Comic News Insider Episode 781 – Even More Heroes Con w/ Megan Levens/Chris Sheridan!

Comic News Insider: Episode 781 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Batman Elmer Fudd Special #1, Beautiful Canvas #1, Clue #1, Jonah Hex/Yosemite Sam Special #1, Star Wars Droids Unplugged #1, Doctor Who S10 finale, iZombie S3 finale

Jon Hoche and Megan Bussiere join Jimmy on Independence Day for a rip-roaring America fueled firework of a podcast! Well, something like that. They give their thoughts on the trailers for Inhumans, Death Note and Jumanji.  They also give love to Harry Potter on its 20th anniversary which prompts Megan to get sorted in a house while we podcast. Which house? Listen to find out! Jimmy also closes out the awesome Heroes Con interviews he got with 2 great ones with Megan Levens (Madame Frankenstein) and Chris Sheridan (Motorcycle Samurai). Both just fantastic cartoonists and all around lovely folks. Great interviews so do give a listen! News includes: Marvel Legacy happenings, Rick & Morty returns, Patty Jenkins on Wonder Woman 2, a Sense8 special, Nimona film gets a release date, a live action The Jetsons, Game of Thrones Season 8 could be epic 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 781 – Even More Heroes Con w/ Megan Levens/Chris Sheridan!

Comic News Insider: Episode 781 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Batman Elmer Fudd Special #1, Beautiful Canvas #1, Clue #1, Jonah Hex/Yosemite Sam Special #1, Star Wars Droids Unplugged #1, Doctor Who S10 finale, iZombie S3 finale

Jon Hoche and Megan Bussiere join Jimmy on Independence Day for a rip-roaring America fueled firework of a podcast! Well, something like that. They give their thoughts on the trailers for Inhumans, Death Note and Jumanji.  They also give love to Harry Potter on its 20th anniversary which prompts Megan to get sorted in a house while we podcast. Which house? Listen to find out! Jimmy also closes out the awesome Heroes Con interviews he got with 2 great ones with Megan Levens (Madame Frankenstein) and Chris Sheridan (Motorcycle Samurai). Both just fantastic cartoonists and all around lovely folks. Great interviews so do give a listen! News includes: Marvel Legacy happenings, Rick & Morty returns, Patty Jenkins on Wonder Woman 2, a Sense8 special, Nimona film gets a release date, a live action The Jetsons, Game of Thrones Season 8 could be epic 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 775 – Heroes Conning with Kelly Sue DeConnick/Kata Kane/Melody Often/Yoshi Yoshitani!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 775 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Dark Days The Forge #1, The Defenders #1, Legion Of Super-Heroes/Bugs Bunny Special #1, Martian Manhunter/Marvin The Martian Special #1, Blood Drive 

Emily Edwards returns to the rotating co-host chair. Jimmy was at Heroes Con over the weekend and all he brought back for her was a lousy recap! But you get to hear it too. He moderated 3 panels and got about 14 interviews. Some of which you’ll hear here! He got to chat with Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kata Kane, Melody Often and Yoshi Yoshitani. News includes: The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan gets the hardcover treatment, seven evil Batmen are coming, Kingsman is returning to comics, Ben Templesmith is bringing back Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Come back later this week for more Heroes Con interviews and panel coverage! 

Comics Alternative, On Location: Talking with Creators at HeroesCon 2017, Pt. 2

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In the second of two on-location interview episodes recorded at this year’s HeroesCon in Charlotte, NC, Derek talks with Fabian Rangel, Jr. (author of Tarantula), Charles Forsman (Slasher), Chris Sheridan (Motorcycle Samurai), Shawn Pryor (Cash and Carrie), and Alison Sampson (Winnebago Graveyard), and Andy and Derek speak with Darren Neely (Chase Van Bolt). Fun stuff!

Stay tuned over the next week for more HeroesCon episodes!

