Comics Alternative Interviews: Rich Tommaso

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Dark Stuff


On this episode of the interview series, Andy and Derek talk with Rich Tommaso about his recent publications from Image Comics, She Wolf #1 and the trade collection of Dark Corridor. Both were released last week. The guys begin by trying to wrap their brains around She Wolf, a surreal lycanthrope narrative with a 1980s flair. Rich reveals that this is a planned four-issue arc, and that if the interest is there he has plans to continue and expand the story. He contrasts this publication strategy with that of his earlier series, Dark Corridor. That began as a more ambitious project with more of an ongoing storyline. But, due to the sales, he decided to wrap up the title sooner rather than later. In fact, Rich speculates that crime comics may not be a current interest with the comics-buying public, at least compared to horror and science fiction. He also suggests that autobiographical or slice-of-life comics -- as found in his earlier works, Let's Hit the Road and Pete and Miriam -- may not be his forte, and that genre stories are more his style. You'll also find in this interview a lot of talk about film, crime fiction, and the recent HeroesCon where the guys first met Rich. So whether you like your Tommaso comics plain or genre-flavored, this conversation has something for you.



Out of the Fridge 105: Wonder Woman by Greg Rucka


2015-2016 Television Rating

John and Sam go over the ratings for the 2015-2016 television season. Links: Discount Comic Book Service: Comics Podcast Network: League of Comic Book Podcasts: Email us at Join the discussion on our forum at: This podcast episode originated on the Comic Book Page website:

Final Issue Podcast- Episode 51: Final Issue Rebirth!!!

First Issue- State of the Podcast Second Issue- The passing of Darwyn Cooke Final Issue- Rebirth reactions Do you have a suggestion for an issue? Let us know on twitter @finalissuepod or email Contact our panelists- Sam – @comicsonice DeWayne – @dewaynefeenstra Joe – @joemulv Tyler – @tylerjamescomic

Comic Timing – Episode 180: Hydra’s Civil Rebirth

WallyWest Just like DC Comics' worst kept spoiler in a while, we're back! On today's episode, Brent and Ian are joined by the Raph himself, Raphael Soohoo to discuss Captain America: Civil War, Bendis' Civil War II, Free Comic Book Day and what comics were grabbed at said Free Comic Book Day, DC Comics: Rebirth #1, DC Rebirth in general, the whole Captain America Hydra kerfuffle, Comixology Unlimited, and more! More includes how comics have changed in the past ten years since the show started, by the way. That was fun! Ian also meant to talk about X-Men Apocalypse but didn't, but there's two minutes or so of talk in the after show, and there might be an Extra Point soon talking more about it. So do stay tuned for more on that and other topics, loyal listeners. You can e-mail the show at and be sure to Like us on Facebook at Be sure to follow Ian on Twitter @i_am_scifi, or on Tumblr at; Brent is on Twitter too @kossinab, and Raph is @RaphReadsComics. And finally, if you want to read Raph's Nerds of Color article that was mentioned in this episode, you can do so here. Thanks again for listening, and we'll catch you next time!

Comics Alternative, Manga: Reviews of A Silent Voice and What Is Obscenity?

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Pussy Riot


This month Shea and Derek look at two tonally different works of manga. They begin with Yoshitoki Oima's series, A Silent Voice, the final (seventh) volume of which was released from Kodansha Comics at the end of May. It's the story of an elementary school bully, Shoya Ishida, and his attempts to atone for his past behavior after he enters high school. The object of his ridicule was Shoko Nishimiya, a deaf transfer student who was pulled out of her elementary school because of Shoya's insensitive mocking. Now teenagers, Shoyo and Shoko establish a relationship that is spottily therapeutic for both, and with the help of their former elementary school classmates with whom they reestablish contact. While the guys both enjoy this title, there are times when the narrative is worn a little thin. Derek feels that there is excessive emotional wallowing in places, and Shea is not thrilled with the series' quick ending.

