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Why Comics?

85 EpisodesProduced by Jesse PetersonWebsite

Join Jesse as he deep-dives into topics about all kinds of comics and comics-related media.

85 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

Finale Crisis (not really though)

December 4th, 2022


Hey, this is a weird way to do this, but this is the end of "Why Comics?" I don't see any real future where the show comes back, but as most of us know, never say never. However, I just can't do it with the same energy …

Episode 82: "The Ginyu Force" w/Max Newland

October 25th, 2022


Join Jesse and the co-host of the After School Anime Podcast, Max Newland, as they talk about their love for Dragon Ball Z, dubs, and most …

Episode 81: "The Monarch from Venture Brothers" w/Marn

October 11th, 2022


Join Jesse and the co-host of ARGonauts, The Dead Teen House Party, creator of many games, and the writer of Praire Song & Antlers, Marn S. as they talk about The Venture Brothers. They dive deep into Spoilers for …

Episode 80: "Chainsaw Man" w/Roma

September 27th, 2022


Join Jesse and the host of the Hyperfixation podcast on the Moonshot Network, Roma, as they talk full spoilers on Chainsaw Man part 2 and

Episode 79: "Dark Crisis, Shadow War, & Rogues" w/Joshua Williamson

May 13th, 2022


Join Jesse and the writer of the upcoming Dark Crisis event at DC, the Current Shadow War event that is happening in the Batman, Robin, and Deathstroke Inc. books, and the Black Label title Rogues, Joshua Williamson (

Episode 78: "Beastlands" w/Curtis Clow

May 5th, 2022


Join Jesse and the writer & co-creator of the comic "Beastlands", Curtis Clow (@CurtisClow) as they talk about the work that goes into a Kickstarter, favorite comics, and the difference between writing an ongoing …

Episode 77: "Never the End..."

April 7th, 2022


Join Jesse as he gives a small update on the show. 

Ways to stand up against Asian hate:

Ways to  show …

Episode 76: "The Boxer" by JH w/David Mann

March 17th, 2022


Join Jesse and special guest, David Mann (@DavidMann95) as they talk about the Webtoon "the Boxer" by JH. 

Check out David Mann's newsletter here:

In two weeks we'll be talking about something, …

Episode 75: "The Batman" (2022) FULL SPOILERS

March 12th, 2022


Join Jesse, Hana, and special guest, But Why Tho?'s Kate Sánchez (@OhMyMithrandir) as they talk full spoilers for "The Batman" (2022). 

Next week, …

Episode 74: "Batman: Ego"

March 5th, 2022


Join Jesse and Hana as they talk about "Batman: Ego" by Darwyn Cooke. They also talk about the stories "Batman: Date Night" and "Selina's Big Score" 

Next week, we'll be doing a spoiler cast for "The Batman" (2022) with …

Panel to Frame Episode 1: "Adventures of Captain Marvel" (1941)

February 26th, 2022


For this week, we're releasing the first bonus episode from our Patreon in the main feed. In this episode, we're talking about the 1941 serial film "Adventures of Captain Marvel". Find more in the future at

Episode 73: "Vengance of the Moon Knight 1-6" w/Chris Edgerton

February 20th, 2022


Join Jesse, Hana, and, special guest, Chris Edgerton (@wheels1993) as they talk about the first six issues of "Vengeance of The Moon Knight", comics …

Episode 72: "IDW's Sonic Comics" w/ Riley Hopkins

February 12th, 2022


Join Jesse, Hana, and, special guest, Riley Hopkins (@RevRyeBread) as they talk about the IDW Sonic comics, Batgirl, and more!

Next week read along with us as we talk about the first six issues of "Vengeance of The Moon …

Episode 71: "The Girl from the Sea" by Molly Knox Ostertag

February 6th, 2022


Join Hana and Jesse as they talk about "The Girl from the Sea" by Molly Knox Ostertag and some X-Men talk (what do you expect when Hana hosts).

