Cartoonist Mimi Pond spent a good chunk of 1978 working as a dishwasher and a waitress in an Oakland diner. Thirty-six years later, she’s collected her experiences in the graphic novel, OVER EASY. This 40 minute conversation examines that experience, looking into the difficulties of accurately portraying that era in a politically correct age and how a crisp glimpse into working-class life is generally more reliable than nostalgia.
Chris Ware is most recently the writer and illustrator of Building Stories. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Learning how to wash his hands. Author: Chris Ware Subjects Discussed: The significance (or lack thereof) of the date September 23, 2000, technological reliance and its intrusion upon existence in Building Stories, the amount of time that humans presently
Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud are most recently the writers and directors of Chicken with Plums. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wondering if his creative skills can be adapted. Guests: Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud Subjects Discussed: Adapting graphic novels to film, Natural Born Killers, sitcoms, Hollywood’s insistence on remakes, splitting duties as co-directors, the importance
Alison Bechdel is most recently the author of Are You My Mother? She has previously appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #63 and The Bat Segundo Show #250. [PROGRAM NOTE: Because this show is so unusual, we feel compelled to offer some helpful cues. At the 7:42 mark, Our Correspondent stops tape. He then offers
Daniel Clowes recently appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #394. He is most recently the author of Mr. Wonderful. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Uniting with the bald community. Author: Daniel Clowes Subjects Discussed: Moments of simultaneous consciousness, creative methods of beating imposed deadlines, being intrigued by thought balloons, Superman and narrative urgency, formal lettering, what
Adrian Tomine is most recently the author of Scenes from an Impending Marriage. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Attempting to reconcile the impending with illustrations depicting events from years ago. Author: Adrian Tomine Subjects Discussed: Doing time in Sacramento, veiling a personal experience with a sex change, which of Tomine’s characters is least like him, the
Laurie Sandell is the author of The Impostor’s Daughter. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wondering if the coalminer was an impostor. Author: Laurie Sandell Subjects Discussed: Chicken recipes, the quest for truth within memoir, how narrative shapes and stretches truth, subjective vs. objective accounts, the essay written anonymously for Esquire, memory vs. concrete evidence, emails from
Just in time for Election Day! David Rees is most recently the author of Get Your War On: The Definitive Account of the War on Terror: 2001-2008. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Struggling to cast his vote. Author: David Rees Subjects Discussed: Why red was selected for the Get Your War On backgrounds, My New Filing