Comics Alternative Interviews: Tony Cliff

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On this interview episode, Gwen and Derek are pleased to have as their guest Tony Cliff, the creative mind behind the Delilah Dirk series. His latest book, Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling, was released last month from First Second. In the interview, our adventurous podcast explorers ask Tony about the genesis behind Beaton-Cliffthe series, the influence of Jane Austen novels and films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Delilah Dirk’s original appearance in Kazu Kibuish’s Flight series, the challenges of writing historical fiction, and how Tony’s background in animation has translated itself into his comics. They not only discuss his most recent book, but also his earlier works, Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant (which Andy Wolverton reviewed for the blog back in 2013) and the short ebook, Delilah Dirk and the Seeds of Good Fortune. But the conversation goes into other directions, as well, such as when Tony brings up the topic of serialization and reading preferences. What doesn’t make the recording, unfortunately, is an interesting discussion on a label that is most apt for the Delilah Dirk titles, “all-age comics.” That was a conversation that Tony had with Gwen and Derek after they concluded the interview and turned off the recorder. Still, there’s more than enough packed into what was actually captured, enough Delilah Dirk talk to last you until the publication of Tony’s next exciting installment.

Note: The portrait of Tony that you see above was drawn on a napkin by Kate Beaton!


Be sure to visit Tony’s Delilah Dirk website to keep up-to-date on the series!


Comics Alternative, Manga: Reviews of Princess Jellyfish, Vol. 1 and I Am a Hero Omnibus 1

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This month, Shea and Derek have a fun time discussing two recent manga releases. They begin with the first volume of Akiko Higashimura’s Princess Jellyfish (Kodansha), a series that is new to both of the guys. In fact, Derek comments that he might not have given this title a try if they hadn’t decided to discuss it for the podcast. Given the “princess” part of the book, he had wondered if this might not be too cute for him, a fluffy shojo title that may not appeal to him (while at the same time, admitting that he might be shortsighted). But as the guys discuss, Princess Jellyfish is anything but insubstantial. It’s a multi-layered story exploring friendships, gender identity, and fandom. Yet, “fandom” isn’t the right word when discussing this manga, and Shea and Derek spend a good deal of time understanding the character and behavioral nuances that Higashimura weaves into her narrative, supplemented by a useful glossary that she include in the back of the book. This is definitely a title that both of the guys will continue reading in the months to come. Next, they look at a completely different kind of manga, the first omnibus volume of Kengo Hanazawa’s I Am a Hero (Dark Horse Manga). This book has been getting a good deal of press, especially given its apparent similarity to The Walking Dead. In fact, Derek and Shea discuss the expectations surrounding I Am a Hero and how calling it “zombie manga” may be a lazy way of categorizing this series. At least in this first volume, there is much more to Hanazawa’s story that the undead rising. I Am a Hero is also a self-aware meditation on the place of manga in our culture, with the book’s protagonist, Hideo Suzuki, serving as its focalizing agent. Plus, there are many unanswered questions surrounding Hideo, non-zombie-based, that makes us question his reliability. And as Shea and Derek point out, it’s not entirely certain where Hanazawa’s sympathies actually lie regarding his hero…and that’s a good thing, at least for Derek, who appreciates ambiguity and authorial distance. Shea suspects that next volumes of the series will more firmly embed themselves in the zombie side of the story, although Derek is hoping that won’t entirely be the case. Time will tell.

Be sure to check out Shea’s recent review of I Am a Hero on the AV Club!


This is also the one-year anniversary of The Comics Alternative‘s manga series. So celebrate with them and let them know what you think of their episodes!


Wayne’s Comics Podcast #226 with Brian Demeter and Josh Geoghagan

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Indie comics are some of the most creative available today! Here’s a great example – this week, I talk with creators Brian Demeter and Josh Geoghagan about their terrific 40-page one shot graphic novella A Graveyard For Whales. It’s described as “one man’s journey through the fantastic heights and sinister depths of a beautiful and deadly dreamscape that serves as a challenge, a reminder, and a call to adventure!” We discuss how this book came to be, how I came to buy my copy, and what other projects they have coming that we should know about! To get one for yourself, you can go to the book’s Facebook page or Brian’s website to contact him, or attend a convention he’ll be attending such as the upcoming Earth Fest 2016 in Casselberry, Florida, on Saturday, April 30.  It’s a modern-day fable that’s well-told and worth buying! Highly recommended, so don’t miss what they have to say OR their book!


Wayne’s Comics Podcast #225 With Alethea


For this week’s episode, I have a special interview with Alethea, the creator of a fascinating Indie series from Insane Comics called Moonlit Dawn: A Mythical Tale.

