On Feb. 6 we participated in a panel discussing creatively expressing your fannish interests, hosted by the University Place Library in University Place, WA.

On this panel were Tobiah Panshin, Kayleigh Fleeman, Kit DeForge, and Audrey Preti (with Joe yelling things from the audience).

Joining us was Gil Lawson, author of the comic series Charlatan. You can learn more about Gil and Charlatan at http://ozmatic.com/

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors, by Mark Andrew Smith and Armand Villavert Jr. Set in a top secret school for young and aspiring super-villains (themselves predominantly the offspring of super-villains), the series follows the hijinks and adventures of a group of students. All is—as is so often the case—not quite as it seems, as unbeknownst to the children a secret accord keeps the peace between heroes and villains, and not everyone is happy with this status quo.

This series is fun, colorful, and great for younger readers—but contains more serious content as well. Readers familiar with animated series such as The Venture Bros. and Teen Titans will be on familiar ground.

For our next episode we will be reading My Friend Dahmer.

Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Kit Deforge, Kayleigh Fleeman, Joe Preti, and Brant Gillihan-Eddy.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Federal Bureau of Physics, written by Simon Oliver, with art by Robbi Rodriguez and Alberto Ponticelli, and colors by Rico Renzi. Released by Vertigo beginning in 2013, the series follows a field team of agents from the eponymous government agency as they undertake missions battling against the breakdown of the laws of nature themselves. Part and parcel with these missions are glimpses into the mysterious histories of the members of the team.

Bright and colorful, with Rodriguez’s trademark intense style, FBP—originally released for 1 issue as Collider—is a crazy science romp with a healthy serving of mystery on the side. It features engaging characters and occasionally over the top action.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Kaptara, Prince of Persia, East of West, The Multiversity, and My Friend Dahmer for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is My Friend Dahmer. We will be reading that title for Episode 155.

For Episode 154 we will be reading Brant’s first redemption pick for 2016, Gladstone School for World Conquerors. For that episode please send us any questions or comments you have for our comment response section, either on previous topic works or just something related to comics.

Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Kit DeForge, and Cade Reynolds.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Princeless, written by Jeremy Whitley and drawn by Mia Goodwin, Emily Martin, Rosy Higgins, and Ted Brandt. The series follows the adventures of Adrienne, a princess placed in a tower guarded by a dragon who decides that waiting in a tower to be rescued is dumb. She escapes from the tower, befriends the dragon, and together the two launch on an adventure to save Adrienne’s seven similarly imprisoned sisters along with any other princesses they might encounter.

Along the way they make many friends—including Adrienne’s constant companion Bedelia, a teenaged half-dwarf blacksmith—and several foes. The series is fun for all ages, and features both a female protagonist of color and an extended metaplot regarding feminism and gender roles which is presented in a manner that is accessible to younger readers.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Gladstone School for World Conquerors, Letter 44, Southern Bastards, Federal Bureau of Physics, Tank Girl: Skidmarks, and Alex + Ada for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is Federal Bureau of Physics.

Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Joe Preti, Kayleigh Fleeman, Kit DeForge, and Cade Reynolds.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is ODY-C, by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward. This series is a psychedelic, sci-fi, gender-bent reboot of the classical epic poem The Odyssey, by Homer. It follows the adventures of Odyssia and her crew, returning home to Ithicaa after the fall of Troiia, beset by all manner of woes at the hands of Zeus and Poseidon in retribution for slights both real and imagined.

If you’re familiar with the story of the original Odyssey—told and retold time and again—than you understand the broad outlines of this series, albeit gloriously twisted. What truly sets this version apart, however, is the astounding artwork of Ward—who paints a trippy, multitudinous-colored, metaphor-laden universe which at all times provokes the senses.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Injection, Princeless, Kill Shakespeare, and Drifter for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is Princeless.

Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Joe Preti, Kayleigh Fleeman, Kit DeForge, and Brant Gillihan-Eddy.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Top 10, by Alan Moore, Gene Ha, and Zander Cannon. The series is a police procedural set in the other-dimensional city of Neopolis, a reality where every person has some variety of superpower.

The series follows the lives and cases of the officers of the 10th precinct police station, mixing real-life issues of bigotry, domestic violence, and crime with creatures of fantasy and science fiction. Mixed in are many references and subplots referencing comics and characters of the past.

For our next episode we will be reading ODY-C, Vol. 1.

Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Kit Deforge, Kayleigh Fleeman, Brant Gillihan-Eddy, and Cade Reynolds.