1:00 Skateman was a comic created by Neal Adams in 1983 and published by Pacific Comics. It was dubbed the world’s worst comic by many people, including James Schumeister and Rich Larson, partly due to such bits of dialogue as, “We’re forming a union jerk: My foot and your face.” Copies for the curious are available very cheaply on Amazon.
3:15: The David Quinn interview Joe mentions is here, in which the comic in question is succinctly described as “an allegory about the death of heroism at Marvel, published by Marvel.”
4:20: The Brauva line included such titles as Breed and Dreadstar by Jim Starlin, and Power & Glory by Howard Chaykin. I was thinking of Sludge, an Ultraverse comic Steve Gerber did with Gary Martin and Aaron Lopresti. My bad. That Norm Breyfogle opus was Metaphysique... ooh!
8:03: I’m referring to these comics.
9:35 The first episode of the Ultraforce cartoon is up on YouTube, if you really want to subject yourself to that sort of thing.
11:27 Marvels was first published in 1994. Kingdom Come was first published in 1996.
12:39 Superman: Birthright, by Mark Waid and Lenil Yu, was a 12-issue comic book series published in 2003 and 2004. It replaced John Byrne’s rendition of the Man of Steel as the official canonical version. It looks like it’s out of print, but copies are available through Amazon re-sellers.
15:29 Hicksville by New Zealand cartoonist Dylan Horrocks was recently republished by Drawn & Quarterly. If you haven’t yet, you really need to buy this book.
16:48 Again, YouTube can provide you with everything you’ll ever need.
17:56 I can’t find the official homepage for Batman: Dark Knight Returns Part 2, but here’s a link to the Wikipedia page.
26:39 If you haven’t figured it out, this episode was recorded on the night the Grammy Awards aired. We are next anticipating the Oscars, where we are nominated in the category of Physical Beauty.
27:16 Superman Returns (2006) was directed by Bryan Singer and stars Brandon Routh and Kevin Spacey.
28:43 To wit: Jason’s lover, Medea, kills their kids when he leaves her for another woman (she also kills the other woman) and Jason ends up forgotten and alone, until he’s over the head with a piece of the Argo and dies. Gilgamesh travels to the land of the dead to bring his best friend back to life but fails (Gil does get a hero’s funeral when he dies though).
29:42 You could argue that Thor doesn’t have a particularly tragic back story, despite the initial love triangle with that nurse Stan Lee sets up. He’s arrogant, and is turned into Don Blake for his arrogance, but since that he eventually attains godhood again it’s seems difficult to argue he’s a particularly tragic character.
30:10 Galahad is taken up into heaven by angels after finding the Holy Grail. Not sure what happened to Jesus Christ.
34:48 There is basically only one book by Schrauwen easily available to North American readers through comic book stores, and that’s The Man Who Grew His Beard, a collection of short pieces. My Boy, which Joe really likes (that’s a link to his review there) seems to be unavailable these days, though you can always try contacting the original publisher, Bries. If you act now, Desert Island can probably still hook you up with their edition of Greys.
36:13: Here’s what we’re talking about:
40:29 Just look at this thing:
46:29 – I’m not the first guy to point out the troubling portrayal of black people in Asterix. You take a look and tell me what you think. And that’s not even mentioning the severely dubious insectoid oriental “nagmas” (ahem) from even the newer Asterix and the Falling Sky...
48:17 Joe is correct, The Freddie Stories by Lynda Barry was originally published in 1999 by Sasquatch Books.
57:39 “Sneaking Out” appears in Raw Vol. 2, No. 2. “The Most Obvious Question” appears in Raw Vol. 2, No. 3.
58:40 For more on Phoebe Glockner, I direct you to my Comics College essay on her bibliography. Cause I’m shameless.
1:00:00 Joe is referring to I Live Here, a collection of essays and comics about displaced and poverty-stricken people, edited by actress Mia Kirshner. The book also features work by Joe Sacco.
1:01:28 I’m not kidding. Most Outrageous by Bob Levin is one of the finest pieces of writing about any cartoonist ever. Copies are easily available.
1:04:14 The Dame Darcy drawn tales appear in Tomorrow Stories #9 and #10. Moore & Darcy also collaborated on a short story in issue #9 of Darcy’s Fantagraphics solo series Meatcake. “The Bowing Machine” by Alan Moore and Mark Beyer also appears in Raw Vol. 2, No. 3. Chris Ware’s “Thrilling Adventure Stories” is in there too. Man, that’s a great anthology.