Comics Alternative, Euro Comics: Reviews of Moby Dick and The Interview

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  • 00:00:26 – Introduction
  • 00:02:36 – Catching up
  • 00:05:04 – Moby Dick
  • 00:48:50 – The Interview
  • 01:18:18 – Wrap up
  • 01:18:58 – Contact us

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Pasteboard Masks

This month on the Euro Comics series, Edward and Derek discuss two black-and-white narratives, one an adaptation of a classic text and another an offbeat tale of aliens and relationships. They begin with Christophe Chabouté’s rendering of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick (note the lack of hyphen in the title), released earlier this year from Dark Horse Books. After mentioning many of the earlier comics adaptations of the great American novel — and there are a lot — they plunge into Chabouté’s handling, highlighting some of the differences from the earlier versions. Both cohosts come from two very different perspectives in their analyses, since Derek is very familiar with the original novel and Edward has not yet read it. As such, their approaches are varied and multifaceted.

Next, they turn to the latest translation of Manuele Fior, The Interview (Fantagraphics). This is a markedly different kind of story from 5,000 km Per Second, a book that Gwen and Derek reviewed last year. As Edward points out, the draw of The Interview isn’t so much the story, but its tone or the affect generated by the text. This is a tale about relationships, and Fior’s art deftly expresses the subtitles and complications that underlie all of our interactions. You may come away from this book with a feeling of uncertainly and irresolution, but that seems to be a part of Fior’s project.

 

 

Comics Alternative Interviews: Jeff Lemire

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  • 00:00:24 – Introduction
  • 00:02:40 – Setup of interview
  • 00:06:49 – Interview with Jeff Lemire
  • 01:33:07 – Wrap up
  • 01:34:37 – Contact us

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On this interview episode Derek and Andy are excited to have Jeff Lemire as their guest. His new graphic novel, Roughneck, has just been released by Simon & Schuster’s Gallery 13 imprint, and he has a new ongoing series through Image Comics, Royal City. The guys talk with Jeff about those works, particularly their place within Lemire’s growing body of writing, but they also ask him about his other current ongoing series, such as Descender (with Dustin Nguyen on art), Black Hammer (along with Dean Ormston), and the miniseries A.D.: After Death (written by Scott Snyder). A lot of ground is covered in this interview, including revelations on the early origins of Roughneck, the long-range plans for Royal City, the themes and characters that seem to be woven throughout Jeff’s oeuvre, the curious links between Descender and Adam Strange, and Jeff’s thoughts on “slice of life” stories and their reception within the comics-reading community.

And here’s a fun fact! Jeff Lemire was actually the focus of the Two Guys’ very first creator spotlight way back in Episode 6 of The Comics Alternative, and at the time Andy and Derek thought there was almost too much to talk about in terms of Jeff’s output. But now almost five years later, and with so many more titles under Jeff’s belt, those assumptions seem amusing in hindsight.

It’s important to note that Andy and Derek recorded their interview with Jeff the day before this year’s Eisner Award nominations were announced, where he has landed in the Best New Series and Best Writer categories (both for Black Hammer). This is why no one brings up the Eisners at any time in the conversation. But a big CONGRATULATIONS to Jeff for this well-deserved attention!

Comics Alternative Interviews: Matt Kindt

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  • 00:00:24 – Introduction
  • 00:02:35 – Setup of interview
  • 00:04:57 – Interview with Matt Kindt
  • 01:33:07 – Wrap up
  • 01:34:37 – Contact us

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“What if you set a book on fire?”

Andy and Derek welcome Matt Kindt to the podcast to discuss Grass Kings, published through BOOM! Studios, his two current ongoing series from Dark Horse Comics, Dept. H and Ether, and his voluminous work for Valiant Comics. The guys have been wanting to get Matt on the show for years, so this interview is a long time in coming. And the conversation is quite substantive. Among other topics, they discuss the geneses of these recent series; Matt’s strategies for juggling multiple storylines at once; his collaborations with Tyler Jenkins (on Grass Kings), David Rubín (Ether), and Brian Hurtt (Poppy! and the Lost Lagoon); the many titles he has written for Valiant Comics; his love of genre storytelling; the unique way he “signs” certain books at cons; and his creative direction after the groundbreaking Mind MGMT. This has to be one of the most prolific creators the guys have ever had on The Comics Alternative, and they come nowhere near covering all of the topics they wanted to discuss with Matt. But this is all the more reason to have him back on the show in the not-too-distant future.

