This week, I talk with Travis Horseman, who’s brought together a terrific series of graphic novels called Amiculus: A Secret History. We discuss how he brought this powerful story about the collapse of Western Rome to life, just who the characters are in this historical tale, and what he has in mind for the future of the character as well as his work! First up, though, is his current Kickstarter project that you can support! It’s going on now at this link, and he needs your help to bring the concluding volume to life! For more information about this series, go to his website here. These books come highly recommended by yours truly, so don’t miss this engaging conversation and the books that bring to life an important part of history, and does it in a gripping way!
The Zone 4 crew returns for International Podcast Day! We discuss a bit about podcasting and how we got into it, which podcasts we listen to, and more.
We also discuss some comic book headlines, like the events of Titans #3, Captain America: Steve Rogers #5, the impact those issues have on their respective universes, Arrow, Agents of SHIELD, Lion King, and much more!
Plus, we give some Facebook Shout-Outs, talk about what’s going on with us, and have a lot of fun!
In celebration of International Podcast Day 2016, Derek participates in a roundtable discussion with fellow comics podcasters, including John Siuntres of Word Balloon, Chris Marshall of Collected Comics Library, and John Mayo of Comic Books Page. The four of them talk extensively about their experiences in podcasting, the challenges of working with publishers and creators within the industry, their particular niche interests in comics podcasting, how their shows have evolved over the years, and their “wish lists” for growing as a podcast. Not only do the guys discuss the many facets of podcasting specifically about comics, they also share insights about podcasting as a social media platform.
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John talks with some fellow podcasters Derek Royal of the Comics Alternative, John Siuntres of Word Balloon and Chris Marshall of the Collected Comics Libary about podcasting to celebrate International Podcasting Day 2016.
The Rev tells us about his Suicide Squad watch. It takes a long time to get through. But eventually we get to the June DCs, being: ACTION COMICS 957-958-which confuses the crap out of us. Honestly. We dunno where the kid comes from. We dunno why Clark is dead, or even WHICH ONE IS DEAD. That’s poor. Doomsday is back again, but that ship has sailed. WONDER WOMAN 1 is all about Diana, in the jungle, on walkabout, trying to find the jungle oracle to reveal herself. Followed by animal men and…CHEETAH! AQUAMAN 1 is the same as all other Aquaman 1’s-a lot of set and Black Manta attacks. FLASH 1 teams Barry with Bats and Wally makes his appearance. He wanders, morose, that he can’t do more FOR JUSTICE!. It’s ok but it’s not exactly an award winner from our perspective. GREEN LANTERNS, PLURAL 1 brings Simon and Jessica to what was supposed to be an alien crime scene, but end up with a hobo with a shotgun. DETECTIVE 934 and 935 Is Bats kickin Azraels ass, and I’m fine with that-but that’s where I drop off. Gotham’s heroes are under observation-by COLONY! BATMAN 1 is now the second Batman #1 I own, and I’m still not rich, so what does THAT tell ya. Bruce officially gains the capability to completely ignore fuckin all physics, including comics style. It’s too much, frankly. Batman is not fucking Maud ‘Dib riding a goddamed sandworm. Bah. SUPERMAN 1 The Kents move in and rebuild the farm, and kid-supes meets the neighbor girl. GREEN ARROW 1 continues the Rebirth 1 story with human trafficking and Ollie and Dinah’s relationship rocketing forward despite their manufactured disagreements. We close it off there for another week.
It’s the end of the month, so that must mean it’s time for Shea and Derek to look at another round of manga. For September, they discuss two recent releases, the first of which is Leiji Matsumoto’s Queen Emeraldas, Vol. 1 (Kodansha Comics). Originally serialized in Weekly Shonen Magazine between 1978 and 1979, this is a science fiction adventure with two protagonists. Hiroshi Umino is a fearless earth boy wants to make his own way in life, and the titular character is a mysterious and much-feared figure who sees in Hiroshi a kindred spirit. Matsumoto is known for these kind of space operas, and the guys aren’t entirely sure why more of his manga hasn’t yet been translated into English (although Americans may be more familiar with Matsumoto’s work in anime).
