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The Graphic Novel Podcast

The Graphic Novel Podcast

By Mike and Parker Rizzo
Welcome to The Graphic Novel Podcast on the art of the graphic novel. A little about them, Mike is the author of ten books, and produced COMX-TV, a weekly TV show on comic books for seven years.

Together with his partner, Parker, they produced Northwest Brew Talk about the beer industry for two years.

Join them as they delve into the life of graphic novels, their creators and their stories and find ways to tie the books to society and their own lives.
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EP71 - Head Meds by Tatiana Gill

The Graphic Novel Podcast

EP72- Chartwell Manor
Welcome to Graphic Novel Podcast. This episode we dive into Chartwell Manor by Glenn Head. In this book Glenn details good time at the “elite” school in the 1970s and the pain it caused everyone. Also, the Ringo Awards and more. Follow us on social media, listen on most podcast apps. Rate Us! In October we will be reading The Bride Was a Boy, so look for it and join us!
September 17, 2021
EP71 - Head Meds by Tatiana Gill
Welcome to Graphic Novel Podcast. This episode we dive into the excellent book Head Meds by Tatiana Gill. Plus Eisner Awards winners. Next month we will discuss Chartwell Manor by Glenn Head. Follow us on social media, listen on most podcast apps. Rate Us!
August 13, 2021
EP70 - Little Teeth
Welcome to Graphic Novel Podcast. This episode we dive into Little Teeth from Gay and polyamory and anthropomorphic gives you an idea of what this webcomic to print comic is about. Relationships and clubs and exes and roommates. Need we say more? Plus Shy Ninja, Who is Killing the Children? and Dr. Who Missy. Next episode Head Meds by Tatiana Gill. Follow us on social media, listen on most podcast apps. Rate Us!  
July 30, 2021
EP69 - Season 2 It's Your Funeral
Welcome to Graphic Novel Podcast, Season 2! We made it back! Happy Pride! This week we discuss It's Your Funeral from Iron Circus Comics.
June 26, 2021
EP68- Julia Gfrorer times two
Parker and Mike review two books by Julia Gfrorer, Laid Waste and Vision, both from Fantagraphics. Plus, award winners and best of 2020 choices from others.
January 09, 2021
EP67- Kent State & Hate
Welcome to 2021! Parker and Mike welcome the new year with an unboxing of The Complete Hate by Peter Bagge and a review of the fantastic Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio by Derk Backderf.
January 01, 2021
EP66- Best of 2020
Was there really a good thing to say about 2020? Sure there was and we picked some gems as our top books of the year! Check out Mike and Parker as they end the year on an high note in their 2nd Annual Best Of show! Thanks to all the publishers and creators who put out tremendous products during an extremely trying year. Here’s hoping 2021 brings some normalcy to the world!
December 25, 2020
EP65- One Story and Dr Who
Mike and Parker celebrate the holidays by reading two great books. First, Mike reviews Dr Who, The Lord Victorious from Titan Comics. Then they review One Story from Fantagraphics and by Gipi. Great books
December 18, 2020
EP64 - Crash Course and Happy Hour
Mike and Parker delve into a Crash Course that gets you thinking about your existence behind the wheel of a car or as a pedestrian or bicycle rider. As a weird coincidence Mike also reviews the book Happy Hour from Ahoy Comics.
December 11, 2020
EP63- Solutions and Other Problems
Welcome to GNP! This week Parker and Mike discuss Ash and Thorn from Ahoy Comics and Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh, published by Gallery Books.
December 04, 2020
EP62- Everything is Going Wrong
Welcome to GNP! Parker and Mike discuss mental illness in this episode when they review Everything is Going Wrong edited by Mark Bouchard. Mike also reviews Penultiman from Ahoy Comics and Muhammad Ali, Kinshasa 1974 from Titan Comics. 
November 27, 2020
EP61- Crowded, Bear Serum and Bolivar
Parker and Mike welcome you to another episode of Graphic Novel Podcast! This week the featured book is Crowded Volume 2: Glitter Dystopia from Image Comics. Also, Bear Serum by K. Fleischhacker and lastly, Bolivar from Boom! Studios, by Sean Rubin. Great books this week, along with post-election discussion!  #graphicnovels  
November 13, 2020
EP60 - The Cloven
Welcome to Graphic Novel Podcast. This episode Mike and Parker discuss the Fantagraphics book The Cloven, as well as Funny Creek and Ask For Mercy, both ComiXology originals.
