Comics Alternative, Manga: Reviews of A Distant Neighborhood: Complete Edition and Attack on Titan Anthology

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For the month of November, Shea and Derek get together to discuss to two recent manga publications, although the first text they cover is not entirely new. Jiro Taniguchi’s A Distant Neighborhood: Complete Edition brings together the two-volume English editions originally published by Fanfare/Ponent Mon in 2009. (The original Japanese was published in Big Comic magazine between 1998 and 1999.) It’s the story of Hiroshi Nakahara, a 48-year-old salaryman with an uninspired life, and who finds himself mysteriously transformed — or transported? — into his 14-year-old self. This is the same period of his life when his father abandoned his family. The guys discuss A Distant Neighborhood as a quasi-time travel narrative, but definitely not science fiction. In fact, Derek reads this text through the lens of the romance tradition, à la Horace Walpole and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Shea enjoys to story, but he feels that the premise may be a little too loaded and that Taniguchi at times relies too much on telling and not showing.

Next they turn to a very different kind of book, Kodansha Comic’s Attach on Titan Anthology. This is similar to a text that the guys discussed last month, Neo Parasyte F, an anthology of new works based on and inspired by a previous manga property, in this case Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan (which began in 2009). However in contrast to the Parasyte homage, this collection is made up of work written and drawn by a variety of Western creators. Although the collection resonates differently with each — Derek tends to like it, as a whole, better than Shea — both of the guys can agree on some of the anthology’s highlights. These include Ronald Wimberly’s “Bahamut”; Asaf and Tomer Hanuka’s “Memory Maze”; Rhianna Pratchett, Ben Applegate, and Jorge Corona’s “Skies Above”; and Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer’s “Attack on Attack on Titan.” But really, every contribution to this collection is worth reading. As the guys point out, one of the beauties of this anthology is that its eclectic styles reflect the broad and diverse readership to which Isayama’s series appeals.

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The Comics Noob Ep 22 Speeding Beyond the Grotesque + BF1

 

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A couple let downs this week, but some bright spots as well.

Plus, we pine over Battlefield 1 briefly. Thanks for listening.

 

02:13 The Flash 09

11:59 Batman Beyond 01

22:02 Blue Beetle 02

30:16 Lucas Stand 05

39:25 Battlefield 1

44:16 You Should Read

 

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Ep 20 Friendships End, We Survive Monsters & Go Beyond

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Big #20 guys. Thank you for the support and love for this show.

This week we end some arcs and start some new ones as well as getting royally confused about some things. So strap in and let’s get started.

3:10 Night of the Monster Men Pt 6 (Detective Comics 942)

15:14 All-Star Batman 03

27:41 Batman Beyond Rebirth

36:20 The Flash 08

48:03 Steve Rogers: Captain America 05

56:01 Kill or be Killed 03

01:03:41 You Should Read

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The Comics Noob – Ep 19 Crossovers Galore & New York ComicCon 2016

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These episodes keep getting bigger, don’t they?

We have a bunch of crossover’s this week plus our New York ComicCon experiences this year.

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03:32 Night of the Monstermen Pt 4/5 – Batman 08/Nightwing 06

20:07 Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Aliens 02

31:30 Big trouble in little China vs Escape from New York 01

42:29 New York ComicCon + Party Nerdz

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He’s Got Issues #172: Free Comic Book Day 2015!

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY SPECIAL!

Top Ten:
1) SECRET WARS #0
2) DC COMICS DIVERGENCE
3) AVENGERS #1
4) SAVAGE DRAGON LEGACY
5) VALIANT 25TH ANNIVERSAY SPECIAL
6) DOCTOR WHO SPECIAL
7) OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE
8) TMNT PRELUDE TO VENGEANCE
9) TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #0
10) DARK HORSE FIGHT CLUB THE GOON THE STRAIN

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  • THE TICK
  • DARK CIRCLE COMICS #1
  • BONGO COMICS FREE-FOR-ALL!
  • KODANSHA COMICS SAMPLER
  • BOBS BURGERS
  • PERFECT SQUARE PRESENTS POKEMON

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Comic News Insider Episode 582 – The CNI Games: Mocking J & J

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Comic News Insider: Episode 582 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Intersect #1, Sinergy #1, Spider-Woman Vol 5 #1, The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 1, Kingsman: The Secret Service

Jon Hoche returns once again to join Jimmy in studio to chat about the Jurassic World trailer, upcoming Star Wars trailer and the live action Attack on Titan film. News includes: new Howard the Duck comic series coming from Marvel, 10 new Convergence mini-series coming from DC, Michelle MacLaren to direct Wonder Woman film, Alan Moore’s From Hell coming to TV, Constantine to stop production at 13 episodes, Global Frequency gets another shot at TV and Orphan Black adds new cast members. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Ultimate Facepalm 125 – C Bomb’s UFP Page Solo Mess, Part Deux: Steven DeKnights’ Zebra arms, trying to explain Gamergate and banned from Super Smash Brothers for 136 years!