A completely different kind of manga is Rokudenashiko's What Is Obscenity?: The Story of a Good for Nothing Artist and Her Pussy (Koyama Press). And the book's subtitle says it all. Rokudenashiko -- a pen name for Megumi Igarashi, and which translates into "good-for-nothing woman" -- tells the story of her evolution as an artist, her work in manko (vagina) art (or "deco-man," as she calls it), and her two 2014 arrests for violating various obscenity laws in Japan. The core of the text is its manga, three separate stories that were originally serialized in the leftist political magazine, Weekly Friday. But about a third of the book is composed of photographs and text-only supplemental material, making this more of a hybrid chronicle of Rokudenashiko's art and legal ordeals. Both Shea and Derek love this book, filled with humor and keen observations on Japan's archaic, paternalistically mandated obscenity laws. In fact, they each want to get a little Manko-chan figurine for themselves!



Comic Book Savant Episode 303: Movie Talk: Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice Ultimate Edition

This week I will be reviewing the recently released Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition. Considering the critical and fan response to the theatrical cut of the film. Enjoy!

Warlord Worlds Episode 8: Mike Grell at Heroes Con

WarlordWorldsFinal1400 In Warlord Worlds Episode 8 we interview Mike Grell at Heroes Con about his career in comics and enjoy his many wonderful stories. We also chat with other Mike Grell fans who share their comics origin stories. Promo #1: Shortbox Showcase Promo #2: Comics in the Golden Age Promo #3: Geek Brain Popcast Website: Email: Facebook: Warlord Worlds Twitter: @WarlordWorlds iTunes: Stitcher: Google Play: Podbean: We are a proud member of the Comics Podcast Network at Thank you for listening and please consider leaving a review to help promote the show!

Comics Alternative, Episode 194: Reviews of The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan, Bird in a Cage, and Hellbound Lifestyle

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Communal Voices


This week The Comics Alternative's blog editor, Paul Lai, joins Derek to discuss three recent titles. They begin with Bryan Doerries's The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan (Pantheon). Illustrated by a variety of artists -- Jess Ruliffson, Joëlle Jones, Justine Mara Andersen, Dylan Macon's, and Nick Bertozzi -- the book brings Homer's classic into contemporary contexts. On the eve of their return home from Afghanistan, Marine Corps sergeant Jack Brennan shares with his men the epic tale by applying it to their own lives as soldiers. hellbound-sampleWithin this frame narrative, Doerries recounts Odysseus's various attempt to return home, each one illustrated by one of the book's diverse artists.

Next, the Two Guys turn to a sobering narrative, Rebecca Roher's Bird in a Cage (Conundrum Press). This is an account of Roher's grandmother's dementia and resulting institutionalization, but even more so, it's the artist's memoir of her relationship with Grandma Wylie, as she is called, and the family that nurtured her. This is a moving narrative, intimately drawn, that underscores the power of community and memory when confronting adversity.

After that, Paul and Derek wrap up with a more lighthearted comic, Kaeleigh Forsyth and Alabaster Pizzo's Hellbound Lifestyle (Retrofit Comics/Big Planet Comics). This is a humorous look at our contemporary obsession with smartphones and our need for self-validation through social media. The story takes place over a year's worth of smartphone usage, and many of the book's scenarios are laugh-out-loud funny. Some of the guys' favorites include "A Day in the Life of Hemingway's Wife(s)," "Workshopping My Stand Up Routine," and the "Sunnie Luvies Test." In this episode of the podcast, you can expect a wide range of emotional responses.



TMG_Cast-Comics Irrelevancy On The Edge of Civility-Episode 245-“WHEN BOY-DROIDS ATTACK!”