October 23, 2020
EP59 - My Blacks Don't Match
Welcome to GNP! Parker and Mike review My Blacks Don't Match by Jocelyn Gajeway and Drew Rausch. A great Halloween book to cuddle up with. We also review Represent! and Omni, as well as news about the LA Comic Con and Comics Discussion Guides from Ohio Center for the Book.
October 09, 2020
EP58- Ghostwriter
Parker and Mike dive into Ghostwriter by Rayco Pulido, from Fantagraphics. A great mystery tale translated from the original French edition. Also this week, the webcomic The Vagina by Jason Little, and news from Scout Comics and National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards winners!
September 27, 2020
EP57 - Maids and Death Threat
Parker and Mike delve into two new books this week on Graphic Novel Podcast, Maids by Katie Skelly and Death Threat by Vivek Shraya. Very different books, but both discuss death. Also, Ignatz award winners and Joe Shuster award nominees. Lastly, we are starting a new segment reviewing mini comics. If you have or know anyone that would like us to review their comics, DM us!
September 19, 2020
EP56- Langosh & Peppi and Ms. Tree
Parker and Mike review the wonderful Langosh & Peppi: Fugitive Days by Veronica Post, plus Ms. Tree and news about a new series from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips.
September 11, 2020
EP55 - Lizard in a Zoot Suit and Chinatown Bus
Mike and Parker read two wonderful books this week. Lizard in a Zoot Suit and Chinatown Bus are completely different yet both were entertaining and well done. Also, plenty of awards news to go around!
September 04, 2020
EP 54 - Crema and Funny Creek
Mike and Parker explore two new ComiXology Originals, Crema and Funny Creek. In the news they discuss comic and graphic Novel sales numbers from 2019 and a new book by Grant Morrison.
August 28, 2020
EP53 - APB: Artists Against Police Brutality
Welcome to Graphic Novel Podcast where this week Parker and Mike discuss APB: Artists Against Police Brutality, an anthology of comics and stories. Plus, news from DC Comics and a new Boom! Studios book. #BlackLivesMatter
August 21, 2020
EP52 - The Unknown by Anna Sommer
Welcome to GNP. This week join Parker and Mike as they discuss The English version of Anna Sommer’s book The Unknown. Also, a terrible story about a transgender woman in a male prison, an award winning graphic novel, and a Netflix deal to produce a YA graphic novel.
August 14, 2020
Ep51- Elements:Earth, creators of color
Welcome to GNP where this week Parker and Mike discuss Elements: Earth. A great anthology by creators of color. Plus Feedspot, and The Wuhan I Know.
August 07, 2020
EP50- Ryan Estrada interview and reviews!
Welcome to GNP and episode 50. We talk to creator Ryan Estrada from his home in Korea about his two newest books, Banned Book Club and Student Ambassador. We also give a run down of the  32nd Annual Eisner Awards!
July 31, 2020
EP49 - Paying the Land by Joe Sacco
Welcome to Graphic Novel Podcast! This week Mike and Parker discuss Paying The Land by Joe Sacco. Plus, Show comments, Watchmen cast and Tulsa massacre, You Brought Me The Ocean (a gay Aqualad), and Usagi Yojimbo.
July 24, 2020
EP48- Not My Small Diary 20
Welcome to GNP! This week Mike and Parker discuss Not My Small Diary 20 edited by Delaine Derry Green, music and Wolverton. Also, more episodes on YouTube and Warrior Nun on Netflix.
July 17, 2020
EP47 - Virtually Yours and Ghost Tree
This week Mike and Parker discuss Virtually Yours by Jeremy Holt, Elizabeth Beals and Adam Wollett, and online dating. Mike also reviews Ghost Tree with news about a canceled publisher and a new Headlocked comic! #blacklivesmatter 
July 10, 2020
EP46 - The Wilds, Covid and The End of the World!
Black Lives Matter! Welcome to another episode of Graphic Novel Podcast with your hosts Mike and Parker! This week we review The Wilds. Dick Grayson and Dragonfly/Dragonflyman. News about International Zine Month and BLM Punisher t-shirts are a big hit.
