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Supercontext: The Tale of One Bad Rat, by Bryan Talbot

This collected comic is about a victim of child abuse, while also serving as an homage to the work of storyteller Beatrix Potter. We discuss Talbot’s approach to representing such difficult subject matter, while also crafting a book that was more user friendly to non-comics readers.

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Supercontext: Absolute Planetary, Volume 1

This comic about archaeologists uncovering the secret history of pop culture took Warren Ellis and John Cassaday 10 years to complete. We discuss its interrogation of genre, intellectual property and history, in light of the cyclical nature of the comics industry some 20 years after the project started.

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Supercontext: Will Eisner’s A Contract With God

This graphic novel, by one of the elder statesmen of comics, pushed the medium into new formats, genres and methods of distribution. We discuss how Eisner used a very personal tragedy to create it, as well as its unique representation of Jewish American identity.

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Supecontext: The Filth

Grant Morrison says this 2002 comic book with Christ Weston, Gary Erskine and Matt Hollingsworth is an inoculation against the nasty horror of the world through depravity, pornography and depression. We interrogate whether that theme works in the end product and if the sexual violence within is problematic.

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Supercontext: 2017 Inauguration Day Special: PREZ

It’s Inauguration Day for Donald Trump… so is a comic book about the first teenage president essential reading for American citizens now? We look at both the 1973 and 2015 versions of PREZ from DC Comics while discussing the cyclical nature of politics and satire.

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