We cover Turncoat from Boom Studios in this episode. This comic is a great look at the effects of colonialism on the common man set in a sci-fi dystopian world. Creators Alex Paknadel and Artyom Trakhanov do a great job with this 4-issue series telling a compelling tale and giving us lots to talk about.
World building (3:25)
Hybrid kids (27:48)
Everyone is flawed (56:10)
Overall Metaphor/Theme of the story (1:05:25)
Andy and Derek welcome Matt Kindt to the podcast to discuss Grass Kings, published through BOOM! Studios, his two current ongoing series from Dark Horse Comics, Dept. H and Ether, and his voluminous work for Valiant Comics. The guys have been wanting to get Matt on the show for years, so this interview is a long time in coming. And the conversation is quite substantive. Among other topics, they discuss the geneses of these recent series; Matt’s strategies for juggling multiple storylines at once; his collaborations with Tyler Jenkins (on Grass Kings), David Rubín (Ether), and Brian Hurtt (Poppy! and the Lost Lagoon); the many titles he has written for Valiant Comics; his love of genre storytelling; the unique way he “signs” certain books at cons; and his creative direction after the groundbreaking Mind MGMT. This has to be one of the most prolific creators the guys have ever had on The Comics Alternative, and they come nowhere near covering all of the topics they wanted to discuss with Matt. But this is all the more reason to have him back on the show in the not-too-distant future.
On this week’s episode Andy and Derek check out the old and the new. They begin with Star Hawks, Vol. 1: 1977-1978, a new collection of Gil Kane and Ron Goulart’s classic newspaper strip. As the guys discuss, this isn’t the first time that Star Hawks has been collected, but this new release from IDW’s Library of American Comics imprint is probably one of the best. Next, they turn to Street Angel: After School Kung Fu Special (Image Comics). This is more of the Street Angel fun you’ve come to expect from Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca. Fans of action comics, especially the old 1970s style martial arts type, will appreciate this one-shot. Finally, the Two Guys wrap up with Simon Spurrier and Jonas Goonface’s Godshaper #1 (BOOM! Studios). As with other Spurrier creations, the premise of this title is rather complicated, but it’s not too top-heavy. The creators are able to pull off this inaugural issue with a satisfying coherency.
Reviews: Black Panther and The Crew #1, Godshaper #1, Rose #1, Weapon X Vol 3 #1, X-Men Blue #1, Class series premiere, Doctor Who S10 premiere
Jon Hoche and Emily Edwards join Jimmy is this super fun episode! They chat about the Doctor Who casting rumors and the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer. Jimmy attended the amazing American Gods press junket hosted by Starz and got some great roundtable interviews! Here, you’ll hear the awesomely talented and funny Kristin Chenoweth. Later this week and next, you’ll be able to hear the rest. The show is absolutely astounding and you all should check it out when it debuts on April 30th! News includes: Warner Bros. is making an R-rated animated Watchmen film, Jude Law will be a young Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts series of films, Shea Fontana will take over writing Wonder Woman, Dan Parent is bringing his updated classic Archie style to a new comic series, Captain Phasma gets her own comic and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
This past weekend Derek attended Dallas Fan Expo 2017, and there he was able to talk with several creators and publishers for the podcast. Some of his guests are individuals who have been on the podcast before — either while at conventions or on regular interview episodes — although some are appearing on The Comics Alternative for the first time. Those talking with Derek on this on-location show include Robert Wilson IV, Terry Moore, Raechel Alexis Gasparac, Ed Brisson, Joe Eisma, and Matt Hawkins. Enjoy, won’t you?
I’m really enjoying a great comic from BOOM! Studios called Death Be Damned! This week, in Episode 272, I talk with one of the writers of the four-issue western/supernatural miniseries, Andrew Miller, about the comic and how Ben Acker, Ben Blacker and he brought this story together, how they worked with BOOM! Studios about bringing it to your local comics shops, and just who several of the important characters are! You also just might get to check out this tale before it hits TV! Keep up with what Andrew is doing by going to his Twitter feed at this link! Don’t miss this great discussion!
