Just like DC Comics’ worst kept spoiler in a while, we’re back! On today’s episode, Brent and Ian are joined by the Raph himself, Raphael Soohoo to discuss Captain America: Civil War, Bendis’ Civil War II, Free Comic Book Day and what comics were grabbed at said Free Comic Book Day, DC Comics: Rebirth #1, DC Rebirth in general, the whole Captain America Hydra kerfuffle, Comixology Unlimited, and more! More includes how comics have changed in the past ten years since the show started, by the way. That was fun!
Ian also meant to talk about X-Men Apocalypse but didn’t, but there’s two minutes or so of talk in the after show, and there might be an Extra Point soon talking more about it. So do stay tuned for more on that and other topics, loyal listeners.
This month Shea and Derek look at two tonally different works of manga. They begin with Yoshitoki Oima’s series, A Silent Voice, the final (seventh) volume of which was released from Kodansha Comics at the end of May. It’s the story of an elementary school bully, Shoya Ishida, and his attempts to atone for his past behavior after he enters high school. The object of his ridicule was Shoko Nishimiya, a deaf transfer student who was pulled out of her elementary school because of Shoya’s insensitive mocking. Now teenagers, Shoyo and Shoko establish a relationship that is spottily therapeutic for both, and with the help of their former elementary school classmates with whom they reestablish contact. While the guys both enjoy this title, there are times when the narrative is worn a little thin. Derek feels that there is excessive emotional wallowing in places, and Shea is not thrilled with the series’ quick ending.
A completely different kind of manga is Rokudenashiko’s What Is Obscenity?: The Story of a Good for Nothing Artist and Her Pussy (Koyama Press). And the book’s subtitle says it all. Rokudenashiko — a pen name for Megumi Igarashi, and which translates into “good-for-nothing woman” — tells the story of her evolution as an artist, her work in manko (vagina) art (or “deco-man,” as she calls it), and her two 2014 arrests for violating various obscenity laws in Japan. The core of the text is its manga, three separate stories that were originally serialized in the leftist political magazine, Weekly Friday. But about a third of the book is composed of photographs and text-only supplemental material, making this more of a hybrid chronicle of Rokudenashiko’s art and legal ordeals. Both Shea and Derek love this book, filled with humor and keen observations on Japan’s archaic, paternalistically mandated obscenity laws. In fact, they each want to get a little Manko-chan figurine for themselves!
In Warlord Worlds Episode 8 we interview Mike Grell at Heroes Con about his career in comics and enjoy his many wonderful stories. We also chat with other Mike Grell fans who share their comics origin stories.
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This week The Comics Alternative‘s blog editor, Paul Lai, joins Derek to discuss three recent titles. They begin with Bryan Doerries’s The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan (Pantheon). Illustrated by a variety of artists — Jess Ruliffson, Joëlle Jones, Justine Mara Andersen, Dylan Macon’s, and Nick Bertozzi — the book brings Homer’s classic into contemporary contexts. On the eve of their return home from Afghanistan, Marine Corps sergeant Jack Brennan shares with his men the epic tale by applying it to their own lives as soldiers. Within this frame narrative, Doerries recounts Odysseus’s various attempt to return home, each one illustrated by one of the book’s diverse artists.
Next, the Two Guys turn to a sobering narrative, Rebecca Roher’s Bird in a Cage (Conundrum Press). This is an account of Roher’s grandmother’s dementia and resulting institutionalization, but even more so, it’s the artist’s memoir of her relationship with Grandma Wylie, as she is called, and the family that nurtured her. This is a moving narrative, intimately drawn, that underscores the power of community and memory when confronting adversity.
After that, Paul and Derek wrap up with a more lighthearted comic, Kaeleigh Forsyth and Alabaster Pizzo’s Hellbound Lifestyle(Retrofit Comics/Big Planet Comics). This is a humorous look at our contemporary obsession with smartphones and our need for self-validation through social media. The story takes place over a year’s worth of smartphone usage, and many of the book’s scenarios are laugh-out-loud funny. Some of the guys’ favorites include “A Day in the Life of Hemingway’s Wife(s),” “Workshopping My Stand Up Routine,” and the “Sunnie Luvies Test.” In this episode of the podcast, you can expect a wide range of emotional responses.
We slaughter The Lion King’s opening lyrics in this ep, then present out theme song. Or not. Then launch into a timely thing for once, bitchin bout NYCC. It’s ridiculous, and we aint going.
