Comics Alternative Interviews: Charles Soule

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House of Cards Meets 2001 Meets West Wing Meets Alien

CharlesSouleOn this episode of the interview show, Derek talks with Charles Soule about his most recent creator-own works, specifically Strange Attractors (Archaia) and the currently ongoing Letter 44 (Oni Press). They spend most of their time discussing the latter and the various narrative threads and subplots interwoven within the series. In their conversation, Charles tells Derek about the extent of his research for the title, his love of NASA history, the intrigue of writing political drama, and the StrangeAttractorsways in which his background in law helped give birth to series’ premise.  They also discuss the contemporary rootedness of Letter 44 and the extent to which recent presidential history plays out in its storyline, albeit ramped up and taken to speculative extremes. Much of the conversation is also devoted to Strange Attractors, a book similar to Letter 44 with a high concept and a keen scientific bent. Charles explains how his interest in complexity theory and his love of New York City combine to create an unlikely sci-fi drama. But even though Derek is mostly interested in his non-mainstream work, he nonetheless asks Charles about his efforts in the DC and Marvel Universes — e.g., his experiences writing Swamp ThingDeath of Wolverine, Superman/Wonder Woman, and She-Hulk — how he balances the superhero narratives with his creator-owned work, and the ways he negotiates both franchise limitations and fanboy expectations. All in all, it’s a fun interview, with listeners being able to hear about creative facets of Charles Soule that rarely surface in other interviews.



Comics Alternative Episode 129: The April Previews Catalog

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“The Schrödinger’s cat of comics”

It’s the first of the month, so that means that Andy and Derek flip through the latest Previews catalog and share some of the upcoming releases they are most excited about. And April is jam-packed with solicits worth highlighting…which is one of the reasons why this week’s episode is extra long. After sharing a bit of listener mail — and it’s always great to get letters, so keep those correspondences a-comin’! — the guys jump into this month’s offerings, beginning where they usually do with Dark Horse Comics. There they find intriguing titles such as Black Hammer #1, Bowery Boys: Our FathersNanjing: The Burning City, and The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Omnibus, Book 1. After a brief conversational detour about DC’s Convergence event EPSON MFP imageand the controversy surrounding Rafael Albuquerque’s variant cover for Batgirl #41, the Two Guys highlight Will Eisner’s The Spirit: A Celebration of 75 Years and the final issue of Fables (pulling double duty as issue #150 and volume 22 of the trade paperbacks), both from DC/Vertigo. From there the good stuff just keeps on coming, including upcoming titles such as Long Distance #1, Bacchus Ominbus Edition Vol. OneAmerican Barbarian: The Complete Series, and Bravo for Adventures (all from IDW Publishing); Airboy #1, Starve #1, 8House: Arclight #1, Empty Zone #1, Astronauts in Trouble #1, Nonplayer #1, and the XXX variant of Sex Criminals #11 (Image Comics); Pope Hats #4 (AdHouse); Death in Oaxaca #2 and The Hic Hoc Illustrated Journal of Humor Vol. 1 (Alternative Comics); Mark Waid and Fiona Staples’s Archie #1 (Archie Comics); The Fiction #1, Strange Fruit #1, and Broken World #1 (BOOM! Studios); Towerkind (Conundrum Press); the new edition of DeMatteis and Johnson’s Mercy (Dover Publications); Showa: A History of Japan, 1953-1989 (Drawn and Quarterly); DörflerLeafNot Funny Ha-Ha: A Handbooks for Something HardBlubber #1, and Demons and Angels: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson, Vol. 2 (Fantagraphic Books); Last Man, Vol. 2: The Royal Cup and Mike’s Place: A True Story of Love, Blues, and Terror in Tel Aviv (First Second); Anomal (Gen Manga Entertainment); Re*Pro*Duct (Magnetic Press); Borb (Uncivilized Books); Junji Ito’s Fragments of Horror (Viz Media); and The League of Regrettable Superheroes (Quirk Books). Derek and Andy also give a shout-out to all of their Patreon supporters out there, especially thanking for this week the several new $1/month backers. A big ol’ hearty THANK YOU everyone!

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Zone 4 #305: 6-Year Anniversary! (Almost Excited)

The crew returns with another brand new episode of your favorite round table comic podcast!

Brant, John, Gordon and Ron come together for a special, extra-sized anniversary episode as Zone 4 turns 6! They talk comic, TV and film news, discuss comic television, and more.

Plus, Mike Spider-Slayer shares his thoughts on the topics in an extra segment.

Then Chris Ventura joins for the big announcement Brant and John have!

Finally, they close the show with what’s coming up, coming out and going on!

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View from the Gutters #112 — Black Widow

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Black Widow, Vol. 1 & 2, written by Nathan Edmondson with art by Phil Noto. The series follows Nastasha Romanov—the Black Widow—on her adventures away from the Avengers both as an agent of SHIELD and a private mercenary taking jobs which will help her balance the ledger of her life and make up for the many wicked things she did as an agent of The Red Room.

Black Widow is a look at the less super-powered realms of the Marvel Universe, and as a work stands more in line with the Jason Bourne or recent James Bond-style espionage/action movies than traditional superhero books.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Formerly Known as The Justice League, Wayward, Rice Boy, and Low for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Wayward.

Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Tobiah Panshin, and Kayleigh Fleeman.

Bill and Ted

John Mayo and Kay Kellam have a spoilers filled discussion about Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure from 1989 and Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey from 1991.

Time Codes:
00:00 Intro
00:36 Spoiler filled discussion
35:56 Wrap up
36:26 End of episode.

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