Zone 4 #442: Avengers Disassembled

The crew of Zone 4 Assemble to discuss the Avengers: Endgame trailer, Captain Marvel trailer and Avengers comic runs and events in a brand new episode of Zone 4!

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Another Conversation with Tom Hart

Time Codes:

  • 00:01:21 – Introduction
  • 00:03:12 – Setup of interview
  • 00:04:32 – Interview with Tom Hart
  • 01:32:14 – Wrap up
  • 01:33:38 – Contact us


Life Stories, Life Changes

On this interview episode, Sterg and Derek are excited to have Tom Hart back to discuss his new book, The Art of the Graphic Memoir: Tell Your Story, Change Your Life (St. Martin’s Griffin). Tom was on the podcast not quite three years ago to discuss his new memoir at the time Rosalie Lightning, but this time he’s returned to talk not so much about story content, but about the process of creating a graphic memoir. As he discusses with the Two Guys, Tom’s latest book is more instructional or how-to, covering the necessary steps in planning for, organizing, structuring, visualizing, and finalizing a memoir through the comics medium. In addition, he points out that the very project of writing and illustrating one’s own life story isn’t only about sharing a story with readers, but perhaps just as important, using the very process of creation as a way of revisiting, revisualizing, and even coming to terms with important life moments. Along the way Derek and Sterg talk with Tom about his other instructional texts, such as How to Say Everything and The Sequential Artists Workshop Guide to Creating Professional Comic Strips, his vast knowledge of the comics memoir genre, his new comic-strip project B. Is Dying, and his experiences teaching at and directing SAW, the Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainesville, FL.

Wayne’s Comics Podcast #359: Ben Rankel

Wayne Hall, Wayne’s Comics, Ben Rankel, Frank, Canada, landslide, Eve, historical, Renegade Arts Entertainment

Ben Rankel is the creator of a fascinating graphic novel from Renegade Arts Entertainment called Frank, and I highly recommend you get it at this link. Ben is both the writer and artist of the book, so we discuss in Episode 359 how he brought Frank to life, who the characters are, what actual historical event this graphic novel is based on, and what we can expect from him in the future! It’s a great interview with a creator I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more from soon, so don’t miss this interview!

Lost Fleet Spotlight #1: Dauntless

John and Kay have a spoiler filled discussion about the first book in Lost Fleet series: Lost Fleet #1: Dauntless.

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Comic News Insider Episode 908 – Top 3-ing it!

Comic News Insider: Episode 908 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Since there has been so much coverage from Thought Bubble and NYCC, there hasn’t been a lot of Top 3 picks going on lately! We’re here to remedy that for you! Jimmy does a Top 3 x 3 segment! So, for the math-impaired, that’s 9 picks! Varying from comics to TV to music and more! We always like to suggest things from just about anyone or anywhere so hope you enjoy. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!



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Comics Alternative, Episode 301: Reviews of Che: A Revolutionary Life, The Lodger #1 & #2, and Die #1

Time Codes:

  • 00:01:32 – Introduction
  • 00:03:42 – Our first-ever live streaming recording
  • 00:07:13 – Thank you to new Patreon backers!
  • 00:09:33 – Che: A Revolutionary Life
  • 00:47:02 – The Lodger #1 & #2
  • 01:11:39 – Die #1
  • 01:34:22 – Wrap up
  • 01:38:05 – Contact us


Going Live!

This is a very special episode of The Comics Alternative, in that it’s the guys’ very first live recording. That’s right, Sterg and Derek decided to record this week’s show via Google Hangouts. Yesterday — Tuesday, December 11 — they scheduled a live-streaming broadcast, and fans of the show could watch the Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics record a show in real time. As Sterg put it on Twitter, “Come for the slow motion train wreck, but stay when it is instead a great talk about some recent comics!” And everything went off just fine.

On this episode they began with a discussion of Jon Lee Anderson and José Hernández’s Che: A Revolutionary Life (Penguin Press). This is graphic adaptation of Anderson’s 1997 biography of Che Guevara, and as the guys discuss, Hernández does an outstanding job of illustrating the broader life story of the famous revolutionary. After that they look at the first two issues of David and Maria Lapham’s The Lodger. This is the latest series from IDW’s Black Crown imprint, and Derek and Sterg note that it’s classic Lapham crime noir. In fact, this storyline could easily fit into the Stray Bullets series. Then they wrap up with a look at Kieron GIllen and Stephanie Hans’s Die #1 (Image Comics). This is a D&D-inspired fantasy narrative, and the guys frame this within the context of similar stories, such as Stephen King’s It, the Netflix series Stranger Things, and the first Jumanji movie.

Go to The Comics Alternative‘s YouTube channel if you want to see the recording of the guys’ live-streaming broadcast of this show!

