Comics Alternative, Manga: Reviews of Revolutionary Girl Utena Complete Deluxe Box Set and Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Edition

Listen to the podcast! Time Codes: 00:00:30 – Introduction 00:02:43 – Apologies 00:04:14 – Revolutionary Girl Utena Complete Deluxe Box Set 00:51:13 – Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Edition 01:21:23 – Wrap up 01:24:26 – Contact us A Deluxe Show! On this episode of the manga series — a few days later than expected — Shea and Derek discuss […]








Comics Alternative, Manga: Review of Sunny and Discussions of Other Works by Taiyo Matsumoto

Listen to the podcast! The Young Ones Time Codes: 00:00:28 – Introduction 00:02:36 – Catching up for the new year 00:04:19 – Sunny 01:09:40 – Other works by Matsumoto 01:20:29 – Wrap up 01:22:06 – Contact us This month on the manga show, Shea and Derek discuss the recently completed, Sunny, as well as other works by Taiyo […]








Comics Alternative, Manga: Reviews of Tomie: Complete Deluxe Edition and Blame! Vol. 1 & Vol. 2

Listen to the podcast! Creepy and Goofy  Time Codes: 00:00:29 – Introduction 00:02:37 – The holidays for Shea and Derek 00:04:30 – Listener mail! 00:11:24 – Tomie: Complete Deluxe Edition 00:55:39 – Blame! Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 01:19:12 – Wrap up 01:20:08 – Contact us It’s the final manga episode of the year, and to close out 2016 […]








Comics Alternative, Manga: Reviews of A Distant Neighborhood: Complete Edition and Attack on Titan Anthology

Listen to the podcast! Attack on Time  Time Codes: 00:00:28 – Introduction 00:02:25 – Catching up after Thanksgiving 00:05:18 – A Distant Neighborhood: Complete Edition 00:54:48 – Attack on Titan Anthology 01:46:53 – Wrap up 01:47:44 – Contact us For the month of November, Shea and Derek get together to discuss to two recent manga publications, although the […]








Manga: Reviews of Various Horror Manga

Listen to the podcast! Weird Fireballs, Haunted Video Games, and a Naked Florence Nightingale  Time Codes: 00:00:58 – Introduction 00:03:22 – Set up of episode 00:07:25 – Hell Baby 00:33:27 – Fragments of Horror 01:08:53 – Lychee Light Club 01:31:52 – Portus 01:48:16 – Black Museum: The Ghost and the Lady, Book 1 02:07:46 – Neo Parasyte F 02:25:55 – Wrap […]








Comics Alternative, Manga: Reviews of Queen Emeraldas, Vol. 1 and Otherworld Barbara, Vol. 1

Listen to the podcast! Outer Space and Dream Space  Time Codes: 00:00:28 – Introduction 00:03:51 – Queen Emeraldas, Vol. 1 00:32:13 – Otherworld Barbara, Vol. 1 01:04:54 – Wrap up 01:07:00 – Contact us 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, […]








Comics Alternative, Manga: Reviews of Inuyashiki and Wandering Island

Listen to the podcast! Shirtless Time Codes: 00:00:26 – Introduction 00:03:39 – Listener mail 00:08:26 – Inuyashiki 00:54:21 – Wandering Island 01:22:21 – Wrap up 01:23:13 – Contact us For the August manga episode, Shea and Derek go topless…at least that’s a common condition that they sense in the two titles that they discuss this month. They begin […]








Comics Alternative, Manga: Reviews of Red Red Rock and The Osamu Tezuka Story

Listen to the podcast! “Oozy, goopy liquid” On the July manga episode, Shea and Derek discuss two recent publications that highlight, in different ways, the history of the Japanese medium. They begin with Seiichi Hayashi’s Red Red Rock and Other Stories 1967-1970 (Breakdown Press). All but two stories that compose this collection were originally published in Garo, […]








Comics Alternative, Manga: Reviews of A Silent Voice and What Is Obscenity?

Listen to the podcast! Pussy Riot 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 […]








Comics Alternative, Manga: Reviews of Cigarette Girl and Mysterious Girlfriend X, Vol. 1

Listen to the podcast! Panty Scissors For the month of May, Shea and Derek discuss two books that, at first glance, seem quite different, but whose similarities become more apparent upon closer examination. They begin with Masahiko Matsumoto’s Cigarette Girl (Top Shelf Productions), a collection of eleven short comics originally published between 1972 and 1974. This is one […]








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

Listen to the podcast! “Hip and now” 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 […]








Comics Alternative, Manga: Reviews of A Girl on the Shore and Goodnight Punpun, Vol. 1

Listen to the podcast! Eros and Thanatos For the March episode of The Comics Alternative‘s manga series, Shea and Derek discuss two recent releases, both by Inio Asano: A Girl on the Shore (Vertical Comics) and Goodnight Punpun, Vol. 1 (VIZ Media). Before they plunge into those titles, though, they provide a bit of context about Asano’s […]








Comics Alternative, Manga: Reviews of School Judgment 1 and A Drifting Life

Listen to the podcast! “Wacky all the way around” On the February manga show, Shea and Derek look at a new title and an older title. They begin with a discussion of School Judgment 1, recently released by VIZ Media. Written by Nobuaki Enoki and with art by Takeshi Obata — perhaps best known for his work on Death […]








Comics Alternative, Manga: Reviews of Die Wergelder, Vol. 1 and The Strange Tale of Panorama Island

Listen to the podcast! A Decadent Episode Shea and Derek are back with their January episode of the manga series. But isn’t this the first of week of February? Yes it is, but due to unforeseen circumstances, the guys had to postpone the recording of their January episode and had carry it over into this […]








Comics Alternative, Manga: Reviews of Planetes Omnibus, Vol. 1 and Ding Dong Circus and Other Stories, 1967-1974

Listen to the podcast! Explorations For their December manga episode, Shea and Derek discuss two very different works. They start off with Makoto Yukimura’s Planetes Ominbus, Vol. 1, just released from Dark Horse Books. This is the first of two large editions of the Japanese series that originally ran from 1999 to 2004. It’s the story […]