On Location: Starting off the New Year at Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find

New Shop, New Conversations

For years The Comics Alternative has held a monthly on-location episode where one or two cohosts go into — physically or virtually — one of their local comics shops and talk with customers and employees about the comics that their reading, what they’re excited about and looking forward to, and what grumblings they may have in terms of comics culture. The last such episode was published last August, right before Derek moved to Charlotte, NC…and as things would turn out, in the final days of Valhalla Games and Comics.

But now that Derek has settled in his new environs, he heads over to Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find, his new local shop in Charlotte (at 417 Pecan Avenue), to begin once again the monthly series. So January’s show kicks things off, with Derek introducing customers and shop employees to the podcast and beginning what, we hope, will be a fun and informative monthly visit. Snowy weather hit Charlotte this week, so the ice and cold cut down on traffic in the shop over the past couple of days. But several did come in and take the time to talk on show, sharing what titles they’re currently reading and what they’re finding exciting, and frustrating, in comics and comics-related media. For example, Isaiah, coming in for his weekly comics, shares his thoughts on recent DC Rebirth storylines and the shenanigans he sees going on at Marvel. Shop employees, Karla and Eli, talk about the some of the comics that are currently or soon-to-be adapted for television — and Eli is particularly interested in the upcoming series based on Rick Remender’s Deadly Class. And shop owner Shelton Drum comes on to discuss their recent move to a new location, next week’s Charlotte Mini-Con (taking place on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Gary Cole Center), and when we can expect to hear announcements about this summer’s HeroesCon.

A big THANK YOU to Karla and Shelton for helping to make this on-location show happen. And if you’re in the Charlotte area, be sure to come by the shop on Wednesday, February 21, for next month’s on-location recording!

Doctor Who: Series 10

John and Kay have a spoiler filled discussion about series 10 of the Doctor Who television series starring Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor.

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Comic Book Savant Episode 364: Movie Talk: Black Widow

This week we are going to discuss the news that has been going around about a Black Widow movie! I will explore all the potential options as well as expectations we should have for the film. So kick back relax as I discuss what I would like to see from this project. Enjoy!

Comic Book Central #205: 25 years of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine with showrunner, Ira Steven Behr

Pull up a chair at Quark’s bar and order a Warp Core Breach because it’s time to celebrate 25 years of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine with producer, writer, and showrunner, Ira Steven Behr!
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Beyond My Comic Shop: Cosplay Goals

Host Anthony Desiato gets a crash course in cosplay with his wife, Stephanie, and guest Justin De Voe as the trio recounts their New York Comic Con experiences as Matt Murdock, Elektra, and Lobo, respectively. (Encore presentation. Originally aired as an episode of Flat Squirrel Tales on 11/1/17.)

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:24 – Introduction
  • 00:03:27 – Setup of interview
  • 00:06:00 – Interview with Seth
  • 01:51:43 – Wrap up
  • 01:52:32 – Contact us

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The Man from Guelph

On this interview episode, Derek is pleased to have as his guest one of his favorite creators, Seth. His latest volume of Palookaville was published last year by Drawn and Quarterly, and while every release of Seth’s signature series is worth noting, this one is particularly significant. It wraps up his “Clyde Fans” storyline, one he began in 1997 in Palookaville #10. Derek asks Seth about the process of undertaking this ongoing narrative and the considerations of sustaining it for twenty years. They also discuss the autobiographical “Nothing Lasts,” a series that Seth began in volume 21 of Palookaville. Much of the conversation concerns Seth’s autobiographical storytelling, or his faux-autobiographical comics (in the case of It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken), and the ways in which the past informs his sense of place and identity. Indeed, memory is a major theme in Seth’s stories, and the two spend a good deal of time talking about it as a defining feature of his comics. But while much of the discussion centers on the most recent volume of Palookaville, Derek also asks his guest about the general trajectory of his career. They talk about his sketchbook comics, such as Wimbledon Green and The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists, his evolving illustration style, the creation of Dominion, the melancholy George Sprott: 1894-1975, his rubber stamp diary, his life-defining relationships with Chester Brown and Joe Matt, his design and illustration work for Fantagraphics’ Complete Peanuts series and Lemony Snicket’s All the Wrong Questions books, his plans for future issues of Palookaville, and his wife’s business, Crown Barber Shop.

Radio Free Asgard #301

This week we’re looking at the penultimate Journey Into Mystery issue, number 654, featuring Sif, Beta Ray Bill, a ship/woman mashup, and a very Stephen Bissette-ish Gaea, not to mention some really Schitti art (which means it’s a lot better than it sounds!)

Beyond My Comic Shop: The Art of the Custom

Host Anthony Desiato returns to It’z Vintage in Mendham, NJ, for a deep dive into the fascinating world of custom toys with store owner and action figure customizer Allen Baus. (Encore presentation. Originally aired as an episode of Flat Squirrel Tales on 7/26/17.)

Super Hero Speak: #241 – Dan Sheppard

This week the guys sit down with Dan Sheppard from Alterna comics. Dan talks about his up coming book Sonitus, and where inspired the book. Plus he shares what it’s like to show a theater full of 20 something;s Clerks. (hint they aren’t a fan of black and white films) All this and so much more, so sit back and enjoy!