Comics Alternative Interviews: Back with Noah Van Sciver

Time Codes:

  • 00:01:15 – Introduction
  • 00:03:32 – Setup of interview
  • 00:04:53 – Interview with Noah Van Sciver
  • 01:15:14 – Wrap up
  • 01:16:39 – Contact us


All Over the Place

The Two Guys with PhDs are very happy to have back on the podcast Noah Van Sciver. He was first on the show back in March 2015, and a lot of things have changed with him since the guys last talked with Noah (and not just his growing of a mustache). Most significantly, his output has been through the roof! One of the things Sterg and Derek discuss with their guest is the sheer volume of his comics creation. Over the past six months alone he has released four different titles, and from a variety of publishers: Constant Companion (Fantagraphics), Blammo #10 (Kilgore Books and comics), One Dirty Tree (Uncivilized Books), and Fante Bukowski 3: A Perfect Failure (Fantagraphics). The guys talk with Noah about his work habits, his penchant for working with different publishers, his ability to juggle different projects at the same time, and his current work and what we can expect from him in the future. And of course, there is a lot of laughter in this episode. Noah is a humorous, and at time quite satirical, writer, yet the humor is often mixed with pathos, as we see not only his autobiographical comics, but most notably in his recent Fante Bukowski. This was a fun interview…and even more fun was had after they turned off the microphones and the guys hung out on Skype to talk about even more matters. Too bad that wasn’t captured for the show, but this new interview with Noah Van Sciver is definitely a highlight of Stergios and Derek’s year.

Critiquing Comics 146: “Alex” and “Undetermined”

Alex & Undetermined

Alex is a Webtoons comic about the life of Alexander the Great, by Dave Malley. How much were we able to learn about the comic’s subject?

Andrew Perry and Chris Holmes’ Undetermined centers on a middle-school boy, Robert, who is running into people – including himself — from other dimensions, and they’re getting injured by his actions. What’s going on, and what can Robert do to solve the problem?

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Previews Spotlight #134: 2018-12

John discusses the contents of the December 2018 Previews catalog and plays clips sent in from listeners spotlighting items they picked.

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and 8 listeners:
James Raynor
Patrick Engroff
Nicholas Fenner
Todd Cassel
Jason Kim
Alan Bowman
Mo Walker

Items mentioned:
p.0 (John Mayo) Intro
p.26 (John Mayo) PREVIEWS #365 FEBRUARY 2019
p.34 (James Raynor) Sharkey the Bounty Hunter #1
p.38 (James Raynor) Hit-Girl Season 2 #1
p.57 (Billy Hogan) Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion #5
p.60 (Patrick Engroff) Die #3
p.75 (Drew) Unnatural #7
p.91 (Nicholas Fenner) Lightstep #4
p.97 (Billy Hogan) Black Hammer: Age of Doom #8
p.98 (Todd Cassel) Girl in the Bay #1
p.D5 (Patrick Engroff) Batman #64
p.D5 (John Mayo) BATMAN #64 LAST COLD CASE
p.D7 (John Mayo) HEROES IN CRISIS #6
p.D9 (Todd Cassel) Wonder Twins #1
p.D9 (John Mayo) WONDER TWINS #1
p.D10 (Billy Hogan) Action Comics #1008
p.D25 (Jason Kim) Detective Comics #999
p.D33 (Alan Bowman) Harley Quinn #58
p.D38 (Mo Walker) Justice League Dark #8
p.D38 (Nicholas Fenner) Justice League Dark #8
p.D45 (Drew) Scooby Apocalypse #34
p.D47 (Nicholas Fenner) Shazam #3
p.D52 (Billy Hogan) Superman #8
p.D57 (Mo Walker) Wild Storm #20
p.D58 (James Raynor) Wonder Woman #64
p.132 (Patrick Engroff) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #91
p.157 (Alan Bowman) League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest #5
p.157 (Billy Hogan) League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest #5
p.M4 (James Raynor) Savage Sword of Conan #1
p.M12 (James Raynor) Avengers: No Road Home #1
p.M12 (John Mayo) AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #1
p.M18 (Drew) Daredevil #1
p.M22 (Jason Kim) Dazzler #1 Facsimile Edition
p.M25 (Todd Cassel) Ziggy Pig Silly Seal #1
p.M34 (Patrick Engroff) Uncanny X-Men #12
p.M38 (Patrick Engroff) Hulkverines #1
p.M41 (Jason Kim) Captain Marvel: True Believers
p.M42 (Mo Walker) True Believers: Captain Marvel
p.M66 (Alan Bowman) Marvel Tales: Black Widow #1
p.M71 (James Raynor) Ironheart #3 (NOV180940)
p.M78 (Patrick Engroff) Wolverine Long Night #1
p.166 (James Raynor) Red Sonja #1
p.183 (Mo Walker) Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #2
p.224 (Billy Hogan) Strangers in Paradise XXV #10
p.230 (Patrick Engroff) Aberrant Season 2 #1
p.238 (Drew) Lollipop Kids #5
p.244 (Mo Walker) Wrong Earth #6
p.253 (Drew) Tainted Love #1
p.258 (Alan Bowman) Archie and Friends: Music #1
p.258 (Nicholas Fenner) Archie 1000 Page Comic Party TPB
p.259 (Jason Kim) Aspen Comics 2019: The Year Ahead
p.262 (James Raynor) Stitched: Terror #2
p.342 (Patrick Engroff) DC Super Villains: Joker SC
p.357 (Patrick Engroff) Incursion #1
p.888 (Jason Kim) Hero Initiative
p.889 (Jason Kim) Marvel Unlimited
p.890 (Jason Kim) Shoutouts
p. (John Mayo) Ending