I love variety in my reading, and this series is enjoyable and creative, so I loved it, of course! Alethea talks about creating the comic (which started out as a webcomic), including the fact that she pretty much creates the book on her own, including plotting, art, coloring and lettering! Wow! We also talked about her love for wolves (many appear in this book), her experience as a comics creator living in the state of Alaska, and conventions she’ll be attending in the near future.

To get your digital or print copy of the prologue as well as issues 1 and 2 of Moonlit Dawn: A Mythical Tale, you can visit the Insane Comics store at their website at this link. Issue 3 will be out in May, so stay tuned! A special thanks to James C. Munch, founding member at Insane Comics, for his help in making this interview happen! Look for more interviews with creators from this high-octane comics company in the near future! Highly recommended!


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John and Kay have a spoilers filled discussion about the Iron Man movies: Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3.

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0:00:00 Intro
0:00:36 Iron Man
0:43:17 Iron Man 2
1:17:29 Iron Man 3
1:44:34 Wrap up
1:45:04 End of episode.

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Comics Alternative, Episode 185: A Publisher Spotlight on Alternative Comics and Its Small Press Co-op

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This week the Two Guys with PhDs focus a critical spotlight on the spring releases coming out from Alternative Comics and the other small presses that are part of its distribution co-operative, Floating World Comics, Hic + Hoc Productions, Study Group Comics, and Press Gang. This is a jam-packed episode and longer than usual, a discussion that covers eighteen different titles among the five indie presses. Before they jump directly into the comics, though, Derek has a brief conversation with Marc Arsenault, the publisher of Alternative Comics and one of the ringleaders of the co-operative. He asks Marc about the origins of the press, its relaunch in 2012, its distribution agreement with the other indie publishers, and what readers could anticipate coming out of Alternative Comics in the months to come. After that introductory interview, Andy W. and Derek begin discussing the individual titles some out this spring, and organizing their conversation by publisher. These books include:


Alternative Comics

Floating World Comics

Hic + Hoc Productions

Study Group Comics

  • Titan #1, #2, #3, by François Vigneault
  • Vile #1, Tyler Landry

Press Gang


As Andy and Derek mention in the show, this has been a spotlight episode they’ve been wanting to do for some time. The guys are truly excited to talk about the new releases coming out from Alternative Comics (and its co-op partners)…and not just this publisher’s name is an inversion of the podcast title.


MwaP Episode 61: Security Guard Bear

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In this episode we review Marvel Comic’s Deadpool books of March 2016.

0:03:22 News
0:14:24 Hell House Fax
0:20:46 Con Report
0:38:35 Spider-Man Deadpool (2016) #3
0:42:54 Deadpool and the Mercs for Money (2016) #2
0:48:47 Deadpool (2015) #8
0:55:16 Uncanny Avengers (2015.2) #6
1:05:36 Uncanny Avengers (2015.2) #7
1:16:13 Deadpool (1997) #56

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TMG_Cast-Comics Podcasting on the Edge of Civility-Episode 239-“Do Your Plot Thing So I Can Mock This Book”






Hi Everyone. We are skipping a monster sized two part Marvel and a standard DC episode because of technical and rendering and microphone difficulties. It just sounds horrid. You’re not missing anything, and it’s far beyond the low quality we strive to bring you in normal show terms. So try to enjoy episode 239 instead. Oh, and as a quick aside-I’ve been able to isolate the buzz that has been cursing our show for months-it’ll be gone forever soon, hang in there! Anyway, THIS episode, 239, has TJ talkin’ ’bout hanging out on Twitter, but that’s never good, as they were talkin’ bout BvS. We go back for a short period about the heavy handedness of Dc movies. Eventually we get to January’s Marvels. We star with A-FORCE 1, bringing Singularity into the Universe, along with Anti-Matter-and Medusa wants to arrest her. HOWARD TEH DUCK 3 presents Shocket and Ms Howard, telling us that Howard has himself become the Nexus of all realities The Stranger, The Collector, and Skrulls make an appearance. Lots of fun. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 6 Is all about a thematically swapped Cloak and Dagger, springing Mr Negative, hanging around in Shanghai. The Spider-Mobile is not the draw Dan thinks it is, sorry dude. EXTRA-ORDINARY X-MEN 5 and 6 brings Sinister to the fore, and his half assed Cyclops clone. Who has something go wrong, and they all go to Weird World for no reason. SOLK 3 Cindy doesn’t know who she should reveal stuff too, between Pete and her coworkers, and there’s a therapist and Shrike and a goblin fight. ALL NEW AVENGERS 2-3-4 Chitauri, artificats, Kamala and Nova, sewers, long fights ranging everywhere, and the RETURN OF EDWIN JARVIS, disdainful of the new Avengers digs. CAPTAIN AMERICA 5 gives us Joaquin’s origin at the hands of Karl Malus. HAWKEYE 3 is starting to turn sour with the flashbacks and half issues. Still dealing with Clint and Kate’s estrangement, Kate dumps on America Chavez while Clint retreats to Bart’s island. CAPTAIN MARVEL 1 has Carol taking over the ALPHA FLIGHT BASE in orbit. Let’s just go from there. DR. STRANGE 4 Dying Libraries-dead Sorcerers’ Supreme-and the consequences of magic use.

