The Under Guides Graphic Novel Podcast

The Under Guides Graphic Novel Podcast Vol III

Prison Pit of the Earth-Pig

The Ill Mac, Mister Joe Fixit and Diabolu Frank return after nearly five months with black & whitesploitation! Fantagraphics Books represent at 0:38 with Johnny Ryan’s Prison Pit, an adults-only sci-fi gorehound wrestling original graphic novel series, currently at five volumes with an animated adaptation of the first. Then at 22:17, Frank offers a second installment of our “Swords of Cerebus” ongoing feature, a look at the seminal Canadian barbarian aardvark self-published series that published 300 regular issues between 1977-2004, taken six at a time. Discussing the encroaching craziness of once-revered creator Dave Sim with Mac leads us to a tangent at 28:54 tracing the similar trajectory of Frank Miller from Sin City to Dark Knight Strikes Again, All-Star Batman, Holy Terror and the upcoming The Master Race. 34:29 brings a theme song to our mail segment, which is so heavy with shop talk between Joe & Frank that it takes up most of the back half of the hour.

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2 thoughts on “The Under Guides Graphic Novel Podcast Vol III”

  1. Haven’t read Prison Pit, but I guess I don’t need to. My favorite “transgressive” comic of this type is still Chester Brown’s Ed the Happy Clown, and I hope you cover it one day.


  2. Rick Remender’s gone a long way since I first noticed him in All-New Atom, where he finished off the series with the least humor possible. I loved his take on Venom (of all things), and Deadly Class is without a doubt his opus. It’s certainly the most personal series he’s ever attempted, and being X-Men with assassins instead of mutants isn’t a bad hook!


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