Comic News Insider Episode 767 – TCAF: Abrams ComicArts w/ Thi Bui/John Jennings!

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Jimmy was at TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival) over the weekend and got a ton of great interviews! The awesome publisher Abrams ComicArts brought some of their talented cartoonists along for the ride. Jimmy chatted with Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do) about her family’s escape from Vietnam as portrayed in the graphic novel, her use of minimal color and more. And he spoke with John Jennings (Kindred) about the intensity of drawing this book, diversity in entertainment, his professorship and even Doctor Who! Give a listen and go buy their books! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 765 – TCAF Recap w Nate Powell/Kate Ashwin/Mike Maihack!

Reviews: Bug: The Adventures of Forager #1, Misfit City, Star Wars: Screaming Citadel #1, Riverdale finale

Jimmy is joined in studio by Jon Hoche and Tess LaCoil in the rotating co-hosts chair. Jimmy just returned from TCAF and has lots of stories to tell! He got many an interview and moderated 2 panels that you will hear over the next couple of weeks. News includes: Superman will go up against Dr. Manhattan in Doomsday Clock, a live-action Judge Dredd show is on the way, Donald Glover is showrunning an animated Deadpool series, the Disney Channel is making a musical about zombies, Green Lantern may be in the Justice League movie, Reggie Mantle has been recast in Riverdale and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

 

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Comic News Insider Episode 763 – CNI Decoded!

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Reviews: Atomic Robo Presents Real Science Adventures #1, Batman The Shadow #1, Big Moose One Shot, Night Owl Society #1, American Gods, Superheroes Decoded 

Jon Hoche joins Jimmy once again to co-host! They chat about Star Wars Day and Free Comic Book Day this week. News includes: Eisner nominations are in, M. Night Shyamalan announces sequel to Unbreakable, Marvel has joined Comixology Unlimited,  Gene Luen Yang and Panda Express are releasing a new The Green Turtle comic and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comics Alternative for Young Readers: Reviews of Nightlights and The Best We Could Do

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Time Codes:

  • 00:00:26 – Introduction
  • 00:02:47 – Setup of the reviews and interview
  • 00:05:29 – Nightlights
  • 00:26:13 – The Best We Could Do
  • 00:58:56 – Interview with Thi Bui
  • 01:42:29 – Wrap up
  • 01:43:20 – Contact us

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Conflicts, Ghosts, and Art

On this month’s episode of the Comics Alternative’s Young Readers series, Gwen and Paul discuss two new releases: Lorena Alvarez’s Nightlights from Nobrow Press, geared toward younger readers, and Thi Bui’s graphic novel The Best We Could Do, from Abrams ComicArts, an all-ages comic that will be of interest to our teen and adult listeners. They also had a chance to interview Thi Bui and include that segment at the end of the review portion of the show.

Lorena Alvarez’s Nightlights, a beautiful hardback, picture book-sized comic, focuses on the early years in the life of a young girl, Sandy, who clearly has artistic ambitions and an abundance of creativity. However, Sandy also experiences doubts regarding the source of her imagination and fears about what might happen if inspiration were suddenly to desert her. Gwen and Paul love how Alvarez respects the creative process of a young artist, and they appreciate how Alvarez brings her own experiences growing up in Bogotá, Columbia, into the themes and artwork for Nightlights. For more about Alvarez’s biography and work, head over to her website. Those listeners who have enjoyed Vera Brosgol’s YA graphic novel Anya’s Ghost or Neil Gaiman’s novel and graphic novel Coraline, that features the “ghost children,” Nightlights will be a treat. In all three stories, the presence of the supernatural encourages the protagonists to think critically about their various gifts and emotional burdens.

Next, Paul and Gwen discuss Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do, a graphic memoir published by Abrams Comicarts. Bui, whose family came to the US as refugees in the wake of the Vietnam War, tells her own and her family’s stories, in a narrative weaving history and reflection. Given that the book addresses issues of war and loss, Paul and Gwen emphasize that this text is probably geared more towards the upper range of the YA category. Paul praises the text for its evocative depiction of parent/children relationships, and Gwen agrees, noting that she also appreciated Bui’s focus on the refugee experience.

After their discussion, Paul and Gwen play an interview that they conducted with Thi Bui about her inspiration, her process, and her work with young people at the International School in Oakland, California. Listeners can learn even more about Bui at her website. Ms. Bui also mentions an event at Oakland International High School featuring her students’ comics work. She clarified afterwards that the event will be held April 14th, and listeners are welcomed to attend!

Comic News Insider Episode 680 – MoCCA: SelfMadeHero/Abrams Special w/ Reinhard Kleist/Jim Ottaviani!

