Comics Alternative, Manga: Reviews of My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness and Golden Kamuy

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It’s the end of the month, so that must mean that it’s time for Shea and Derek to discuss their latest manga recommendations. They begin with Kabi Nagata’s My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness (Seven Seas Entertainment), a deeply personal autobiographical work whose title is perhaps more provocative than it is revealing. In fact, the guys spend a good bit of time talking about the underlying impulses embedded in the text and how sexual preferences take a backseat to the deeper longings that Nagata reveals. This is a manga all about self-discovery, a diary-like account of the author’s attempts to understand herself within the context of her culture and her yearning for what she calls “next level communication.” As Derek and Shea highlight, this is in some ways an example yuri manga, but at the same time such a designation doesn’t do the text justice.

Next, they look at the first volume of Satoru Noda’s Golden Kamuy (VIZ Media). This is a more realistically based narrative that takes place in the wake of the Russo-Japanese War. The protagonist, Saichi Sugimoto, gained a reputation during the war as an almost invulnerable hero, but he lives his post-war years unsuccessfully prospecting for gold in the Hokkaido region. There he befriends a young Ainu woman, Asirpa, and together they begin hunting down a legendary hidden treasure with a violent pedigree. Both Shea and Derek appreciate the story’s realism and historical context — in many ways, this is a didactic text — but they’re not yet sure of how Noda will handle the indigenous Ainu culture. That being said, they’re both definitely on board for future volumes.

 

 

Comics Alternative, Euro Comics: Reviews of The Adventures of Dieter Lumpen and Come Prima

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On this, the second episode of the new Euro Comics series, Edward and Derek discuss two recent publications that involve journeys, but in vastly different ways. They begin with the latest translation from IDW’s EuroComics imprint, The Adventures of Dieter Lumpen. Written by Jorge Zentner and with art by Rubén Pellejero (and translated by Carlos Guzman and Dean Mullaney), this volume collects all of the Dieter Lumpen stories the two originally published between 1985 and 1994. The eleven tales contained within are standalone adventures of the titular protagonist. And his travels take him all over the globe. In fact, the guys spend a good deal of time discussing the adventure genre and how The Adventures of Dieter Lumpen taps into the rich tradition of this kind of comic by Franco-Belgian creators. But what distinguishes these stories from those of Hergé’s Tintin — and even from the kind of American adventures found in the Indiana Jones movies — is the inadvertent, reluctant, and even unheroic nature of Dieter Lumpen’s encounters. The Two Guys first talk about the eight narratives that open the book, all short stories and tightly interconnected, and then turn to the three longer ComePrima-interiorpieces that close out the volume. Edward particularly appreciates the more complicating or less-than-heroic tales of Lumpen found in “Games of Chance” and “The Bad Guy,” and Derek is drawn to the fantastical and even surreal quality of “Caribbean” and especially the final story, “The Reaper’s Price.” Indeed, both believe that the latter is Zentner and Pellejero most ambitious collaboration.

After that, the guys turn to Come Prima, recently translated into English by the Delcourt (and offered through ComiXology). Written and drawn by Alfred (the pen name of Lionel Papagalli), the book won the Angoulême International Comics Festival Prize for Best Album in 2013. It’s the story of two brothers, Fabio and Giovanni, as they journey from France to their childhood home in Italy. The older Fabio is estranged from his family and has a bad track record with relationships, and Giovanni arrives unexpectedly to help suture the emotional wounds his brother may have caused. The travel they undergo in their Fiat 500 is just an outward manifestation of the much deeper inner journeys both brothers make both separately and together. This is a powerful narrative showcased, first and foremost, by Alfred’s art, although Edward finds the translation of this album, by Studio Charon, to be uneven in places. Nonetheless, this is an award-winning book that should be on the reading list of anyone interested in contemporary European comics.

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Arc Reactions – 37.1 – Ant-Man Film

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Marvel’s Ant-Man is the topic of this episode. We cover the characters, plot, and humor of this film from Marvel Studios. Dylan and John fly solo for this film about Marvel’s smallest hero. This movie features Scott Lang as Ant-Man, but he is mentored by Hank Pym throughout the movie.

