now. We get into why horror is so relatable, the lures and lies of wealth, how cannibalism and capitalism have more in common than a handful of letters, and what queer creators owe our audiences (hint: it's  not perfection).Find Sarah Gailey on Twitter/Instagram/Tumblr: @gaileyfrey (link goes to Twitter)Learn more about them (and pick up Eat the Rich and all Sarah's work) via their website: https://sarahgailey.com/

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Sep 15

50 min 36 sec

In today's episode, we answer a listener question about Mojo, what his whole deal is, and any other villains that are similar to him in comics. We get into why Mojo is so formidable to the X-Men, what his fatness communicates, and what he parallels in our own society. We raise more questions than answers in this one, so buckle up!Our Comic of the Week is Drainers by Alex Steacy. Pick it up at: https://www.cloudscapecomics.com/product/drainers/"Such a great, subtle critique of wealth and capitalism" – S.E."This comic is surprisingly cute for being one of the grossest premises I’ve ever heard." – Sara

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Sep 1

42 min 48 sec

In today's episode, we talk to Preeti Chhibber, author, critic, and speaker about her new Zatanna comic, her deep love of Peter Parker, her wild experience writing an MCU tie-in (Peter and Ned's Ultimate Travel Journal), and her love/hate/hate/love relationship with Supernatural. We also discuss craft topics like the importance of writing to your audience, how pacing impacts stories, and tips for being a writer working with an artist.Find Preeti on all your favorite social media platforms at: @runwithskizzers (this links to Twitter)Learn more about Preeti at: https://www.preetichhibber.com/

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Aug 25

1 hr 12 min

In today's episode, we answer a listener question about Secret Wars and the sudden appearance of Leah of Hel. We discuss the history of Secret Wars, Leah and Magik's queer love, and the highs and lows of characters who are only queer in alternate universes. We also recommend our favorite Secret Wars/Battleworld comics from Last Days of Ms. Marvel to Weird World to Ghost Racers.Our Comic of the Week is: Godzilla in Hell art and writing by various, include James Stokoe, Bob Eggleton, Ulises Farinas, Erick Freitas, Buster Moody, Brandon Seifert, Ibrahim Moustafa, and Dave Watcher.Every artist is doing top of their career stuff. – Sara**metal guitar riff** – S.E.

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Aug 18

43 min 58 sec

Today's episode is all about Wynonna Earp: the TV series, the comic, the woman, the fandom. We talk about the power of the queer representation on the series, why somebody should make bank by bringing it back, and the exceptional exploration of trauma, healing, relapse, recovery, and hope. We love Wynonna Earp.And don't miss our FREE bonus Patreon episode about Wynonna Earp from back before Season 4 was released: https://www.patreon.com/posts/we-love-wynnona-47538451Our Comic of the Week is: The Paradox of Getting Better by Raven Lyn"This comic rules." - Sara"So beautiful and so strange." – S.E.Pick it up and support Raven Lyn at: https://ravenclemens.gumroad.com/#bmWSe

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Aug 11

52 min 26 sec

In this week's episode, we answer a listener question about The Nevers, how we grapple with works by problematic creators especially when we love them, and what witchy and supernatural TV, film, comics, and books we would recommend instead. We talk about the allegations against some creators amd how we live with the impacts of their foundational works.Our Comic of the Week is Grip: The Strange World of Men by Gilbert Hernandez.“This is the best, weirdest comic I’ve ever read.” – Sara“The comic holds up a mirror to society—a weird, funhouse mirror, but it’s still a mirror.” – S.E.Trigger Warnings: discussions of allegations against Joss Whedon, Warren Ellis, and others throughout, discussions of abuse and transphobia throughout

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Aug 4

1 hr 7 min

In this week's episode, we answer a listener question about WandaVision, what the adaptation gets right and where it fails, and what comics we'd love to see adapted or not. We get into the erasure of Wanda's Jewish and Romani identities and so much more. We also discuss some of our favorite comics that could be adapted for the screen, from Monstress to Infidel, and the few we find wholly unadaptable.Make sure to read Jessica Reidy's article "As a Romani witch, I can't stand WandaVision".Our Comic of the Week is: LaGuardia written by Nnedi Okorafor, art by Tana Ford, colors by James Devlin, letters by Sal Cipriano. "Some of the best meditations on what makes a life worth saving." - S.E. Fleenor"The art is absolutely gorgeous. " - Sara Century  