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Jimmy went to MoCCA over the weekend and got some great interviews. In this SelfMadeHero/Abrams special, you’ll hear his chats with Reinhard Kleist (An Olympic Dream: The Story of Samia Yusuf Omar) and Jim Ottaviani (The Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded). Jimmy and Reinhard catch up a bit as it’s been a couple of years since they last talked at TCAF. He gives some great insight into his book about the tragic story of Olympic runner Samia Yusuf Omar. In his interview with Jim, the 2 talk about Jim’s science background as well as his many other comics. They both give their theory surrounding the mystery of Alan Turing’s death as well. Both were great talks so do give a listen! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 679 – MoCCA Mirth w/ Rebecca Sugar!

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Reviews: The Powerpuff Girls, The Walking Dead S6 finale, Wynonna Earp S1 premiere

Emily Edwards returns to the rotating co-host chair! They chat about the awesomeness of Benedict Cumberbatch dressed as Doctor Strange buying Doctor Strange comics and talk at length/give theories about the season 6 finale of The Walking Dead. Over the weekend, Jimmy (and Producer Joe) attended MoCCA Festival. A great small press/indie comics show right here in NYC. Jimmy gives a quick recap of it all. On the Sunday of the show, Jimmy and Producer Joe sat down with Rebecca Sugar (Steven Universe creator) for a lovely chat about the show, her time on Adventure Time, her musical work and much more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 676 – Vanishing Sons!

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Reviews: Baker Street Peculiars #1, Mars Attacks Occupation #1, Samurai #1

Jon Hoche returns to co-host after a short absence. They discuss the latest Spider-Man…I mean…Captain America trailer, Ian McShane’s thoughts on spoiling Game of Thrones and whom Jena Malone is playing in Batman v Superman. News includes: there will be a 5th Indiana Jones film with Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg attached, a few actors have been shortlisted to play the lead in the young Han Solo movie, Amazon has ordered a pilot for a new The Tick series, Preacher will premiere on AMC on May 22, Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill will return as Batman and The Joker in the upcoming Batman: The Killing Joke animated feature, the Xena reboot may explore Xena and Gabrielle’s more intimate relationship, the Riverdale TV series casts Reggie, Dilton and Moose, and the all new The Powerpuff Girls will debut on April 4th on Cartoon Network. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 666 – Best of 2015!

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It’s our Best of 2015! Jimmy sits down with The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald and good pal Jon Hoche to go over their 2015 favorites in comic books, TV and film. They didn’t read or watch everything released that year, so it’s just the Best of what they did read/watch. Fun discussions on great comics, their creators, TV shows, films, actors and more. What were your favorites last year? Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 657 – The Trailer!

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Reviews: Citizen Jack #1, Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor #1, Extraordinary X-Men #1, Hangman #1, James Bond #1, Klaus #1

Emily Edwards returns to co-host and this time at a more reasonable hour! They chat about the Japanese trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and if they prefer stars over hearts. News includes: Disney may be retiring all Star Wars “Slave Leia” merchandise, JK Rowling reveals the American term for “muggles” in the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off, 2000AD dropped from 2016 Free Comic Book Day, DC Comics based shows may take years to appear on Netflix/Hulu, Mark Dacascos to join Agents of SHIELD while Ken Marino joins Agent Carter, George RR Martin promises bittersweet ending to Game of Thrones series, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan is cast as “Negan” in The Walking Dead. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 648 – NYCC: Kieron Gillen/Jamie McKelvie/Darryl Cunningham!

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Reviews: Assassin’s Creed #1, Chewbacca #1, I Hate Fairyland #1, The Twilight Children, Star Wars Rebels S2 premiere

Jimmy is joined in studio by Melissa Dowell. They chat/gush about the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer and when they plan on seeing it. At NYCC, Jimmy sat down with Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie to discuss The Wicked and the Divine, Phonogram, Young Avengers, and more! He also chatted with cartoonist Darryl Cunningham about his works Age of Selfishness, How to Fake a Moon Landing and Psychiatric Tales. News includes: Star Wars: Battlefront video game will allow you to play as familiar characters, the Art of John Cassaday will be on display at the Metropolis Gallery in NYC, FX is bringing a Legion TV series based on the X-Men character, FX is also working on a Y: The Last Man series based on the popular comic book series, Fox is producing an X-Men related series as well called The Hellfire Club, Entertainment Weekly is holding their first EW Fest in NYC this weekend and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 645 – NYCC w/ Penelope Bagieu/Jeremy Bastian/Maris Wicks!

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Reviews: Doctor Strange Vol 4 #1, Invincible Iron Man Vol 2 #1, Jughead Vol 3 #1, Survivor’s Club #1, Arrow S4 premiere, The Flash S2 premiere, iZombie S2 premiere

Everyone is still recovering from New York Comic Con so Jimmy does it all sans co-host. He gives a quick recap of his NYCC adventures (mostly interviews) and all the exciting things he saw over the weekend. News includes: Mariko Tamaki to helm new Tomb Raider series, new Bloom County collections coming from IDW, The Incredibles 2 gets a release date, Avengers: Standoff will be Marvel’s next big event,  Jared Leto and Mark Ruffalo attended NYCC in disguise and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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