Comics Alternative Podcast Episode 45: July Previews

“Hall & Oates…They’re all about Satan.”

PreviewsJuly2013The Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics are back for their monthly look at the Previews catalog. This July they highlight many of the new comics coming out from Dark Horse (Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, and Kyle Baker’s The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story; Fred Van Lente and R. B. Silva’s Brain Boy; and Peter Tobin and Colleen Coover’s Bandette), DC/Vertigo (Bill Willingham’s Fairest in All the Land and Vertigo Visions: Frank Quitely), IDW (Troy Little’s The Powerpuff Girls, Brian Ash and Sal Buscema’s Black Dynamite, and Craig Yoe’s Haunted Horror), Image (Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s Sex Criminals, Howard Chaykin’s Century West, and Brandon Graham’s Multiple Warheads: Down Fall), Action Lab Entertainment (Josiah Grahn and Carl Yonder’s Pirate Eye: Murder at Ten Knots), Archaia (Nate Cosby and Chris Eliopoulos’s Cow Boy, Vol. 2: Unconquerable), Archie Comics (Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla’s Afterlife with Archie), Avatar Press (Jonathan Hickman and Di Amorim’s God Is Dead), Dynamite Entertainment (Jeff Parker and Marc Laming’s Kings Watch, Chris Roberson and Jonathan Lau’s Codename: Action), Drawn & Quarterly (Art Spiegelman’s Co-Mix: Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps and Brian Ralph’s Daybreak), Fantagraphics (Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree), First Second (Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers/Saints and Chris Duffy’s Fairy Tale Comics), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (The Best American Comics 2013), NBM (Renaud Dillies’s Bubbles & Gondola), among many others publishers.

Along the way, Andy and Derek also bring in various and sundry topics, such as

  • The guys’ love of The Rockford Files
  • Strategies for collecting Wacky Packages stickers
  • Andy’s shameful lackluster appreciation of The Beatles
  • The Captain Action action figure
  • Hello Kitty is made of kittens!
  • Hall & Oates, Satan worshipers
  • Derek and Andy’s idea for a new reality show, “Put That in Your Underpants”!

Lots o’ comics, lots o’ discussion, and lots o’ fun. What more could you ask for in a comics podcast?
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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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