Comics Alternative, Episode 300: The December Previews Catalog

Celebrate 300!

It’s the first of a new month, and that must mean that the Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics will be looking at the latest Previews catalog. This is a rather long episode — going for almost three hours — so you get your money’s worth! But what makes this show extra special is that it’s the 300th episode of The Comics Alternative‘s weekly review show. As Derek points out, there are over twice as many episodes of the podcast that have been released since August 2012, accounting for the many interviews, specials, and the various monthly shows, but with the regularly weekly review shows, they’ve now reached a notable milestone. For December, Sterg and Derek discuss a variety of  publishers and titles solicited in Previews such as:

Deconstructing Comics #614: Rick Parker: An Energetic Interview

Rick Parker

While the majority of Rick Parker‘s comics jobs have been lettering, he’s also known as an artist and writer, including on Marvel’s Beavis and Butt-Head comics in the 1990s and Papercutz’ Tales from the Crypt. In this episode, Koom asks Rick about the experience of working at Marvel in the ’70s (including that time he was in a physical altercation in the office!), working as a New York taxi driver pre-Marvel, what was involved in old-school hand lettering of comics, and more.

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Comic News Insider Episode 907 – Reviews R Us!

Comic News Insider: Episode 907 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: 

Comics: Betty & Veronica #1, Books of Magic #1/2, Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #1/2, Firefly #1, Green Lantern Vol 6 #1, Hack/Slash vs Chaos #1, Livewire #1, Uncanny X-Men Vol 5 #1/2/3, The Witcher: Of Flesh and Flame #1

TV: Arrow, Black Lightning, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Riverdale, The Gifted, Nightflyers, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Star Wars: Resistance

Film: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Venom 

Since there has been so much coverage from Thought Bubble and NYCC, there hasn’t been a lot of reviewing going on lately! We’re here to remedy that for you! Some of Jimmy’s favorite CNI dogs send in audio reviews from recent comics, TV and film. Thanks to Producer Joe, Marta, Heidi, Erica, Emmy, Emily, Jon, Barry and Dave! No news or interviews this time. Just pure reviewing magic! Besides, Jimmy has to continue planning for his birthday this weekend. Enjoy and let us know your thoughts on the reviews! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Mayo Report: 2018-10 Comics

John and Sam discuss the sales estimates for the top selling comic books for October 2018.

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Comic Book Savant Episode 405: Spinner Rack Bros: SRB Breaks The Comic Book Industry

In this episode of Spinner Rack Bros. we just have a casual conversation about Warner Bros, DC Films, DC Universe Streaming Service, and the Comic Book Industry in general a great talk between two friends no holds barred. Enjoy!

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 204: DC Comics, Batman, Superman, Snapperoo and Gorilla Beatbox

It’s a long one!  If you still need more, check out our Patreon (www.patreon.com/weirdscience) 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: Heroes in Crisis #3 and Aquaman / Justice League: Drowned Earth #1

 

  • Intro (0:00), News (09:03), Detective Comics #993 (26:54), Action Comics #1005 (35:13), Justice League: Odyssey #3 (1:06:30), Mail #1 (1:22:05), Flash #59 (1:56:33), Titans #30 (2:23:35), Wonder Woman #59 (2:42:49), Mail #2 (3:03:54), Batgirl #29 (3:14:23), The Terrifics #10 (3:33:03), Books of Magic #2 (3:48:10), Rant and Raves (4:02:48), DC’s Nuclear Winter Special #1 (5:00:15), Batman Beyond #26 (5:38:08), Injustice Vs. Masters of the Universe #5 (6:14:09), Flash Reviews – Hex Wives #1 & #2 and Raven: Daughter of Darkness #10 (6:43:01), Old Lady Harley #2 (6:59:09), The Silencer #11 (7:26:03), Batman: Kings of Fear #4 (7:42:04)

 

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Webcomics: Reviews of Grass of Parnassus, Lavender Jack, and Take the A Train

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Platform Variety!

On the November webcomics episode — albeit a little late — Sean and Derek look at three very different webcomics…especially different when it comes their hosting platforms. They begin with Stuart and Kathryn Immonen’s Grass of Parnassus. This is a unique science fiction narrative that is relatively new, starting in September this year, with an intriguing storyline (what there is so far) and incredible art. But what is additionally notable about this webcomic is that it’s being hosted on Instagram. This is the first time the guys have discussed an Instagram-based webcomic, and Sean and Derek spend a bit of time discussing the pros and cons of this platform.

