Comic News Insider Episode 831 – CNI Love!

Comic News Insider: Episode 831 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Twisted Romance #1, Walt Disney Showcase Vol 2 #1, X-Men Red #1, Altered Carbon

Jon Hoche returns to co-host! They talk about the Venom trailer, Michael Bay possibly directing a Lobo film and Joaquin Phoenix may be a new Joker. News includes: the classic Archie comics are returning, Wolverine’s return in comics will come in 4 separate series, Hannah Simone will star in the remake of The Greatest American Hero and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comics Alternative, Episode 268: Reviews of Recent Romance Comics

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Built for Love

It’s Valentine’s Day, and this week the Two Guys with PhDs are doing something they’ve never done before: devote an entire episode to recent romance comics. And this year, there are quite a number of new comics devoted to love and relationships…and with curious twists. And speaking of twists, they begin their show by discussing the first two issues of the new Image Comics series, Twisted Romance. This is a four-issue anthology published weekly throughout the month of February, and in issues #1 and #2 we see comics contributions from the creators Alex de Campo, Katie Shelly, Sarah Horrocks, Alejandra Gutierrez, and Meredith McClaren, with short prose offerings from Magen Cubed and Vita Ayala. From there they go to Death of Love #1 (Image Comics), written by Justin Jordan with art by Donal Delay. Much like Twisted Romance, this is a skewed look at love — and this one includes assholes and drugs.

Following that, Gene and Derek discuss one more recent release from Image Comics, Tee Franklin and Jenn St-onge’s Bingo Love. This is a unique LGBT narrative that focuses on the relationship of older citizens. While intended for teen readers, this is a graphic novel that can be appreciated by all ages. After that they visit, once again, the wacky world of Craig Yoe and his partner Clizia Gussoni. Weird Love, Vol. 6: So This Is Love! (IDW Publishing/Yoe Books) is the latest collection of their Weird Love series, classic romance stories from the 1950s and 1960s that not only appear warped to our contemporary eyes, but were probably strange to their original audiences. And finally, the guys wrap up their special Valentine’s Day episode with an offering from DC Comics, Young Monsters in Love. Much like last October’s DC House of Horror, this is an extra-long seasonal anthology issue written and drawn by a who’s who of DC creators. Included are stories focusing on, among others, Swamp Thing, Man-Bat, Raven, Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E., Solomon Grundy, Deadman, the Creature Commandos, and (one of the guys’ favorites) Monsieur Mallah and the Brain.

Love is definitely in the air this week!

Comic News Insider Episode 666 – Best of 2015!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 666 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

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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Comics Alternative Episode 131: Reviews of Nemo: River of Ghosts, Rebels #1, and No Mercy #1

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This week Derek and Andy discuss three recent titles, each of which is part of a larger series. First, they review the third in Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s Nemo trilogy, Nemo: River of Ghosts (Top Shelf). The guys begin their discussion by looking at the series as a whole — even placing the Nemo3trilogy within the larger context of Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen universe — and then exploring the accessibility of the text as a singular narrative. River of Ghosts certainly needs to stand alongside the first two Nemo volumes, Heart of Ice and The Roses of Berlin, but the intertextual demands imbedded in the story (and in the Nemo trilogy as a whole) are far fewer than they are in the League books. Indeed, the three-part story of Janni Dakkar, beginning in 1925 (in Heart of Ice) and wrapping up in 1987, where River of Ghosts concludes, reads more as an adventure tale to be enjoyed than as a literary text to be deciphered. Yet, the Nemo trilogy is still part of Moore’s larger narrative tapestry, and its picaresque quality adds even further dimension to the already substantive League universe. Next, the Two Guys turn to the latest series from Brian Wood, Rebels (Dark Horse). In this inaugural issue, with art by Andrea Mutti, we get a good dose of historical fiction — the New Hampshire Grants become pivotal, and Ethan Allen even makes an appearance — but in many ways it’s familiar territory to Wood.Rebels2 This first narrative arc’s subtitle, “A Well-Regulated Militia,” as well as the introductory premise embedded on the first page, suggest that this series may be similar to Wood’s long-running DMZ in political and cultural tone. Although that one of his favorite series from the past decade, Derek hopes that the allegorical messaging found in DMZ doesn’t become too heavy in Rebels. And Andy observes that perhaps the series will stick more closely to the kind of historically based fiction we find in Northlanders. Yet, despite a little confusion generated by the issue’s central confrontation, a class between colonials and redcoats at the village courthouse, the guys found Rebels #1 a solid read and anticipate the series to come. Andy and Derek wrap up this week’s show with a review of No Mercy #1 (Image), the new series from Alex de Campi and Carla Speed McNeil. What begins as a potentially light or trendy look at youth culture turns darker and more complex as the story develops. As de Campi makes clear in her comments at the end of this first issue, the lives and interactions of young adults are rich enough with drama without the usual genre-bendings or twists found in many contemporary narratives. There are no vampires, no otherworldly visitations, no anthropomorphic engagements. In No Mercy, we can expect to get real people from real contexts, and the story will be driven by their all-too-real desires and limitations. And in this first issue, we see de Campi and McNeil play out this premise to an uncertain, and unexpected, crescendo.

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Comic Timing – Episode 147: NYCC 2012 Time Travel

To continue to theme of getting things in right before the next event happens, here are a bunch of the interviews I conducted during 2012’s iteration of the New York Comic Con. Yeah, I’m aware it’s been a year, and that’s the last time that is going to happen. I’m looking to get this year’s stuff out no later than two to four weeks after the convention, so stay tuned for that. The interviews you will hear are as follows:

  • Doug BrattonPop Culture Shock Therapy and The Deranged Stalker’s Journal of Pop Culture Shock Therapy
  • David Doub – Dusk Comics
  • James Asmus (now of Quantum & Woddy) and Jim FestanteThe End Times of Bram & Ben
  • A. David LewisMuktatafaht and Caption Box
  • Matt Kelly – Annabelle Avery: Steampunk Girl
  • Julian Lytle of Ants and Ignorant Bliss
  • Ulysses E. Campbell – Fantastic Forum
  • Ken KnudtsenMy Monkey’s Name Is Jennifer
  • Alex de CampiValentine, Smoke and Ashes
  • Umar – Dafixer’s Hideout
  • As always – we are sponsored by DCBS! That’s right! Discount Comic Book Service! For those of you who have not used DCBS before you can save an additional 8% off your first order via the promo code: CT8. Plus, be sure to check out DCBS‘ new Comixology digital store!

    We are also sponsored by New York Comic Con! The NYCC Live Stream is back. In partnership with Twitch.TV, NYCC will be streaming live from the Main Stage, Empire Stage and Show Floor all weekend long! Be sure to check out both channels this year for the most exclusive, behind-the-scenes content from NYCC 2013, the Best Four Days of the Year.

    Be sure to check out Comic Timing in the Podcast Arena at this year’s show. Ian will be at Booth AA7 along with The Multiversity Podcast. Here’s a basic layout of where that will be:

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    Ian looks forward to meeting you, and we thank New York Comic Con for their sponsorship of the podcast.

    You can e-mail the show at comictiming@gmail.com and be sure to Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ComicTiming. Thanks for listening and we’ll catch you next time!