Comic News Insider Episode 856 – Hankering For Heroes Con!

Comic News Insider: Episode 856 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

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Emily Edwards returns to co-host once again and even tries to take over as the main host! Does she succeed in ousting Jimmy? Listen in to find out! Jimmy chats about his upcoming trip to Heroes Con this weekend. He’ll be moderating 3 panels (info below) and has tons of interviews lined up. He also talks about that Fear the Walking Dead mid-season finale. Damn! They are stepping their game up! News includes: Geoff Johns steps down from executive role at DC to get back to creating w/ formation of Mad Ghost Productions, MTV is developing a live-action Aeon Flux TV series, DC Comics relaunches/rebrands Vertigo and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!



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Here are the 3 panels that Jimmy will be moderating at Heroes Con this weekend. Swing on by!

5:30 pm
Room 203A
Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast) moderates a motivational panel on what inspires cartoonists. Come see and hear MONICA GALLAGHER (Assassin Roommate, Ghost Friends Forever), TINI HOWARD (Assassinistas, Rick and Morty, Hack/Slash), MEGAN LEVENS (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10, Star Trek: Boldly Go), and KATIE SKELLY (My Pretty Vampire, Nurse Nurse) talk about what inspires them to create. Thoughts on art, music, literature, TV/film, pop culture and more and how it helps them along in their creative endeavors. Come discover some new things to inspire you and maybe even share your own!
11:30 AM
Room 208B
1:1 With Jim Steranko!
Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast) sits down with the legendary JIM STERANKO for a fun and frank 1:1. They will discuss Steranko’s groundbreaking comics, working with other legends, film work, magic, influences, fandom and more! Come hear about the fascinating life of one of the most enigmatic people in comics! This will be a scintillating session, indeed!
Room 209
Join Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast) and Eisner winning artist Francesco Francavilla (The Black Beetle, Afterlife With Archie) for a fun hour of illustration and chat! Francavilla will design a cover based on YOUR suggestions! Have you ever wondered how many of your favorite cover artists come up with their designs? Francavilla will break down that process for you during this entertaining panel!

Previews Spotlight #128: 2018-06

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

We had 1 other podcast/blog represented this month:
Superman Fan Podcast

and 10 listeners:
Nicholas Fenner
James Raynor
Chris Braly
Alan Bowman
Todd Cassel
Martin Pierro
Jason Kim