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Jul 28

50 min 36 sec

In today's episode, we have a double dose of Deadpool! First, we talk about what we love about the Merc with the Mouth with Monika Estrella Negra. We get into the highs and lows of our favorite tragic clown, from his pansexuality to his chaotic energy. Monika walks us through the horror elements of Deadpool, Sara talks Deadpool's exes, and S.E. discusses why reading Deadpool just makes us feel better.Next, we explore Deadpool (2008) #1-3, written by Daniel Way, Pencils by Paco Medina, Inks by Juan Vlasco, Colors by Marte Gracia, and letters by Cory Petit. This special segment is a tie-in with Shelfdust's Secret Invasion extravaganza--which has definitely not being taken over by Skrulls, ok? And, check out S.E.'s Shelfdust Presents interview with Matt Lune (Matt sure sounds a lot like Sara in this interview...)Check out Monika's article of best Deadpool comics, as well as Sara's article about his very strange love life and S.E.'s about his pansexuality.And don't miss our in-depth discussions of Deadpool (and Captain Marvel) over on Patreon:Part 1 (free for all)Part 2Part 3Join us for as little as $2/month to get access to these episodes and so many more!

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Jul 21

1 hr 2 min

In today's episode, we talk to Riley Silverman, actor, writer, uber nerd, and self-described "chaotic femme," about her deep love of Doctor Who, Star Wars, and RPGs. We also discuss trans, nonbinary, and queer representation in nerdom and why Darth Vader comics rule. From Ahsoka Tano to Lula Talisola, we talk about the characters we love!Follow Riley on Twitter at: @rileyjsilvermanFollow Riley on Instagram at: @rileysilvermanCheck out Ripley Improv's new show at: https://ripleyimprov.com/slayRead Sara's roundup of Darth Vader comics at: https://www.comicbookherald.com/the-best-darth-vader-comics/

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Jul 14

1 hr 13 min

In our 100th freaking episode, we talk Jane Foster Thor and what makes her so worthy, discussing her history in the comics, why the Aaron/Dauterman run is so iconic, and why she makes us weep.Our Comic of the Week is: Dazzler (1981), Issues #1-4, script by Tom DeFalco, pencils by John Romita Jr., inks by Alfredo Alcala, colors by Glynis Wein, Letters by Joe Rosen.Read more about Jane Foster Thor in the following issues: Might Thor, Issues #1-23 and #700-706 (2015) written by Jason Aaron with art by Russell Dauterman.What a way to celebrate 100 episodes of your favorite bitches talking comics! We love you!

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Jul 7

1 hr 18 min

In our pride month extravaganza grand finale, we interview Vita Ayala about their body of comics work from The Wilds to Livewire to The New Mutants, why imperfect queer and Brown characters matter to them, and why superheroes still matter. We get into the role of nostalgia in how stories are made, why characters need to grapple with the consequences of their actions, and so much more!The incredible Stephanie Williams also joins us for this awesome conversation!Follow Vita Ayala on Twitter at: @definitelyvitaFollow Stephanie Williams on Twitter at: @steph-I-Will 

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Jun 30

1 hr 38 min

In today's episode, our eighth Pride Month Extravaganza interview, we talk to Trung Le Nguyen about his graphic novel The Magic Fish, the importance of clothing and fashion to graphic narratives, and the connection between fairy tales and queerness. We get into the challenges of being both the artist and writer of your own story, the limits of language, his Star Spinner Tarot Deck, and more!Don't miss this delightful conversation!Learn more about Trung at his website: http://www.trungles.com/Follow Trung on Twitter at: @trunglesFollow Trung on Instagram at: @trungles  

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Jun 25

1 hr 3 min

In today's episode, our sixth Pride month extravaganza interview, we interview Sophie Campbell about her incredible body of comics work including Wet Moon, Glory, and JEM, the pressure on queer and trans creators to make perfect representation, and having a good time with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.Follow Sophie on Twitter at: @mooncalfe1Follow Sophie on Instagram at: @mooncalfe23

