Comic News Insider Episode 816 – Harakiri Kane w/ Dean Haspiel/Stoya!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 816 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Power Pack Vol 3 #63, Ragman Vol 3 #1, Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica #1 & 2, Batman White Knight #1 & 2, The Archies #1 & 2, Thor: Ragnarok

We are back! Well, Jimmy is back. Busy time of year so co-hosts are hard to find. He records solo but recruits some of the CNI correspondents to send in audio reviews for all of the above. Mad thanks to Erica, Emmy, Emily, Marta, and Heidi! Last week, Jimmy attended the new play Harakiri Kane written by cartoonist Dean Haspiel and starring Stoya. He sat down with them both after the show to discuss the play and you get to hear all about it! News includes: Brian Michael Bendis signs exclusive deal with DC Comics, Millarworld announces first Netflix comic, Tim Sale is developing new Batman projects, a Lord of the Rings TV series is in the works, Gotham is recasting Poison Ivy yet again and more! Also, come back later this week for the final  NYCC special episode starring Hulu’s Runaways cast and producers! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 803 – Baltimore Comic Con Special: DMC/Charles Soule/Dean Haspiel/David Trustman/Kata Kane/Michael Bracco!

Comic News Insider: Episode 803 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Jimmy went to Baltimore Comic Con last Saturday and got some great interviews! He chatted to DMC and Amy Chu, Charles Soule, Dean Haspiel and David Trustman, Kata Kane and Michael Bracco! BCC is a great show that is well organized, has great guests, awesome talent, good location and a positive vibe. And home to the new Ringo! Awards in honor of Mike Wieringo. Get yourself there next 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 802 – Getting Germy with Falynn Koch!

Comic News Insider: Episode 802 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Angelic #1, Batman: The Red Death #1,  Gasolina #1, Gotham S4 premiere, Star Trek: Discovery series premiere, Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Jimmy is joined in studio by special guest Falynn Koch and frequent co-host Jon Hoche! Jimmy talks about his quick jaunt to Baltimore Comic Con on Saturday and the interviews to expect later this week. He talks to Falynn about her new book from First Second, Science Comics: Plagues: The Microscopic Battlefield.  Jimmy also talks about her past and present days as a chef and about the national park road trip that she and her husband have embarked upon. News includes: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is coming to TV, Linda Hamilton is returning to her Terminator role, a Teen Titans Go! feature film is in the works, Wolverine will return in Marvel’s Legacy, the new Milestone Comics will be unveiled at NYCC 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 our Baltimore Comic Con recap/interview special! 

Comics Alternative, Webcomics: Reviews of The Red Hook, Kill 6 Billion Demons, and Rice Boy

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Time Codes:

  • 00:00:27 – Introduction
  • 00:07:03 – Brief comments on the 2016 Ignatz Award nominees for Outstanding Online Comic
  • 00:18:07 – The Red Hook
  • 00:57:28 – Kill 6 Billion Demons
  • 01:21:11 – Interview with Jim McClain and Paul Schultz
  • 01:41:15 – Rice Boy
  • 02:13:55 – Wrap up
  • 02:15:30 – Contact us

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On this extra-long episode of The Comics Alternative Webcomics, Sean and Derek cover a lot of territory on the webcomics front. They begin with a few brief comments on this year’s Ignatz Award nominees for Outstanding Online Comic. They also contrast the way that the Ignatz judges classify webcomics with what the Eisner Awards has been doing lately, combining webcomics and digital comics.

After that, the guys jump into the core of this month’s episode with a look at Dean Haspiel’s The Red Hook. They discuss, among other things, the fact that superhero comics are relatively rare in webcomics and that this title is reminiscent of what Haspiel did with The Fox, for Archie Comics, and with his own comics centered on Billy Dogma and Jane Legit. Sean and Derek also spend a bit of time talking about Webtoons, the platform where you’ll find The Red Hook.