Items mentioned:
p.0 (John Mayo) Intro
p.26 (John Mayo) PREVIEWS #359
p.38 (Nicholas Fenner) Cold Spots #1
p.38 (Heidi) Cold Spots #1
p.39 (John Mayo) CROWDED #1
p.41 (James Raynor) Age of Bronze TP
p.41 (Chris Braly) Hey Kids, Comics! #1
p.41 (Billy Hogan) Hey Kids, Comics! #1
p.50 (Drew) Beauty #22
p.61 (Nicholas Fenner) Gideon Falls #6
p.63 (Nicholas Fenner) Ice Cream Man #6
p.64 (Nicholas Fenner) Isola #5
p.70 (Alan Bowman) Paper Girls #23
p.78 (Nicholas Fenner) Spawn #289
p.82 (Nicholas Fenner) Weatherman #3
p.86 (Alan Bowman) Seeds #1
p.99 (Billy Hogan) Black Hammer: Age Of Doom #4
p.100 (Billy Hogan) Quantum Age #2
p.105 (Nicholas Fenner) Complete Angel Catbird TP
p.107 (Billy Hogan) Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden #5
p.109 (Drew) World of Tanks #4
p.112 (James Raynor) BPRD: Hell on Earth HC 3
p.114 (James Raynor) Colossal Conan the Cimmerian
p.117 (Todd Cassel) Beasts of Burden: Wise Dogs and Eldritch Men #1
p.118 (Todd Cassel) Blackwood #4
p.120 (Eric) Conspiracy of Ravens HC
p.120 (Heidi) Conspiracy of Ravens HC
p.D1 (Chris Braly) Adventures of the Super Sons #1
p.D4 (Chris Braly) Pearl #1 / Scarlet #1
p.D4 (Eric) Pearl #1
p.D5 (James Raynor) Scarlet #1
p.D11 (Nicholas Fenner) Catwoman/Twenty & Sylvester Special
p.D15 (Billy Hogan) Action Comics #1002
p.D19 (Nicholas Fenner) Batman #52-53
p.D26 (James Raynor) Before Watchmen Omnibus
p.D30 (John Mayo) FLASH #52
p.D54 (John Mayo) SIDEWAYS #7
p.D58 (Billy Hogan) Superman #2
p.D63 (Alan Bowman) Unexpected #3
p.D77 (James Raynor) Damage Annual #1
p.135 (Chris Braly) Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons and Dragons #1
p.137 (Chris Braly) G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Omnibus v1
p.145 (Chris Braly) Back to the Future: Tales from the Time Train
p.161 (Chris Braly) James Brown: Black and Proud
p.164 (Chris Braly) Frankenstein Alive, Alive: The Complete Collection
p.M2 (James Raynor) Fantastic Four #1
p.M2 (Billy Hogan) Fantastic Four #1
p.M2 (Martin Pierro) Fantastic Four #1
p.M20 (James Raynor) Infnity Wars #1
p.M31 (James Raynor) Web of Venom: Ve-nam #1
p.M64 (Alan Bowman) X-Men: Grand Design: Second Genesis #2
p.M118 (Chris Braly) Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection Venom
p.M79 (Drew) X-Men Red #7
p.172 (John Mayo) PROJECT SUPERPOWERS #1
p.176 (Heidi) Robots vs Princesses #1
p.204 (Nicholas Fenner) Black Badge #1
p.238 (Billy Hogan) Strangers In Paradise XXV #6
p.247 (Chris Braly) Beyonders #1
p.253 (James Raynor) Dark Ark
p.269 (Chris Braly) Rags #1
p.280 (Drew) Crossed +100 Mimic #5
p.298 (Martin Pierro) Deep Space Tragedy
p.299 (Heidi) Sugar Boogarz Volume 1
p.300 (Chris Braly) Mercy Sparx Omnibus
p.302 (Eric) Berlin Complete Edition HC
p.321 (Martin Pierro) Adventure Van #1
p.337 (James Raynor) Jazz Maynard
p.377 (Martin Pierro) Disposable Legends #1
p.387 (Heidi) Emma G Willford
p.401 (John Mayo) NINJA-K #10
p.429 (Eric) Black Torch v1
p.888 (Jason Kim) Shoutouts
p.999 (Eric) Kowabunga and Shop Chat

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Weird Science Marvel Comics Podcast Ep 6: Immortal Hulk, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man & The Wasp and Deadpool – Marvel Fresh Start

Immortal Hulk #1, Doctor Strange # 1, Ant-Man & The Wasp #1 and Deadpool #1!!!  That’s 4 books and 4 #1s of fun on this episode, but are they good?  Let’s find out…

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 179: DC Comics, Justice League, Great Things and Going Brown

It’s time once again to get together and talk some DC Comics and such.  Enjoy! Check out our Patreon and for as little as $1 a month, you can help support the podcast and get a bunch of shows! This Week’s  Patreon Spotlight: Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Nightwing vs. Hush #1 and The Unexpected #1  Also, watch for this week’s bonus Spotlight Episode featuring Batman #48


  • Intro (0:00), Books – See List Below (07:02), Mail #1 (1:30:42), Mail #2 (3:12:11), Vermillion’s Visions – Girls Vol 1 (4:46:47), Mail #3 (5:05:15)


  • DC Books Reviewed: Justice League #1 (20:33), Deathstroke #32 (58:45), Green Lanterns #48 (1:47:46), Green Arrow #41 (2:11:04), Nightwing #45 (2:40:12), Man of Steel #2 (3:40:37), Harley Quinn #43 (4:13:38), Shade, the Changing Woman #4 (4:28:58), The Curse of Brimstone #3 (5:38:21), Cyborg #23 (5:53:55)