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Jun 23

1 hr 8 min

In today's episode, our sixth pride month extravaganza interview, we interview cartoonist Stan Stanley regarding her comic The Hazards of Love, her creative process, writing fantasy that reflects her culture and life, and the importance of queer and trans Latinx representation.Follow Stan on Twitter at: @snakewifeCheck out Stan's website at: http://www.snakewife.com/

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Jun 18

1 hr 6 min

In today's episode, our fifth pride month extravaganza interview, we talk to artist Yoshi Yoshitani about tarot, comics, and queer and mixed race representation in art and pop culture. We also get into Yoshi's creative projects from Tarot of the Divine to Zatanna and the House of Secrets and I am Not Starfire. Yoshi even has a sweet clothing line.Learn more about Yoshi at: http://www.yoshiyoshitani.com/

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Jun 16

1 hr 9 min

In our fourth pride month extravaganza interview, we talk to comic, tv, and film critic Craig about some of their favorite comics and tv shows: Far Sector, Abbott, Lovecraft Country, and Watchmen. We get into the power of seeing a range of time periods in Black stories, the highs and lows of the queer representation, the power of Blacktober, and the very cool podcast they co-host: I Want You To Watch This.Find Craig on Twitter @catharticusFollow I Want You To Watch This on Twitter and Instagram at: @iwytwtLearn more about I Want You To Watch This at https://iwytwt.com/I Want You To Watch This streams Sundays at 12pm MT at: Twitch.tv/iwytwt

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Jun 11

1 hr 1 min

In today's episode, our third pride month extravaganza interview, we talk to Bishakh Som about her LA Times and Lambda Literary award-winning short story comic collection Apsara Engine, as well as her beautiful graphic memoir Spellbound. We discuss how creating comics helped her discover her trans identity, the power of exploring gender in community, her contributions to the We're Still Here all trans comics anthology, and more!Learn more about Bishakh at: www.bishakh.comFollow Bishakh on Instagram at: @biche_bashPick up Apsara Engine at: https://www.feministpress.org/books-a-m/apsara-enginePick up Spellbound at: https://www.streetnoisebooks.com/spellboundGrab your copy of We're Still Here while you can at:  https://stackeddeckpress.com/product/were-still-here-an-all-trans-comics-anthology/

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Jun 9

1 hr 14 min

Welcome to our limited-edition podcast for Decoded Pride Issue #2.In these episodes, we talk to small roundtables of creators from this year's issue about their stories and creative process and why queer speculative fiction matters so much.In our final episode for this season, our editors talk about their stories. Join us for a conversation between Sara Century, author of "Slipping, but Not Falling" (June 21), Monika Estrella Negra, author of "The Beacon of Influencership" (June 14), and S.E. Fleenor, author of "Anomalous" (June 5).Pick up Issue #2 at DecodedPride.com!Special thanks to Earth Control Pill for our customized music.

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Jun 4

48 min 46 sec

In today's episode, the second episode of our pride month extravaganza, we talk to writers Ben Kahn and Rachel Silverstein about their new graphic novel Renegade Rule and how it manifests a better, queerer, more diverse world for e-games. We also discuss reference images, scripting, creative processes and how they shift with a writing team, and more!Make sure to follow Ben on Twitter at: @BenTheKahnAnd follow Rachel on Twitter at: @flirtymangoPick up Renegade Rule (written by Ben Kahn and Rachel Silverstein, Art by Sam Beck) now--out today!

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Jun 2

55 min 34 sec

In today's episode, the first episode of our pride month extravaganza, we talk to Nebula finalist R.B. Lemberg about their novella The Four Profound Weaves and how it captures trans experiences in a fantasy setting. We also discuss their deep love of Ursula LeGuin, how they came out later in life, the wide reaches of the Birdverse, and what lies ahead!Make sure to follow RB on Twitter at: @RB_LembergAnd find their website at: http://roselemberg.net/Pick up The Four Profound Weaves from Tachyon now--or get it from your local library!A transcript of today's episode is attached to this episode and available on our SimpleCast site at  https://bitches-on-comics.simplecast.com/episodes 

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Jun 1

1 hr 3 min

Welcome to our limited-edition podcast for Decoded Pride Issue #2.In these episodes, we talk to small roundtables of creators from this year's issue about their stories and creative process and why queer speculative fiction matters so much.Today's episode features a conversation between J.D. Harlock, author of "Love, Satan" (June 4), S.B. Edwards, author of "More Efficient Than A Guillotine" (June 18), and Akil Wingate, author of "A Murder of Crows" (June 30), moderated by S.E. Fleenor, Decoded Pride editor and Bitches on Comics host.Pick up Issue #2 at DecodedPride.com!Special thanks to Earth Control Pill for our custom music.