  We slaughter The Lion King's opening lyrics in this ep, then present out theme song. Or not. Then launch into a timely thing for once, bitchin bout NYCC. It's ridiculous, and we aint going. Eventually we launch into the March Indies, starting with the magic that is WAR STORIES 17-Hans the Bastard Strikes! You don't need much more. MERCURY HEAT 8 continues the danger of the Crossed as the whole science base turns against Louisa in an exciting and action packed ish. REVIVAL 37 is a pretty neat ish, presented character's own visions of the life as they had wanted it. They're all stuck being strippers, tattoo artists and weed dealers. DESCENDER 11 wows us like usual, with twists and turn arounds and must read it, damn it. HELL BOY AND THE BPRD 1953 2 moves forward with the Demon afghan hounds, mysterious substitute teachers. HARROW COUNTY 10 Introducing the new characters of Lovey, Early, and Clinton, Bernice takes center stage as Lovey's history is played out. BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA 11 is the issue where time travel takes the forefront, chiming in our intent to leave the book forever-as Lo-Pan is seemingly a big wheel for the good of man throughout early 20th century San Francisco. JAMES BOND VARGR 5 pleases us with deathtraps to escape, cyborgs to drown, and the title's namesake. Come check us out on Facebook, twitter @TMG_Cast, leave us voicemail at 275 533 4910 and mail us at, and occasionally see what we have to say textually at

Super Hero Speak – #162: JK the Sailorman

As the guys discuss the latest in Marvel and DC news they are shocked by the transformation JK Simmons has gone through to play commissioner Gordon.  As Ben puts it, "He has Popeye arms!" Why has he gotten so ripped to play Gotham's top law man? We don't know but maybe he has to go toe to toe with the Dark Knight himself, but it is interesting to contemplate. This and so much more in this week's episode, enjoy! 162-jksail [powerpress_subscribe] Follow us on Twitter: Like us and leave feedback on Facebook:

Comic News Insider Episode 698 – Still More Heroes Con w/ Brenden Fletcher!

ep698pic Comic News Insider: Episode 698 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces. Reviews: Action Man #1, Lucas Stand #1, She Wolf #1, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Adaptation #1, Game of Thrones S6 finale The last of the Heroes Con interviews are upon us! Jimmy sat down with Brenden Fletcher for a long overdue interview about his work on Gotham Academy, Batgirl, Black Canary and more. Jimmy's old friend Rebecca joins him in studio in the rotating co-host chair and they have a lengthy (sorry) discussion about that Game of Thrones finale. They discuss a PR email and Jimmy is ecstatic over a Steranko tweet to him. News includes: Cerebus returns, Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl also return in comic book form, IDW is bringing us a new Star Trek anthology, the new Mortal Kombat film has cast 12 major roles, the second volume of the music of DC comics is coming, the 2016 NJ Superhero weekend at Comic Fusion is again holding their annual event in August. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us! Email Facebook Comic News Insider Thanks for listening!

Mayo Report: 2016-05 Trades

John and TJ discuss the sales estimates for the top selling graphic novels and collected editions for May 2016. 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:

Trekker Talk Episode 18: Trial By Fire

TrekkerTalkFinal1400 In Trekker Talk Episode 18 we discuss Trial By Fire from the Trekker Special from Image Comics by creator, writer, and artist Ron Randall. We also share your feedback in Trekker Transmissions. Promo #1: Silver and Gold Promo #2: Straight Outta Gallifrey Website: E-mail: Facebook: Twitter: iTunes: Stitcher: Google Play: Podbean: We are a proud member of the Comics Podcast Network at Thank you for listening and please consider leaving a review to help promote the show!  

Comic Book Central – Episode #132: Christopher Rich

[caption id="attachment_48405" align="alignnone" width="300"]Continuing my celebration of 75 years of Archie Comics with Archie himself! From the live-action movie Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again, actor Christopher Rich is in the Lair! #ChristopherRich #Archie #ArchieAndrews #Riverdale #ComicBookCentral #Comics #ComicBooks Subscribe to the show in iTunes: Subscribe to the show on Blubrry: Listen to the show via Stitcher: "Like" Comic Book Central on Facebook: Follow Comic Book Central on Twitter: email: Continuing my celebration of 75 years of Archie Comics with Archie himself! From the live-action movie Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again, actor Christopher Rich is in the Lair!
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