 

 

Comics Alternative, Episode 161: A Publisher Spotlight on Top Shelf Productions

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Can it be true? Are the Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics actually doing yet another publisher spotlight? Are they gluttons for punishment? Are their eyeballs going to fall out from all of the reading? Maybe so, but if their orbs do drop out of their heads, they’ll do so while gazing at some of the great books coming out of Top Shelf Productions. In this episode, you’ll hear Andy and Derek talking about the publisher’s summer and fall releases, including:

Before they get into the titles themselves, Derek shares a brief interview he conducted with Chris Staros, the publisher of Top Shelf. They talk about the origins of Top Shelf, the authors who have helped define their line, and their recent acquisition by IDW Publishing. Then, it’s on to the books! The guys begin with a discussion of Eddie Campbell’s Bacchus Omnibus, Vol. 1. This is the first of two behemoth books collecting all of Campbell’s Bacchus stories, complete with the titular god of wine and revelry, Joe Theseus, Hermes, the Stygian Leech, and the guys’ favorite, the Eyeball Kid. After that, Derek and Andy revisit a comic that they first discussed almost two years ago, Chris Sheridan’s Motorcycle Samurai. Back in January of 2014, they looked at the first two issues of the digital series, but this time they focus on the first completed narrative arc. The guys point out some of TopSelfLogothe differences between the two versions, digital and hardcopy, while at the same time highlighting many of he strengths in Sheridan’s storytelling. The next book they cover, Julian Hanshaw’s Tim Ginger, turns out to be one of their favorite books of the year. Both Andy and Derek point out the ambitiousness of this narrative, both thematically and visually, especially given the book’s compressed format. Indeed, Andy wonders if perhaps there was too much that Hanshaw was attempting to take on. Jennifer Hayden’s The Story of My Tits is where they go after that. This is an autobiographic tale of the author’s bout with breast cancer. But the book is much more than a personal cancer narrative. It is also Hayden’s account of her important life relationships, both with her loved ones and with her breasts as they relate to self-image. Next, the Two Guys turn to a completely different kind of book, Troy Little’s adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Like the original, this is a wild ride, and Little’s composition brings out the surreal and even frightening quality of Thompson’s narrative. The guys note that Little does what Ralph Steadman does in his illustrations for the 1972 book, without being derivative in any way, and that this is a more approachable version that Terry Gilliam’s 1998 film. Finally, the guys wrap up with a book that is not yet out but will soon be, Ray Fawkes and Vince Locke’s Junction True. This is a disturbing science fiction tale that doesn’t seem that unrealistic at all. In fact, its thematic focus on body enhancement and media exhibitionism is not too far from the culture in which we currently reside. One could even read Junction True metaphorically as a cautionary tale…or one of contemporary gothic horror.

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Comic News Insider Episode 589 – CNI Favorites of 2014!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 589 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Jimmy is joined in studio by The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald and frequent co-host/pal Jon Hoche! They dive in deep and have a lengthy/lively discussion on their 2014 favorites in comic books, TV, animation, film, video games and more. So much love shown to a lot of the people and things we loved in 2014. Did we leave anything out? You’ll have to tune in for that answer and let us know your picks of the year! We do cover some news as well that includes: Image Expo announces massive slate of titles to be released, Emerald City Comic Con partners with ReedPop, animated Vixen series coming to the CW Seed, and Kate Beaton’s new collection Step Aside, Pops will be released from Drawn & Quarterly this September. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 522 – Disconnected Press with Conor & Lizzie Boyle!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 522 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Dredd:Underbelly One Shot, Furious #1, Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1, World War Mob #1

Jimmy is joined in studio by the fantastic husband/wife creators of Disconnected Press, Conor and Lizzie Boyle! They came over from the UK just to co-host the podcast! Okay, they were here for the Super Bowl as well but that was just a side thing. They chat about their works (Lizzie’s the writer and Conor’s the artist), digital vs print in comics, comic critiquing, hiring new talent, the UK comics scene and more. News includes: more Superman/Batman casting with Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Dark Horse announces the Stan Sakai project, Marvel announces a partnership with Hero Initiative with the Uncanny X-Men 100 Project, get killed in Rachel Rising, Marvel Universe Live races for the Cosmic Cube, and JK Rowling wanted Harry and Hermione to hook up! As always, Listener Feedback, Top 3 and more. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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