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May 31

50 min 57 sec

Welcome to our limited-edition podcast for Decoded Pride Issue #2.In these episodes, we talk to small roundtables of creators from this year's issue about their stories and creative process and why queer speculative fiction matters so much.Today's episode features a conversation between Jeffrey Brown + Ink author of “Agents of CLAW” (June 16 ), Emmalia Harrington, author of "Deepest Chinatown" (June 25), and Peter Vulfranc, author of “Two Strong Arms to Defend Myself” (June 26), moderated by Monika Estrella Negra, Decoded Pride editor and Bitches on Comics special host.Pick up Issue #2 at DecodedPride.com!Special thanks to Earth Control Pill for our custom music.

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May 28

38 min 9 sec

In this week's episode, we answer a listener question about Blue Is The Warmest Color and fraught representation and dynamics between lesbian and bi and pan women. We discuss the importance of the book, particularly for when it came out, the abhorrent film adaptation, and why Jul' Maroh rules.Our Comic of the Week is: Josie and the Pussycats, Art by Audre Mok, Story by Marguerite Bennett and Cameron DeOrdio, Colors by Andre Szymanowicz and Kelly Fitzpatrick, Letters by Jack MorelliIt’s nice to see the characters given some room. – SaraThe emotional arc is: How do you be a better friend? – S.E.Support Bitches on Comics on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bitchesoncomics

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May 26

1 hr 2 min

Welcome to our limited-edition podcast for Decoded Pride Issue #2.In these episodes, we talk to small roundtables of creators from this year's issue about their stories and creative process and why queer speculative fiction matters so much.Today's episode features a conversation between Maurice Moore, author of "Suga and CC" (June 2), AriadneTzn, author of "The Iliad Improved" (June 29), and Dora Dee Rogers, author of "Delan at the Shrine" (June 8), moderated by Sara Century, Decoded Pride editor and Bitches on Comics host.Pick up Issue #2 at DecodedPride.com!Special thanks to Earth Control Pill for our custom music.

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May 25

40 min 19 sec

Welcome to our limited-edition podcast for Decoded Pride Issue #2.In these episodes, we talk to small roundtables of creators from this year's issue about their stories and creative process and why queer speculative fiction matters so much.Today's episode features a conversation between Robin Quinn, author of "In A Place Like This" (June 27), Kayleigh Hearn, author of "Sisters of the Whispering Inferno" (June 7), and Shaya French, author of "Vivicus" (June 15), moderated by Monika Estrella Negra, Decoded Pride editor and Bitches on Comics special guest.Pick up Issue #2 at DecodedPride.com!Special thanks to Earth Control Pill for our customized music.

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May 23

32 min 32 sec

Welcome to our limited-edition podcast for Decoded Pride Issue #2.In these episodes, we talk to small roundtables of creators from this year's issue about their stories and creative process and why queer speculative fiction matters so much.Today's episode features a conversation between dave ring, author of "An Offering to the Sun" (June 11), and Ciko Sidzumo, author of "Determined" (June 24), moderated by Sara Century, Decoded Pride editor and Bitches on Comics host.Pick up Issue #2 at DecodedPride.com!Special thanks to Earth Control Pill for our customized music.

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May 21

20 min 35 sec

In this week's episode, we talk to Olivia Cuartero-Briggs about her new comic Silver City, why she wrote a purgatory story, and how she incorporated her dog Snacks (RIP) into the book. We also discuss the fun of writing Mary Shelley: Monster Hunter and why women's narratives and feminism matter so much in monster stories.Make sure to pick up Silver City Issue #1 (Writer: Olivia Cuartero-Briggs, Artist & Colorist: Luca Merli, Letterer: Dave Sharpe) today! 

