39:30 – A look back at 2017 in young reader comics
56:56 – Wrap up
57:25 – Contact us
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It’s the end of the year, and for their December episode of the Young Readers series, Gwen and Paul discuss three exciting titles as well look back at the past year’s releases. They begin by discussing Liniers’s Good Night, Planet, part of Françoise Mouly’s TOON Books series. After that they look at Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi’s The Dam Keeper, recently released from First Second. Then they wrap up with a comic-book series, Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith, Kurt Lustgarten, and Naomi Franquiz’s Misfit City(BOOM! Box).
They also take a look back at 2017, where both Gwen and Paul discuss what they consider the best of comics of the year for young readers.
On this week’s episode Gwen and Derek discuss three recent releases that, while all being quite different, nonetheless share a common theme of mystery. They start off with Jon Chad’s Bad Mask (BOOM! Box), a multimedia project that explores perspective and interpretation. With its various components in multiple print formats — comic book, trading cards, newspaper tabloid, mainstream news magazine, business reports, etc. — it’s an intelligent exploration of how we define “hero.” Next, the Two PhDs Talking about Comics explore the first issue of Evolution (Image Comics). This is a different kind of comic in that it’s written by four authors…and the result is solid and far from fragmented. James Asmus, Joseph Keatinge, Christopher Sebela, and Joshua Williamson contribute to the story, with Joe Infurnari providing the art. Finally, Gwen and Derek look at Noël Simsolo and Bézian’s Doctor Radar #1 (Titan Comics). This is a translation that taps into the crime noir genre, expertly done and perhaps the highlight of the week.
Reviews: Fence #1, Minky Woodcock: Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini #1, Ninja-K #1, The Punisher, Justice League
Emily Edwards returns to co-host after a short absence and also joining Jimmy is good friend Shelby Olafson! 2 co-hosts for the price of 1! Jimmy attended Anime NYC and talks about what he saw and some people with whom he chatted. News includes: CB Cebuslki is the new Marvel Comics Editor-In-Chief, Mark Millar is bringing out new Kick-Ass and Hit Girl comics, a new Harley Quinn animated series will stream on DC Comics upcoming digital service and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
Reviews: Batwoman Vol 2 #1, Coady And The Creepies #1, Vampirella Vol 7 #1, Iron Fist, Tangled Before Ever After, Beauty and the Beast
Jon Hoche returns to the rotating co-host chair! They chat about the big lightsaber battle in Star Wars: Rebels and Jimmy is madly prepping for the upcoming MoCCA Festival. And yes, they talk way too long (some would say ad nauseum) about Iron Fist. News includes: Clueless continues in comic book from Boom!, DC Comics faces some Dark Days, Will.i.Am is bringing an alien/zombie/hip hop themed comic to Marvel, KISS and Vampirella are teaming up at Dynamite Entertainment, a Matrix reboot/relaunch/rehash/re-something is in early development at Warner Bros., a Venom film is coming out next year and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
This episode we discuss the upcoming JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL TALES and the new comiXology digital exclusive series – EXPANSE from BOOM! Studios.
Diving in to new books, we discuss two great crossovers – PLANET OF THE APES/GREEN LANTERNS #1, and BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA/ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #5. Plus we get caught up on THE WOODS with issue #29.
This episode I do a quick rundown of everything out this week from BOOM! Studios, Archaia, BOOM! Box, and KaBOOM! I hope everyone manages to pick up a few of these greats books this week. I briefly go over some of the new series starting in January while looking over the new Previews catalog solicitations, and a real quick look at next week’s upcoming WWE: THEN. NOW. FOREVER #1 one-shot from BOOM! Studios and WWE. I will definitely be going more in depth on this issue in the next episode.
You can check out preview pages of all of the books talked about in this episode here on the site, too, by checking out THIS PAGE.
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Chris goes solo with this episode and when he’s left to his own devices things can get… scary.
This episode Chris goes over a little bit of news, covers KLAUS #1, UFOLOGY #6, ROWANS RUIN #2, THE WOODS #17, and briefly touches on JOHN FLOOD #4, TOIL AND TROUBLE #3, and mentions HACKTIVIST #4 by name! Yeah. That happened.
We’re always looking for your thoughts on the books we read and the books you’re reading. So, be sure to comment below and let’s talk about it!