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Comics Alternative, Episode 263: Reviews of Now #2, The Strumpet #5, and Barbarella # 1 & #2

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Time Codes:

  • 00:00:32 – Introduction
  • 00:03:00 – Catching up with flu-ridden Gene
  • 00:04:21 – Now #2
  • 00:44:07 – The Strumpet #5
  • 01:11:49 – Barbarella #1 & #2
  • 01:26:56 – Wrap up
  • 01:27:55 – Contact us

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Anthologies, Origins, and Rebirths

This week Gene and Derek discuss three recent titles, two of which are anthologies and one a blast from the past. They begin with the second issue of Fantagraphics’ Now, edited by Eric Reynolds. As the guys mention, this one is comprised of various comics that run the gamut of art and narrative styles. While some of the contributions are more “traditional” in their storytelling presentation — such as the pieces by Susan Jonaitis and Graham Chaffee, Ariel López V., Dash Shaw, and Joseph Remnant — others challenge our understanding of the medium. Short works by Fabio Zimbres, Conxita Herrero, and James Turek are just some of the stories in this issue that experiment with how comics mediate narrative.

Next, the guys turn to another anthology, The Strumpet #5. Edited by Ellen Lindner and Glynnis Fawkes, this collection was successfully Kickstarted last year, and the theme of this volume is origins. As Gene and Derek point out, this understanding of “origins” is rather broad, with some of the contributions focusing on origins of identity, origins of awareness, origins of memories, origins of myths, origins of tyrants (Donald Trump, anyone?), origins of sexuality, and origins via birth. This is a transatlantic anthology, with creators from both North America and the UK providing a diversity of story and style. Gene had been familiar with some previous issues of The Strumpet, but this was Derek’s first exposure to the anthology. And he is sorry he hadn’t discovered it earlier.

The Two Guys with PhDs wrap up by looking at a new series from Dynamite Entertainment that brings back a classic, and controversial, figure from the 1960s. Barbarella is Mike Carey and Kenan Yarar’s contemporary take on Jean-Claude Forest’s legendary protagonist. The cheesecakey emphasis and the eroticism is definitely a part of this title, but Carey gives the space-traveling Barbarella more agency, making her more heroic, and less of a passive vessel, than Forest’s original incarnation. The guys discuss the first two issues of the series, the second of which was just recently released, and both Derek and Gene are hooked.

Comic News Insider Episode 827 – Mad For Mutants!

Comic News Insider: Episode 827 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: X-Men Gold Annual #1, The Gifted S1 finale, Runaways S1 finale

Jon Hoche is back as co-host and gives a few of his favorite picks from last year. They chat about a couple of comic fests that happened over the weekend as well. News includes: John Ridley will write The Other History of the DC Universe, a Detective Pikachu game is coming, the Dick Tracy comic reboot is cancelled over a licensing snafu and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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The Orville Season 1

John and Kay have a spoiler filled discussion about the first season of The Orville.

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Comics Alternative Interviews: W. Maxwell Prince and Martín Morazzo

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Lickety Split

On this episode of the interview series, Derek talks with W. Maxwell Prince and Martín Morazzo about their new series from Image Comics, Ice Cream Man. The first issue comes out on January 17, and Derek asks his guests about the genesis of this project and what to expect in its debut. As Will and Martín reveal, each issue of Ice Cream Man is a stand-alone story, with every release serving as a viable jumping on point into their uncanny world. In fact, both creators liken the title to Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, a series of stories that aren’t connected one to the other, but linked through tone and narration. What binds the individual issues together will be the ice cream man himself, peddling his frozen treats in a small suburban community and witness to — or instigator of? — various macabre events that turns lives upside down. The series’ inaugural issue revolves around a deadly Brazilian spider, a young boy forced to live on his own, and a police detective whose professional ennui is violently shaken. This promises to be a very different kind of comic-book series, one that may not be as soft and creamy as its title suggests.

Airship 27 Podcast #35: A Moonman, a Lawman & a Detective

Captain Ron Fortier and Chief Engineer Rob Davis return aboard the Airship 27 for another adventurous episode of the podcast!

In this episode, they discuss their holidays, books produced in 2017, what to look forward to in 2018, and much more!

Titles discussed include: Captain Action, Secret Agent X, Lawman Bass Reeves, Moon Man, Cape Noir game, Faces of Fear, Moonstone, Sherlock Holmes, Brother Bones, Barry Baskerville, Captain Hazard, and The Three Musketeers.

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Crisis On Infinite Midlives Show Episode 170: Gleek Flings Poo

It’s been an speedy week, from the threat of yet another government shutdown, to calling other nations ugly names, to a 30-something minute span where it seemed like a large chunk of the population of Hawaii might be on deck to have a chance at their own Silver Age superhero origin stories. It was the kind of week when you just want to escape into a fat stack of comics books. You know, books about a disintegrating monarchy, the mistreatment of prisoners, and the literal vanishing of the Earth.

Okay, that sounds dire, but there were actually some interesting books this week, including the opening to a new Marvel event (you know, as part of Marvel Legacy! Which was supposed to mean an end to constant events!), a strong and surprisingly intriguing opening for one book’s new creative team… and a Tom King book, which always means some spirited conversation on this show. So we break down a few of the bigger books this week, including:

  • Mister Miracle #6, written by Tom King with art by Mitch Gerads
  • Avengers #675 (Part 1 of the No Surrender event), written by Mark Waid, Al Ewing and Jim Zub, with art by Pepe Larraz
  • Old Man Hawkeye #1, written by Ethan Sacks with art by Marco Checchetto, and
  • Suicide Squad #33, written by Si Spurrier with art by Fernando Pasarin!

As usual, this show contains spoilers, and was recorded live to tape with minimal editing. So if you’re looking for a comics show that ranges from speculation about meta-narrative in a comic about super villains to a story about one of the hosts eating a bug, you’ve come to the right place!