STAR WARS 14-DARTH VADER 15-VADER DOWN. There isn’t anything better in space fantasy comics right now. We’re not even getting into it. Just. Go. READ IT. STAR WARS 15 brings us back to Lukes youthful days banging up the family skyhopper, Obi Wan taking jobs defending Jawas, and Owenb being taciturn and jerky. It’s awesome. OBI WAN AND ANAKIN 1 is uh..well, it’s not the best new Star Wars I’ve read. For some undisclosed reason Anakin wants to leave the order, but not before a mission to a nonsensical post apocalyptic planet. SPIDER WOMAN 3 is just so much fun with evading Skrulls in an inter-dimensional hospital. Dude, find it and enjoy. MS Marvel 3 Bruno is in the clutches of the real estate magnate, brainwashed, and Kamala must team with Mike for the antidote. IRON MAN 5-the throw down with Doom, Tony, and Madame Masque. OLD MAN LOGAN 1 just kinda pops into existence and then he goes to Westchester and bah. THOR 3 features Thor fighting Loki. Innovative, we know. We finish up with SILVER SURFER 1, featuring Dan himself as Dawn’s dad, The Hordax trying to steal imagination itself, and THE KEEPER OF GREAT TRUTH. Which is just channeling motherfuckin Starlin, right there.

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Comic Book Savant Episode 296: Comics Talk: Cutting My Stack


A new month a new Cutting My Stack episode! If you are a new listener this is a new format to the podcast where I do a full show and review all the comics I read the previous month. This episode I will be discussing The Walking Dead, Axcend, Birthright, Star Wars, and Darth Vader. Enjoy!

Deconstructing Comics #494: Batman vs. Superman

Batman vs. Superman

Kumar talks with both Emmet O’Cuana and John Roberson about Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. How does Zack Snyder see these characters, and how is his vision at odds with the established ideas about these characters? How can we think about the events in this movie in a way that makes sense?


“Superman’s Song” – Crash Test Dummies

“I Whipped Batman’s Ass” – Wesley Willis

“(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman” – The Kinks

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Discussing Who Episode 5: Review of Batman V Superman, Dawn of Justice

We review Batman Vs Superman Dawn of Justice and discuss the first big screen appearance of Wonder Woman. Is it Justice or just Dawn of Boredom?  Hosted by Kyle Jones, Clarence Brown, and Lee Shackleford.


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Super Hero Speak – #153: GPCC 2: John’s Big Adventure

This week the guys return to The Great Philadelphia Comic Con for the their second year. The guys all had a great time, but John really enjoyed himself. He hadn’t been to a con in years and really geeked out. They talked to a lot of great people including Dawn Griffin, Dave Ebersole, Dan Nokes and Chris Campana. They even attended the Gotham panel that featured Robin Lord Taylor and James Frain and bring you some highlights from that, which might contain a spoiler or 2. So sit back and enjoy the highlights of our visit to GPCC!


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Comic News Insider Episode 684 – The Beautiful Ones!


Comic News Insider: Episode 684 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #1, Aloha Hawaiian Dick #1, Dept H #1, Joyride #1, Game of Thrones S6 premiere, Lucifer S1 finale

Jimmy is joined in studio by frequent co-host Emily Edwards! They talk about their love of Prince before heading off to see Purple Rain in the theater (Emily’s first time!). News includes: The Inhumans movie has been pulled from its 2019 release date, Pearl Mackie will be the new Doctor Who Companion, an “outlandish” new Voltron: Legendary Defender comic mini-series is coming and will tie-in to the upcoming animated series, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 cast Nathan Fillion as Wonder Man, the new X-Men: Apocalypse trailer confirms the return of Wolverine, and Emma Stone has been cast as Cruella de Vil in upcoming spin-off film Cruella. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!



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Mayo Report: 2016-03 Trades

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

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