Buy …

Episode 70: "The Immortal Iron Fist 1-16"

January 21st, 2022


Join Jesse and Hana as they talk about Jason Todd and the first sixteen issues of "The Immortal Iron Fist" by David Aja, Matt Fraction, and Ed Brubaker.

In two weeks we'll be talking about "The Girl from the Sea" by …

Episode 69: "Venom & Venom: Let There Be Carnage" w/Matt aka Stormageddon

January 14th, 2022


Join Jesse & Hana as in this episode they talk to Matt Storm AKA Stormageddon (@dj_stormageddon) about the two Sony Venom movies. They have a good time talking about their silliness, but also why they're perfect …

Epsiode 68: "Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man"

January 1st, 2022


Hello and welcome to the new "Why Comics?" podcast. Join Jesse and new co-host Hana as they talk about a new comic every two weeks. They'll also be talking about comic news that they feel like bringing up, comic-related …

Episode 67: "Newburn, Daredevil, The All Nighter, Public Domain, Batman: The Knight, and Still Water" w/ Chip Zdarsky

December 3rd, 2021


Join Jesse and, powerhouse comic book writer, Chip Zdarsky as they talk about all of Chip's current and upcoming books, some industry talk, and they also talk about manga. 

Where to find Chip:

Episode 66: "Small, tiny, little update."

November 26th, 2021


Join Jesse and himself as he talks end of the year, teases what's next, and talks about a few comics he loves right now. 

The comics talked about:

Episode 65: "Marauders, King Grimlock, The Darkhold: Alpha & Omega, and more" w/ Steve Orlando

November 17th, 2021


Join Jesse and returning guest, Steve Orlando (@thatsteveorlando) as they talk about all of Steve's many current projects, some from the past, and …

Episode 64: "MCU Phase 4 So Far" w/ Chris Compendio

November 12th, 2021


Join Jesse and returning guest Chris Compendio ( @compenderizer ) as they catch up and talk about the state of the MCU so far. 

Find all more information about Chris here:

Reason for the …

Episode 63: "Spencer & Locke, The O.Z., and Scouts Honor" w/ David Pepose

November 5th, 2021


Join Jesse and the writer behind the best-selling & award-winning books like Spencer & Locke and the O.Z., David Pepose (@Peposed) as they talk about bending genre, making sure to live up to yourself, and …

Episode 62: "Rick & Morty and Dungeons & Dragons/Aggretsuko" w/ Troy Little & Brenda Hickey

October 16th, 2021


Join Jesse and the writers & artists behind books like Powder Puff Girls, Rick & Morty and Dungeons & Dragons, Aggretsuko, My Little Pony, Ward's Valley, and Angora Napkin, Troy Little (@meanwhilestudio on …

Episode 61: "Witchblood and Good Luck" w/Matthew Erman

October 9th, 2021


Join Jesse and, the writer & co-creator of Witchblood at Vault and Good Luck at Boom Studios, Matthew Erman (@matthewerman). They discuss …

Episode 60: "Project Wildfire, Flase Flag, MPLS Sound, and more" w/Hannibal Tabu

October 6th, 2021


Join Jesse and, writer of many projects, Hannibal Tabu (@hannibaltabu) talk about some of Hannibal's current projects, the importance of character in comics, and how important these stories are. There might even be some …

Episode 59: "Stud and the Bloodblade" w/Perry Crowe

October 1st, 2021


Join Jesse and writer & co-creator of "Stud and the Bloodblade", Perry Crowe (@pacrowe). They talk about Stud and just how to build a full story. 

Episode 58: "Way of the House Husband" w/Glenn Battishill

September 17th, 2021


Join Jesse and, his friend, Glenn Battishill (@glennbattishill) as they talk about the manga "Way of the House Husband" by Kousuke Oono

Reason for the new name:

Episode 57: "Marvel Unlimited Recommendations" w/ Chris Edgerton

September 3rd, 2021


Join Jesse and, his friend, Chris Edgerton (@wheels1993) as they talk about good reading points on the marvel unlimited app. 