  • Keywords: Comics, Comic Books, Comic Book Podcast, Comics Podcast, Batman, Superman, DC Comics, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Podcast, Comic Book, superhero, superhero podcast, DCU, DC YOU, dc rebirth, dc comics rebirth, batman rebirth, superman rebirth, green arrow rebirth, green lantern rebirth, New 52, Supergirl, Superboy

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: Wonder Woman Annual #2

Check out our Patreon and for as little as $1 a month, you can help support the podcast and get a bunch of shows! This Week’s  Patreon Spotlight: Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Nightwing vs. Hush #1 and The Unexpected #1  Also, watch for this week’s bonus Spotlight Episode featuring Batman #48

  • Keywords: Comics, Comic Books, Comic Book Podcast, Comics Podcast, Batman, Superman, DC Comics, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Podcast, Comic Book, superhero, superhero podcast, DCU, DC YOU, dc rebirth, dc comics rebirth, batman rebirth, superman rebirth, green arrow rebirth, green lantern rebirth, New 52, Supergirl, Superboy

Comics Alternative Interviews: Dean Haspiel

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:24 – Introduction
  • 00:02:55 – Setup of interview
  • 00:04:07 – Interview with Dean Haspiel
  • 01:09:43 – Wrap up
  • 01:11:07 – Contact us


Welcome to New Brooklyn

Gene and Derek are happy to have Dean Haspiel on The Comics Alternative to discuss his new book from Image Comics, The Red Hook, Vol. 1: New Brooklyn. This is the first in a planned trilogy introducing readers to his universe of New Brooklyn. The Red Hook is a reluctant hero. Once a super-thief, his unlikely encounter with the legendary superhero, The Green Point, bequeathes unto him The Omni-Fist of Altruism. This transform him into a hero, where he cannot resist helping others in distress, despite his better judgment. In this role, The Red Hook becomes a major player in New Brooklyn, a borough whose heart had been broken by commerce and real estate speculation, and, as a result, secedes from New York, and America. Sound unlikely? Well, listen to Dean as he explains the premise and his plans for future New Brooklyn narratives. The guys talk with Dean, asking him a variety of questions not only about his new book, but about his other publications, as well. But then Dean turns the tables and begins interviewing Gene and Derek. It’s a wild experience with an indefatigable Haspiel.

Comics Alternative, Manga: Reviews of Dead Dead Demon’s De De De De Destruction, Vol. 1, The Troublemakers, and Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku, Vol. 1

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Fully Loaded

On the last episode in The Comics Alternative‘s monthly manga series — a show that was supposed to be the May episode, but was actually a late April show — Shea and Derek promised that they would provide an additional manga episode at the very end of May, and that that show would be the real May show. As reality unfolded, the two guys had problems in coordinating their schedules and being available at the same time. And as a result, you get this episode. But it’s an extra-long episode, one that includes discussions of not two but three recent manga releases.

They begin with the first volume in a the latest series from one of their favorites, Inio Asano. Dead Dead Demon’s De De De De Destruction (VIZ Media) is an unusual work that, in many ways, reminds the guys of Goodnight Punpun they reviewed in March 2016, a title that they especially loved. And they appreciate this new work at least as much. This new book begins as a realistic narrative of Tokyo schoolgirls and their everyday interactions at school. Soon, though, the reader discover that this is not a normal environment, but one where the city is, literally, living under the shadow of a giant mysterious spaceship that visited them three years previously.

Next they turn to a notable new release from Retrofit/Big Planet Comics, Baron Yoshimoto’s The Troublemakers. Translated and edited by Ryan Holmberg, this is a collection of six short works of gekiga that vary in narrative approach, theme, and (to a lesser degree) style. All of these pieces were originally released between 1966 and 1974, and in a variety of publications. The volume ends with a magnificent essay, providing history and context, by the book’s editor. This book marks the first translation of Yoshimoto’s into English.

