Comic News Insider Episode 666 – Best of 2015!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 666 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

It’s our Best of 2015! Jimmy sits down with The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald and good pal Jon Hoche to go over their 2015 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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Comic News Insider Episode 648 – NYCC: Kieron Gillen/Jamie McKelvie/Darryl Cunningham!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 648 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Assassin’s Creed #1, Chewbacca #1, I Hate Fairyland #1, The Twilight Children, Star Wars Rebels S2 premiere

Jimmy is joined in studio by Melissa Dowell. They chat/gush about the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer and when they plan on seeing it. At NYCC, Jimmy sat down with Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie to discuss The Wicked and the Divine, Phonogram, Young Avengers, and more! He also chatted with cartoonist Darryl Cunningham about his works Age of Selfishness, How to Fake a Moon Landing and Psychiatric Tales. News includes: Star Wars: Battlefront video game will allow you to play as familiar characters, the Art of John Cassaday will be on display at the Metropolis Gallery in NYC, FX is bringing a Legion TV series based on the X-Men character, FX is also working on a Y: The Last Man series based on the popular comic book series, Fox is producing an X-Men related series as well called The Hellfire Club, Entertainment Weekly is holding their first EW Fest in NYC this weekend 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 645 – NYCC w/ Penelope Bagieu/Jeremy Bastian/Maris Wicks!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 645 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Doctor Strange Vol 4 #1, Invincible Iron Man Vol 2 #1, Jughead Vol 3 #1, Survivor’s Club #1, Arrow S4 premiere, The Flash S2 premiere, iZombie S2 premiere

Everyone is still recovering from New York Comic Con so Jimmy does it all sans co-host. He gives a quick recap of his NYCC adventures (mostly interviews) and all the exciting things he saw over the weekend. News includes: Mariko Tamaki to helm new Tomb Raider series, new Bloom County collections coming from IDW, The Incredibles 2 gets a release date, Avengers: Standoff will be Marvel’s next big event,  Jared Leto and Mark Ruffalo attended NYCC in disguise 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 644 – NYCC Approaches!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 644 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Jem and the Holograms: Outrageous Annual, The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat #1, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD S3 premiere, Rick and Morty S2 finale, Sleepy Hollow S3 premiere, Fear the Walking Dead season 1 finale, Flight 462 online premiere, The Walking Dead S6 premiere (non-spoilery)

After a last minute cancellation, Jimmy gets returning champion Emmy Potter to well…return and co-host! NYCC madness is in full effect and Jimmy chats about his planned coverage. You’ll also hear about how The Penguin and Jimmy shared some soap. And, of course, they have to talk about Doctor Who! News includes: Doctor Who gets a YA spin-off called Class, old Daredevil team reunites for new Black Widow comic, Marvel’s Damage Control comic is being adapted for TV, Seth Grahame-Smith to direct The Flash movie, Taika Waititi to direct Thor: Ragnarok and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comics Alternative Episode 130: Reviews of The Age of Selfishness, Lumberjanes Vol. 1, and Past Aways #1

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On this episode of the podcast, Andy and Derek review three new titles, each of which is a brief glimpse into a facet of our diverse comics culture. They begin by looking at the new book from Darryl Cunningham, The Age of Selfishness: Ayn Rand, Morality, and the Financial Crisis (Abrams AgeOfSelfishnessComicArs). This work is an extended essay focusing on the life and philosophy of Rand, the contribution of her objectivist ideas to the 2008 financial crisis, and a general discussion on growing libertarian selfishness of Western culture. In fact, the book is divided into three parts, each of which is devoted to one of these three components. The guys discuss Cunningham’s structural approach when presenting his arguments. Andy feels that the three parts work fairly well together, although Derek isn’t as convinced that the book as a whole has the appropriate balance. For examples, the references to Rand’s philosophy in the second part of the book, “The Crash,” are sporadic and could have been more deeply ingrained. As a result, the transition from the first part of the text, a broad biography of Ayn Rand, to the discussion on the 2008 crash that follows seems to separate two different projects. Still, Cunningham is able to weave his points together through references to Rand’s disciples, the most prominent of which is Alan Greenspan. The Age of Selfishness is definitely an editorializing work with a left-leaning bent — which is OK with the guys — although at times the author tries almost too hard to be evenhanded. Next, Derek and Andy talk about a comic that they’ve been meaning to discuss for some time, Lumberjanes (BOOM! Box). LumberjanesJunkIn their first collected trade, Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke Allen introduce the adventuresome girl team by plunging readers directly into the thick of things, involving yetis, animated statues, werescouts, a mysterious bearwoman, and the subtitular “kitten holy.” This initial volume collects the first four issues of the series, which began about a year ago. The guys wonder why it took so long to put out the first trade, and why this collection comprises only the first four comic books. Derek believes that issues #5, and perhaps even #6, could have been included in the first trade with it still retaining a coherent narrative. But the thing about Lumberjanes is that the storyline is tightly woven, to where it’s difficult to determine where one arc ends and another begins. That’s to the creators’ benefit, as it suggests that they have a solid story to tell and that they’re not merely writing with the typical trade cycle in mind. Finally, the Two Guys discuss the inaugural issue of the new series from Matt Kindt and Scott Kolins, Past Aways (Dark Horse). This is a time-travel  narrative, although one with a different twist. Five explorers from our future are trapped in the early PastAways1twenty-first century, and after a year of being stranded, they drift apart with each going his or her separate way. The opening event in this first issue is what draws everyone back to a common purpose, so in many ways Past Aways has a superhero-ish “getting the team back together” kind of feel. The prelude to this new series actually appeared a couple of months ago in Dark Horse Presents #6 — and the guys briefly discuss that story — but readers do not have to have read that introduction to get into this first issue. Kindt is one of Andy and Derek’s favorite creators, and they love Kolins’s mainstream work in titles such as The Flash. So this new series will be a no-brainer for the guys. They’re on board for the long haul and hope the haul goes on for some time!

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