On this episode in The Comics Alternative Interviews series, Derek is pleased to have as his guest Alex Robinson. His latest book, Our Expanding Universe, was released earlier this month from Top Shelf. It’s the story of three middle-aged friends going through life changes — kids, careers, and relationships — and how their friendships, and their marriages, weather those experiences. Readers already familiar with the author’s earlier works, specifically Box Office Poisonand Tricked, will recognize the tone and subject matter. Robinson is a master of character-driven narratives, especially when his protagonists bump up against the social realities that reflect his readers’ own lives. He objective assessments aren’t distancing, but instead bear an empathic stamp. You may not particularly like the characters you encounter, but you certainly understand their motivations and their unique perspectives. Much of the conversation revolves around the new book, but Derek also talks with Alex about his early years as a comics artist and how his approach, along with his career, has evolved over time. And much of that evolution has involved podcasting. In fact, Alex Robinson may just be the most dedicated fellow podcaster that has ever appeared on The Comics Alternative. He’s currently involved in three different shows: Ink Panthers (a cartoonist’s “lifestyle” podcast that he cohosts with Mike Dawson), AlphaBeatical(an alphabetical look at the entire Beatles catalog, from 12 to Y), and the popular Star Wars Minute. The latter — a hot commodity right now, given all of the Force Awakens hoopla — is a daily podcast where each episode is devoted to one individual minute of the Star Warsmovies, in order, beginning to end. Andy Kunka has often called his buddy-cohost, Derek, the hardest working man in comics podcasting, but it’s clear that Robinson has him beat. Between the comics and the podcasting, it’s a wonder that Alex even had time to be on The Comics Alternative.
Mulele, Tim, Brandon (L-R) taking the podcast back to its roots this week
Last December 5 was our eighth anniversary. This week, we celebrate a bit late, by bringing together the three founders of Deconstructing Comics: Tim, Mulele, and Brandon. We talk about where we are comics-wise (reading and/or creating) and, well, whatever comes to mind…
In this special episode I interview comic book all-star Alex Robinson (Box Office Poison, Tricked). Tune-in as we talk about his graphic novels, thoughts on art school, and future plans with Top Shelf.
Sometimes a comic book comes along and makes you think. It makes you think about the world you live in; makes you think about your own life and makes you think about comic books in general and how they definitely are not just for kids. Writer Brian K. Vaughn (Y: The Last Man) and artist Tony Harris (Starman) do exactly that in Ex Machina and that is the reason we feature it on the CCL Podcast today. Yes, all of it is excellent story wise and artistically, but it’s with the incoherent editing of this Deluxe Hardcover from DC Comics/Windstorm, that I have a problem with.
Also on the show, as promised I tell you about my conspiracy theory with the upcoming X:Men: Longshot Premiere Classic Hardcover and its’ subsequent and timely Press Release from over the past weekend. And I read off a few e-mails regarding the Marvel Illustrated books and who they really meant for – and yes I have an issue with that, too.