Well well well! We meet again lonliness!

 

Yes that’s right, G is MIA for this one again that meaning C Bomb has to do the show like he does his lovemaking; solo.

Here it is in all it’s majesty…

 

 

The Melbourne Cup is a bucket of “Who gives a shit”

G is still away and feeling like poo

C Bomb will be away as well

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UFP Crew Questions and Talk Topic

–          Vinnie Jones in Arrow

–          Wonder Woman movie set in the 20s

–          Steven DeKnight’s Zebra arms

–          No Bullseye for Netflix Daredevil season 2

–          Erasing movies from the public’s consciousness for the greater good

–          Trying to explain Gamergate

–          DC’s 2015 big annual event “Convergence”

 

NERD NEWS!!!!

–          Retired League of Legends player now gets $800k a year

–          Banned from Super Smash Bros for 136 years

–          Loki and Heimdall to return to the big screen and Avengers: Age of Ultron

–          The Internet Arcade allows you to play over 900 games for free in your browser

–          Attack on Titan and Marvel crossover is happening in Japan

 

 

 

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Comic News Insider Episode 579 – CNI Theater Presents – King Ra: Light’s Out!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 579 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Deathlok Vol 5 #1, Pirouette #1, The Rage Vol 1: Zombie Generation, Rasputin #1, Over the Garden Wall

Old pal and newly dubbed podcast brother Jon Hoche joins Jimmy in studio along with the podcast mistress Emily Edwards. They applaud Marvel for finally adding Jack Kirby’s name to the credits in their comics and chat about Emily’s lackluster sandwich. News includes: DC Comics announces next big event with Convergence, Netflix orders live action Richie Rich series and Marvel to crossover with Attack on Titan. And, in a very special segment, we bring you some awesome radio play action with KING RA: LIGHT’S OUT! Written by Bryce Weinert and directed by Emily Edwards. Voiced by Jimmy Aquino, Rebecca Comtois, Lex Friedman and Jon Hoche. It’s a fun superhero romp with a twist. You’ll laugh, cry and wet yourself! Special thanks to composer George Shaw for letting us use his awesome music! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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More To Come 64.2: NYCC 2013 Interview Special 2

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Straight from the convention booth of Publishers Weekly at New York Comic Con, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source  of insider comics publishing news, discussion and controversy.  Starring Heidi MacDonald, the Eisner-nominated blogger of ComicsBeat.com, Calvin Reid, Senior News Editor of Publishers Weekly and Kate Fitzsimons, More To Come’s intrepid producer!

In part two of our New York Comic Con interview special, Calvin speaks with Laurence Maslon creator of Superheroes! – both book and PBS documentary, Heidi interviews Mariah Huehner of Emily and the Strangers and Womanthology, Kate talks to Dallas Middaugh of Kodansha USA, as well as Greg Pak of Code Monkey Save World and Batman/Superman, guest host Matt White talks with Colleen Doran of A Distant Soil, Brian Wood of X-Men, Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurt of The Sixth Gun, Sean Murphy of Punk Rock Jesus and author Tom King on PWCW’s More to Come.

Stay tuned for the next installment of our NYCC interview coverage!

 

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VACANT Bits #19

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Heather Nunnelly begins with a recap of the VACANT webcomics update! Also, learn about a VACANT figurine that almost happened.

Hayze gets a last name and Shadoweyes makes a guest appearance.

Next up, Michelle Nunnelly enjoys the Attack on Titan anime but that’s because she tries not to sweat the small stuff. Still, she can’t help but complain about Eren yelling too much (and she wants more Mikasa!).

Heather agrees… the characters need to shut the hell up.

A discussion about Neon Genesis Evangelion transitions into a chat about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Villains Micro-Series – Alopex #4 (an issue where Heather did flats and color assists!).

Ross Campbell uses basic color to great effect in the Alopex issue.

Finally, Michelle and Heather have been playing Shadowrun Returns, a Kickstarter-funded indie game. And they like it.

Heather made a custom Aex character for the game!