Eventually we launch into the March Indies, starting with the magic that is WAR STORIES 17-Hans the Bastard Strikes! You don’t need much more. MERCURY HEAT 8 continues the danger of the Crossed as the whole science base turns against Louisa in an exciting and action packed ish. REVIVAL 37 is a pretty neat ish, presented character’s own visions of the life as they had wanted it. They’re all stuck being strippers, tattoo artists and weed dealers. DESCENDER 11 wows us like usual, with twists and turn arounds and betrayals…you must read it, damn it. HELL BOY AND THE BPRD 1953 2 moves forward with the Demon afghan hounds, mysterious substitute teachers. HARROW COUNTY 10 Introducing the new characters of Lovey, Early, and Clinton, Bernice takes center stage as Lovey’s history is played out. BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA 11 is the issue where time travel takes the forefront, chiming in our intent to leave the book forever-as Lo-Pan is seemingly a big wheel for the good of man throughout early 20th century San Francisco. JAMES BOND VARGR 5 pleases us with deathtraps to escape, cyborgs to drown, and the title’s namesake.
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Host Anthony Desiato dives into the highly addictive world of Funko’s Pop Vinyl figures with his collecting partner in crime (and fiancée) Stephanie Chow. Together, they welcome Undiscovered Realm owner Chris Wilcock (AKA the King of Pops) to talk about the appeal of these figures, the tricky task of self-policing one’s buying habits, industry trends, and some must-hear tips for Pop collectors.
As the guys discuss the latest in Marvel and DC news they are shocked by the transformation JK Simmons has gone through to play commissioner Gordon. As Ben puts it, “He has Popeye arms!” Why has he gotten so ripped to play Gotham’s top law man? We don’t know but maybe he has to go toe to toe with the Dark Knight himself, but it is interesting to contemplate. This and so much more in this week’s episode, enjoy!
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The last of the Heroes Con interviews are upon us! Jimmy sat down with Brenden Fletcher for a long overdue interview about his work on Gotham Academy, Batgirl, Black Canary and more. Jimmy’s old friend Rebecca joins him in studio in the rotating co-host chair and they have a lengthy (sorry) discussion about that Game of Thrones finale. They discuss a PR email and Jimmy is ecstatic over a Steranko tweet to him. News includes: Cerebus returns, Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl also return in comic book form, IDW is bringing us a new Star Trek anthology, the new Mortal Kombat film has cast 12 major roles, the second volume of the music of DC comics is coming, the 2016 NJ Superhero weekend at Comic Fusion is again holding their annual event in August. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
Andy and Derek are pleased to have as a guest on their show Bill Schelly. A new edition of his book, Otto Binder: The Life and Work of a Comic Book and Science Fiction Visionary, was released earlier this month from North Atlantic Books. The guys talk with Bill about the legendary writer’s work on the Captain Marvel and the Marvel family, his impressive run on Superman titles, and his role in the early science fiction pulps (mostly under the name he used when collaborating with his brother, Earl, Eando Binder). As they point out in the conversation, there are facets to Binder’s life that are overshadowed by his work on The Big Red Cheese, and Bill’s book thoroughly chronicles the sides of Otto Binder that you may not have known. Examples of this would include Binder’s work at EC Comics, his writing for Jim Warren’s Creepy, his close ties to comics fandom, his attempts at becoming science magazine publisher, and his later-life research on UFOs. They also discuss the darker aspects of Binder’s life and the challenges he faced in his last decade. In addition to their discussion of the new Otto Binder book, the Two Guys also talk with Bill about his other works, including last year’s biography of Harvey Kurtzman, his research on Joe Kubert, his upcoming book on John Stanley, and his histories of comics fandom. The guys come away from their conversation arguing that Bill Schelly’s research is indispensable to comics scholars and that he continues to provide detailed and highly readable, almost novel-like, chronicles of the medium.
Paul Chadwick’s Concrete first appeared in Dark Horse Presents #1 in 1986. While its hero is a human whose brain is transplanted to a huge stone body by aliens, the stories are otherwise very realistic and emotional, and often center on real-world problems. While the series had some success, and theoretically the next volume should still be on its way, Concrete does not seem to be so widely remembered.
This week, Kumar and Koom take a look at a couple of their favorite Concrete stories: Think Like a Mountain, which focuses on environmental issues; and The Human Dilemma, about overpopulation.