Comics Alternative, On Location: The Second September Visit to Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find

Batman’s Junk

Michael and Derek are back at their local shop, Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find, to discuss recent mainstream and indie titles that have captured their attention. Mike starts the ball rolling by focusing on recent expressions of a couple of second-tier characters, Doctor Strange and Hawkman, as handled by Mark Waid and Robert Venditti, respectively. He then takes the conversation into a more “adult” direction with the first issue in Batman: Damned, part of DC’s new Black Label imprint. This title is notable for a couple of reasons. First, it’s now difficult to find, and as such, both fans and retailers are selling copies for a hefty price. But even more significant is the fact that in this first issue, readers get to see Batman naked. That’s right, Wayne’s wang. Batman’s junk. The recent titles that Derek brings up are much tamer in nature. He begins with Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins’s Black Badge (BOOM! Studio), the second issue of which will be released next week. This is a promising new limited series that has all of the secretive, undercover, and espionage-y markings of a Kindt narrative. However, Derek isn’t as excited about the new Image series, Man-Eaters, written by Chelsea Cain and art by Kate Niemczyk. While he admires the message that seems to be embedded in the story, the first issue is rather sketchy in laying any satisfying narrative groundwork. But Derek more enamored by the minicomic Common Blessings and Common Curses, written by Maritsa Patrinos and nominated this year for an Ignatz Award in the Outstanding Minicomic category. It was a wonderful find at this year’s Small Press Expo.

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Comics Alternative, Episode 229: Will Eisner Week 2017 – Uses of The Spirit since 2005

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Capturing the Spirit of The Spirit

Every year for Will Eisner Week, always the first seven days in March, the Two Guys with PhDs like to do something special and Eisner-related for the podcast. This year is no different, and for the current episode Andy and Derek have decided to discuss the many uses of The Spirit since Will Eisner’s passing on January 3, 2005. And there are a lot more manifestations of The Spirit than you might think. The guys compare and contrast the various uses of this seminal crimefighter, highlighting those examples that attempt to capture the original tone of The Spirit, that deviate from the original in curious ways, and that cross over into other narrative worlds. The many titles and creators they discuss include:

  • the one-shot Batman/The Spirit, by Joef Loeb and Darwyn Cooke in 2007 (DC Comics)
  • the 32-issue run of The Spirit between 2007 and 2009, by Darwyn Cooke, Sergio Aragones, Mark Evanier, and many others (DC Comics)
  • Brian Azzarello and Rags Morales’s 6-issue miniseries First Wave, published between 2010 and 2011 (DC Comics)
  • the concurrent-running The Spirit: First Wave series by Mark Schultz, David Hine, and others, going for 17 issues from 2010-2011 (DC Comics)
  • Mark Waid’s 4-issue miniseries Rocketeer/Spirit: Pulp Friction, illustrated by various artists and released in 2013 (IDW Publishing)
  • Will Eisner’s The Spirit by Matt Wagner and Dan Schkade, running for 12 issues between 2015 and 2016 (Dynamite Entertainment)
  • the recent first issue of Francesco Francavilla’s Will Eisner’s The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers (Dynamite Entertainment)
  • and Joe Staton and Mike Curtis’s current Dick Tracy strip and its team-up with The Spirit (Tribune Company).

There is a lot packed into this episode — you’ll hear plenty about Ebony White, Commissioner and Ellen Dolan, Silk Satin, Mister Carrion, Sand Serif, The Octopus, and, of course, P’Gell — but, thankfully, almost no mention of the disastrous 2008 film. It’s all about the comics.

