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Stuff Said 048: Comics Aren’t Real (from Emerald City Comicon 2014)


(contains bits of adult language)



  • Rob Guillory’s website and twitter
  • Klaus Janson on twitter
  • Kazu Kibuishi’s website and twitter
  • Erik Larsen’s website and twitter (as well as episode 30 of this very show)
  • Emerald City Comicon
  • That PUNISHER cover Klaus mentioned:Pun_2
  • Klaus inked Erik on a few issues of THOR; here’s one of the covers:Erik+Klaus_Thor
  • Erik colored an issue of SAVAGE DRAGON using mostly flat color and knock-outs. Here’s a sample page from that issue:SD_Flat
  • Kazu’s AMULET work features simpler, cartoony character work over lush, beautifully rendered backgrounds:Amulet Amulet_2
  • Rob Guillory’s work on CHEW shows distinctly off-kilter character work and backgrounds full of extras:Chew_page Chew_page_2
  • Kazu referenced this page from UNDERSTANDING COMICS by Scott McCLoud (read about his “Big Triangle” theory):UC
  • As it turns out (thanks to listener Reggie, who commented below), Snoopy’s doghouse HAS been shown from different angles! From a Sunday strip from January 31, 19541-31-54and this strip, from December 12, 1958, where Snoopy attempts to sleep on top of the house for the first time: 12-12-58
  • Bizarro Comics
  • Maus
  • Here’s a write-up of the panel at Comic Book Resources
  • Baltimore Comic-Con and the Kids Love Comics pavilion
  • Harvey Awards Ballot
  • What are your favorite not-real aspects in comics? Leave a comment below!
  • Support “Stuff Said” (right over there on the top right side of the webpage)
  • Read the first chapter of PIX: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND for FREE!
  • Acme Wave Projector
  • “Stuff Said Theme” by Craig Chin (also on Soundcloud)
  • Other music: “She is Staggering (instrumental)” by Polaris, “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, “Living in the Real World” by Blondie



  1. Reggie

    Great episode! Regarding the comments on Peanuts, Snoopy’s doghouse was originally shown from a 3/4 view in many of the strips from the 50s. Schulz did show the entrance and the pitch of the roof. There was a stip where Snoopy tried to sleep on the roof peak while it was still shown from that angle. Another Sunday strip showed Snoopy’s doghouse from several different angles.

    • Gregg

      Thanks, Reggie, for the compliment and the fact-checking.

      I’ve followed up on that, pulled some examples, and added to the show notes above to correct the record! Thanks again!

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