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Back Matter is our roundtable discussion show focused on discussion that doesn’t make it into our main show, including interviews, news and events in the comics industry, television and movies, or discussions of comics which open onto a broader conversation. Feel free to email us discussion ideas or any comments or questions you might have at contact@viewfromthegutters.com.

On this episode of Back Matter our hosts discuss the line between art and artist when an artist commits acts or espouses beliefs with you disagree with morally.

WARNING: On this episode our conversation includes the frank discussion of sexual and domestic assault, as well as other topics which might be distressing to some listeners. None of the discussion is graphic, but if hearing about these topics is troubling for you, we recommend you listen to a different episode of the show.

Our Ms. Marvel episode from yesterday is basically a hug-fest, so be sure to check that one out if you haven’t yet.

Our hosts for this episode are Joe Preti,  Tobiah Panshin, Kayleigh Fleeman, Audrey Preti, and Michael Martin.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Ms. Marvel, written by G. Willow Wilson with art by Adrian Alphona and Jacob Wyatt. Launched in 2014, Ms. Marvel follows the adventures of Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American teenager from Jersey City, NJ, who gains superpowers after being exposed to the Terrigen Mists. Kamala—an avid fan (and fanfic writer) of the Avengers—almost immediately launches into a superhero career, taking up the name Ms. Marvel which was recently abandoned by her idol, Carol Danvers (who is now Captain Marvel).

The series is timely, inclusive, and above all incredibly honest. It whole-heartedly embraces Kamala’s identity as a Mulsim, a daughter of immigrants, and as an American teenager. It also demonstrates what is best in superheroes comics (and no, I don’t just mean Lockjaw).

For this episode we read all of the issues currently in print, #1-9.

The article referenced on the show is Putting The Sidekick In The Suit: Black Captain America, Female Thor, And The Illusion Of Progress. The previous discussion on the same topic is in the comments section of Back Matter #7.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated The Auteur, Atomic Robo, Pretty Deadly, The Rabbi’s Cat, and Four Eyes for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Four Eyes.

Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Keyleigh Fleeman, and Tobiah Panshin.

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The Long Run takes place outside of our normal continuity of episodes, and features table discussion of an entire work or long selection of a series. In this episode of The Long Run we talk about Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, by Hayao Miyazaki. First published in 1982 and continuing intermittently through 1994, Nausicaä is about the princess of a small valley a thousand years after the collapse of industrial civilization.

The Valley of the Wind is a small vassal kingdom to the vast Torumekian Empire on the periphery of the vast Sea of Corruption, an endless forest of massive insects and enormous fungal growths which spew out a miasma which is toxic to humans. The story follows Nausciaä as she is involved in the ongoing war between Torumekia and the neighboring Dorok states—a conflict which escalates until it threatens all of the lands of the world—and as she discovers the origin of the Sea of Corruption, and the forgotten history of the world.

On the next episode of The Long Run we will be reading Preacher, by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon.

Our hosts on this episode are Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, Adam Panshin, and Jasmin Zamora.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Three, written by Kieron Gillen with art by Ryan Kelly. Three is Gillen’s direct response to Frank Miller’s 300. It is the story of three Helot slaves in Sparta, roughly a century after the Battle of Thermopylae—a period when Sparta was in decline. The three slaves are the lone survivors of an uprising against the masters and are fleeing Sparta, pursued by an army of Spartans seeking revenge.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Hacktivist, Trinity, Ms. Marvel, Wonder Woman (New-52), and Zero for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan). For this episode we will be reading issues #1-9.

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

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Back Matter is our roundtable discussion show focused on discussion that doesn’t make it into our main show, including interviews, news and events in the comics industry, television and movies, or discussions of comics which open onto a broader conversation. Feel free to email us discussion ideas or any comments or questions you might have at contact@viewfromthegutters.com

On this episode of Back Matter our hosts have read volumes 1-3 of Amulet, by Kazu Kibuishi. It is the story of a young girl named Emily, her brother, and their mother who are all transported to a mystic land which was once home to Emily’s great-grandfather. There they have a series of adventures involving a mystic amulet of great power, the King of the Elves, and a group known as The Stonekeepers.

We use this comic to frame our discussion with Audrey about her experiences as a young female comics reader, as well as a larger discussion about the relationship between the comics industry and younger readers.

Our hosts for this episode are Joe Preti,  Audrey Preti, Kayleigh Fleeman, and Tobiah Panshin.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Paradise X, written by Jim Krueger and Alex Ross, with art by Dougie Braithewaite. The conclusion to the Earth X trilogy, Paradise X continues from the end of Universe X. Death has died, but all is still not well in the afterlife where Captain America—now leader of a host of angels—attempts to awake the souls of the dead. Meanwhile on Earth, millions suffer from mortal wounds, dying and yet unable to die, as Mephisto continues to weave his web of plots.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated The Auteur, Three, Pride of Baghdad, Exiles, and Hedge Knight for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Three.

Our hosts for this episode are Andred Chard, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, Brant Gillihan-Eddy, and Cade Reynolds.

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Back Matter is our roundtable discussion show focused on all things news worthy in the world of comics. From the big buzz around the latest comics to comic book movies and TV shows, as well as other discussion that didn’t make it into our main show. Feel free to email us discussion ideas or any comments or questions you might have at contact@viewfromthegutters.com

On this episode of Back Matter our hosts discuss some of the forth-coming events from Marvel and DC.

Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, and Tobiah Panshin.