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Comics Alternative, Episode 213: Reviews of Recent Crime Comics, Part 1

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Nut Drugs

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There has been an abundance of crime comics published over the past several months — see, for example, the Two Guys’ earlier discussions of Weird Detective, ControlKill or Be Killed, Cousin Joseph, Black  Monday Murders, and Sombra — but recently this number has been almost dizzying. In the first of a two-episode series devoted to current crime comics, Andy and Derek discuss six titles that take the genre into curious directions. They range from the historical (Rick Geary’s Black Dahlia), to the formula-bending (Chris Hunt’s Carver: A Paris Story and Janet Harvey and Megan Levens’s Angel City), to the genre-blending (Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso’s Moonshine), to the comedic (Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber’s The Fix), to the truly hardboiled (Walter Hill, Matz, and Jef’s Triggerman as well as Christa Faust, Gary Philips, and Andrea Cameron’s Peepland). There is a lot of crime/detective/noir/procedural goodness packed into this show, and the same is in store for the next week’s episode, the second in the series.

The incidental music in this episode is from classic crime TV shows, and you can find these theme songs in Television’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 1Television’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 3Television’s Greatest Hits Vol. 4, and Television’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 6. Check out the fun!

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Comic News Insider Episode 686 – Civil Warring!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 686 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Punisher Vol 10 #1, Renato Jones: One Percent #1, Smosh #1, 3 Floyds Alpha King #1, Weavers #1, Captain America: Civil War

Emmy Potter returns to the studio to co-host with Jimmy after a short absence. They chat about those Tom Hardy in Star Wars VIII and John Barrowman returning to Doctor Who rumors (but not the Fleetwood Mac ones).  News includes: Gene Yuen Lang returns to comics with Dragon Hoops, Oni Press is launching a pro-erotica/sex education imprint, Ryan North/Derek Charm will take over the Jughead series, Van Jensen named first ever Comic Book Ambassador of the United States, CBS will stream the new Star Trek series weekly, Disney will no longer self-publish platform games, Locke & Key is again in development for a TV series, SyFy has ordered Krypton to series and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Wayne’s Comics Podcast #210 With Mike Marts From AfterShock Comics

Wayne Hall, Wayne’s Comics, AfterShock Comics, Mike Marts, Batman, Guardians of the Galaxy, Replica,  Strayer, InSEXts, American Monster, Dreaming Eagles, SuperZero, Second Sight, Brian Azzarello, Garth Ennis, Amanda Conner, Marguerite Bennett, Paul Jenkins, David Hine, Alberto Ponticelli, Justin Jordan, Jimmy Palmiotti

Have you discovered AfterShock Comics yet? I think this new comics company will send shockwaves through the industry as they make some of the best comics on the stands today!

During Episode 210, the first of 2016, I talk with Mike Marts, AfterShock’s Editor in Chief who gets us all caught up on how the company came to be, what books they have available and what is coming in the months ahead! You probably recognize Mike’s name from his stints in charge of Batman, Guardians of the Galaxy and other famous franchises. He’s overseeing great new titles, including Replica, InSEXts, SuperZero, Dreaming Eagles, American Monster, Strayer and Second Sight, bringing a lot of high-quality storytelling to your local comics shop! You can find out more about this groundbreaking company at their website at this link!  He’s got a lot to say about the industry as well, so I’m sure you’re going to want to hear what he has to say!

 

Comic News Insider Episode 661 – Team Cap!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 661 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1, Ringside #1

Emmy Potter returns to co-hosting duties! So of course, she and Jimmy have to chat Doctor Who and their love of Peter Capaldi. They also chat about the Peter Jackson/Doctor Who video tease as well as the new trailer for Captain America: Civil War (#TeamCaptainAmerica). News includes: Paul Dini and Eduardo Risso will be the creative forces behind a new 121 page graphic novel called Dark Night: A True Batman Story from DC/Vertigo, CBS picks up Supergirl for a full season and R2-KT may appear in the upcoming Star Wars film. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 567 – Stealing the Batmobile

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Comic News Insider: Episode 567 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Batgirl Futures End #1, Copperhead #1, Dawn/Vampirella #1, Rot & Ruin #1, Z Nation

