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Thor's-Hammer The Silent One leads Thor astray, as Odin fights Infinity in Thor #186! There is much sword unsheathing, hammer handling, and other unseemly activities! Plus, the Warriors Three are possessed by Klaus Janson! Nuff said!

Critiquing Comics #081: Reckstar

ReckstarAn alien and his human are traveling through space. What does the alien do when his boss strongly suggests he should ditch the idiot human? Tim and Mulele discuss Joey Cruz and Michelle Nguyen's Reckstar, as well as some realizations Mulele made about podcasts and comics. Oh, and, of course, Star Wars. Deconstructing Comics site

Superman Fan Podcast Episode #330 Part II: Superman Comic Book Cover Dated May 1964: Action Comics #312!

[caption id="attachment_45612" align="aligncenter" width="201"]Action Comics 312, May 1964! Action Comics 312, May 1964![/caption] Download Episode 330 Part II! ACTION COMICS 312, May 1964, was published on March 26, 1964. It contained 32 pages for the cover price of 12¢. The editor was Mort Weisinger and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by George Klein, who were the art team for the Superman story in this issue. - KING SUPERMAN VERSUS CLARK KENT, METALLO (14 pgs.), was written by Robert Bernstein. This story has not yet been reprinted by the time this episode was posted. - Supergirl starred in the 12 page story, THE FANTASTIC MENACE OF THE L. L.'S, written by Leo Dorfman and drawn by Jim Mooney. This story has been reprinted in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERGIRL vol. II. Also highlighted in this episode are the issue's ads and other features, including the METROPOLIS MAILBAG letter column. This episode begins with a few e-mails and the monthly MY PULL LIST section, where I review the October comic books I received in my shipment from Discount Comic Book Service! Elsewhere in DC Comics, 28 titles carried the May or May/June 1964 cover date. Next Episodes: SUPERMAN FAMILY COMIC BOOKS COVER DATED JULY 1961: PART I: SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 26 & PART II: SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 54! Then we return to: SUPERMAN COMIC BOOK COVER DATED JUNE 1964: ACTION COMICS 313!

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Comics Alternative, Episode 163: Our Third Annual Thanksgiving Show

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Stewed and Stuffed?


The guys are back with their third annual Thanksgiving show. This a special episode of The Comics Alternative where Andy, Derek, and other cohosts get together to discuss what they're thankful for in the world of comics and comics culture. This year both Andy W. and Gene are able to join in, so for this special holiday week you get a special episode with extra stuff: Four Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics! Among the various things Gene, Derek, Andy, and Andy are thankful for are

  • small-press publishers (like Kilgore, Uncivilized, Youth in Decline, AdHouse, Conundrum, Koyama, etc) who provide them with material for their podcasts,
  • Chris Marshall of Collected Comics Library, who provided us with 17 years of insightful comics analysis (and whose podcast the guys will miss),
  • Fantagraphics and their Complete Peanuts series,
  • the many great projects they're backing on Kickstarter,
  • the relatively new Librarians Assemble! podcast,
  • this year's comics-related museum exhibits,
  • special collections, such as the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum and the Comic Art Collection at Michigan State, as well as the librarians who manage them,
  • Dean Mullaney, Craig Yoe, Chris Staros, and the incredibly helpful folks at IDW Publishing -- Dirk, Rosalind, and Mike -- who go out of their way to keep the guys informed and supplied,
  • Chicago and the comics-related opportunities it provides,
  • creators like Joe Ollmann, Tim Lane, and Seth, who have been very generous with their time this past year and participated in email interviews for the blog,
  • fun Marvel properties, such as Ryan North and Erica Henderson's The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and the new Jessica Jones series on Netflix,
  • Gwen, Shea, and Sean for helping on the various monthly podcast series,
  • and our Patreon supporters who have helped make 2015 a successful year!

Much like the yams with melted marshmallows served during Thanksgiving, this is an episode that you can pass around to friends and loved ones and taking a generous portion and then savoring the smooth, creamy goodness of every bite (byte?). There's plenty to go around. And if you're listening to this podcast in a non-US location, you can appreciate this episode knowing that Thanksgiving is more than just gratuitous Pilgrim references and obscene gluttony; it's also middle-aged guys with advanced degrees sitting around and talking about comic books.


Comic News Insider Episode 660 – Kansas City Starlight!

ep660pic Comic News Insider: Episode 660 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces. Reviews: Jessica Jones (Netflix), Batman Europa #1, Huck #1, Tomboy #1, Adventure Time: Stakes mini-series, Doctor Who Due to the Thanksgiving weekend, co-hosts are hard to find! So Jimmy gets some help from an old listener Shay Estes. Something new as he has her record some reviews and a Top 3 and plays them for your listening pleasure. Jimmy is worried because her reviews are far more professional and way better than his. But good news for you listeners! She gives some really great insight and does some great research for her reviews/picks. You'll love her! Jimmy also briefly chats about that last The Walking Dead episode as well as a new poster for the upcoming Game of Thrones season. (Both have a similar theme). News includes: Marvel schools you with new web series called Marvel 101, Gravity Falls is coming to an end, Felicia Day is cast in new MST3K reboot, DC's Legends of Tomorrow will premiere on January 21 and John Carpenter is developing 4 new horror/sci-fi series. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us! Email Facebook Comic News Insider Thanks for listening!  