Next, they review Kill 6 Billion Demons. Both of the guys are impressed by Tom Parkinson-Morgan’s art and the intricacies involved in his world-building, but they are somewhat critical of the webcomic’s design and usability. It’s not easy to navigate that site, which is surprising, given the fact that Kill 6 Billion Demons has been around since 2013.

Before they turn to the final webcomic of the month, Derek and Sean introduce what they hope will be a new feature of the monthly series. Beginning with this episode, they will talk briefly with Jim McClain and Paul Schultz about a new webcomics they’re creating, Poe and the Mysteriads. Every month they hope to check in with the creators about the step-by-step process they’re going through in developing the title, from story concept to art choices to the design of the website.

Finally, Sean and Derek look at Evan Dahm’s already completed webcomic, Rice Boy. This is the second time Dahm’s work has been a focus of the webcomics series, the first occasion being a discussion of Vattu back in January 2015. This is a much earlier webcomic, and the guys discuss the evolution of Dahm’s art and storytelling style as the story develops. It’s an intriguing fantastical quest narrative, and if you’re not already familiar with Dahm, then this would be a great way to get to know his work.

Sample art from Poe and the Mysteriads

Sample art from Poe and the Mysteriads

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Comics Alternative, On Location: Talking with Creators at SPX 2015, Pt. 2

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This is the second of three on-location interview shows based on Derek and Andy W.’s attendance at last weekend’s Small Press Expo. At the event, the Two Guys took the opportunity to talk with several creators exhibiting at SPX, interviewing each for anywhere from 5 to around 20 minutes. In some cases, the guys are quite familiar with the artist’s works (and may even have reviewed their comics on past episodes). At other times, Andy or Derek may not know the work of the creator, but use the interview opportunity to learn more about the artist. In this episode, you will hear conversations with:

The exhibition hall of SPX 2015 was packed, and, as a result, the din of the crowd was at times difficult to talk over. But the Two Guys addressed the sound challenges as best they could. Sometimes they talked with the creators at their tables, and at other times — such as the interviews with Gregory Benton and Dean Haspiel — they were able to find a space off the floor where the sound was less chaotic.

The final on-location interview episode will be released on Saturday. The first was published yesterday. And be sure to check out Derek’s much longer conversation with Bill Griffith that was released separately.

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Comics Alternative, Episode 148: A Publisher Spotlight on Hang Dai Editions

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On this episode of The Comics Alternative, Gene and Derek turn a critical spotlight on the upcoming releases from the small press, Hang Dai Editions. The guys begin with a brief conversation with Dean Haspiel and Gregory Benton, two of the founders of the Hang Dai Studio, a collective that they founded along with Josh Neufeld and the late Seth Kushner. In this interview, they describe the origins of their publishing line and share many of their experiences in getting it off the ground. Hang Dai Editions began as their studio imprint back in 2013, and up until recently the creators had limited their publications to smaller, personal projects available mainly through conventions and local events. But as announced earlier this year, Hang Dai became part of Marc Arsenault’s Alternative Comics publishing co-op, and with wider distribution, the Hang Dai folks wanted to up their game with longer and more ambitious projects. The first three releases since becoming part of the co-op, all being releases on September 15, are what Derek and Gene discuss for the remainder of the show. They begin with Haspiel’s Beef with Tomato, a collection of autobiographic shorts that reads as a sequel or follow-up to his 2001 comic, Opposable Thumbs. As with the earlier work, the stories in this new Hang Dai book are woven together by particular themes or gain cohesion through a shared tone. In the case of Beef with Tomato, that commonality is largely the risks and the unexpected occurrences of close urban living. The book also includes a variety of short prose pieces and HDE_dance-600x535previously published comics that, while similar in subject matter and tone to the first (and newer) twelve stories, stand apart in style yet provide a nice coda to the collection as a whole. Next, the Two Guys turn their attention to Gregory Benton’s Smoke. Much like last year’s B+F, this is a large-format wordless comic featuring Xolo, a large skull-faced dog based on Xolotl, the Aztec god associated with fire, sickness, and death. The story follows two brothers as they work on an industrial tobacco farm, and the hazardous conditions they work under spawn a surreal journey into another dimension, something dreamlike while at the same time darkly foreboding. Benton’s vibrant, beautiful art is front and center in this work, and Gene and Derek point out his strategic handling of art styles when straddling the book’s different narrative worlds. Finally, the guys look at Seth Kushner’s Schmuck, a collection of twenty-two autobiographic stories, all written by Kushner but each illustrated by a different artist. Derek and Gene recognize many of those whose art is featured in the book — e.g., Haspiel and Benton, but also Noah Van Sciver, Nick Bertozzi, and Josh Neufeld — but there are several illustrators who are new to the guys. All of this gives Schmuck a feeling of both fragmentation and cohesiveness. Each artist provides a unique visual lens through which to interpret the book’s protagonist, Adam Kessler, the fictional persona of Kushner. Yet at the same time, all of the stories unfold along one trajectory: Adam’s attempts to find a meaningful relationship with a woman. Seth Kushner passed away earlier this year, but Schmuck was a life labor, ambitious in scope, that becomes fully realized next month. It, along with Smoke and Beef with Tomato, marks a new beginning for Hang Dai Editions, and one that Gene and Derek are excited to discuss.