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Comics Alternative, Euro Comics: Review of Piero and The First Man

Time Codes:

  • 00:01:23 – Introduction
  • 00:04:25 – Better late than never
  • 00:05:54 – Piero
  • 00:40:32 – The First Man
  • 01:23:26 – Wrap up
  • 01:24:39 – Contact us



Pascal and Derek are back with the latest Euro Comics episode…the very late November show. They begin with Edmond Baudoin’s Piero (New York Review Comics). This is a fascinating and moving memoir — or better yet, a series of remembrances — from Baudoin and his relationship with his younger brother Pierre, or Piero. While the title and the story itself would lead one to believe that this is the story of Edmond’s younger brother, it’s actually a narrative that focuses on the author himself. Edmond, or Momon, as he’s called in the book, is at the center of this text, and he’s explored and defined within the context of his brother and their relationship, especially as it concerns art and illustration.

After that, the Two Guys turn to Jacques Ferrandez’s adaptation of Albert Camus’s The First Man (Pegasus Books). This isn’t the first time the guys have discussed Ferrandez’s adaptation. In July 2016, Derek and Gene looked at his graphic version of Camus’s The Stranger. This book is similarly moving, but in many ways denser and more pensive than the earlier adaptation. The First Man was the manuscript that Camus was working on at the time of his death, dying in a car accident. The unfinished work, and intended masterpiece, was finally published in the 1990s, but Ferrandez’s text doesn’t really feel like an uncompleted manuscript. This is quite a prose-heavy book, and philosophical in the way that Camus’s essays and fiction were thought-provoking. Derek and Pascal didn’t plan this when they chose these two books, but The First Man and Piero have a lot in common: thoughtful, pensive, and narratives scaffolded around memories and the past.


Weekly Comics Spotlight #590: 2018-11-28


Time Codes:
0:00:00 Intro
0:12:45 Marvel: IRONHEART #1
0:22:06 Other: WARNING #1 [IMAGE COMICS]
0:40:21 General discussion
1:05:03 Next Week Promo
1:05:12 Wrap up
1:05:42 End of episode.

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The Podcast of Oa Episode 131 – Darkness Visible

Co-hosts Phil Bova and Myron Rumsey are back with episode 131 of The Podcast of Oa.  This episode we focus on the 2nd issue of Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp’s The Green Lantern series as the plot thickens and the plot of various evil elements continues to unfold.  In addition to talking about the new issue and the recent passing of comic book legend Stan Lee, Myron and Phil take a look back at Green Lantern: Rebirth and everything it did to propel the Green Lantern franchise forward with the beginnings of the most celebrated run in Green Lantern’s 75+ years of publication history.

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The Podcast of Oa is sponsored by Heroes Your Mom Threw Out Comic Shop. Green Lantern and other related characters are the copyrighted property of DC Comics Inc. and are used without permission. The Blog of Oa and The Podcast of Oa are fan productions and do not claim any ownership over the Green Lantern or any other copyrighted properties.

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Show Notes
00:00:00 Intro / Comics chat
00:07:59 The Green Lantern #2
00:31:58 Retro Review: Green Lantern: Rebirth
00:47:11 Closing

Comics Alternative, Manga: Reviews of Sailor Moon Eternal Edition Vols. 1 & 2 and Mob Psycho 100 Vol. 1

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Manga Style?

On this episode of The Comics Alternative/s manga series — the November show, albeit a little late — Shea and Derek take a look at two series that give us a varied understanding of the medium. They begin with the first two volume’s of Naoko Takeuchi’s Sailor Moon Eternal Edition (Kodansha Comics). This is a classic shojo series from the 1990s, and as the guys discuss, it’s something that they’ve heard about for years, but it’s not a title that they actually read. Both Derek and Shea are quite surprised with the story, in that it’s quite different from what they expected…and in a good way. The guys discuss Takeuchi’s visual style, the complex layering of her story elements, and the fantastical tone of the narrative, among other aspects.

After that, the Two Guys check out One’s Mob Psycho 100, Vol. 1 (Dark Horse Manga). This is the latest translated manga from the creator of One-Punch Man, which Shea and Derek discussed on the September 2015 show. Both enjoy this new (for English speakers) series, and it stands out from One-Punch Man in that One does both the writing and the art. In fact, they spend a bit of time discussing One’s aesthetic, the art’s “flatness” and simplicity. Some may not appreciate the style, but both of the guys are taken by not only One’s storytelling abilities, but his illustrations, as well. They do mention in one long storyline the narrative seemed to drag, but other than that, it’s a title, along with the new editions of Sailor Moon, that the guys heartily recommend.