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David Malki ! Creator of "Wondermark" Interview on The Sound of Young America

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David Malki ! (who really spells his name with an exclamation mark) is the creator of the comic strip Wondermark. He isolates woodcuts and engravings from 19th century periodicals, then alters them to create a surreal and hilarious gag strip. His first collection of the strip is called "Beards of Our Forefathers," and features extensive context for the strips, including faux advertisements and more.

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Chris Onstad, Creator of Achewood: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Chris Onstad is the creator of the web comic Achewood, which chronicles the lives of a group of 20-something stuffed animals. It's a surreal and hilarious strip, once named the best graphic novel of the year by Time Magazine, despite not being a graphic novel. Onstad has just published his first book collection of the strip with a major press, called "The Great Outdoor Fight."

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The Last Christmas: an interview with Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan, plus holiday comedy from Elephant Larry on The Sound of Young America

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Comedian Brian Posehn and television writer Gerry Duggan were looking for a project to write together. Duggan was fixated on the idea of Santa Claus with a gun in his hand when Posehn posed a provocative question: "What does Santa do after the apocalypse?" The comic that grew from that question is The Last Christmas.

PLUS: a bonus holiday sketch from our pals at Elephant Larry.

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Podcast: Adrian Tomine, creator of Optic Nerve and author of Shortcomings

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Adrian Tomine is one of the world's most acclaimed comics artists. He began publishing his own work at the age of 15, and his series Optic Nerve has run continuously since he was a teenager. His work often focuses on subtle, shifting relationships between young people, and his clean, striking art is broadly regarded as among the best in the field. He also regularly contributes illustrations to The New Yorker and other publications. His most recent book-length work is Shortcomings.

This show was recorded live at the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival in Seattle, Washington.

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Who Wants "The Mindscape of Alan Moore" DVD?!

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Alan Moore is one of the most influential graphic novel writers in the medium. He has penned such classic graphic novels as "V For Vendetta" and "Watchmen." And we've got some movies about him! We currently have in our possession three copies of the documentary "The Mindscape of Alan Moore" that we're giving away. The first three people to answer the following question will receive a DVD: Who is the President of the United States in Moore's graphic novel "Watchmen?" E-mail your responses to casey@maximumfun.org
The answer is: Nixon

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Podcast: Ariel Schrag, Cartoonist and Writer

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Ariel Schrag spent the summers after each year of high school writing astonishingly frank comics about the experiences she'd been through. When she returned to school the following year, she sold the self-published comics to her peers. Ten years later, the books have been republished, and they're a remarkable window into her high school years: coming out as a lesbian, her first sexual experiences (with men and women), drinking and using drugs, and lots and lots of crushes. They're funny, touching and wise beyond her then-years.

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Comics and Comix, Pt. 3

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We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Classics.

Nerds unite! Again! On this episode: Brad Meltzer author of DC comic's Identity Crisis stops by to discuss his work. Sarah Silverman talks about her film Jesus is Magic, and San Francisco's Kasper Hauser perform a sketch and read some fake Craigslist postings .

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Podcast: Jack Kirby, King of Comics - Mark Evanier

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Comic and television writer Mark Evanier was once assistant to Jack Kirby. Now he's compiled a monumental art book cum biography of the artist called "Kirby: King of Comics." Jack Kirby's dynamic aesthetic style and new ideas about how comic book characters should relate to each other and to their readers revolutionized comics.

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Podcast: The Ten Cent Plague: David Hajdu on Comic Book Censorship in the 1950s

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David Hajdu's new book is "The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America." David writes about the development of comic books as a medium, and how it was almost stopped dead by anti-comics crusaders in the 1950s.

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Comics & Comix with Art Spiegelman, Chris Elliott and Matt Walsh

Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Comics and Comix with Chris Elliott, Art Spiegelman and Matt Walsh

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We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Clasics.

This week, Pulitzer-prize-winning comix artist Art Spiegelman (above) talks about his book "In the Shadow Of No Towers," a collection of large-format newspaper comics about September 11th and its fallout.

Then we talk with Chris Elliott, long-time foil to David Letterman, co-creator and star of the cult sitcom Get A Life, and now comic novelist. His first novel was "The Shroud of the Thwacker."

Finally, we talk with Matt Walsh. In addition to appearing in many movies, Walsh is a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade. He also starred in the semi-improvised semi-reality sitcom Dog Bites Man.


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