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May 19

1 hr 24 min

In this week's episode, we chat with comic writer and letterer Erica Schultz about the power of lettering her own comics, what she tells her students, and her new comic about sisters who are assassins raised by their Nazi-hunting mom to seek vengeance. The Deadliest Bouquet is on Kickstarter now!Support The Deadliest Bouquet on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/deadliestbouquet/the-deadliest-bouquet-0Follow Erica on Twitter @EricaSchultz42Follow Erica on Instagram @ericaschultzwritesFollow The Deadliest Bouquet on Twitter @deadly_bouquet

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May 12

1 hr

In this week's episode, join us for an in-depth discussion of Glory: The Complete Saga, written by Joe Keatinge, art by Sophie Campbell, colors by various. We discuss how metal and emotional this comic is, including it's condemnation of war and exploration of family dynamics. In short, we love Glory. And we love this comic so much, we had to do a whole episode on it. The Comic of the Week is: Euthanauts. Written by Tini Howard, Art by Nick Robles, Colors by Eva de la Cruz, Letters by Neil Uyetake."One of my favorite Tini Howard works and the whole creative team brings their A game" – Sara"Euthanauts is one of the comics you cannot miss." – S.E. 

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May 5

48 min 25 sec

Trigger warning because both of these movies are very messed up, but Let the Right One In is more violent and involves child abuse and bullying.

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Apr 28

1 hr 28 min

In this week's episode, we answer a listener question about Ghost Rider and what the best stories to read. We discuss Robbie Reyes, Danny Ketch, Johnny Blaze, and more, getting into Ghost Rider's powers, the strange way it all works, and just how cool he is. As a bonus we talk about a flaming Mammoth!The Comic of the Week is: Firebug. Story and art by Johnnie Christmas, Colors by Tamra Bonvillain, Letters by Ariana Maher"Firebug gives me chills." – S.E."A perfect creative team." – Sara 

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Apr 21

44 min 4 sec

In this week's episode, we answer a question about Black Magick, written by Greg Rucka, art by Nicola Scott, Color Assists by Chiara Arena, and Letters by Jodi Wynne. We talk about the beautiful art, from the sexy clothes to the amazing lettering, addressing the more problematic aspects as well.Our Comic of the Week is: Bug! The Adventures of Forager. Storytellers: Lee Allred and Michael Allred, Colorist: Laura Allred, Letterer: Nate Piekos."Bug reminds me of how it feels to read comics when you’re a kid." – Sara"So philosophical, so grounded, so heartfelt" – S.E.Trigger Warning: discussions of police violence throughout

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Apr 14

36 min 48 sec

In this week's episode, we talk to comic book lover and host of Cerebro podcast Connor Goldsmith. We discuss how Connor got into comics, why he loves hosting Cerebro, and get into some hot goss about two of our favorite mutants: Madelyne Pryor and Emma Frost. Join us for big laughs, gender feels, and more!Follow Cerebro at @cerebrocast on Twitter!Follow Connor at @dreamoforgonon also on Twitter!

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Apr 7

1 hr 17 min

In this week's episode, a listener asks us if we agree that X-Factor is the gayest thing to come out of the Big 2 and we get into the nature of superlatives. We also discuss Northstar, Prodigy, Akihiro, Polaris, Rachel Summers, Eye-Boy, Aurora, and all the shenanigans they get up to in X-Factor, written by Leah Williams, art by David Baldeón, colors by Israel Silva, letters by Joe Caramagna.The Comic of the Week is: When I Arrived at the Castle by Emily Carroll.Emily Carrol does some of the best horror comics. Nobody does it better. – SaraGory in a way that is beautiful.  – S.E.

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Mar 31

43 min 16 sec

In this week's episode we talk to comic creator Mannie Murphy about their brand-new graphic memoir I Never Promised You a Rose Garden and their beautiful anthology Gay Genius. We discuss River Phoenix, the City of Portland, predatory adults, and white supremacy in this powerful conversation.Pick up Mannie Murphy's I Never Promised You a Rose Garden from Fantagraphics today!And don't miss our free Patreon Bonus from Pride 2020 where we reviewed Gay Genius and three other queer and trans anthologies!

