Vids I Dig 048: Comic Tropes: The Cleverly Dumb Humor of Sergio Aragonés’ ‘Groo’

From Comic Tropes’ YouTube description: Sergio Aragonés and his team have been making hilarious Groo comic books since the early ’80s. This video gives some of Sergio’s history breaking into comics, the creation and evolution of Groo and the type of humor it uses.

Vids I Dig 039: Comic Tropes: Atlas/Seaboard: The Company That Failed to Spite Marvel

From Comic Tropes’ YouTube description: Atlas/Seaboard is a fascinating short-lived publisher from the mid 1970s that tried to compete with DC and Marvel. They offered the best page rates and other incentives to attract some top talent like Steve Ditko, Neal Adams, Russ Heath and more. But the men running the show, Martin Goodman and his son Chip, were just trying to beat Marvel Comics overnight.

This episode explains the history of Atlas/Seaboard and reviews one of their comics, Tiger-Man, to show how troubled the comics they made were.


Vids I Dig 031: Comic Tropes: The Mundane Beauty of Harvey Pekar Comics

From Comic Tropes’ YouTube description: Harvey Pekar was a big part of popularizing the idea of autobiographical comics. He self-published stories from his life in American Splendor from 1976 to 2010. The stories dealt with the everyday, mundane aspects of life: relationships, work, culture, politics, hobbies and the highs and lows of very normal, relatable days. He worked with a variety of artists: Robert Crumb, Greg Budgett and Gary Dumm, Gerry Shamway, Val Mayerik, Dean Haspiel and many more.

Vids I Dig 018: Comic Tropes: ‘Uncanny X-Force’ by Rick Remender is Near-Perfect

From Comic Tropes’ YouTube description: From 2010 through 2013, writer Rick Remender wrote a complete comic for Marvel called Uncanny X-Force. The concept was a “black ops” type team of X-Men that would proactively hunt down threats like Apocalypse. The book is relatively unique in that it had no interruptions for crossovers or guest stars. It tells a complete story – beginning, middle, and end – that changes every team member physically or emotionally. In my opinion, it’s nearly perfect. It features deep themes including nature vs. nurture, with the team facing variations of doppleganger versions of themselves. This review breaks down what Remender does well and what the book is about but is relatively spoiler free.

Vids I Dig 011: Comic Tropes: The History and Techniques of Comic Book Lettering

This is one of my favorite videos by Chris Piers of Comic Tropes.

From Comic Tropes’ YouTube description: There’s a certain look to most text in comic books. This video takes a look at how that was created and evolved, from using lettering guides and individual styles to perfecting the templates and fonts in digital lettering.

Vids I Dig 004: Comic Tropes: Did Peter Parker Marry Gwen Stacy in the Mexican ‘Spider-Man’ Comics?

From Comic Tropes’ YouTube description: In the ’60s and ’70s, Mexican publisher La Prensa not only got the rights to reprint Marvel’s The Amazing Spider-Man title but also got permission to create their own original issues that they would insert between the reprints. These issues have never been translated into English or reprinted here in the United States. This episode looks at their history, the techniques of their artist, José Luis González Durán. These books focused heavily on Peter Parker’s girlfriend, Gwen Stacy.