Fellow comic makers and fans, charge up your podcast gadgets. There’s a new comic podcast I recommend you check out: the Michigan State University Comic Art and Graphic Novel Podcast!
What Is the MSU Comic Art and Graphic Novel Podcast?
It’s a podcast hosted by comic maker and MSU teacher (and pal) Ryan Claytor, and it’s all about comics. Specifically, each episode features an interview with an “award winning and professional cartoonist.”
There’s also other fun bits! You’ll learn about any comic related MSU news and each episode features a look at an interesting item from MSU Special Collections Library, aka the biggest public comic book collection in the world.
The first episode features a lengthy and delightful interview with Sergio Aragones, most known for his work with MAD Magazine and his own comic Groo the Wanderer. Sergio was the keynote speaker at the 2016 MSU Comics Forum, and in the interview he (thankfully) goes over most of the same points again. Hear how Sergio started cartooning, what led him to working for MAD, what he thinks about comics today, and more.¹
It’s a must listen, trust me.
Where to Download the MSU Comic Art and Graphic Novel Podcast
¹ There’s a great discussion near the end where he talks about comics for young readers, and how it hooks them to being comic readers later in life. He mentions comics for little kids in Japan (kindergarten age), and how there are comics for every age group in Japan, little kid to full-time employed adult.
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