The winter storm has come and CNI is still standing. Recording from the remote Hoth studio, Jimmy commends co-host Emily Edwards for trekking through the slush to make it. Alas, she did lose her taun taun. They celebrate the 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Jimmy gushes over the new Wonder Woman trailer. News includes: Marvel will start adverting comics in front of TV/films, Netflix has announced that it will be creating an 8 episode Korean zombie television series called Kingdom, Zazie Beetz has been cast as Domino in Deadpool 2, the classic Cybermen and Missy are returning to Doctor Who season 10, Gareth Edwards got the name for a planet in Rogue One from a coffee cup, South Korean zombie film Train to Busan will get an animated prequel called Seoul Station and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
Reviews: America #1, Amerikarate #1, Brave Chef Brianna #1, Riverdale One-Shot, Royal City #1, Logan
Jimmy is back in NYC and Jon Hoche joins him back in the rotating co-host chair! They chat about Jimmy’s trip to his hometown of Jacksonville & last week’s podcasting with old pals. News includes: Shelly Bond joins IDW to oversee new imprint Black Crown, Ryan Gosling is producing Jeff Lemire’s The Underwater Welder into film, Jason Isaacs has beeen cast as Captain Lorca in Star Trek: Discovery, Patrick Stewart teases possible Deadpool 2 cameo, the 6 DCU/Looney Tunes crossover comics were announced including Batman/Elmer Fudd, Image Comics is publishing Shirtless Bear-Fighter and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
Reviews: Elektra Vol 4 #1, Highlander American Dream #1, Jim Henson’s Power of the Dark Crystal #1, Justice League of America Vol 5 #1, Agents of SHIELD
Jimmy returns to his home town of Jacksonville, FL and reunites the Jax Beach posse of Ashley Lanni and Ted Carruba. They chat about the nerd wins at The Oscars and Jimmy and Ashley go on about their love for both Zootopia and Moana. News includes: IDW is publishing a Jack Kirby artist edition book, Matt Reeves WILL direct the solo Batman film, Chris McKay is in talks to direct a solo Nightwing movie, Rob Liefeld’s Youngblood returns to Image Comics in May, American Gods will debut on Starz in late April, Siri will pretend to be the Batcomputer from Lego Batman, and Logan will be the last hurrah for both Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart in their respective roles. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
Reviews: Death Be Damned #1, Justice League of America: Rebirth #1, Steven Universe #1, Legion series premiere, The Lego Batman Movie
Emily Edwards returns to the rotating co-host chair this week! News includes: Warren Ellis is writing a Castlevania series for Netflix, Kevin Smith is doing the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, Matt Reeves will replace Ben Affleck as director of the Batman solo film, Warner Bros. TV is going to develop more original programming based on Archie Comics properties, Marvel releases info about Secret Empire and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
Reviews: Baltimore: The Red Kingdom #1, Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #1, The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers #1, Star Wars: Darth Maul #1, Adventure Time: Islands, Powerless, Steven Universe
Jon Hoche continues his unprecedented run in the rotating co-host chair! They chat about the new Iron Fist and Stranger Things trailers and Jon is trying to talk Jimmy into making a CNI cookbook. News includes: The Runaways TV show has been cast, Dark Horse Comics will be publishing the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods as periodical comic books, Casper the Friendly Ghost comics are returning, Boom Studios is releasing a Fresh Off the Boat comic on FCBD in May, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child announces auditions for 2018 Broadway production 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.
Reviews: The Dregs #1, Hellboy Winter Special 2017, Justice League of America: Killer Frost Rebirth #1, Lady Castle #1, Riverdale
Closing out Jon-uary, Jimmy is joined in studio again by co-host Jon Hoche! It’s a lengthy one as the guys (well Jimmy) talk forever when reviewing Riverdale and they have a big discussion on some picks they’d like to see considered to take over the lead in Doctor Who. News includes: The New York Times gets rid of their comics/manga best seller lists, Ben Affleck will not direct solo Batman film, Peter Capaldi is leaving Doctor Who, Dark Horse Comics releases Superhero Girl tpb, Bryan Singer will direct X-Men TV series pilot, the Cloak and Dagger TV series casts the leads and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!