Comics Alternative Special: A Roundtable Discussion for International Podcast Day 2016

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In celebration of International Podcast Day 2016, Derek participates in a roundtable discussion with fellow comics podcasters, including John Siuntres of Word Balloon, Chris Marshall of Collected Comics Library, and John Mayo of Comic Books Page. The four of them talk extensively about their experiences in podcasting, the challenges of working with publishers and creators within the industry, their particular niche interests in comics podcasting, how their shows have evolved over the years, and their “wish lists” for growing as a podcast. Not only do the guys discuss the many facets of podcasting specifically about comics, they also share insights about podcasting as a social media platform.

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Find out more about International Podcast Day and how you can help promote podcasting worldwide. And be sure to share your thoughts on social media using #PodcastDay.

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Comics Alternative Podcast Episode 62: A Roundtable Discussion on Licensed Comics

Fully Licensed for Your Listening Pleasure

LicensedComicsThe 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 TrekStar WarsG. I. JoeMy Little PonyDoctor WhoMacGyver, 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

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Comics Alternative Podcast Episode 49: August Previews & Our One-Year Anniversary!

It’s Our Birthday!

BirthdayBalloonThis week on The Comics Alternative Andy and Derek celebrate their one-year anniversary!  The podcast began one year ago this month — August 1, 2012, was the inaugural episode — and the Two Guys with PhDs mark the event by doing what they do best: bringing you insightful commentary on upcoming titles and comics news. Most of this episode is devoted to the August Previews AugustPreviewscatalog, but Andy and Derek also discuss the significance of the podcast’s ongoing mission, their plans for future shows, the August Comics Alternative giveaway, and the various correspondences they have recently received. Regarding the latter, they respond to an email from Jackie Estrada, an administrator for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, concerning last week’s roundtable discussion on SDCC and the Eisners. The Two Guys address the administrator’s concerns, apologize for certain oversights, and place last week’s comments within a larger context (including their previous conversations on the 2013 Eisner Award nominees). There is a lot packed into this week’s episode — over two-hours worth! — and the guys hope that you join in their anniversary celebration by lifting a pint, turning on your podcast-listening device, and enjoying the warm nougaty goodness that is The Comics Alternative.

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Comics Alternative Podcast Episode 48: A Roundtable Discussion on SCDD and the Eisner Awards

Another Podcast Crossover Event…Industry Approved!

This week on The Comics Alternative podcast, John Mayo (of the Comic Book Page) and Chris Marshall (Collected Comics Library) return for another roundtable discussion with the Two Guys with PhDs.  This time the CA Logotopic is the San Diego Comics Con and the Eisner Award ceremony that took place there.  They begin by asking John how his experience was in San Diego — he was the only one of the four to actually attend — and what for him were the highlights of the event. They talk quite a bit about the many happenings at the con, both comic-related and otherwise, and then discuss the coverage of the con in the media. Next, they turn their attention to the 2013 Eisner Award winners, trying to make sense of what the results may reveal (or not reveal) about the current state of comics as well as the attitudes and biases of the selection committee. The four podcasting guys also pick apart the various award categories, noting their histories and how many of them have changed over the years. For example, they point out the weaknesses with the “Best Digital Comic” category (too broad, too ill-defined), suggest ways of reconceptualizing the award for comics-related journalism, and even problematize the idea of the “Best Graphic Album-New.” (Is Building Stories really an “album”? Doesn’t it actually contain a lot of reprinted material?)  It may be a bit of Monday morning quarterbacking, but they don’t care. Chris, John, Andy, and Derek have a great time discussing and sharing ideas, and you can experience the fun by listening to the podcast.

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Comic Timing – Episode 79

One away from Episode 80, here comes a Comic Timing focusing on a topic previously discussed on the show! Chris Marshall of Collected Comics Library and the TwoMorrow’s Tune-In Podcast joins Brent and Ian, along with Shawn Pryor of PKD Media as we discuss the current state of Trade Paperbacks. Is the industry leaning more towards this medium than it did back in 2006 when David Price, Braxton and Ian discussed the issue on Episode 6? Is Ian thinking about going all-trades? Find out this episode! And we discuss Shawn’s disgust towards real estate schemes.

Comic Timing is sponsored by Heroes Corner. All first time Heroes Corner users can enter the promo code mentioned on this episode to receive an additional 5% off their first order with the site, and make sure to check out their deals on all the hottest comic books from the December Previews! This month’s Review Corner books are as follows:

DC:
DETECTIVE COMICS #853 – 50% off retail (HC price: $2.00 / retail: $3.99)

MARVEL:
WAR OF KINGS DARK HAWK #1 – 50% off retail (HC price: $2.00 /retail: $3.99)

VERTIGO:
BANG! TANGO #1 – 75% off retail (HC price: $0.75 / retail: $2.99)

You can e-mail the show at comictiming@gmail.com, and please vote for us at Podcast Alley and Digg us at Digg.Com. And of course, if you can, please donate to the HERO Initiative effort if you can. Every little bit helps!

We shall see you next week for Episode 80 as Brent and Ian go into the latest Review Corner! Have a Happy New Year and whatever else you celebrate to, and thanks for downloading.