After that they focus on Lavender Jack, a webcomic hosted on Webtoon and written and illustrated by Dan Schkade. It’s an engaging crime/intrigue webcomic that reminds the guys of both The Scarlet Pimpernel and Batman. A unique combination! It’s the story of a wealthy socialite who dons a costume to cover his identity, and then goes about exposing the hidden crimes of prominent, powerful, and corrupt citizens in the city. This is also a relatively new webcomic, starting in June, and although there are already 24 episodes (as of this recording), there are still a number of mysteries that are yet to be answered.

Finally, the Two Guys wrap up with an already completed webcomic, M. Dean and Z. Akhmetova’s Take the A Train. This is a relatively short narrative, but what makes it stand out — in addition to the incredible art — is that each half of the story is hosted on Dean’s and Akhmetova’s sites, respectively. This is the first time the guys have discussed a webcomic that was a collaborative endeavor in this manner. The webcomic is based on Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s classic song, and both creators focus on young protagonists in the middle of the 20th century who are fascinated with Ellington and his historic relationship with The Savoy in Harlem.

Comics Alternative for Young Readers: Reviews of The Brain: The Ultimate Thinking Machine and Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction

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Blinded by Science

On this episode of the Comics Alternative’s Young Readers series, Gwen and Krystal discuss two new releases: Tory Woollcott and Alex Graudins’s The Brain: The Ultimate Thinking Machine, the most recent volume in First Second Books’ Science Comicsseries, geared towards upper elementary and middle grade readers, and Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction, a YA comics memoir, published by Scholastic’s Graphix imprint.

To introduce Woollcott and Graudins’ The Brain, Gwen and Krystal talk about non-fiction, informational comics for young readers, bringing up other volumes in the Science Comics series, such as M.K. Reed and Joe Flood’s Dinosaurs, as well as Maris Wicks’ Human Body Theater, and Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes’ Secret Coders. Gwen explains that all of these texts place scientific or mathematical information within a fictional frame, and she summarizes the basic premise of The Brain, which places two sisters, Fahama and Nour, in a setting that is reminiscent of wacky 1960s and 1970s monster films or TV shows like The Munsters. Krystal praises Woollcott and Graundin’s use of a diverse cast, both in terms of the principal characters and of the individuals who appear in illustrations of the way that the brain impacts human functioning. Both Krystal and Gwen detail some of the memorable spreads in the comic and view the text as an excellent story and reference book for young readers.

Next, the two PhDs move on to a young adult graphic memoir, Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s Hey, Kiddo, which is already earning critical acclaim and award buzz (it is a National Book Award finalist). Krosoczka is well-known as the author of nearly a dozen picture books and of the Lunch Lady graphic novel series, but Hey, Kiddo is his first YA offering. Gwen recommends Krosoczka’s 2012 TED Talk “How a boy became an artist,” as well as his 2014 TED Talk on the Lunch Lady comics. Both provide insight into Krosoczka’s childhood influences and artistic choices. Krystal then gives a detailed description of the way Hey, Kiddo mirrors — and expands upon — many of the artist-focused coming of age narratives that have been popular in recent decades, including Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomedy (2006) and Özge Samanci’s Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey (2015).  Krystal also applauds Krosoczka’s use of line style and color in commenting on memory, and Gwen testifies to the author’s ability to evoke a convincing depiction of 1970s New England. Both reviewers love this text and highly recommend it for teens and adults.

The Young Readers series will be on hiatus in December, but Gwen and Krystal will be back in January with a look at some of the YA graphic novel highlights of 2018.

 

 

 

Weekly Comics Spotlight #589: 2018-11-21

John and James discuss DAMAGE #11 by DC, DOCTOR STRANGE #8 by Marvel and SMOOTH CRIMINALS #1 by BOOM! STUDIOS.

Time Codes:
00:00 Intro
00:44 DC: DAMAGE #11
10:46 Marvel: DOCTOR STRANGE #8
19:34 Other: SMOOTH CRIMINALS #1 [BOOM! STUDIOS]
29:44 General discussion
54:54 Next Week Promo
55:05 Wrap up
55:35 End of episode.

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Airship 27 Podcast #45: Black Bat & Purple Scar

Captain Ron Fortier and Chief Engineer Rob Davis bring you on board the Airship 27 for another fun episode!
This month, Ron goes to Disney World, Rob finally tells his joke, they reflect on Stan Lee, plus updates on Faces of Fear, Jezebel Johnson, Dead Sheriff, Bass Reeves and more!

Crossing Season 1

John and Kay have a spoiler filled discussion about the first season of Crossing.

