The Reboot podcast is proud to welcome writer, commentator, critic, bad-ass J. A. Micheline to the podcast! (Pssst, call her JAM)
A writer for Women Write About Comics, the AV Club, VICE, and Comics Alliance, JAM has quickly become an trusted voice and critic in the comics industry. Her latest project sees her turn an eye on the delicate art of criticism and what makes it good or bad. You can find the first entry of Critical Jam at her Tumblr page, where she will post new entries every month. And if you like it, be sure to check out her Patreon account for the project.
JAM chose the Lee Bermejo, Brian Azzarello, Mick Gray, Trish Mulvihill graphic novel Joker.
JAM on Joker:
“I really hate when people try to give him an origin. It just bugs the shit out of me I guess, it’s one of the reasons why I don’t like The Killing Joke ... What’s interesting to me about the Joker is there is no comfortable explanation for him. Because I think any attempt to explain him kind of makes him more palatable to people, right? Because The Killing Joke, the whole concept of that is Joker is just like everyone else and all it takes is one bad day to make him completely mad. The idea of the one bad day or even the idea of explaining how Joker became Joker really fundamentally I think is our fear that there are just people out there who just are fucking horrible. The need to explain where he came from kind of seems to me like an inability to just say, you know, actually there are some people who just, as the comic ultimately says, hate everything.”
Music: “Chipfunk” by Emmett Plant