Comics Alternative Podcast Episode 44.1: Discussing Comics about America at Lone Star Comics

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July4thAndy and Derek are back at Lone Star Comics in Plano, TX, and this month they’re talking about American-themed comics with the scheduling manager of the shop and good friend of the show, Shea Hennum. Since this is the month of Independence Day, the Two Guys with PhDs thought it would be a great opportunity to focus on comics about the United States, its history, its culture, and its people. Among the many comics they discuss are Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor, Steve Darnall and Alex Ross’s Uncle Sam, John Ridley and Georges Jeanty’s The American Way, Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg, Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s Preacher, Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams’s Green Lantern/Green Arrow comics of the 1970s, Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing the Marvel event Civil War, the various incarnations of Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters, and Paul Pope comics. They also talk about other kinds of comics, such as Adventure Time, Brandon Graham’s Prophet (which Derek does like, thank you very much), Frank Young and David Lasky’s The Carter Family, Garth Ennis’s Fury MAX, and erotic comics, among others. They also give their two cents on the recent announcements on the acquisition of Archaia by Boom! Studios and on Kitchen Sink joining forces with Dark Horse. And as an extra added bonus, you get to hear Shea, Andy, and Derek describe what they plan to do for the July 4th holiday (nothing exciting, really).

The Two Guys with PhDs also name the winner of their July contest and announce the theme of next month’s Lone Star Comics discussion and giveaway: all-age comics. So be sure to listen in August for that episode!

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About Derek Royal

The Comics Alternative is a weekly podcast focused on the world of alternative, independent, and primarily non-superhero comics. (There’s nothing wrong with the superhero genre…we just want to do something different.) New shows become available every Wednesday…much like the comic books you get. Episodes feature reviews of graphic novels and current ongoing series, discussions of upcoming comics, examinations of collected editions, in-depth analyses of a variety of comics texts, spotlights on various creators and their oeuvre, roundtable discussions with prominent critics and scholars in the field, and interviews with the artists and writers who make all of this possible. Along the way, Andy and Derek will talk about the various books that they are reading; the many pop cultural references that, for better or worse, inform their lives; and the unpredictable (and inexplicable) weirdness that seems to creep into each episode. In essence,The Comics Alternative podcast is brilliantly simple: Two guys with PhDs talking about comics.

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