Jimmy is joined in studio once again by the podcast wife Erica Schultz! She totes peanut butter/tabasco cookies this time. Deeeelish! They chat about the official Batmobile pic from set, the Obi-Wan spin-off rumor and the Avengers: Age of Ultron synopsis that was released. News includes: Fantagraphics announces a big FU (Press), Teen Titans travels to TNT, the Steve Rude documentary finally sees a release date and Norman Reedus will release a fan appreciation book. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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RBDHB: Joker

RBDHB: Joker

This week’s the Year Of The Bat special presented by Real Books Don’t Have Batman Podcast makes a return to the Clown Prince of Crime with Brian Azzarello & Lee Mermejo’s, Joker.

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Fourth Wall Comics Podcast #24

Freddie and Danny once again discuss the controversial Before Watchmen series, including issues of Minutemen, Silk Spectre, Comedian, Nite Owl, Ozymandias, Rorschach, and Dr. Manhattan.

 

SHOW NOTES:
[02:00] Comedian #1-3
[09:14] Silk Spectre #1-3
[15:50] Rorschach #1
[18:17] Nite Owl #1-2
[22:27] Dr. Manhattan #1
[30:23] Ozymandias #1-2
[37:20] Minutemen #1-3
[40:28] Before Watchmen ranking recap
[43:10] Crimson Corsair predictions
[45:44] Outro

Intro Music: Iggy Pop – “Neighborhood Threat”

Cammy’s Comic Corner – Episode 212 (7/22/12)

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Back from Comic-Con, and boy am I ready to talk about comics some more! Pick Of The Week goes to Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden, and Ben Stenbeck for Baltimore: Dr. Leskovar’s Remedy #2 (Dark Horse). Fast Five picks include Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation Squared #3 (IDW), Wonder Woman #11 (DC), Saga #5 (Image), Daredevil #15 (Marvel), and Glory #28 (Image). Special announcements at the end, and Spoilers!

The Fourth Wall Comics Podcast #20

 

Freddie and Danny take a look at three #1 issues from the controversial Before Watchmen series.

SHOW NOTES: 

[00:37] Intro
[01:50] Minutemen #1
[09:00] Silk Spectre #1
[19:20] Comedian #1
[34:44] Future issues of Before Watchmen
[35:42] Crimson Corsair back-up story
[39:20] Outro

Cammy’s Comic Corner – Episode 205 (4/22/12)

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Quite the mind-blowing selection of comics this week! Pick Of The Week goes to Brandon Graham & Farel Dalrymple for Prophet #24 (Image). Fast Five picks include Batman #8 (DC), Rocketeer Adventures 2 #2 (IDW), Amazing Spider-Man #684 (Marvel), The Manhattan Projects #2 (Image), and Wonder Woman #8 (DC). Spoilers!

Cammy’s Comic Corner – Episode 199 (2/19/12)

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No Pick Of The Week, but we do have a very strong female filled Fast Five. Picks include Wonder Woman #6 (DC), Glory #23 (Image), Batman #6 (DC), Daredevil #9 (Marvel), and Catwoman #6 (DC). Spoilers!

Episode 200 is next week! That’s like AroundComics-type numbers!

The Fourth Wall Comics Podcast #11

It’s catch-up time once again! Jesse and Freddie discuss the first five issues of three more titles from the DC relaunch: Wonder Woman, Batwoman, and Batman! Thar be spoilers abound!

SHOW NOTES:
02:10 WONDER WOMAN
12:22 BATWOMAN
21:03 BATMAN
33:37 End

Intro Music: Dead Kennedys – “I Am The Owl”

Cammy’s Comic Corner – Episode 195 (1/22/12)

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How much do I love thee, comics? Allow me to count the ways…Pick Of The Week goes to John Layman and Rob Guillory for CHEW #23 (Image). Fast Five picks include Batman #5 (DC), Daredevil #8 (Marvel), Wonder Woman #5 (DC), Moon Knight #9 (Marvel) and Catwoman #5 (DC). Spoilers!