Comics Alternative, On Location: Winging It at Collected Comics and Games

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Once again, Derek is back at  his local comics shop, Collected Comics and Games in Plano, TX, to talk with customers and shop employees about comics culture. This month the topic was supposed to be summer movies and comics, with people chiming in on the recent releases of Avengers: Age of Ultron and Mad Max: Fury Road, as well as  the upcoming Ant-Man and Fantastic Four. However, there was only one of the on-location regulars who showed up this month, Shea Hennum, and much like Derek, he wasn’t informed enough about the summer movies to help carry the conversation. So instead, Derek and Shea talked about a variety of other comics-related topics. On this show, they cover a broad and casual range, discussing the latest issue of Adrian Tomine’s Optic Nerve and the upcoming release of Killing and Dying, the recent collected Angry Youth Comix and the “appropriateness” of Johnny Ryan’s art, potential problems in publishing a webcomic into book form, Jon Morris’s new book The League of Regrettable Superheroes, the upcoming series wrap-up of Ales Kot’s Zero, the current state of comics criticism/journalism, and Shea’s uncanny ability to alienate creators through his own writing. So even though the guys had to wing it for this month’s topic, it all turned out OK. Perhaps they’ll hold over the summer movies theme for July. Tune in next month, dear listener, and find out!

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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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