In previous episodes of the show Ed and Chris have wondered what exactly a designer does at BOOM! Studios. Well, we wonder no more as we’re joined by one of BOOM! Studios’ own Production Design Manager – Scott Newman. Scott takes us through what exactly he and the rest of the design staff do when working through the creative process of designing for the comics BOOM! publishes as well as gives listeners a better understanding of the growth and changes design is making on the comics we see on the shelves every week.
This episode we are joined by BOOM! Studios’ Founder and CEO – Ross Richie. We talk about comics, BOOM! Studios’ ten years, and Push Comics Forward. Ross also shares his holy grail of comics – can you guess what it is?
If you’re interested in finding out more about Push Comics Forward be sure to follow #comicsforward on social media.
Reviews: All-New Ultimates #1, Batman Eternal #1, Flash Gordon Vol 7 #1, Lumberjanes #1, Shutter #1, Metal Hurlant Chronicles, Warehouse 13
Producer Joe is back again to wrap up our MoCCA coverage and use his producing/editing magic. Jimmy had a great chat with Nick Abadzis at MoCCA talking about his new SelfMadeHero book The Cigar That Fell In Love With A Pipe among his many other works. Jimmy apologies for his voice as he’s home sick with the plague. News includes: Amazon acquires Comixology, Eisner nominations announced, Grant Morrison’s Multiversity is finally coming, Dick Grayson to become a super-spy and SyFy picks up The Expanse. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
This episode we talk briefly about the recently announced series “Black Market” from writer Frank J. Barbiere and artist Victor Santos. We remind everyone that Chris is still pining away for the Emerald City Comic Con variants. And then we jump into reviews!
We review The Returning #1, Dead Letters #1, Loki: Ragnorok and Roll #2, Hacktivist #3, Curse #3, and Suicide Risk #6.
We wrap up the show looking at new series launching in June and what’s hitting the shelves this week and next week.
“It’s like Invasion of the Body Snatchers…but with more weed.”
This week on The Comics Alternative, Andy and Derek review three recent works. They begin with Darwyn Cooke’s Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground, from IDW Publishing. This is the fourth of Cooke’s comics adaptation of the Parker crime/heist novels from acclaimed writer Donald Westlake (AKA, Richard Stark). The Two Guys compare Slayground to the three other works Cooke has previously released: The Hunter (2009), The Outfit (2010), and The Score (2012). They note that while they like this graphic novel, and find Cooke’s artwork (as always) truly outstanding, they nonetheless feel that the book is a little slim, especially when compared to the earlier works. At the same time, the book also includes a reprint of the 11-page story “The 7eventh,” originally appearing in Richard Stark’s Parker: The Martini Edition (2011). What with IDW’s recent announcement that they’re going to be publishing Westlake’s original Parker novels, illustrated by Darwyn Cooke, and the promise of another Cooke adaptation of one of those novels, this is an exciting time to be reading the Parker narratives.
Next, the Two Guys with PhDs discuss two new #1 issues: James Robinson and J. Bone’s The Saviors (Image Comics) and The Midas Flesh (BOOM! Studios), written by Ryan North with art by Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline. Their discussions of these two recent comic books are complementary, and at times provide illustrations of contrast. The Saviors gets going with an Invasion of the Body Snatchers and horror kind of feel — weird creatures of some sort apparently infiltrate a small Southwestern community and pose as respected locals — is told from the perspective of a pothead, and ends with a cliffhanger…literally! The Midas Flesh, which will be an 8-issue miniseries, juxtaposes two different stories, one a sci-fi quest taking place in an apocalyptic (?) future and the other alluding to Greek mythology set in some distant past. What makes this title especially notable is that it’s the first for the publisher’s BOOM! Box imprint, and the guys still aren’t sure how BOOM! will be defining that imprint. Both of these new #1s leave the guys, to greater or lesser degrees, anticipating future issues and looking forward to how their stories unfold.
Reviews: Harley Quinn Vol 2 #0, A Voice in the Dark #1, Shaolin Cowboy #1, 2, Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor, An Adventure in Space and Time, Atlantis
The Podcast Wife, Erica Schultz, returns! They chat about Jimmy’s recent Tumblr post gone wild, Thanksgiving and the recent episode of Family Guy (no spoilers). News includes: Ed Brubaker’s Sleeper is optioned for film, Marvel announces new Moon Knight series, Katrina Law joins Arrow as an al Ghul, and Boom! Studios introduces Boom! Box. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!