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Mar 24

55 min 1 sec

In this week's episode, we answer a listener question about comics created by LGBTQ+ folks and women. We share independent titles, mainstream titles, and everything in between.Our Comic of the Week is: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, written by Jordie Bellaire, illustrated by Dan Mora, colored by Raúl Angulo, lettered by Ed Dukeshire."If you like Buffy, you’ll find this so refreshing." – S.E.  "The characters make more sense right off the bat." – Sara 

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Mar 17

43 min 52 sec

In this week's episode, we answer a listener question about the panels from comics that make us thirsty. From CarolJess to She-Hulk's arms (wtf) to Aneka and Ayo to Deadpool and Wolverine, we discuss what makes us thirsty af.The Comic of the Week is Trans Girls Hit the Town by Emma Jayne. We absolutely adore this slice of life comic about trans women finding friendship and strength."It takes it’s time and says what it needs to say." – Sara"Every part of Trans Girls Hit the Town is perfect." – S.E.   

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Mar 10

41 min 22 sec

In this week's episode, we answer a listener question about films Venom (2018) and Life (2017), two stories about aliens with particular relationships to humanity. We get into the different approaches to aliens and what delights and terrifies us about them. Shout out to our imaginary ship between Ryan Reynolds' and Jake Gyllenhaal's characters in Life.The Comic of the Week is: Livewire, Volume 1:  Fugitive. Written by Vita Ayala, Art by Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín with Scott Koblish, Letters by Saida Temofonte."Livewire’s hardest battle is with herself." – S.E.  "Livewire packs an epic punch." – Sara 

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Mar 3

32 min 33 sec

In this week's episode, we talk with critic and filmmaker Monika Estrella Negra about Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore. Monika discusses how the comic impacted her when she first read it, the highs and lows of the queer represenation in the piece, and the importance of growth as a creator. We all discuss the queer representation we once loved and how our thoughts have changed--or not--over the years. Follow Monika on Twitter at: @negramonika1Support her on Patreon: www.patreon.com/monikaestrellanegraAnd her film website: https://audresrevenge.weebly.com/

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Feb 24

57 min 38 sec

We talk to the inimitable Stephanie Williams (Marvel's Voices: Legacy, Parenthood Activate, But What If Though?) about her deep love for Monica Rambeau, how Monica has been represented in the comics (for better and worse), and exactly what WandaVision gets right about one of our favorite superheroes. (We warn you before getting into WandaVision spoilers, so you can listen without worrying.)Follow Stephanie on Twitter at: @Steph_I_WillCheck out her website at: https://www.whysteph.com/And make sure to get your hands on a copy of Marvel Voices: Legacy #1, which is released Feb 24!TRIGGER WARNING: mentions of sexual assault, trauma, mental illness, and grief throughout 

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Feb 17

1 hr 22 min

In this week's episode, we talk to Monika Estrella Negra about the inimitable Harley Quinn and her relationship to her Jewish identity, traipsing through comics, film, and TV representations. We touch on the role of Jewish creators in superhero comics in general, as well as getting into the other aspects of Harley's representation that delight or bother us.Follow Monika on Twitter at: @negramonika1Support her on Patreon: www.patreon.com/monikaestrellanegraAnd her film website: https://audresrevenge.weebly.com/

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Feb 10

1 hr 2 min

We discuss Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) with Alex Wright and Emelyne Museaux from The Good. The Bad. The Basic. podcast. We get into queerbaiting, the racist representations, the muddled moral lessons, and wonder why Stever Trevor is back.Follow The Good. The Bad. The Basic. on Twitter at: @thegoodbadbasic and on Instagram at: @goodbadbasicpodMake sure to tune into The Good. The Bad. The Basic. podcast on your favorite platform. 

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Feb 3

1 hr 3 min

In this week's episode, we answer a listener question about Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn in Injustice. We discuss how the two fit in the wider Injustice storyline, their romance and friendship, their Vegas wedding, and why we deserve even more Harlivy.Our Comic of the Week is Living Heroes, a fancomic written by Stephanie Williams, art by Oneill Jones, colors by Christina Poag.

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Jan 27

38 min

In this week's episode, we sit down with New York Times Best-Selling author Aiden Thomas. Thomas became the first trans person to hit the Best Sellers list with a fictional book about a trans character in 2020 with their novel Cemetery Boys. Cemetery Boys follows a young, gay, Latinx, trans man named Yadriel as he accidentally summons a ghost named Julian who just so happens to be gay...and very, very cute. In this interview Thomas discusses the power of trans representation that embraces the multiplicity of who people are, while creating space for self-acceptance.Find him on Twitter and Instagram at @aidenschmaiden or on his website at: https://www.aiden-thomas.com/

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Jan 20

1 hr