Comics Alternative Interviews: Back with Box Brown

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:43 – Introduction
  • 00:03:01 – Setup of interview
  • 00:05:06 – Interview with Box Brown
  • 01:05:35 – Wrap up
  • 01:06:48 – Contact us

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Box Brown returns to The Comics Alternative, this time discussing his new book Is This Guy for Real?: The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman, just out this week from First Second. Similar to his previous Andre the Giant, this is a graphic biography of a colorful celebrity with a complicated life story…and involving wrestling. Box talks with Derek about his ideas for beginning this project, his appreciation of stand-up comedy, the challenges he faced in constructing Kaufman’s story, and how his emphases are notably different from those of Miloš Forman’s 1999 biopic Man on the Moon. And since both Box and Derek are big Andy Kaufman fans, there’s a lot of nerding out and reminiscing over the comedian’s many TV appearances, many of which can be found on YouTube. So put on your wrestling tights, slip into that sequin high-collar Elvis jacket, and get ready to engage with this friendly, friendly world.

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Producer Joe joins Jimmy in studio to talk about their upcoming trip to The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF).  Jimmy will be moderating 2 panels (info below) and they both will be conducting many an interview. They pay tribute to their friend Jamie Dallessandro and send love to his family/friends. We lost one of the best of us. The guys go on to chat about Free Comic Book Day, Star Wars Day, Fox canceling Being Human, the CBR forum revamp, the ET video game cartridge dump and Jimmy makes up a new gaming company called Atario. News includes: Star Wars VII cast revealed, Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Superheroes announced, SyFy developing comic book based shows, Yahoo developing sci-fi comedy, 11th Doctor gets terminated, Carlton Cuse remaking The Returned, and Kevin Smith gets Krampus for Christmas. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Jimmy’s TCAF Panels

I’ll be moderating a couple of panels at TCAF this weekend. Come on by and check them out! 
Sports Vs. Comic Books: Making Peace Between Schoolyard Enemies 
Jocks Vs. Nerds is an engrained trope, but times have thankfully changed. The North American comics industry is catching up to its European and Japanese compatriots, realizing that blending popular sporting events with comics and graphic novels goes together like peanut butter and chocolate, and the result are great comics that appeal to an entirely new artist. Join authors Box Brown (Andre The Giant), Reinhard Kleist (The Boxer), Wai Au (Fujosports), and Jesse Lonergan (All-Star) for a spirited discussion of this emerging genre of comics!
@ The Pilot Saturday, May 10 11am-12pm
Spotlight: Reinhard Kleist
This would be a feature interview with Kleist about his work and career, with a special focus on The Boxer, which is debuting in English at the festival.

@The Marriott 50 Saturday, May 10 12pm-1:15pm