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

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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!

X-Men Monday Ep. 52: X-mas Gift List

Ryan, Allen, Anthony, and Rob all join forces in some way or another to review all the X-Men books released last week. There is some great discussion among the episode and we thank you for taking the time to hear our rambles. Thanks for your continued support!

Intro/News (0:00), Dazzler #1 (5:54), Astonishing X-Men #12 (26:01), X-Men Red #5 (44:31), Weapon X #19 (1:10:38), X-Men Gold #29 (1:12:18), Fastball Tweets/General Discussion (1:27:39)

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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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Grawlix Cinematic Universe #6: The Thing/Big Trouble in Little China

It’s a John Carpenter double feature inspired by an unsolicited listener pitch! We revisit John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982) and Big Trouble in Little China (1986). Then we read the mash up from Matt Downs before descending into ridiculousness.

This episode originally appeared on GrawlixPodcast.com

Show Notes

00:00 – Intro/Greetings
02:01 – The Thing (1982)
39:11 – Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
1:02:08 – The Thing/Big Trouble in Little China Cinematic Universe

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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
29:35 Other: LAST SIEGE #1 [IMAGE COMICS]
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

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

Supporting cast (4:34)

Was Captain Marvel ‘fridged’? (10:03)

 

As Mentioned
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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!

 

Longbox Lounge 011: X-Men Adventures #5 (1993)

Join Allen at the Longbox Lounge as he picks a comic book or two at random to read and discuss. It may be a comic he’s read 100 times or a comic book that hasn’t seen the light of day. Thanks for listening!

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Longbox Review Presents The Gutters: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Commentary

The Gutters: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Commentary

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Zone 4 #417: Deadpool 2

The crew returns with double (some might say triple) the topics!

First, we discuss Doomsday Clock #5 and Amazing Spider-Man #800.

Then, we tackle the movie Deadpool 2!

SPOILERS ALL AROUND!

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