Chris' previous episode:

Reason for the new name:

Episode 56: "DC Treasury Edition C-21" w/ Alex Jaffe

August 24th, 2021


Join Jesse and DC Collumist & Trivia Lord Alex Jaffe (@alexjaffe) as they talk about a Captain Marvel collection, the state of the character and …

Episode 55: "The Killer: In The Dead of Night" w/ Jonathan Thompson

August 20th, 2021


Join Jesse and writer Jonathan Thompson (@cmdrofzed) as they talk about Jonathan's new Kickstarter comic "The Killer: In the Dead of Night" and all the other books he's been working on recently. 

Join the Kickstarter …

Episode 54: " The Me You Love in the Dark" w/ Skottie Young & Jorge Corona

July 25th, 2021


Join Jesse and the co-creators of "Middlewest" and the new Image book "The Me You Love in the Dark", Skottie Young (@skottieyoung) & Jorge Corona (@jecorona). They talk about the new book, the process of making it, …

Episode 53: "Everyone is Tulip" w/ Nicole Goux & Dave Baker

July 21st, 2021


Join Jesse and the creators of the comic book "Everyone is Tulip", Nicole Goux (@nicolegoux) & Dave Baker (@xdavebakerx) as they talk about the …

Episode 52: Manga Talk w/David Brothers

July 8th, 2021


Join Jesse and, one of the Mangasplaining Co-Hosts, David Brothers (@hermanos) as they just talk about manga. They talk about the ways it's the same as western books, but also talk about what it does that they'd like to …

Episode 51: "Paper Girls" w/Kayla Jouet

June 23rd, 2021


Join Jesse and, Uppercut Crit's own, Kayla Jouet (@oakayla) as they talk about "Paper Girls" written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff …

Episode 50: "Movie Talk" w/ Grace Benfell

June 9th, 2021


Join Jesse and, returning guest, Grace Benfell (@grace_machine) as they talk about comic book movies, the relationship between creators and corporations, and what we want to see happen next. 

You can support Grace on …

Episode 49: "A very short update"

May 31st, 2021


Join Jesse and Jesse alone for a very short update episode.

Reason for the new name:

Episode 48: "Labor Unions Within Comics" w/Caitlin Rosberg

May 15th, 2021


Join Jesse and, A.V. Club Writer, Caitlin Rosberg (@crosberg) as they talk about Caitlin's history with comics, Captain America First Avenger, and Labor Unions within Comics. 

Caitlin's work at the A.V. Club:

Episode 47: "Locke and Key" w/ Brett Downard

May 7th, 2021


Join Jesse and his good comic friend Brett Downard as they talk "Locke and Key" by Joe Hill and Gabriel Hernandez, comic collecting, and other …

Episode 46: "Infidel, The Good Asian, and the art of Noir" w/Pornsak Pichetshote

May 1st, 2021


Join Jesse and the writer of Infidel & The Good Asian, Pornsak Pichetshote (@real_pornsak) about his works, his process, and just a lot of noir. 

Episode 45: "Project Patron, Curse of the Man-Thing, Extreme Carnage, and More" w/Steve Orlando

April 23rd, 2021


Join Jesse and, for the third time, Steve Orlando (@thesteveorlando) as they talk about all of Steve current books, a few upcoming ones, and some …

Episode 44: "Twin Blades" w/Jarred Luján

April 15th, 2021


Join Jesse and the writer for Twin Blades (a hit Kickstarter), Jarred Luján (@jarredlujan) as they talk about Twin Blades, working a Kickstarter, comic inspirations, and other projects.

Back the Kickstarter while there …

Episode 43: "One Year Anniversary and Tom King's Batman" w/Glenn Battishill

April 9th, 2021


Join guest Host Glenn Battishill (@glennbattishill), as he interviews Jesse about one year of the podcast about the comics that mattered to him. 