July 03, 2020
Ep45 - Gender Queer
Happy Pride! Black Lives Matter! Welcome to another episode of Graphic Novel Podcast with your hosts Mike and Parker! This week we delve into Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe. News about CBLDF, cancelled comics creators and the Eisner Awards flub.
June 26, 2020
EP44 - First Year Out - Happy Pride
Happy Pride and Black Lives Matter! This week Mike and Parker again discuss the current unrest in the world surrounding the murder of George Floyd and the black community. Our main review is First Year Out by Sabrina "Bria" Symington.  #blacklivesmatter #HappyPride #Translivesmatter
June 19, 2020
Ep43- BLM - Pride & Nagata Kabi
Happy Pride and Black Lives Matter! This week Mike and Parker discuss the current unrest in the world surrounding the murder of George Floyd and the black community. Our main reviews are the first two books by Nagata Kabi, My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness and My Solo Exchange Diary 1.  #blacklivesmatter #HappyPride
June 12, 2020
Ep42 -Taproot - Happy Pride Month!
Parker and Mike celebrate Pride with a Month of queer books by queer creators. The first book is Taproot, a fun ghost story with a sweet love theme.
June 05, 2020
Ep41- Maus by Art Spiegelman
Welcome to GNP where Parker and Mike discuss one of the comic medium’s all-time great books, Maus, by Art Spiegelman.
May 29, 2020
Ep40- Check Please! Book 1: Hockey
Hey there and welcome to another episode of Graphic Novel Podcast from the great Northwest! Mike and Parker review the entertaining Check Please by Ngozi Ukazu. It's a fun book about hockey, friends and coming out.  Mike also does a review of Finger Guns #1 and some news about a new book, Soulstream out later this year. 
May 22, 2020
Ep39- What To Do When I'm Gone
Mike and Parker review a book about life and death this week. It seemed like a good choice during these tough times. Plus, we review Upgrade Soul app and have some news from Scout Comics.
May 15, 2020
EP38 - Persepolis - The Story of a Childhood
Parker and Mike discuss a heavy book this week. Persepolis by Marjane Sahtrapi is not new, released in 2000, but is still a fantastic look at Iran during the 1970s Revolution through the eyes of a child. We had little to add, never having experienced anything like it.
May 08, 2020
EP 37 -Fatherhood and Wrestling Moves
Welcome to Graphic Novel Podcast! Parker and Mike review a new book or books for you every episode and this week they read In Vitro by William Roy and Headlocked! Great reads, great art. 
May 01, 2020
Ep36 - In Spite of Ourselves and More!
Welcome to Graphic Novel Podcast! Parker and Mike review a new book or books for you every episode and this week they read In Spite of Ourselves by Natalie Dupille. A great book with some wonderful art.  
April 24, 2020
Ep 35- Bix & the Squirrel Mother
Join Mike and Parker for another two interesting graphic novel reads! First they discuss The Squirrel Mother by Megan Kelso, then the book of the week is the new graphic novel by Scott Chantler, Bix, about a jazz musician.
April 10, 2020
Ep34- Apocalypse Nerd - Can’t Get Weirder Than This
Welcome to Graphic Novel Podcast with your hosts Parker and Mike. This week we read a book that is apropos for these times, Apocalypse Nerd by Peter Bagge.
April 03, 2020
Ep33 Bonus Covid-19 Episode!
Mike is sick this week so we’re are releasing a bonus episode recorded in October 2019. A little Q&A with the hosts.
March 27, 2020
Ep32- Catboy & Someone Please Have Sex With Me
Parker and Mike talk COVID-19 and comics. Fun books this week, nothing too serious as we have enough on our plates.
March 19, 2020
Ep31- Malarkey and Rooftop Stew
Parker and Mike review two great books from Birdcage Bottom Books, Malarkey by November Garcia and Rooftop Stew by Max Clotfelter. You can find them both on social media as well as us!  Updates on Covid-19 and cons and talk about religion and other bs.
March 13, 2020
Ep30- Bury The Lede - Gaby Dunn
Welcome to Graphic Novel Podcast Episode 30! Parker and Mike review Bury The Lede by Gaby Dunn, a bi-friendly crime drama set in Boston.
