Longbox Review 130: Favorites of 2017

It’s time for my annual tradition of looking back at the previous year of comic books and talking about my favorites. I talk about my following favorites:

  • Independent comics (2:53)
  • Image comics (18:43)
  • Marvel comics (37:46)
  • DC comics (51:49)
  • Most Disappointing (1:06:47)
  • Covers (1:11:11)
  • Most Anticipated for 2018 (1:17:13)

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Comic News Insider Episode 829 – Grammy Winning Best CNI of the Year!

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Reviews: Legion #1, Raven Daughter of Darkness #1, X-Men Blue Annual #1 

Jon Hoche returns to co-host! They catch up on movies they finally saw. The John Wick films for Jimmy. Jumanji and Star Wars: The Last Jedi for Jon. News includes: new Justice League comics are coming, Batman is getting his yellow oval symbol back, Valiant gets bought out, a Riverdale musical episode will be Carrie-esque and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!



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Deconstructing Comics #584: Don’t “get” manga? Try these two.

Many Westerners feel a bit puzzled by Japanese comics — the subject matter, the art style, the pacing, etc. Koom has been trying for some time to grasp what he’s not “getting” about manga. Meanwhile, manga translator Kumar is about done with “explaining” Japanese comics to people, but he makes an exception for Koom (and the podcast). They discuss I Am a Hero by Kengo Hanazawa, and A Distant Neighborhood by Jiro Taniguchi — both translated by none other than Kumar!

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Wayne’s Comics Podcast #285: Phillip Sevy

Wayne's Comics, Wayne Hall, Paradox, Tomb Raider, Dark Horse, Phillip Sevy, Tim Daniel, father, son,

I have a great interview with comics creator Phillip Sevy in Episode 285 as we focus mainly on his excellent Indie comic Paradox. This one-shot really caught my attention at the recent Comicpalooza convention in Houston, Texas. Phillip wears nearly all the hats in this engaging and thoughtful book, which we talk about, as well as the wonderful creative choices he made when putting Paradox together. To keep up with his future projects coming our way such as The House, you can follow him here on Facebook, here on Twitter, and here on Instagram! Don’t miss this fun conversation!


Arc Reactions – 74 – Green River Killer

We cover Green River Killer: A True Detective Story from writer Jeff Jensen and artist Jonathon Case. This graphic novel from Dark Horse Comics covers the the story of Tom Jensen as he spent 20 years searching for and working to convict Gary Ridgeway, the Green River Killer. We talk about the stylistic choices of the comic, serial killers, and more.

Stylistic choices (12:03)
Out of order storytelling (17:54)
The Cops (21:20)
Psychology of the GRK (30:45)
History with Serial Killers (39:30)

Our next podcast will be our review of the Wonder Woman film on June 11th.

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Comic News Insider Episode 759 – American Gods w/ Kristin Chenoweth!

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Reviews: Black Panther and The Crew #1, Godshaper #1, Rose #1, Weapon X Vol 3 #1, X-Men Blue #1, Class series premiere, Doctor Who S10 premiere

Jon Hoche and Emily Edwards join Jimmy is this super fun episode! They chat about the Doctor Who casting rumors and the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer. Jimmy attended the amazing American Gods press junket hosted by Starz and got some great roundtable interviews! Here, you’ll hear the awesomely talented and funny Kristin Chenoweth. Later this week and next, you’ll be able to hear the rest. The show is absolutely astounding and you all should check it out when it debuts on April 30th! News includes: Warner Bros. is making an R-rated animated Watchmen film, Jude Law will be a young Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts series of films, Shea Fontana will take over writing Wonder Woman, Dan Parent is bringing his updated classic Archie style to a new comic series, Captain Phasma gets her own comic and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!



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Longbox Review 113: Favorites of 2016, part 1

It’s time for my annual tradition of looking back at the previous year of comic books and talking about my favorites. In this episode I talk about my favorite books from the various publishers. Please listen the next episode for the rest of my Favorites of 2016.

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Longbox Review 112: Top 5 Independent Comics

Damian, of the world-renowned sleepyreader666 YouTube channel, joins me to discuss our top 5 current favorite independent comics (plus a few more).

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Comics Alternative, Episode 224: Reviews of Beowulf, Canopy, and Shadows on the Grave #1 and #2

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For this week’s episode, Andy and Derek put on their English professor hats, and with a vengeance, when taking on the latest comics version of Beowulf (Image Comics), adapted by Santiago García and David Rubín. While this is not, by far, the only comics adaptation of this classic Old English poem, the guys feel that it’s one of the best they’ve seen. Indeed, Rubín’s artwork is particularly suited to the violent action and Beowulf’s heroic exploits. And the ending of this text, which takes a significant self-reflective turn, goes on to underscore the guys’ appreciation of this adaptation.

Next, the Two Guys look at one of the latest releases from Retrofit Comics/Big Planet Comics, Karine Bernadou’s Canopy. Neither Derek nor Andy were familiar with Bernadou’s work before this book, but they find this a fascinating introduction to the French illustrator. Canopy is an almost completely wordless tale surrounding a young woman trying to make it on her own. But she does so in a surreal wilderness infused with male-centered threats.

For their final title of the week, the guys discuss an author who’s not gotten enough attention on the podcast…at least from Derek’s perspective. The first two issues of Richard Corben’s Shadows on the Grave (Dark Horse Comics) are now out, and the guys take on this anthology-like miniseries. These brief stories have a Night Gallery feel, but with an amped up creepy factor. This is all due to the wonderfully disturbing art of Corben, who opts for a black, white, and gray tone rendering, a change from his other recent Dark Horse work.