Comics Alternative Interviews: Back with Peter Bagge

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  • 00:00:25 – Introduction
  • 00:02:25 – Setup of interview
  • 00:04:45 – Interview with Peter Bagge
  • 01:35:33 – Wrap up
  • 01:37:22 – Contact us

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“Forever on the horizon, never out of sight”

The Two Guys are pleased to have Peter Bagge back on The Comics Alternative. His new book Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story comes out this week from Drawn and Quarterly. It is another in Bagge’s recent series of historical and biographical comics, following his brief biography of Isabel Paterson (appearing in Reason in 2010), Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story (2013), and Founding Father Funnies (2016). In this interview, Derek talks with Peter about the genesis of this project, what brought him to the writings and personality of Huston, the socio-political contexts surrounding Hurston’s work, and his research efforts in compiling the graphic biography. Fire!! is, in many ways, a companion piece to Woman Rebel, in that both focus on iconoclastic female figures, and their stories are told through an episodic, almost snap-shot, manner of narration. Although Peter and Derek spend the majority their time discussing Zora Neale Hurston, they also cover some of Peter’s other works, such as his Founding Father Funnies collection, last year’s Neat Stuff boxed set, and the possibilities of a similar treatment with Hate and other Bradley family stories.

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Comics Alternative, Episode 231: Reviews of The Excavation, American Gods #1, and Rat Queens #1

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“This is not my first detachable penis rodeo”

This week’s episode is an exploration of surrealism and fantasy, and one guaranteed to both fascinate and disturb you. It begins with a discussion of Max Andersson’s The Excavation (Fantagraphics). As the Two Guys with PhDs point out, this is a book that has been years in the making, and parts of it had originally appeared in other outlets, including Andersson’s short-lived Death and Candy series. Derek enjoyed this book, as he does other works by Andersson, although Andy was less charitable in his assessment. He feels that the dream-like meandering of The Excavation ends up leading to nowhere, that there isn’t much in the way of overt themes, and that it’s too much like other indie comics discussed on the podcast.

Next, they delve into the first issue of American Gods, a series from Dark Horse Comics that’s adapted from Neil Gaiman’s popular novel. Scripted by P. Craig Russell, and with art by Scott Hampton, this inaugural issue does a good job at establishing the premise and making the story assessable to those who have never read Gaiman’s original novel (and both Derek and Andy have not). However, the guys do have a little problem with the heavy-handed and spoiler-filled synopsis inserted on the first page of the comic book.

And finally, the Two Guys wrap up with Kurtis J Wiehe and Owen Gieni’s Rat Queens #1 (Image Comics). This is the first issue in the series’ second volume, and while both of the guys see the economic logic of a new #1 issue, Derek wonders about the narrative necessity of this publishing move. Nonetheless, both Andy and Derek are fans of the first iteration of Rat Queens, and they both feel that the first issue in its second volume is an effective jumping on point that could satisfy new readers.

 

Comic News Insider Episode 750 – The CNI Storm!

Comic News Insider: Episode 750 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Batwoman Rebirth #1, Super Sons #1, The Wild Storm #1, Humans season 2, SuperMansion season 2 premiere, The Walking Dead mid-season 7 

Jon Hoche returns to the rotating co-host chair after a week’s hiatus. The boys talk about doing a podcast cook book and the new Doctor Who rumors. News includes: The Allreds are bringing Bug!: The Adventures Of Forager as the first Young Animal mini-series, Pixar launches online storytelling course, Karen Berger and Dark Horse will launch Berger Books, Marvel and Archie Comics are releasing Marvel Comics Digests, FUNKO and IDW are joining together to start the Funko Comic Book Universe, Kevin Smith has a Sam and Twitch TV series in development at BBC America, Vertigo comic series The Kitchen is being adapted into film, Guillermo del Toro confirms there won’t be a 3rd Hellboy film and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Critiquing Comics #105: “Angel Catbird”

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A Dark Horse press release touts volume two of Angel Catbird. Seems like a lame superhero comic, but … wait, it’s written by acclaimed novelist Margaret Atwood? Maybe it won’t be lame…? Do novelists make good comics writers? Tim and Mulele discuss.

Also: Yiffing in Hell continues to haunt us… and some listeners weigh in!

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Comic News Insider Episode 748 – The SPIRIT of CNI!

Comic News Insider: Episode 748 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Baltimore: The Red Kingdom #1, Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #1, The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers #1, Star Wars: Darth Maul #1, Adventure Time: Islands, Powerless, Steven Universe

Jon Hoche continues his unprecedented run in the rotating  co-host chair! They chat about the new Iron Fist and Stranger Things trailers and Jon is trying to talk Jimmy into making a CNI cookbook. News includes: The Runaways TV show has been cast, Dark Horse Comics will be publishing the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods as periodical comic books, Casper the Friendly Ghost comics are returning, Boom Studios is releasing a Fresh Off the Boat comic on FCBD in May, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child announces auditions for 2018 Broadway production 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 747 – Team Betty AND Veronica!

