She's been super busy relocating halfway across the country, but she still made time to join the Reboot Comic Book Club! I am proud to welcome Janelle Asselin to the podcast!
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Known for her eclectic career in the comics industry, Janelle has edited comics for the biggest publishers, written wonderful critiques and interviews with Comics Alliance and Graphic Policy, and is now publishing romance comics through her company Rosy Press.
In the wake of yet another successful Kickstarter for their romance anthology Fresh Romance, Rosy Press partnered with Oni Press to bring the trade paperback to stores everywhere.
Janelle discusses the romance genre and what it means to storytelling, the frustrating state of the direct market comics industry, successful Kickstarter campaigns, and the challenges of running a comic publisher.
And on top of all that, we also discuss her pick of the week, Mary Talbot and Bryan Talbot's The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia! The Dark Horse OGN chronicles the struggles and late life of French anarchist Louise Michel and how she helped ignite a social revolution.
Janelle on The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia: "Mary and Bryan, when they collaborate, seem to do these really interesting feminist works that... should be talked about more in the comics industry. I bought this a couple weeks ago when I was at a comic shop and just thought it looked fascinating. I am personally very interested in socialism and there's sort of an air of socialism about the whole story that I really like. But it's also a story I was not familiar with at all, I'd never heard of Louise Michel. So it was great for me because it was super educational. [Laughs]"
Music: "Chipfunk" by Emmett Plant
Presented by Comics Bulletin