Episode 648 - Kawaii's Choice

Aug 14, 2023

This week's cast was an experiment and if it works out we'll do more! We came up with the idea for discussing a comic live on air, the hard part was choosing it, for that we settled on our trusty Kawaiidaigakusei to help us. She chose “Up the Pyramid” by BUDLO. And this was her rationale:

Topics and Show Notes

“A comic that I had already featured, but deserves a second run in the spotlight. There is a chapter specifically that would work for a Quackcast episode discussion titled, ”My Mother, Her Baby, & Mary Cassatt“ that went live a few weeks after the comic had been featured. It is a story that is told in very beautiful panels, set in real world settings, and it struck a chord with me when I read it over again and gave me a real pause in order to think about life paths. The chapter could resonate with many people on the site.”

that seemed like amazing reasoning to us and so we chatted about that chapter of Budlo's comic, page after page, all having seen it for the first time. So fancy that, a webcomic podcast that finally talks about webcomics!

Do you think this works? If not, why not?

This week Gunwallace has given us the theme to NSFW - Heavy on the bass and lots of groove, this is a very 1970s sound!This tune sticks with a line and rides it through to the end. It’s a really solid groove that knows what it wonts and how to get there.

Topics and shownotes


Our comic of Discussion: https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/UP_THE_PYRAMID/5709169/

Featured comic:
VIRTUS - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2023/aug/09/featured-comic-virtus/

Featured music:
NSFW - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/NSFW/ - by Arborcides, rated A.

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Ozoneocean - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean
Kawaiidaigakusei - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/kawaiidaigakusei
Tantz Aerine - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Tantz_Aerine/

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Ozoneocean at 5:09PM, Sept. 3, 2023

Aw that was very touching to read Budlo, it's an honour to have your comic hosted with us <3 and thankyou very much for you kind words kawaii!

kawaiidaigakusei at 4:54PM, Aug. 19, 2023

I really appreciated Ozone's formalist art reading of the images; Tantz's careful attention to the smallest details flowed with the accompanying text and it was really relaxing to read along; and Banes' emotive responses to the pages all made this a very delightful Quackcast episode to hear. Stellar work! Cheers to Budlo and for all the tired beasts still performing in the circus or attempting the inevitable climb.

kawaiidaigakusei at 3:32PM, Aug. 19, 2023

"The Night the Circus Burned Down" brought me to tears.

BUDLO at 6:29PM, Aug. 18, 2023

This was such a wonderful surprise for me. It is a rare gift to see your work dissected in real-time by three intelligent and generous practitioners of the story craft. And to Kawaii, who originally highlighted the comic and wrote kindly of it then, thank you for recommending it for the Quackcast. Your comments were straight on and insightful. As much as Maslow's Pyramid is universal UP THE PYRAMID is autobiographical. Tantz, the Cassatt story as well as "The Night the Circus Burned Down" are both love letters to my parents. Thank you for recognizing them and naming them that way. Of course they are. I just never put it so simply in words. The podcast was so heartfelt, thank you so much. John Cote (Budlo)

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