Comic News Insider: Episode 747 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: The Dregs #1, Hellboy Winter Special 2017, Justice League of America: Killer Frost Rebirth #1, Lady Castle #1, Riverdale

Closing out Jon-uary, Jimmy is joined in studio again by  co-host Jon Hoche! It’s a lengthy one as the guys (well Jimmy) talk forever when reviewing Riverdale and they have a big discussion on some picks they’d like to see considered to take over the lead in Doctor Who. News includes: The New York Times gets rid of their comics/manga best seller lists, Ben Affleck will not direct solo Batman film, Peter Capaldi is leaving Doctor Who, Dark Horse Comics releases Superhero Girl tpb, Bryan Singer will direct X-Men TV series pilot, the Cloak and Dagger TV series casts the leads 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 746 – CNI Unleashed!

Comic News Insider: Episode 746 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Cougar And Cub #1, Curse Words #1, Dollface #1, Mighty Captain Marvel #1, Monsters Unleashed #1

Jimmy is joined in studio again by the Jon-uary co-host, Jon Hoche! The boys discuss the nerdy Oscar nominations and what of those they’ve seen/need to see. News includes: DC Comics is raising prices of select comics to $3.99, Star Wars Episode VIII will be titled The Last Jedi, Sony’s untitled animated Spider-Man film will feature Miles Morales, Harley Quinn will make an appearance in Gotham at the end of the current season, there will now be a Black Adam film (starring Dwayne Johnson) along with the previously announced Shazam! film, Witchblade will get a second shot at a TV series, M. Night Shyamalan has announced his next film will be a sequel to his 2000 superhero film Unbreakable 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 744 – CNI’s Best of 2016!

Comic News Insider: Episode 744 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

It’s our Best of 2016! And just like last year, Jimmy sits down with The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald and good pal Jon Hoche to go over their 2016 favorites in comic books, TV and film. They didn’t read or watch everything released that year, so it’s just the Best of what they did read/watch. Fun discussions on great comics, their creators, TV shows, films, actors and more. What were your favorites last year? Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Wayne’s Comics Podcast #256: Braiden Cox, Classic Peter Hogan

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It’s a double-header episode again this week, as #256 features my latest interview with Braiden Cox, who has a Kickstarter project going on right now for Pet Squadron: Defenders of Humanity at this link! I highly recommend this creative Indie comic, and it truly deserves your support before it concludes on Thursday, December 1, at 9:02 p.m. ET. It’s a great title that combines our love for our pets with action and adventure, so be sure to listen to what Braiden has to say!

Then everything concludes with a classic interview I conducted a few years back with Peter Hogan, writer for Resident Alien from Dark Horse Comics. This story is told in a series of miniseries’, and one is going on right now called “The Man With No Name.” I talk with Peter about what the comic is about, including an alien who passes for a human doctor in rural America. We discuss how the title and the characters came to be, and important things you should know to get the most out of this excellent comic! Also highly recommended!

 

Comic News Insider Episode 737 – Talkin’ Turkey w/ Rebecca Soler!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 737 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Comic Book History of Comics #1, Ether #1, Slam #1, Yakuza Demon Killers, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Finally! Jimmy is joined in studio with a co-host! Returning to the rotating co-host chair is the always awesome Emily Edwards, beatboxer extraordinaire! You’ll also hear a great interview that Jimmy did with super talented voice over actress/all around amazing lady Rebecca Soler. She talks about her voice over work in audio books, animation, video games and more. News includes: March Book 3 wins a National Book Award, Archaia is publishing a Dark Crystal sequel comic, an animated feature based on Jeff Smith’s Bone comic is coming, the Archie Comics live action adaptation Riverdale will debut on January 26th, Emilia Clarke has been cast in the upcoming Han Solo film, Angela Bassett has been cast in the Black Panther film, the Justice League Action animated series will debut on December 16th and more! Everyone go be thankful and love and have a Happy Turkey Time! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Deconstructing Comics #522: “Give Me Liberty” and the 2016 U.S. Election

givemelibertyFrank Miller and Dave Gibbons’ brilliant Give Me Liberty features a surreal America in the near future that is falling apart. Their Martha Washington, a young black woman raised in a housing project, is a tough, resourceful, heartbreaking heroine who journeys through and ultimately survives this America.

Koom and Kumar reflect upon the neglected classic and its eerie ability to touch upon the spirit of America during this election season. They recorded this podcast after the third presidential debate, when Hilary Clinton seemed likely to win, and joked about the connections. Sometimes, reality has a way of outdoing fiction.

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