The guys conclude with a completely different kind of book, Fujita’s Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku, Vol. 1 (Kodansha Comics). The title is a series of episodes — think of a sitcom — of a small group of young workers, all of whom are otaku (those with obsessive interests in very specific, especially fan-based, media and culture) and interact in everyday scenarios, at work and otherwise. The guys aren’t near as enthusiastic about this work as they are with the others reviewed in this episode. However, Derek is more open to Wotakoi than Shea. In fact, Shea even wonders if the emphases in this series may not even be counterproductive, if not harmful, to consumer health.

Comic Book Savant Episode 383: Countdown: DC Universe Animated Films

This is the second episode of the new series Countdown were I take one topic, subject, or theme and run it down ranking from worst to first. In this episode I Countdown Warner Bros. DC Universe Animated Films, so sit back and relax as I run these down for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!

Deconstructing Comics #596: “Paper Girls”

Paper Girls

Paper Girls is an intricately-plotted time-travel story by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang. Scientist and comics nerd Ryan Haupt joins Tim to talk about the series’ unanswered questions, animals (Tardigrades! Giant sloths!), character arcs, and more.

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Weekly Comics Spotlight #564: 2018-05-30

John and James discuss MAN OF STEEL #1 by DC, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 by Marvel and LAST SIEGE #1 by IMAGE COMICS.

Time Codes:
00:00 Intro
00:45 DC: MAN OF STEEL #1
17:26 Marvel: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800
43:36 General discussion
58:17 Next Week Promo
58:27 Wrap up
58:58 End of episode.

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Another Conversation with Karl Stevens

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:23 – Introduction
  • 00:02:22 – Setup of interview
  • 00:03:31 – Interview with Karl Stevens
  • 01:03:39 – Wrap up
  • 01:04:05 – Contact us


A Pope Cat and A Floating Gandhi Head

Derek first talked to Karl Stevens in February of last year, and during that discussion he had mentioned that he was working on a new project for Retrofit/Big Planet called The Winner, and now we have the book out, being released on May 23. The two discuss Karl’s new work, its very autobiographical quality — no masking any identities here — and it’s curious structure and fantastical interludes. But they also talk about Karls others works, as well, including the Xeric Award-winning Guilty (2004), his series of books that followed, all published by Alternative Comics — Whatever (2008), The Lodger (2010), and Failure (2013)– as well as his Penny strips that ran in the Village Voice between November 2016 and March 2017. Karl is wonderful guy to interview, as you’ll hear from the conversation.

Arc Reactions – 100 – Captain Marvel Down

We cover Captain Marvel Down in this episode. We talk about the characters, the writing, and the choice to take away Carol’s memory.

Talking points

Captain Marvel and Spider-woman friendship (2:46)

Supporting cast (4:34)

Was Captain Marvel ‘fridged’? (10:03)


As Mentioned

Arc Reactions – 58 – Parallax Saga

Arc Reactions – 60 – Doctor Strange

Arc Reactions – 33 – Trial of Reed Richards


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Comics Alternative Episode 282: Reviews of Sabrina, The Unsound, and The Last Siege #1

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“We’re not about the cool factor. We’re about the cool analysis”

On this episode, Paul and Derek discuss Nick Drnaso’s Sabrinba, Cullen Bunn and Jack T. Cole’s The Unsound, and Landry Q. Walker and Justin Greenwood The Last Siege #1.

Their conversation his great! Although be warned, there may a couple of spoilers on this show…or least semi-spoilers.

Wayne’s Comics Podcast #332: Jon Santana, Sam Johnson

Wayne Hall, Wayne’s Comics, Jon Santana, Jaded, Wordsmith, Everhouds, Sam Johnson, Geek-Girl, Markosia,

Two favorites are back in Episode 332! First up is Jon Santana, creator of such excellent comics as Jaded, Everhounds and Wordsmith!  He’s got an important Kickstarter coming this week that will collect the first six issues of Jaded! We discuss this upcoming event as well as where his other projects are! For more, go to this link.

Then everything wraps up with the return of Sam Johnson, who has important news about Geek-Girl, his high-octane comic about a young girl who gains access to powers through, of all things, a pair of glasses! We discuss the release of the latest issue and what we might expect from him in the near future! For more, go to this link!


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