March 06, 2020
Ep29- Big Black Stand at Attica
#BlackHistoryMonth concludes with a compelling, sad, horrible tale about the 1971 Attica uprising. Parker And Mike found the book to be a Must read.
February 28, 2020
Ep28- Bingo Love - Queer Black Grandmas
Mike And Parker continue Black History Month with reviews of Bingo Love And Black Sheep.
February 21, 2020
Ep27- March - John Lewis and the Civil Rights Movement
Welcome to Graphic Novel Podcast with your hosts Mike and Parker. This week they continue their Black History Month books with March Vol. 1 by Rep. John Lewis. This important book was written by Andrew Aydin and drawn by Nate Powell. 
February 14, 2020
Ep26- Blue Hand Mojo - John Jennings
Black History Month continues as Parker and Mike review Blue Hand Mojo: Hard Times Road. UCR professor John Jennings created a fantastic crime noir story with wonderful art set in 1931 Chicago. News about Christopher Priest and Emerald City Comic Con. We read this book on Hoopla!
February 07, 2020
Ep25- Sports is Hell - Black History Month
Welcome to Graphic Novel Podcast! Your hosts Parker and Mike read and reviewed Sports is Hell by Ben Passmore from Koyama Press. This is the first book in our series of books for Black History Month. 
January 31, 2020
Ep24- All The Sad Songs - Summer Pierre
Welcome to another episode of Graphic Novel Podcast! Parker and Mike review All the Sad Songs by Summer Pierre and loved the book. An interesting look at anxiety and how music played an important part in her life. Mike also reviewed God Puncher by Lane Lloyd. You can find Mike and Parker on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and by email. 
January 24, 2020
Ep23- Penny Nichols - Low Budget Horror Movie
Parker and Mike review Penny Nichols, a wonderful, funny and entertaining graphic novel about Penny and how she gets involved in a low budget horror movie. Mike also previews The Show, about to be Kickstarted for the graphic novel.
January 17, 2020
Ep22- The Runaway Princess- Or How to Get Lost Over and Over Again
Parker and Mike review the first book from Random House Graphic, The Runaway Princess by Johan Troïanowski. This middle grade book is a winner and we think most kids would enjoy it. Mike also previews Pinocchio Vampire Slayer and Adler.
January 10, 2020
Ep21- The Strange Ones - Jeremy Jusay
Parker and Mike welcome is 2020 with a fantastic book by Jeremy Jusay, The Strange Ones. What a great way to start the new year!
January 03, 2020
Ep20- Best of 2019 Review Episode
Parker and Mike take a look back at their first season and they each pick their top 3 books. A great selection from a variety of creators. Crowded, They Called Us Enemy, Get Over It, Liminal State, Frogcatchers, Bttm Fdrs. And previews of books from Atomic Wolf Games and Amnesty International.
December 27, 2019
Ep19- Prison Island, Nausea, And Marvel’s Thor
Welcome to the last review episode of 2019! Parker and Mike review not one, but three books! Prison Island by Colleen Frakes, Nausea by Abraham Diaz, and Marvel’s Thor from Serialbox. Great way to end the year.
December 20, 2019
Ep18- Crowded -Crowd-funding murder! From Image Comics
So, you don’t like someone? How about getting on the Reapr app and funding to have them killed! That’s the premise of this wild story. Parker and Mike both liked it and highly recommend it.
December 13, 2019
Ep17- They Called Us Enemy-George Takei And Japanese Internment Camps
Wow. Parker and Mike review this book and learn so much America’s history that history books and the government wishes were forgotten. Mr. Takei takes through time to learn this sad part of our history.
December 07, 2019
Ep16- Ghosts, Death, and Child Labor - Sheets
Parker and Mike discuss Sheets by Brenna Thummler, a YA graphic novel that deals with death and a 13 year old running a laundromat while dealing with being a kid and talking to ghosts.
November 29, 2019
November 29, 2019
November 29, 2019
Ep15- Bad Weekend by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
Parker and Mike review Bad Weekend from Image Comics and discuss the comics industry among other things. They also preview Life Is Strange from Titan Comics.
November 23, 2019
Ep14- Losing The Girl - Aliens, Teen relationships, abortion and Your Black Friend
Parker and Mike review Losing The Girl by Marinaomi. This is book one in a trilogy and they really like it. Aliens? Maybe. Teen angst? Probably. Great at and story? Definitely. Plus they discuss Your Black Friend by Ben Passmore.