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Katriona Chapman

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  • 00:00:24 – Introduction
  • 00:02:14 – Setup of interview
  • 00:03:59 – Interview with Katriona Chapman
  • 01:06:41 – Wrap up
  • 01:07:15 – Contact us

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Travels and Travails

Katriona Chapman first came to our attention through her work at Avery Hill Publishing. She works in marketing there, and back in summer of 2015 she introduced Tillie Walden. Tillie’s first book, The End of Summer, had just been released, and Kat worked was instrumental in setting up an interview with the very young artist. But over the subsequent year, we’ve come to know Kat as more of an artist herself. She had done a lot of illustration work for children’s books, but it was her self-published comic, Katzine, that specifically caught our attention. In fact, we had discussed Katzine in a special episode from last year, where we looked at self-published comics. In one of the later issues of Katzine she mentions working on her first book, an autobiographical work centered on her travels in Mexico. Last month that book, Follow Me In, was released by Avery Hill. This is a fascinating travelogue about her experiences touring Mexico, it’s diverse regions, its many ruins, and its vibrant cultures. As you’ll hear in this interview, Kat doesn’t only write about her experiences touring in this new book, but she also explores her problematic relationship with her companion as well as her own efforts as an artist. As such, Follow Me In is much more than a travelogue. It’s an account of a young artist undergoing new experiences and using those to grow as a creator and to define her art.

Radio Free Asgard 333

This week we look at Neil Gaiman’s retelling of ‘The Apples of Immortality’ – In this tale we find old people, a giant eagle giant thingy, big fires, and Loki playing a very special kind of tugging game….

My Comic Shop History 4.12: Con Season with the Road Warrior (Undiscovered Realm)

Host Anthony Desiato takes one last lap around the convention floor with Undiscovered Realm owner Chris Wilcock in the Season 4 finale. Anthony asks Chris about the life of a vendor on the road at three dozen conventions a year. My Comic Shop History returns with Season 5 in 2019. Additional podcast content (including a Season 4 epilogue with Archie Comics President Mike Pellerito on 12/12/18) is available year-round exclusively on the My Comic Shop History Patreon page.

Comics Alternative, Episode 299: Reviews of Recent Comics about The Beatles

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Number 9, Number 9, Number 9…

This is a special episode of The Comics Alternative, in that Sterg and Derek focus only on recent comics about The Beatles. Both of the guys are huge Beatles fans, and you can tell how excited they are in discussing these texts. They begin with David Foenkinos, Corbeyran, and Horne’s Lennon: The New York Years (IDW Publishing), adapted from Foenkinos prose work on John Lennon. What makes this book stand out is that it’s primarily narrated in the first person through imagined therapy sessions that Lennon undergoes. In this way, the text becomes not only an insight into John Lennon’s psyche, but also a broad historical overview of The Beatles as a musical phenomenon.

After that they jump into Bill Morrison’s recent adaptation of Yellow Submarine (Titan Comics). This is a work that is as colorful and as elaborate as the 1968 animated film, and the guys are impressed by how faithful the book is to the film’s plot. The only thing you don’t get in Morrison’s text is the various musical interludes that you have in the animated film (of course), but even then Morrison does an affective job of implying the music as sort of a silent soundtrack. But all of the surreal visuals, the song references, and the many puns are there.

Next, they look at a new book just released through NBM, The Beatles in Comics. This is a collection of short essays and comics written by Michel Mabel and Gaet’s, and with illustrations by a variety of artists. Much like Lennon, this book provides a broad overview of The Beatles, and the chapters cover such topics as their time in Hamburg, Brian Epstein, when they met the queen, their playing Shea Stadium, the Ed Sullivan Show, the genesis of “Yesterday,” their decision to stop touring, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, their time in India, Yoko Ono, the Paul Is Dead phenomenon, and the breakup of the band.

Finally, they discuss a new book that really isn’t about The Beatles, but uses the Fab Four as a significant backdrop. M. Dean’s I Am Young (Fantagraphics) is a series of stories about relationships and music, and the main storyline is the one that uses The Beatles. It’s the history of a relationship between Miriam and George, two young people who meet at a Beatles concert when the band first hit it big. M. Dean takes us through the course of this relationship, doing so with The Beatles as a nexus, with the two growing older and getting together, and growing apart, as The Beatles themselves mature and evolve.

One book that the Sterg and Derek do not discuss, but one they nonetheless highly recommend, is Carol Tyler’s Fab4 Mania (Fantagraphics). This work was released earlier this year, and the reason the guys don’t include it in their comics about The Beatles coverage is that Gene and Derek interviewed Carol back in July. As such, they spent a lot of time discussing that book, so the guys already focused on that text. Still, it’s another recent graphic novel about The Beatles, and it should stand alongside the other works that Sterg and Derek discuss in this episode.