Comics Alternative, Episode 252: Reviews of Spinning, Love and Rockets, Vol. 4 #3, and Slots #1

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On the Ice, in the Casino

On this week’s episode of The Comics Alternative, Paul joins Derek in discussing three exciting new titles. They begin with Spinning, Tillie Walden’s new book and her initial release for First Second. What makes this work stand out from her previous comics, such as The End of Summer and I Love This Part, is that it is an outright memoir. This is a coming-of-age narrative, and Walden uses her history of competitive ice skating as a scaffolding for her life story. There’s a lot in this memoir about her chosen sport, but Spinning is much more than a book about skating. In it, we see Walden’s key relationships, her search for a mother figure, and her coming out to family and friends.

Next, the guys check out the latest issue of Love and Rockets (Fantagraphics). In this issue, the third in the magazine-sized fourth volume, both Jaime and Gilbert continue the storylines they had begun in the earlier New Stories annuals. Gilbert gives us the further adventures of Fritz, her daughters, and the Fritz wannabes, while Jaime returns to his Princess Anima story and the Hoppers punk reunion. What most strikes both Derek and Paul, however, are the two short pieces early in the issue where Jaime visits the young Maggie and Hopey in 1979. The guys hope there is more on the teenage locas in future issues.

Finally, the Two Guys wrap up by discussing the first issue of a new series from Image Comics, Dan Panosian’s Slots. This is the story of Stanley Dance, a former boxer and antihero who does what he can to get by. It takes place in Las Vegas, and both Paul and Derek are struck by how Panosian’s art, as well as his storytelling style, captures the loose and freewheeling feel of the gambling capital. They’re impressed by this first issue and plan to continue with this series.

Where Monsters Dwell 263 with Dan Panosian

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This week on the only LIVE comics radio program that doesn’t think Batfleck and Bieben is the worst idea Hollywood could have, we welcome the Urban Barbarian himself, Dan Panosian to the Monster Cave. You know Dan’s work of course from his beautiful covers on Danger Girl and a multitude of other very lucky comics and for his stint on the Unknown Soldier with Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray. Currently, Dan is hard at work on a second volume of ‘John Tiffany‘ which is set to be realeased through Le Lombard at the end of this month. If you have a question for Dan Panosian, feel free to post it on our Facebook wall or give us a call at 506-453-4949.

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Comic News Insider Episode 362 – Pre-New York Comic Con Madness!

Comic News Insider: Episode 362 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Avengers 1959 #1, Blood Red Dragon #0, Chopper #1, Huntress Vol 3 #1, Last Of The Greats #1, Penguin: Pain and Prejudice #1, Frank Miller’s Holy Terror

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Jimmy is joined by yet another Aussie sitting in the guest co-host chair, Jen Timms. She works in the gaming industry and is in town for New York Comic Con (NYCC) staying at the Aquino/Templesmith palace. She is also Jimmy’s right hand at the CNI booth (D18) in Podcast Arena located in Artist’s Alley. They give some love/reverance to the late Steve Jobs, Jimmy talks about the Warehouse 13 and Breaking Bad finales and tells of his love for Karine Vanasse in Pan Am. They also nerd out over the new Avengers trailerNews includes James Robinson back on Starman, Barnes & Noble yanks DC books, Locke & Key screening at NYCC, Archie Comics brings back superheroes, and Stieg Larson’s trilogy comes to comic books. As always, Listener Feedback, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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NYCC is this weekend (October 13-16) and CNI has lots of great stuff lined up at their table D18. Signings at the booth (CHECK BACK AT WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO SOON) with the likes of Greg Pak, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kevin Colden, Becky Cloonan, Ben Templesmith, Ben McCool, Veronica Taylor, and Jeremy Bastian. Tentative guests include Paul Pope, Michael Emerson and Carrie Preston. The annual raffle will be held this year as well! It’s a fundraiser for CNI so we can get some new equipment/pay for trips/etc. Great prizes in the raffle as per usual with donations from Garth Ennis, Bryan Fuller, Ben Templesmith, Rafael Kayanan, Paul Pope, John Cassaday, DC comics, IDW publishing. Dark Horse comics, Smith Micro, Fred Van Lente, Dean Haspiel, Dan Panosian, Dynamite Entertainment, 2000AD and more! Tickets are $1 or 6 for $5. The more you buy, the better chance to win! We’ll do the raffle once on Thursday and twice a day from Friday-Sunday. Swing on by D18 in Artist Alley to see all of the exciting events happening with Comic News Insider at NYCC!

Superman Fan Podcast Episode 171 Part V: MegaCon 2011 Part V: MegaCon 2011 Words & Pictures, The Art Of Storytelling In Comics Panel!

This was the first panel I attended on Saturday, March 26, 2011. The Panelists were Terry Moore, Dan Panosian (who is the second person to speak, but he had identified himself to the audience before I began recording),Billy Tucci, Darwyn Cooke and Amanda Conner.

They took questions about such things as layout and timing, among others.

Next Episode: THE MARK WAID PANEL!

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