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Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle comic book artist Roberta Gregory during Banned Books Week about what it’s like to have her own work censored. 

This is a story about love. It's a story about bad things happening to good people, about memory and perseverance — and comic books. But most of all, it's a story about a voice. A mellow, smooth voice, just right for late-night jazz.

The cover of "Action Comics: Number 1"

Ross Reynolds talks with Darren Adams, owner of the Federal Way comic book store Pristine Comics, about why he's auctioning off the most valuable comic of all time: "Action Comics #1" from 1938.

Marvel Comics Rewrites Thor Into A Woman

Jul 16, 2014

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And our last word in Business is Goddess of Thunder.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Marvel Comics is turning one of its biggest superheroes into a woman. Thor is the hammer-wielding, long-haired protagonist, based on the god of Norse mythology.

INSKEEP: Who's been fighting aliens, demons and even Dracula since 1960s. The new Thor will be the eighth title from Marvel to feature a lead female. The publisher says it's aiming to speak directly to women and girls, not the traditional target audience for comic books.

For the first time since the 1940s, the Green Turtle is returning to comic bookshelves. The long-forgotten character has been resurrected in The Shadow Hero, a new graphic novel about what many comic fans consider the first Asian-American superhero.

"He's like a classic, American World War II hero," says cartoonist Gene Luen Yang, who collaborated with illustrator Sonny Liew on The Shadow Hero.

Fandom: What Happens When You Like Something Too Much

Apr 24, 2014
Flickr Photo/Gage Skidmore

Hordes of screaming people bowing down before an ancient god.

This didn't happen in some ancient temple; this was a normal part of vacation for the hundreds of thousands of fans who descend for San Diego's Comic-Con every summer.

Courtesy Photo/Amber French

G. Willow Wilson’s origin story, in a matter of speaking, started in New Jersey on about 3 acres of land surrounded by old-growth woods, where her parents raised rabbits and chickens and grew corn, blackberries and sweet potatoes.

Copyright (c) 2012 by Ellen Forney. Reprinted by arrangement with Gotham Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.

When Ellen Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder 16 years ago, her first concern was for her creative future. The award-winning cartoonist prided herself on the artwork and stories she'd come up with during periods she described as manic. Right after her diagnosis, Forney was reluctant to try the drug treatments her psychiatrist prescribed for her. Would she lose her creative edge on lithium? But after a serious period of depression, Forney set out on the ongoing journey to achieve and maintain a state of mental balance.

Almost two decades after publishing his last Calvin & Hobbes comic strip, elusive cartoonist Bill Watterson is back — with a film poster. The documentary, Stripped, is a self-described "love letter to comic strips" that includes interviews with, among others, Jeff Keane of Family Circus, Richard Thompson of Cul de Sac and Watterson himself.

Marvel Comic's "Ms. Marvel".

Marcie Sillman talks with G. Willow Wilson, the creator of the new Ms. Marvel series. The comic book stars Kamala Khan, a Muslim-American teen superhero.

New Muslim Ms. Marvel Doesn't Drink, Date Or Eat Bacon

Jan 27, 2014

Marvel is introducing a new character: Kamala Khan. She's a 16-year-old Muslim public high school student in Jersey City. She's also the new Ms. Marvel, and the first Muslim superhero to star in her own mainstream comic book series. Author G. Willow Wilson spoke with Tell Me More host Michel Martin about her new series.


Interview Highlights

On Kamala Khan's challenges to come

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Steve Scher talks with Fantagraphics store curator Larry Reid about the language of comics and with Nancy Pearl about her picks for great graphic novels.

Allie Brosh's humorous, autobiographical blog, Hyperbole and a Half, has a huge following. In 2011, an editor of PC World included it in a list of the funniest sites on the Internet, and this year, Advertising Age included Brosh in its annual list of the year's most influential and creative thinkers and doers.

Sean Howe's book "Marvel Comics: The Untold Story."

Nearly half a century ago, a diverse group of characters began to capture children’s hearts: Spider-Man, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man and the X-Men. The epic Marvel Comics universe has been a massive force in pop culture; inspiring countless books, films and becoming a multi-billion dollar enterprise.

Sean Howe chronicles the rise of this phenomenon in “Marvel Comics: The Untold Story.”  Howe spoke at the Elliott Bay Book Company on October 17, 2012.

Ben Katchor: Hand Drying In America

Apr 24, 2013

New York comic-strip artist Ben Katchor was the first cartoonist to be awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genuis” grant. Ben Katchor's new book, "Hand-Drying In America," examines urban design with a wryly whimsical sensibility. Ross Reynolds talks New York, life and art with Ben Katchor.

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