November 16, 2019
Ep13- Short Run Seattle Bonus Episode!
Parker and Mike attends Short Run And get a bunch of new books! Amazing Show!
November 10, 2019
Ep12- Breakups, Laura Dean, Teen love, bad relationships and more
Parker and Mike review “Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me” by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. Mike previews “Two Dead” by Van Jensen and Nate Powell. They talk about relationships and breaking up and other topics.
November 08, 2019
Ep11- I Was Their American Dream - Immigrants, Parents & Culture
Welcome to another episode of Graphic Novel Podcast! Every episode Parker and Mike review a graphic novel and discuss its relation to their lives and the world in general. This episode they read I Was Their American Dream by Malaka Gharib.  Content Warning: Gruesome death around 31:30  We also mention happening November 9 in Seattle! We'll be there! Please check out our Patreon page,,, or review us on Apple Podcasts. 
October 31, 2019
Ep10- Inner Demons, Psychology, Parents and More!
Parker and Mike review Get Over It by Mary Shyne. What a fun and entertaining book! They discuss parents, psychology and more. They also preview the new Firefly comic from Boom!Studios and Life is Strange from Titan Comics.
October 18, 2019
Ep9- Are you my Mother? - Alison Bechdel
Welcome to another episode of Graphic Novel Podcast with your hosts Parker and Mike! This week we dive into a book Mike was not a fan of. Can Parker convince him that he is wrong? Listen and see.
October 12, 2019
Ep8- Bttm Fdrs - Gentrification
Parker and Mike discuss the new book Bttm Fdrs by Ezra Clayton Daniels and Ben Passmore and gentrification. We are by no means experts, but we have a good discussion about it and our experience.
October 04, 2019
Ep7- Part Of It By Ariel Schrag- babysitting and other stories
This episode Parker and Mike discuss Part of It by Ariel Schrag. It was a fun discussion about babysitting, stealing money, anxiety, and poop. We also talked about the upcoming book The Plague and Dr. Caim by G. E. Gallas.
September 28, 2019
Ep6- Grief and Other Dark Topics
This week Parker and Mike reviewed a bunch of books. We started with a preview of Atar Gull by Fabien Nury and Bruno, from Titan Comics. We followed those up with reviews of Frogcatchers by Jeff Lemire and Liminal State by Maria Photinakis.
September 20, 2019
Ep5- Calling Dr. Laura - a Graphic Memoir
This episode Parker and Mike five deep into we the book Calling Dr. Laura by Nicole J. George’s. It’s published by Mariner. It is an amazing memoir that explores Nicole’s coming out and her relationship with her mother, something a lot of people, including Mike, have in common.
September 13, 2019
Ep4- Paying For It - Part 2 - Bonus episode
Wow! On the last episode we discussed Paying For It: a comic strip memoir about being a john by Chester Brown. On this episode we are joined by Michael and Piet for an additional in-depth discussion on the topic of sex work, johns and further break down Brown's own beliefs.  Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and visit our website,
September 02, 2019
Ep3- Paying For It - Sex Work
This week Parker and Mike discuss sex work and the book Paying For It by Chester Brown. This book is a memoir about Brown's experience paying for sex workers and his ideas about legalization. From Drawn & Quarterly this book evokes some differing opinions from our hosts. Visit us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at GraphicNovelPodcast, or email us at You can also leave us a voice message that we may play on a future show.
August 26, 2019
Ep2- Boy Meets Boy
Welcome to Episode 2 of the Graphic Novel Podcast! This is our first full episode and we are glad you are joining us. In this show we dive into the first two books in the Heartstopper series by Alice Oseman. These large thick books are over 260 pages each and filled with amazing artwork and stories. Charlie and Nick are classmates and unlikely friends. Their attraction, it turns out, is more than friendship. Mike and Parker discuss the books and how they relate to the characters in the story. Check it out! Check out Alice's work -, @hachettekids And comment, critique, or just say hi to us: @graphicnovelpod Facebook
August 18, 2019
Ep1- The Graphic Novel Podcast debut episode
Hi and welcome to our new podcast! In this episode we go over our history and what you can expect from each episode of the show.
August 11, 2019