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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 Poison and 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 Wars movies, 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.
Anthology Woes, Steampunk Nos
It’s the beginning of the month, which means it’s time for Andy and Derek to flip through the latest Previews catalog. In this issue, they highlight a variety of books and comic-book series that will be coming out later this year, including new titles from Dark Horse (The Goon: Occasion of Revenge #1, Red Moon, and Sally Heathcote, Suffragette), DC/Vertigo (Bodies #1 and Trillium TP), Image (Low #1, Supreme: Blue Rose #1, Black Kiss 2: XXXmas in July Special, and Murder Me Dead), Adhouse Books (Youth Is Wasted), BOOM! Studios (Black Market #1), Dynamite Entertainment (The Devilers #1), Drawn and Quarterly (Benson’s Cuckoos), Fantagraphics (The Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 2, DKW: Ditko, Kirby, Wood, Jim, and Luba and Her Family), First Second (The Shadow Hero), Hill and Wang (Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me TP), and Knockabout Comics (Beatles with an A: The Birth of a Band). Among the highlights from this episode, you will hear
- Derek’s frustration at not getting his copy of Previews in time, and thus, having to rely on a crappy text file
- Andy renewing his ongoing resistance to anything with “steam” in the title
- Fantasies about killing clowns
- More gripes about series numbering and the shenanigans of Marvel
- Derek going negative on Vertigo’s new attempt at an anthology, and then Andy advising Derek to readjust his expectations on anthologies
This this a fun episode? Of course it is! And it’s the kind of good quality podcasting you’ve come to expect from The Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics™.
This episode’s incidental music is brought to us by
Paul McCartney and Wings’ Back to the Egg
All You Need Is Love
On this episode of The Comics Alternative Interviews Derek and Gene talk with Vivek Tiwary about his recently published The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story (Dark Horse Books). In their conversation, Vivek discusses the genesis of his book, his personal and professional interests in Brian Epstein, the challenges of being a first-time graphic novel writer, and his dogged efforts to accurately represent the life The Beatles’ manager. Gene and Derek also ask Vivek about working with artists Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker, as well as information on plans to turn The Fifth Beatle into a movie. There’s a lot of information packed into this show, all part of an effort to bring renewed — and sorely needed — attention to the man who made The Beatles into a cultural phenomenon.
This week’s incidental music is brought to you by
…who else? The Beatles!
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The Two Guys with PhDs (Talking about Comics) are back with another roundtable discussion, and this time the topic is licensed comics. Joining them again are their podcasting pals, John Mayo from The Comic Book Page and Chris Marshall from Collected Comics Library. Springing from Chris’s suggestion that they talk about licensed properties — and fostered by Andy’s uncanny fascination with ROM and The Micronauts — the four comics dudes cover a wide swath of pop culture history regarding the trans-media nature of certain properties. There’s a lot to talk about with this topic, and the guys try to get as much in as they can. Along the way they discuss comic-book manifestations of Star Trek, Star Wars, G. I. Joe, My Little Pony, Doctor Who, MacGyver, The Bionic Man, Doc Savage, The Spirit, The Monkees, various Disney properties, and personality-based comics such those published on The Beatles, Bob Hope, and Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis (one of Derek’s favorites). The four guys all highlight their favorite licensed titles, and they even propose a few new possibilities as a sort of wish list.
This week’s incidental music is brought to you by
Doctor Who: Original Television Soundtrack,
TV’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 1, and The Monkees’ Missing Links, Vol. 3
“Hall & Oates…They’re all about Satan.”
The Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics are back for their monthly look at the Previews catalog. This July they highlight many of the new comics coming out from Dark Horse (Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, and Kyle Baker’s The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story; Fred Van Lente and R. B. Silva’s Brain Boy; and Peter Tobin and Colleen Coover’s Bandette), DC/Vertigo (Bill Willingham’s Fairest in All the Land and Vertigo Visions: Frank Quitely), IDW (Troy Little’s The Powerpuff Girls, Brian Ash and Sal Buscema’s Black Dynamite, and Craig Yoe’s Haunted Horror), Image (Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s Sex Criminals, Howard Chaykin’s Century West, and Brandon Graham’s Multiple Warheads: Down Fall), Action Lab Entertainment (Josiah Grahn and Carl Yonder’s Pirate Eye: Murder at Ten Knots), Archaia (Nate Cosby and Chris Eliopoulos’s Cow Boy, Vol. 2: Unconquerable), Archie Comics (Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla’s Afterlife with Archie), Avatar Press (Jonathan Hickman and Di Amorim’s God Is Dead), Dynamite Entertainment (Jeff Parker and Marc Laming’s Kings Watch, Chris Roberson and Jonathan Lau’s Codename: Action), Drawn & Quarterly (Art Spiegelman’s Co-Mix: Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps and Brian Ralph’s Daybreak), Fantagraphics (Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree), First Second (Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers/Saints and Chris Duffy’s Fairy Tale Comics), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (The Best American Comics 2013), NBM (Renaud Dillies’s Bubbles & Gondola), among many others publishers.
Along the way, Andy and Derek also bring in various and sundry topics, such as
- The guys’ love of The Rockford Files
- Strategies for collecting Wacky Packages stickers
- Andy’s shameful lackluster appreciation of The Beatles
- The Captain Action action figure
- Hello Kitty is made of kittens!
- Hall & Oates, Satan worshipers
- Derek and Andy’s idea for a new reality show, “Put That in Your Underpants”!
You’re more responsive than we thought! Tim discovers a cache of listener e-mail he didn’t notice before; he reads the messages and discusses with Mulele.
These sites are referenced:
- Ken Dahl’s site
- James Stanley (“Part Time Shuffle”)
- Elan Trinidad (“God TM”)
- Mike Luoma (“Vatican Assassin“, “Everybody Lies“)
Boom! Studios’ Mr. Stuffins was originally launched as a three-issue miniseries in 2007, but it was left unfinished. It appeared more recently as a completed graphic novel, with the same script (almost) but a different art team, giving us an opportunity to compare the choices that the two different art teams made on presenting the same story.
A comic about the Beatles! Sounds pretty cool, right? Well, The Beatles Experience (from Bluewater Comics) gets praise for presenting the Fab Four within their historical and musical context, and including some interesting anecdotes — but without a speck of sourcing. Worse yet, it veers into straight fiction in a couple of particularly egregious ways…
Finally, Mulele gives Tim some more pointers on his art. See the discussed illustrations below the break…
As the wise sage Kevin said “In the History of bad ideas, there was new Coke, then there was the F BombCast Streaming video.” That is right folks last night was a little experiment to see if we could do the show while others were in a chat room and talking to us and about us. The answer was a resounding NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Although do not give up hope if you missed seeing my beautiful Man Tits, we shall try this again. For some reason Me and KEvin sound like Chipmunks but you can still understand what we are saying, so Deal with it. This episode was rather Comic Heavy, We delve into the buring issue that is destroying kevin’s mind and eating at his soul, Why do series need to be constantly relaunched? Then Comes the Reviews: Pretty much an all girl show as X 23, Sif, Black Widow, Savage She Hulk, Firestar, and X Men Forever Annual #1. Enjoy! (Listen after the Song for A Promo By PKD Media!)
This episode is about as good as it gets as we talk Horror, Beatles, and comics. And semi in depth look into the master film making of that perennial classic Jeepers Creepers and TJ’s favorite film franchise SAW. We then discuss the beatles remasters; Find out who is a Paul Person and who is a John Person, or don’t, i really don’t care. We then touch on the solo careers of the two intelligent beatles and discuss which is better. IN comic talk we discuss Return of Shadowhawk on the iPod and Spacedoubles. Then Kevin talks about the Fable Novel, Peter and Max. Just like Deadpool 900 this episode is dedicated to the loving memory of Bea Arthur.
Get it on iTunes, whatever the hell the Zune uses, at http://www.fbombcast.com
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