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Comics Alternative Podcast Episode 84: Reviews of Andre the Giant, Shackleton, and Southern Bastards #1

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AndreOn this episode of The Comics Alternative, Andy and Derek discuss three new titles, and boy, do they have great time! They begin with Box Brown’s new graphic biography from First Second, Andre the Giant: Life and Legend. While neither of the Two Guys are big professional wrestling fans, they did grow up in an era where Andre the Giant was a significant cultural figure, covered in news programs, Shackletonstarring in films and television series, and appearing on The Tonight Show and Late Night with David Letterman. Next they look at another historically based comic, also published by First Second: Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey, by Nick Bertozzi. This work focuses on the expedition that Ernest Shackleton took to the South Pole between 1914 and 1916, intending to traverse the Antarctic on foot. As the guys point out, this is another of Bertozzi’s comics about historical explorers, a previous title being 2011’s Lewis and Clark (also from First Second). Finally, Derek and Andy wrap up SouthernBastardswith a fun discussion — beginning with references to a dog taking a dump — of the new series from Jason Aaron and Jason Latour, Southern Bastards (Image Comics). Both of the guys are familiar with the Southern setting serving as the backdrop of this comic — Derek is from Charlotte, NC, and Andy has been living in South Carolina for a number of years — and they can relate to where the two Jasons are going. Derek, in particular, is excited to see Aaron back on a creator-owned, non-superhero title, and both are enthusiastically on board for what appears to be another great Image series.

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Back To The Bins! – Episode #89

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Disenfranchised by the modern comics industry, Paul Spataro, Scott Gardner and Michael Bailey (of “View From The Longbox” and “From Crisis To Crisis: A Superman Podcast” fame) now ply the timestream in a never-ending quest to re-discover and re-connect with that unique brand of fun and excitement that can only truly be found in good ol’ fashioned randomly-selected Comic Book back issues!!  Journey with them now…back…Back To The Bins!!

 

THIS WEEK — The guys each bring a random comic (one Marvel, one DC, one Indie) to the table for discussion.  Which ones were awesome?  Which ones sucked?  Listen to find out!

PLUS — SPECIAL BONUS!! — That “Avengers” thing gets talked about.

Speaking of which — be sure to check out the Two True Freaks, Chris Honeywell and Scott H. Gardner, as well as a whole buncha other great podcasters, guesting on the TWO latest episodes of the “Definitive Geek” podcast talking Avengers!! Special thanks to Peregrin and D-Man for inviting us to come piss in their pool. At least, that’s how we read the invitation anyway 😉

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Gutter Trash – Episode 102: Hereville

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Alternate Reality – Episode 273

Alternate Reality - Episode 273

Alternate Reality – Episode #273

Jon & Charlie fly solo this week and discuss all the comics they’ve been enjoying. Jon thinks Geoff Johns continues to fire on all cylinders with Adventure Comics. Charlie really enjoyed Amazing Spider-Man. Jon gets surprised by how much he liked JSA All-Stars, and Charlie speculates about the true identity of Twilight in the Buffy Season 8 comic. All that and the return of the e-mail segment.

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0:00:00 – Cold Open
0:00:00 – Intro Music
0:01:16 – Intro
0:05:48 – In Stock Trades Advertisement

0:06:47 – Comic Reviews
0:07:29 – Adventure Comics #6
0:18:56 – Amazing Spider-Man #617
0:29:57 – Strange #3
0:37:30 – Catwoman #83
0:42:40 – JSA All-Stars #2
0:51:32 – Transformers #3

0:57:22 – Lightning Round
0:58:24 – Batman: The Widening Gyre #4
1:07:04 – Powers of Shazam #48
1:12:00 – Stumptown #2
1:15:37 – Buffy: Season 8 #31

1:21:54 – E-mail
1:47:46 – Close
1:51:17 – Exit Music

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