Episode 42: "DC's Infinite Frontier, Robin, Flash, Birthright, and more" w/ Joshua Williamson

April 1st, 2021


Join Jesse and his guest, the amazing DC writer, Joshua Williamson (@williamson_josh) as they talk about all of Joshua's DC works, the DC universe as …

Episode 41: "ROSANA!" w/Jessica Ginting

March 27th, 2021


Join Jesse and his guest, the writer of the web comic "ROSANA!" (@rosanacomic), Jessica Ginting (@JGINTING). They talk about her comic book origins, the creative process, and more!

You can find "ROSANA!" here:

Episode 40: "New stuff and Q&A"

March 20th, 2021


Join Jesse as he talked about what he's been reading and consuming lately. He also answers some fan questions!

Ways to stand up against Asian hate:

Episode 39: "Renegade Rule" w/ Ben Kahn, Rachel Silverstein, and Sam Beck

March 7th, 2021


Join Jesse and the creative team of the new Dark Horse Original Graphic Novel, Renegade Rule, Ben Kahn (@benthekahn), Rachel Silverstein (@flirtymango

Episode 38: "By Chance or Providence & Through the Woods" w/ Mattie Lewis

February 25th, 2021


Join Jesse and writer Mattie Lewis (@devilsdoorbell_) about "By Chance or Providence" by Becky Cloonan & "Through the Woods" by Em Carroll. They …

Episode 37: "Nate and Jesse explain the Doom Patrol & Animal Man to Kam" w/Nate and Kam

February 16th, 2021


Join Jesse and the creators/hosts of the SomeGoodShows Podcast Network, Kam Konek (@thekamdyman) & Nate Brandt (@victoryposition). Kam knows nothing about comic books. So, Nate and Jesse take turns explaining some …

Episode 36: "Secret Origins and The New Warriors" w/Ryan Higgins

February 12th, 2021


Join Jesse and the owner of the Comics Conspiracy in Sunnyvale CA, Ryan Higgins (@ryanhigginsryan) as they talk about Ryan's secret origin, the New Warriors and more. 

The Comics Conspiracy's Website:

Episode 35: "Swamp Thing, Catwoman, Justice League Dark, and Blue In Green" w/Ram V

January 30th, 2021


Join Jesse and writer Ram V (@therightram) as they talk about all of Ram's recent, current, and upcoming books. They also talk about how he approaches each series and how the idea of Blue In Green started. 

Ram's work …

Episode 34: "On a Sunbeam" w/Grace Benfell

January 20th, 2021


Join Jesse and Grace Benfell (@grace_machine) as they talk about "On a Sunbeam" by Tillie Walden, ambiguity in fantasy, and more. 

Grace's articles …

Episode 33: "Mister Miracle and The Wicked & The Divine" w/ Hana Kim & Anthony Grecco

January 15th, 2021


Join Jesse for the first podcast of 2021. With him today are two amazing guests, Hana Kim (@_hanatwothree) & Anthony Grecco (@aceboogiewav) as they talk about Tom King & Mitch Gerads' "Mister Miracle" and …

Episode 32: "The Tower Through The Trees" w/Sean Dillon

December 19th, 2020


Join Jesse and Sean Dillon (@deathchrist2000) as they talk about Sean's newest Kickstarter for his novel "The Tower Through the Trees" and more on the world of writing. 

Support the Kickstarter here:

Episode 31: "Kill a Man" w/ Steve Orlando and Phillip Kennedy Johnson

December 11th, 2020


Join Jesse and the co-writers of the new Aftershock OGN "Kill a Man", Steve Orlando (@thesteveorlando) & Phillip Kennedy Johnson (@phillipkjohnson) as they talk about the new graphic novel, their writing process, …

Episode 30: "Wall Breakers" w/Jorge Zevallos

December 2nd, 2020


Join Jesse and writer/artist Jorge Zevallos (@simplerbolder), as they talk about his comic one-shot "Wall Breakers", working on a comic by yourself, …

Episode 29: "Stillwater & Daredevil" W/Chip Zdarsky

November 26th, 2020


Join Jesse and, returning guest, Chip Zdarsky (@zdarsky) as they talk about the origins and the world of Chip's new independent book "Stillwater", the new Daredevil issues that cross with the "King in Black" event, and …

Episode 28: "Quick Q&A"

November 21st, 2020


Join Jesse and himself as he does a quick question and answer from some viewers and friends. 