Comics Alternative, Episode 223: Reviews of Trump: The Complete Collection, The Few #1, and Gumballs #1

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Bad Trump, Good Trump

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This week the Two Guys with PhDs start off by getting political. While some listeners might not like it when Andy and Derek become polemical on the podcast, the guys just had to speak out about the brouhaha surrounding Congressman John Lewis’s recent comments on Trump’s illegitimacy. The Two Guys stand with Representative Lewis, a man of courage, honor, and action. And it’s heartening that copies of March are selling out all over the place!

But enough of the bad Trump. The guys find more serious another entity of that name, this one orchestrated by the legendary Harvey Kurtzman. Trump: The Complete Collection is the second volume in Dark Horse’s Essential Kurtzman series. This beautiful hardbound edition collects the only two issues of Trump ever published, as well as the many never-before reproduced illustrations from what would have been the third issue of the magazine, had Hugh Hefner not pulled the plug. Both Andy and Derek appreciate the collection — especially Denis Kitchen’s outstanding essay and annotations! — and while some of the humor appears dated (or even falls flat at times), this text stands out as an indispensable historical contribution.

After that Derek and Andy check out two recent #1 issues, Sean Lewis and Hayden Sherman’s The Few (Image Comics) and Erin Nations’s Gumballs (Top Shelf/IDW Publishing). The former is a leisurely paced and extra-long issue centered around a future where the United States is now a fractured territory due to water scarcities (at least the guys think this is the series’ premise). Sherman’s art stands out here. And Gumballs is a single-creator anthology that’s a mix of autobiographical sketches, character portraits, and poignant cultural observations. The guys look forward to seeing what transpires in both of these series.


Comics Alternative, Euro Comics: Reviews of Soft City and The World of Edena

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Soft and Lush


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  • 00:00:27 – Introduction
  • 00:03:03 – Listener mail!
  • 00:07:29 – Soft City
  • 00:39:12 – The World of Edena
  • 01:18:12 – Wrap up
  • 01:19:09 – Contact us


For the November episode in the Euro Comics series, Edward and Derek take a look at two new releases of older titles. They begin with Hariton Pushwagner’s Soft City (New York Review Comics). Began in 1969 and completed in 1975, the book was lost for a number of years but then rediscovered in 2002. Since then, the original art from Soft City has been exhibited in the Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art and the Sydney Biennial, both in 2008. In fact, part of the guys’ coverage of the book revolves around the topic of comic art as exhibition. But most of their discussion involves the text’s symmetrical construction, its poetic imagery, and its mixed futuristic tone.

After that, Edward and Derek turn to a new collected edition work from one of comics’ legends. The World of Edena is the first in Dark Horse Book’s new Moebius Library, and it brings together Jean Giraud’s (or Moebius’s) five-volume series. The guys discuss the book’s origins, beginning as promotional comic for the French car manufacturer Citroën in 1983 and then ending as a full-fledged, philosophical, and very trippy series in 2001. There is a lot to explore of the book’s many narrative facets, and the Two Guys spend much of their time looking at the themes of exploration and sexuality, the dream-infused nature of the story, its comedic undertones, and the clean-line style and lush colors that define its art.



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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Longbox Review Episode 106: October 2016 Previews

George Hanna of the George and Tony Entertainment Show returns to go over the offerings in the October 2016 Previews catalog with me for items shipping starting in December. Along the way, we offer recommendations, discuss some books that we’re reading, veer into a few tangents (and rants), and generally have a geeky good time.

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The Comics Noob Podcast Ep 17- Monster Men, Holy Trinity & Gunslinging


This week we dive right in to Night of the Monster Men parts 1 & 2. Then we sit down for dinner with the Top 3 in Trinity. Followed by some sick gunslinging in Kingsway West and finishing with a little demon hunting with our pal Lucas Stand.


3:25 Batman 07 / Nightwing 05 “Night of the Monster Men Parts  1 & 2”

31:24 Trinity 01

46:10 Kingsway West 02

54:46 Lucas Stand 04


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Comics Alternative, Episode 205: Reviews of Angel Catbird, Vol. 1, Everafter #1, and Glitterbomb #1

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A Show for Furries?


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  • 00:00:30 – Introduction
  • 00:02:32 – Comics Alternative news
  • 00:05:57 – Angel Catbird, Vol. 1
  • 00:39:10 – Everafter #1
  • 00:52:07 – Glitterbomb #1
  • 01:05:39 – Wrap up
  • 01:06:41 – Contact us


On this week’s episode, the Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics look at three recent texts, each fantastical in its own way. They begin with Margaret Atwood and Johnnie Christmas’s Angel Catbird, Vol. 1 (Dark Horse Books), a unique amalgamation of Golden Age superhero comics, environmental awareness, and ailurophilia. This is the first mainstream comics foray for Atwood, a Canadian novelist, poet, and winner of the Man Booker Prize. Andy and Derek spend a good deal of time talking about the tone of this book as well as its intended, or perhaps inferred, readers. They also sense a faint whiff of “Omaha” the Cat Dancer.

Next, the guys turn their attention to the new addition to the Fables world, Everafter #1 (Vertigo Comics). Written by David Justus and Matthew Sturges, and with art by Travis Moore, this new title picks up where Bill Willingham’s long-running series left off. Several of the old Fables make their ways into this first issue, but what appears to distinguish Everafter from the original run is its emphasis on adventure, similar to Chris Roberson’s Cinderella stories.

Finally, Andy and Derek discuss the first issue in the new Image Comics series, Glitterbomb. This is Jim Zubb’s look at the exploitative nature of Hollywood culture, but with a healthy dose of horror thrown in. The guys wonder if this series will adopt a polemical tone similar to Bitch Planet. And they are especially taken by the art of newcomer Djibril Morissette-Phan.