Next, Shea and Derek look at the first of a two-volume collection, Otherworld Barbara. This is the latest in Fantagraphic’s translations of Moto Hagio’s manga, the previous editions being A Drunken Dream and Other Stories in 2010 and the shōnen-ai classic, The Heart of Thomas, released in 2013. The latest book has a completely different feel from the earlier Hagio translations, as this is a futuristic, psychological drama playing out in a surreal dreamscape. However, don’t mistaken this for anything reminiscent of Christopher Nolan’s Inception.Derek and Shea spend a lot of time discussing the themes of identity and doubling in this sophisticated narrative, and they eagerly await the completion of the concluding volume.
This week we wrap up the first Thor: Son of Asgard trade with issue #6! It’s a knock-down drag-out fight between Odin and… Karnilla? In addition to gratutitous cleavage, we get the conclusion of Thor’s quest! Seeya there!
Individually they were just like those guys who like to hang around the comic book shop and talk comics but together they form the Earth’s Mightiest Podcast!
In this episode we review Marvel Comics Avengers books books of July 2016.
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0:17:10 A-Force (2016) #7
0:24:17 All New All Different Avengers (2015) #12
0:33:39 Uncanny Avengers (2015.2) #11
0:39:56 FCBD 2016 Civil War II
0:45:48 Civil War II #0
0:55:58 Civil War II #1
1:06:40 New Avengers (2015) #13
1:17:28 New Avengers (2015) #14
1:24:32 Ultimates (2015) #9
1:33:07 Sam Wilson Captain America (2016) #11
1:34:01 Totally Awesome Hulk (2016) #8-9
1:39:49 Captain Marvel (2016) #7
Reviews: Britannia #1, Seven to Eternity #1, Trinity Vol 2 #1, Agents of SHIELD S4 premiere, Once Upon A Time S6 premiere, Son of Zorn series premiere, Star Wars Rebels S3 premiere, Van Helsing series premiere
Jimmy welcomes back Emily Edwards in the rotating co-host chair! They chat about Jimmy’s lame Pottermore patronus and go over some of the NYCC coverage he plans on getting. News includes: a penguin named Penguin will be joining Winnie the Pooh in a new story, an untitled stand alone Star Wars film is set for a 2020 release, KaBOOM! will publish The Deep by Tom Taylor/James Brouwer and Amazon’s The Tick has been picked up to series. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
This week the guys talk about The Tick and Agent’s of SHIELD premiers. Also they discuss the rumors that a certain Marvel vigilante might be making an appearance on Agents. Plus Dave has a wish for this season of Agents that no one wants to see be fulfilled. Finally John tries to start a rumor that the others have to quickly stop. All this and so much more. So sit back and Enjoy!
This week on The Comics Alternative, Andy and Derek discuss three new titles that are quite different in tone. They begin with The Lost Work of Will Eisner, a collection of Eisner’s earliest known professional comics. This began as a Kickstarter campaign last year from Locust Moon Press, and just last week the book went on sale to the general public. The collection is made up of two serial strips, the pantomime gag comic Uncle Otto and the espionage adventure Harry Karry. While they do talk about the former, it’s Harry Karry that interests the guys more. They spend a lot of time discussing some of the problems of that action-packed strip — e.g., its racist caricatures and its abrupt shift in narrative direction and art style — and how it can be read as a testing ground for what Eisner would later do in The Spirit.
Next, the Two Guys turn their attention to Eleanor Davis’s Libby’s Dad. This is one of the latest books from Retrofit Comics/Big Planet Comics, a publisher that has become a favorite of the show. This is a straightforward and deceptively simple short story about a young girls’ pool party and sleepover. The power behind this tale is Davis’s ability to focalize the action through her teenage female narrator and to do so in a detached and non-judgmental manner.
Finally, Derek and Andy discuss a much less innocent text. Gilbert Hernandez’s Blubber #3 (Fantagraphics) is, in many ways, more explicit and more potentially offensive than the previous issue, which the guys discussed back in April. And back then they thought that issue #2 was “worse” than the first. So what is it about Hernandez’s obscene free-for-all that keeps drawing the guys’ attention? Perhaps they are just on board for everything Hernandez does. Perhaps they see Beto as a happy First Amendment rebel. Perhaps they are mesmerized by Hernandez’s attempts to out-Crumb Robert Crumb. Or perhaps Andy and Derek are just two warped sickos who get their jollies talking about offensive comics for the podcast. You decide.