Check out Jonathan Thompson's Kickstarter here.

Ways to  show Black Lives Matter:  

Look …

Episode 27: "Burn Residue" w/Jonathan Thompson

November 13th, 2020


Join Jesse and writer of Jonathan Thompson(@cmdrofzed) talking about his new comic and kickstarter "Burn Residue". They also discuss just the writing process and the things that they are enjoying at the moment. 

Check …

Episode 26: "The Last God, Kill a Man, Last Sons of America and More" W/Phillip Kennedy Johnson

November 4th, 2020


Join Jesse and, a fantastic guest, comic writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson (@PhillipKJohnson) as they talk about all of Phillip's work, the things that influenced them, and Jesse & Phillips shared love for Batman. 

Episode 25: "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" w/Chris Compendio

October 28th, 2020


Join Jesse and returning special guest Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) as they talk about the Agents of Shield tv show (and spoil the entire thing), the comics that were inspired by it and more MCU things.  

Find …

Episode 24: "X-Men: Onslaught and other titles" w/Brett Downard

October 21st, 2020


Join Jesse and special guest Brett, as they talk about their love of collecting, Brett's love for Onslaught, and a lot of love of comics. 

Ways to …

Episode 23: "Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe" w/Jessica Howard

October 16th, 2020


CW: We talk about sexual assault, sexual trauma, abusive relationships, and just toxic environments. Please skip if you don't think you can listen to …

Episode 22: "Commanders in Crisis, Kill a Man, The Pull, and Tales From The Dark Multiverse: Crisis On Infinite Earths" w/ Steve Orlando

October 7th, 2020


Join Jesse and Steve Orlando (@thesteveorlando) as they talk about all of Steves upcoming books, what inspired them, and some of the first comic …

Episode 21: "The Runaways" w/ Izzy Sio

September 25th, 2020


Listener note: I screwed up someone’s pronouns by accident on the show but corrected myself. I’m sorry if it comes across awkward. Always trying my best. Join Jesse and Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) as they talk about The …

Episode 20: "Tales From The Dead Astronaut" w/Writer Jonathan Thompson

September 18th, 2020


Join Jesse and writer Jonathan Thompson (@cmdrofzed) as they talk about Jonathan's book "Tales From The Dead Astronaut", the process of making an independent comic, and what inspires Jonathan. 

Buy Jonathan's book:

Episode 19: "Comics That Mattered to Me Recently and a Listener Story"

September 7th, 2020


Join Jesse as he talks about the major loss of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel's Avengers video game, We Only Find Them When They're Dead, a special moment in Batman, and a listener story. 

Ways to  show Black Lives Matter:

Episode 18: "One Must Imagine Scott Free Happy" and "The New Gods" W/Sean Dillon

August 29th, 2020


Join Jesse and Sean Dillon (@deathchrist2000) as they talk about Sean's book "One Must Imagine Scott Free Happy", the New Gods, process of criticism , and more.

Buy Sean's book:

Episode 17: "Poison Ivy" w/ Ty Gailz-Rowe

August 19th, 2020


Join Jesse and Ty Gailz-Rowe (@ty_grrrrrrrr) as they talk about Poison Ivy, the dynamics of villainess, Gotham politics, and if being a "bad guy" …

Episode 16: "No One Left To Fight" W/Chris Edgerton

August 15th, 2020


Join Jesse and Chris Edgerton (@wheels1993) as they talk about No One Left to Fight, representation of disabilities in comics, what a superhero is in real life, and more.

Ways to  show Black Lives Matter:

Episode 15: "Y the Last Man" w/Andrew Cogswell

July 23rd, 2020


Join Jesse and Andrew Cogswell (@cogsthewell) as they talk about Y the Last Man, revisiting old work, and more. 
Ways to  show Black Lives Matter:

Episode 14: "Batman and Friends" w/Lizzy Garcia

July 17th, 2020


Join Jesse and Lizzy Garcia (@lizzylynngarcia) as they talk about Batman, the creators, and comics in general. 

