Thursday, September 6, 2012

Episode 17: Blacksad

Episode 17: BLACKSAD 
by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido

Chris, Dylan, Keith and Nicole talk for just a little less than an hour about Blacksad. This pulpy noir series with an anthropomorphic twist is written by Juan Diaz Canales and masterfully painted by Juanjo Guarnido. With nothing but good things to say, it left us a little at a loss for words. Since it's a European production, they are aloud to take their time and produce a real work of art. Even if you have to wait two to five years for the next volume, we guarantee it's worth the wait.

This book sparked conversation about plenty of 1950s social issues. The crew discussed race relations, the Red Scare and even the Hayes Code which sanitized many of the films this book was inspired by. It is a truly incredible series, and you really should be reading it.

The intro song is, "I'm Just a Lucky So and So" by Ella Fitzgerald.

A Word from Our Sponsor
A big thank you goes out to Josh Finney & Kat Rocha at 01 Publishing for sponsoring this episode! They just recently published their webcomic Utopiates as a graphic novel and it is definitely worth your time.
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Tune in next month when we will be spotlighting Ape Entertainment, and comparing David Mack's Kabuki: Circle of Blood to Kabuki: Metamorphosis (find a used copy if you can, or try your local library).

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