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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Free Comic Book Day And Rabbit Holes

Friday, May 01, 2015

On this week's show, we talk about lots and lots of comics in preparation for Free Comic Book Day, and we go down a few pop culture rabbit holes.

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Free Comic Book Day: A Guide To The Heroes, Musicians And Mutants

Friday, May 01, 2015

Glen Weldon reviews the 50 comics available at participating comics shops for 2015's Free Comic Book Day, coming May 2 — what to pick up free, skip, and buy while you're in the shop.

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The Takeaway

Ada Lovelace Reborn in Graphic Novel

Monday, April 20, 2015

Mathematician Ada Lovelace never got to complete her life's work, the "Analytical Engine," but her story is being revived in a new graphic novel, with a more happy ending.

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Studio 360

The Best Ever Batman vs. Darth Vader Death Match

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Aaron Schoenke makes what may be the best fan videos on the internet by pitting favorite characters against each other and watching them battle it out.
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Studio 360

“The Sculptor”: An Artist Makes a Deal with the Devil

Thursday, March 12, 2015

In Scott McCloud’s new graphic novel, “The Sculptor,” an artist trades his life for a chance at artistic immortality. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston's New Collaboration

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The multi-award winning artist Art Spiegelman and critically acclaimed jazz composer Phillip Johnston talk about their collaboration, “Wordless!”

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Small Batch Edition: 'The Sculptor' And Other Grand Graphic Novels

Friday, February 27, 2015

Glen Weldon and Petra Mayer talk about Scott McCloud's The Sculptor and recommend other graphic novels you might enjoy.

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Life of the Law

Boiled Angel

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Freedom of speech is a right guaranteed in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. One exception to the rule is obscenity. But determining what is obscene is difficult – especially for the very people making it.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Secret History of the Man who Created Wonder Woman

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wonder Woman's creator, William Moulton Marston, was influenced by suffragists, feminists, and centerfold pin-ups. 

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Studio 360

Alison Bechdel Passes the Test

Friday, October 17, 2014

The cartoonist and author of the memoir Fun Home explains why she had to retire her beloved, long-running strip Dykes to Watch Out For.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Are Comics Bad for Children?

Saturday, October 11, 2014

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In the 1940s and '50s comics were considered pernicious by many. This Brooklyn mom spoke her moderate mind on WNYC.
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The Leonard Lopate Show

MAD Magazine, Superheroes, and Inventing the Comics

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Drew Friedman and Al Jaffee talk about the famous and not-so-famous men and women cartoonists who created superheroes, Mad magazine, and more.

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The Takeaway

The Search for Diverse Children's Books

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Patrik Henry Bass discusses his new book, "Zero Degree Zombie Zone," a children's fantasy tale that pits African-American middle schoolers against zombies.

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At 75, Batman Still Seeks Justice, Not Revenge

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Batman keeps avenging the death of his parents, but "it's not a vendetta, it's a crusade," says author Glen Weldon. "He represents the idea of: 'This thing that happened to me? Never again.' "

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On The Media

A Comics Artist Is Taking On Amazon

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Artist Anders Nilsen wades into the increasingly public dispute between Amazon and Hachette.

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The Bending Of Time And The Elasticity Of 'X-Men'

Saturday, May 24, 2014

X-Men: Days Of Future Past is a time-travel movie, but not only because of its plot. It's also an experiment in how to continue a franchise without the potential complications of starting over.

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Cyborgs, Simpsons And Ticks: All About Free Comic Book Day

Friday, May 02, 2014

Our comics blogger, Glen Weldon, tees up all 57 of the offerings for this year's Free Comic Book Day and tells you which ones to try to lay your paws upon.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Art Spiegelman at the Jewish Museum and BAM

Monday, January 06, 2014

Art Spiegelman talks about the exhibition “Co-Mix: A Retrospective” at The Jewish Museum, which celebrates his career and work. It's the first U.S. retrospective that spans Spiegelman’s career: from his early days in underground “comix” to the genesis of Maus to his provocative covers for The New Yorker to his artistic collaborations. He also talks about “Wordless” at BAM, an innovative hybrid of slides, talk, and musical performance created in collaboration with acclaimed jazz composer Phillip Johnston. 

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Scott Adams

Monday, December 16, 2013

Scott Adams was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his journey from hapless office worker to the creator of Dilbert, the comic strip that chronicles the lives of hapless office workers. He also told us what he's a fan of. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Scott Adams on Failure, Success, and Dilbert

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Scott Adams tells how he went from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of the popular comic strip Dilbert. In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams shares of how he’s failed at just about everything he’s tried, including his corporate career, his inventions, his investments, and his two restaurants. But through those failures he discovered some unlikely truths that helped him move forward.

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