Episode 40 - Asterios Polyp

November 12, 2015

Aaron is joined by two friends and talented artists, Kevin Bandt and Alex Harner, to discuss Asterios Polyp by David Mazzuchelli.  First printed by Pantheon Books in 2009.  Asterios Polyp is a fascinating example of comics as literature.  It tells the story of an professor of architecture, the titular Asterios Polyp, whose entire life is wiped away in a fire.  With nothing but the clothes on his back, he travels to a random rural town and attempts to restart his life while reflecting on his failed marriage and career.  Mazzucchelli weaves this story through a complex display of symbolism, artistic design, and narrative structure.  Aaron, Kevin, and Alex all push their tiny brains to the limit as they try to absorb, understand, and explain the depth of Asterios Polyp.


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