Ways to  show Black Lives Matter:

Episode 13: "American Vampire" w/Jessica Cogswell

July 3rd, 2020


Join Jesse and Jessica Cogswell (@jessacogs) as they talk about American Vampire by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque. We talk about feminism, my chemical romance and so many vampires.
Ways to  show Black Lives Matter:

Episode 12: "Zot!" w/Grace Benfell

July 1st, 2020


Join Jesse and Grace Benfell (@grace_machine) as they talk about Zot! by Scott McCloud, how it deconstructs comics, examines art, and many other topics.  
Ways to  show Black Lives Matter:

Episode 11: "Denny O'Neil, Believing Women, and Uplifting the Voices of Black Creators"

June 20th, 2020


CW: Death and Abuse. 

Join Jesse as he talks about the legacy of Denny O'Neil, standing with victims of abuse, and talking about his favorite black creators. 

Ways to support George Floyd's family and show Black Lives …

Episode 10: "Gryffen: Galaxy's Most Wanted" w/ Creator Ben Kahn

June 5th, 2020


Join Jesse and Ben Kahn (@BenTheKahn) as they talk about Ben's book Gryffen, the books that inspired Ben, and behind the scenes of Ben's creative …

Episode 9: "JLA/Avengers" w/Chris Compendio

May 30th, 2020


Join Jesse and Chris (@compenderizer) as they talk about JLA/Avengers, the dichotomy of giants, why cross overs are rad, and why we will probably never see this type of book again.
Ways to support George Floyd's family …

BONUS! Sorting Issues #1: Bionicle #1-3 w/Nate

May 25th, 2020


Join Jesse and Nate for this bonus episode, introducing a new Patreon exclusive show called "Sorting Issues"! Every other week, Jesse and Nate will …

Episode 8: "Scott Pilgrim Vs the World" w/Monti Velez

May 21st, 2020


CW: Talk about abuse and things surrounding it. 
Join Jesse and Monti (@friedmonti) as they talk about Scott Pilgrim Vs the World and how it challenges what it means to grow as a person, trauma, problematic favorites, …

Episode 7: "Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi -Redemption" w/Glenn Battishill

May 14th, 2020


Join Jesse and Glenn (@GlennBattishill) to talk about the vast world of Star Wars' Comics and the way comics can help us deal with guilt. 
Look for …

Episode 6: "The JSA, The Dark Knight Returns, The Watchmen and So Much More" w/John Siuntres

May 10th, 2020


Join Jesse and this episode's special guest John Siuntres as they talk movies, tv, and most importantly comic books!
Support John by listening to Word Balloon on almost any podcast platform and at

Episode 5: "Harley Quinn" w/Darby

May 9th, 2020


CW// We talk briefly about suicide and abuse. 
Join Jesse as he talked to Darby (on twitter @legendofdarby) about Harley Quinn. We talk about how characters can help heal and how we need to let our female characters …

Episode 4 : "Secret Wars(1984) #7 & Fantastic Four Vol.1 #352" w/Chip Zdarsky

May 2nd, 2020


Join Jesse and special guest Chip Zdarsky as they talk about what makes a good villain, how to treat legacy and many other aspects of writing.
If you can, please donate to help Canadian Comic Shops (this all happened …

Episode 3: "Beet the Vandel Buster"

April 23rd, 2020


Join Jesse as he explores vol.1 of Beet the Vandel Buster by Riku Sanjo and Koji Inada. He explores how this book helps him understand empathy and …

Episode 2: "Calvin and Hobbes"

April 17th, 2020


In this episode, I talk about how Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Waterson captured humanity within a few panels. 
Theme: Joy in the Restaurant by David Szesztay
Logo by Stephen Mayfield

Episode 1: "Countdown to Infinite Crisis & DC Universe Rebirth"

April 9th, 2020


Content Warning: Talking about Death

Theme: Joy in the Restaurant by David Szesztay

Cover Art by Stephen Mayfield

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