Super Hero Speak – #132: Jason Tudor

This week the guys sit down with Jason Tudor. Jason is the creator of the independent comic book Vorpal (available soon through Headshrinker's press). Jason tells us about his love for comics and why he decided to create Vorpal at this point in his life. It's an important lesson in it's never too late to follow your passions. So sit back and enjoy our chat with Jason Tudor. shs-jtudor Vorpal website: Vorpal on Facebook: Jason on Twitter: Follow us on Twitter: Like us and leave feedback on Facebook:

Secret Identity Podcast Issue #697–Inhumans and Doctor Strange

Secret Identity Podcast News: Marvel Doubles Up DC in October Sales Reviews: Inhumans #1 Doctor Strange #1 Summer Watching Project: Daredevil #11-13 Creator Spotlight: Alex Obert Matt interviewed the creator of the online site Journey of a Frontman at ConnectiCon 2015. For more info on the podcast, head over to

Mayo Report: 2015-10 Trades

John Mayo and TJ discuss the sales estimates for the top selling graphic novels and collected editions for October 2015. Links: Mayo Report articles on Comic Book Resources: Collected Edition Release Schedule @ CCL: Discount Comic Book Service: Comics Podcast Network: League of Comic Book Podcasts: Email us at with any questions or comment you have on the episode or post on our forum. Join the discussion on our forum at: This podcast episode originated on the Comic Book Page website:

Comics Alternative Interviews: Christina Merkler

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"We're kinda drug dealers"

Over the past three and a half years, the Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics have interviewed a variety of artists, writers, editors, publishers, educators, and scholars, but in all this time they have not yet interviewed someone from the retail side of comics culture. Until now. In this episode, MerklerDerek talks with Christina Merkler, the co-owner of Discount Comic Book Service, one of the largest online retailers of comics (and, in the spirit of full disclosure, an official sponsor of The Comics Alternative). They begin their conversation with a little background history, Christina describing what it was like when her husband, Cameron, came up with the idea for the business and decided to start with an all-online shop. What began as a small Internet-driven service out of their home in 1999 eventually turned into a brick-and-mortar store, multiple online storefronts, and the growing multi-state operation that it has become today. Christina describes how now, with the DCBS remaining in Fort Wayne, IN, and the InStock Trades warehouse being in Memphis, TN, the Merklers feel like they're all over the place and constantly on the go. But they've no plans to rest on their achievements, and instead, are at work on future growth plans. Derek also asks Christina about the competition they've had over the years, the ins and outs of pricing, their relationship with Diamond Comic Distributors, their attempts at getting into the digital comics business, the decisions that go into their monthly specials, and their strategies for good customer relations. In all, his conversation with Christina is a revealing look at the store-front business side of the medium and the many details of how, literally, the books by the creators the guys discuss every week get into the hands of the readers.

After listening to this interview, be sure to head on over to Discount Comic Book Service and InStock Trades. And when you do, please send them an email and tell them that the Two Guys with PhDs sent you!




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Super Podcasto Magnifico! Ep. #223: Jessica Jones! RIP Clara! Dark Knight 4?

Jessica Jones Review On this podcast we talk some Doctor Who, Wonder Woman, Dark Knight 4 and a possible Prophet movie. Mixing it up. Then we review the first two episodes of Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Listen in! Facebook What do you think of Jessica Jones? Finished it yet? Head over to our podcast Facebook page and let us know.

Raging Bullets Episode 451 : A DC Comics Fan Podcast

Episode 451: COMIC CHAT! Sean and Jim talk Secret Six 8, Clean Room 2, Superman/Wonder Woman 22, Slash and Burn 1, and Batman 46 in this episode’s comic chat! Listener voicemails return next week! Show Notes: 0:00 Show opening,,,,,,,, show voicemail line 1-440-388-4434 or drnorge on Skype,and more. Show contact info and web site: 5:15 Comic Chat 2:05:50 Closing We’ll be back next week with our next episode.  Check, Twitter and our Facebook group for regular updates. Visit our web site.

