It's summer here on Jonesy and that means a summer rerun or two. On today's show, we set the Wayback Machine for June 2019 and my interview with Michael Kupperman, author of All the Answers: A Graphic Memoir from Simon & Schuster’s Gallery 13. And, in the interview, we go back another 80 years, to the Golden Age of Radio, when Michael's father Joel Kupperman starred as the youngest member of the Quiz Kids show on NBC. Michael talks about the book and his relationship with his dad, a very complex relationship with a brilliant but enigmatic and troubled man.
All the Answers was selected by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the Best Summer Books of 2018. And named one of the 2019 finalists for the prestigious Will Eisner Comic Industry Award in the category of Best Reality-Based Work. The book was also a finalist for the 2019 Excellence in Graphic Literature Award in the Adult Non-Fiction category.
Conan O’Brian described Michael as “probably one of the greatest comedy brains on the planet." Grant Morrison calls All the Answers "A moving tale of fathers and their sons. A cautionary fable from the primal dawn of the Age of Celebrity. This book is brilliant.”
Our conversation with Michael initially aired on S.W. Conser's long-running KBOO show Words and Pictures. Many thanks to Conch for letting me guest host!