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Feb 6, 2020

This episode was originally broadcast on August 6, 2014.

It's a good thing truth can be stranger than fiction, because cartoonists telling stories about real people already have to compete with all the universes of imaginary characters crowding the shelves. On today’s episode, the lads eschew the usual single-title spotlight to take a look at some OGNs that make real events just as entertaining as their fictional shelf-buddies:

  • Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi
  • The Hypo by Noah Van Sciver
  • Feynman by Ottaviani and Myrick
  • Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang
  • Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story by Peter Bagge

All those works plus some other non-fiction favorites show up in this discussion-slash-rumination on the advantages, disadvantages, and challenges comics creators face when trying to bring real life to the printed page.

Robots From Tomorrow is a twice-weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth’s surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed at You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. Enjoy your funny books.