Comics Alternative, Episode 303: Our Favorite Comics of 2018

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  • 00:01:28 – Introduction
  • 00:03:49 – Context, and a few statistics
  • 00:10:41 – Our favorite comics of 2018, part 1
  • 00:40:03 – Our honorable mentions, part 1
  • 00:54:46 – Our favorite comics of 2018, part 2
  • 01:29:23 – Our honorable mentions, part 2
  • 01:47:47 – Our favorite comics of 2018, part 3
  • 02:08:23 – Wrapping up our favorites
  • 02:11:19 – Contact us
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It’s that time again! It’s the end of the year, their very last weekly review episode of 2018, and so the Two Guys are ready to share what they consider to be their favorite comics of the past twelve months. This is Sterg’s first time doing this, but he successfully steps up to the plate to reveal what he considers his 10 favorites of 2018. And Derek does the same.

Before that, though, they go over a few statistics from the past year. Over the course of 2018 — at least up until the time of the recording of this end-of-the-year show — The Comics Alternativereleased a total of 171 episodes of the podcast. Of that number, 55 were interviews, 10 were webcomics shows, 11 manga episodes, 10 from the Euro comics series, 6 were young reader shows, 16 on-location episodes, and 1 special. (And since Sterg and Derek recorded this “Favorites” episode, there have been at least three other shows for the current year, an on-location, a webcomic, and a Euro comics show. Maybe a manga episode will go up before the new year, as well?)

But of much more importance are the various titles that both Sterg and Derek picked as this year’s favorites. Each chooses, in no particular order, what he considers to be his 10 favorites of 2018:

Sterg’s Top 10 of 2018

Derek’s Top 10 of 2018

The Honorable Mentions…These Titles Almost, but Just Didn’t Quite, Make It onto Each Guy’s List

For Sterg

For Derek

Comic News Insider Episode 846 – Training For TCAF!

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Reviews: Avengers Vol 7 #1, Coda #1, DC Nation #0, Red Sonja/Tarzan #1 

TCAF is approaching and Jimmy is madly prepping for it. Due to that, he has to fly solo but recruits friends to send in some audio reviews. Thanks to Amy aka The Frog Queen, Ashley Lanni, Erica Schultz and Rachael Smith. News includes: Gina Gagliano will serve as Publishing Director for the new Random House Graphic, the 2000AD Sci-Fi Special will have an all-female creative team including Babs Tarr/Tula Lotay/Leah Moore/Emma Vieceli/ Alex De Campi/etc,  Bill & Ted 3 is happening and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 845 – La Vie en Podcasts avec Pénélope Bagieu!

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Jimmy finally got to sit down with friend Penelope Bagieu for a lengthy interview about her new graphic novel, BRAZEN: REBEL LADIES WHO ROCKED THE WORLD. They chat in detail about the book, past work, music, film, comedy, travel, fans and her rap name. (Tune in to find out!). Enjoy this engaging, smart, thoughtful, and funny interview with one of the most interesting and delightful people around. And go buy that book! You’ll love it! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 844 – Infinity CNI!

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Reviews: Antar: The Black Knight #1, Hunt For Wolverine #1, Archer s9 premiere, Avengers: Infinity War

In honor of the 5th anniversary of her first appearance, podcast wife Erica Schultz returns to co-host! She and Jimmy chat about Fear the Walking Dead and the Eisner nominations. Also, Jimmy sat down with friend Penelope Bagieu last week and talks about the special interview episode coming out later this week. Plus, Jimmy will be attending TCAF next weekend. News includes: the new animated series Star Wars: Resistance is under production, 3 iconic DC Comics storylines are getting novelized, Fleer Ultra X-men trading cards are making a comeback and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comics Alternative, Euro Comics: Reviews of Brazen and Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures

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This month Pascal and Derek look at two recent books that, while strikingly different in their storytelling approaches, are both insightful examinations of the socio-historical forces that shape individuals’ lives. They begin with Pénélope Bagieu’s Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World (First Second), a collection of 29 short biographies profiling women throughout history who have pushed back and defined themselves on their own terms. This book began as a series of webcomics that appeared on Le Monde‘s blog between January and October 2016. There was actually one original entry, a biographical look at Phulan Devi, that didn’t make it into the American text, and the guys speculate as to why this might have been.

After that they discuss Yvan Alagbé’s Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures, just released from New York Review Comics. This is a much less conventional collection, at least in terms of its narrative and visual styles. The book includes seven short pieces that were originally created between 1995 and 2017. The title story is the longest, and most sophisticated, of the bunch, but Pascal and Derek also spend some time focusing on “The Suitcase” and “Postcard from Montreuil.”  What almost all of the stories in this book focus on, in one way or another, is France’s colonialist past and its ramifications to this day.

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Emmy Potter returns after a long absence to nerd out with Jimmy! They chat about that rumor that Fox wants Buffy the Vampire Slayer back and Jimmy talks about seeing Penelope Bagiue last week talk about her new book Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World. News includes: DC unveils new Black Label imprint, Netflix strikes a deal with Rob Liefeld for his Extreme Universe, Jeff Goldblum will voice his character in the upcoming Jurassic Park video game and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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