View from the Gutters #145 — Johnny the Homicidal Maniac

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, by Jhonen Vasquez. Originally published in the mid-90s, JTHM is one of the seminal indie comics of the period. It features the adventures (i.e. murders) of Johnny, a deranged psychopathic murder who is honestly kind of a sweet guy when you get right down to it. Johnny is joined on his travails by the imaginary voices in his head, as well as the many MANY people who suffer (some perhaps justly) violent deaths at his hands. There's also this one wall that he keeps painting with people's blood, so that it doesn't go all soft... This is a complex work which is filled with black humor, but which is also strangely meditative on subcultures and our larger existential condition. It's also been hugely influential on the evolution of indie comics, along with it's animated sibling Invader Zim, also created by Vasquez. In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Wolverine: Snikt, Through the Woods, Black Widow: The Name of the Rose, and Rai for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is Through the Woods. Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Tobiah Panshin, Kayleigh Fleeman, and Kit Deforge.

Comics Alternative Interviews: Joe Keatinge and Nick Barber

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"A little bit of a crimey-ish angle to it"


On this interview episode, Andy and Derek talk with Joe Keatinge and Nick Barber, the creators behind the new Image series, Ringside. The first issue will be released this week, and so the guys wanted to get the lowdown on what promises to be a fascinating and different title. Joe gets things rolling by Ringside01laying down the premise of the first narrative arc, introducing us to Danny Knossos, the once-famous wrestler called Minotaur. In classic noir fashion, the protagonist in this first issue returns to the old haunts from his past to help out a friend in trouble, and in doing so inadvertently becomes embroiled in a darker world that he had thought he had put behind him. This is more than a mere wrestling story, Nick and Joe explain. It's a brooding, crime-infused drama that bumps up against the world of professional wrestling. What's more, the series will have an ensemble cast, giving us shifting focal characters and rotating perspectives so as to flesh out a larger and more haunting landscape. The creators also describe how they met one another and how the idea for Ringside came about. They discuss their working relationship, the division of creative labor, and the history behind pitching the story to Image. In fact, Derek and Andy really don't have to do much during this interview. They ask a few questions to get things started, and then Joe and Nick take it from there with their own stories, turning parts of the interview into a personal back-and-forth of a couple of guys catching up. And that's part of The Comics Alternative is all about, isn't it: bringing people together through comics?

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Deconstructing Comics #474: International Comics Fest 2015, pt 1

Kaigai easelThis year's International Comics Festival (Kaigai Manga Festa) in Tokyo was bigger than ever! Plenty of familiar faces from past years gave it a sense of community (long sought by many foreign comics creators feeling rather isolated in Japan), but there were plenty of new faces, too, many of whom flew in from Europe and North America to be here. Tim once again procured a media pass and went booth-to-booth gathering interviews! Photos and Web links for all interviewees are below. Deconstructing Comics site [display_podcast]
2:10 John Gehron (USA) Pilot Theory

John Gehron

John Gehron

3:39 Ian M (Canada) SquareComix
Ian MIan M's table
4:47 Graeme McNee (Scotland)
John GehronGraeme McNee
7:15 Abby Denson (USA) Dolltopia
Abby Denson

Abby Denson

8:40 Yuutan (Japan) Yocchi's Forgetfulness
10:34 Sakki Crow Tengu Siblings Bedtime Stories
Chris "Sketchfro" TaylorSakki
12:28 Question No. 6 Cat and Spy, Dr. Who variant covers
Question No. 6Question No. 6
15:04 Adam Pasion (USA) Big Ugly Robot Press
Adam Pasion, Big Ugly Robot PressAdam Pasion
18:31 Natalie Andrewson (USA) Mamuana
Natalie AndrewsonNatalie Andrewson
21:31 Alex Mamo (USA) Fields of Wings
24:18 Elaine Tipping (USA) Princess Retribution
25:45 CocoNatalie (UK) Quiet
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28:18 Foo Swee Chin (Singapore) Nihon lah
Foo Swee ChinFoo Swee Chin
29:30 Ren Ishibashi (Japan) Lily's Restaurant; Dream
Ren IshibashiRen Ishibashi's table
33:16 Pinoy Komiks (Philippines) Pinoy Komiks
Tamaki and TamakiTamaki and Tamaki
37:09 Andrew Griffith (USA) Transformers
Andrew GriffithAndrew Griffith
38:54 Victor Edison (USA) Life in Japan
Victor EdisonVictor Edison
40:54 Jillian Tamaki (Canada) This One Summer
Jillian TamakiJillian TamakiJillian's Deconstructing Comics interview in 2009!
43:54 Mary Huang (Canada) Now Recharging
Mary HuangMary Huang
45:02 Chris Butcher Toronto Comic Arts Festival
Chris Butcher, TCAFChris Butcher
51:00 Steven and Katie Shanahan Silly Kingdom
(Canada) Katie Shanahan
Steven Shanahan
Steven and Katie ShanahanSteven and Katie Shanahan

Comics in the Golden Age Podcast Episode 23: The Positively Pliable Plastic Man!

Comics in the Golden Age Podcast Episode 23 Chris and Mike dive into Plastic Man number 1! The Comics in the Golden Age Podcast is available through iTunes and Stitcher, or at our website,