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Visit the Hang Dai Editions website for more lowdown on what Greg, Dean, and Josh are up to!

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Comic News Insider Episode 602 – Mighty MoCCA Merriment w/ Dean Haspiel/Seth Kushner/Barbara Stok!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 602 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Convergence #1, Rebels #1, Savior #1, Daredevil, Game of Thrones

It’s the MoCCA recap and Jimmy is joined in studio by Producer Joe and pal Jon Hoche. Jimmy and Joe attended MoCCA Festival over the weekend and experienced some amazing small press comic book goodness! Jimmy interviewed Monica Gallagher, Dean Haspiel, Seth Kushner, Barbara Stok and Jamie Tanner. You’ll hear Dean, Seth and Barbara in this episode and Monica and Jamie in next week’s episode. Jimmy also cheated on CNI by appearing on 2 other podcasts last week. He was part of the annual Jay and Jack charity podcast for Autism Speaks and a guest on his friend Amber’s Vodka O’Clock podcast (available next week). Jimmy and Joe gave their recap and thoughts on this year’s MoCCA. Hint: It rocked! News includes: New Lego Dimensions game from Warner Bros., DC Comics leaves NYC for good, you can relive Superman 2 with Margot Kidder, Agents of SHIELD gets a spin-off, Olivia Munn is cast as Psylocke in upcoming X:Men film, new Spider-Man film will have teenage Spidey/no origin re-telling/new costume with “classic Spidey” feel, Brad Bird is working on The Incredibles 2, Lucy Griffiths joins AMC’s Preacher cast and director Michelle McLaren leaves Wonder Woman film over “creative differences”. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 531 – MoCCA Merriment w/ Dean Haspiel/Simon Fraser/Danica Novgorodoff/Michelle Mozes

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Comic News Insider: Episode 531 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Walking Dead season finale, Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, Lost Girl season finale, Being Human series finale

Producer Joe  returns to recap MoCCA Festival with Jimmy. It was an awesome time full of comic goodness. Lots of great interviews with Emmy winner Dean Haspiel (Fear, My Dear), Simon Fraser (Dare2Draw), Danica Novgorodoff (The Undertaking of Lily Chen) and Michelle Mozes (The Hero of Avaryn). News includes: Archie will die in Life With Archie, SyFy shuffles on to the zombie bandwagon wth Z Nation, Xbox to debut original humanoid robot drama Humans and Comic Sans gets a facelift. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Wayne’s Comics #109 With Dean Haspiel And Dennis Culver

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It’s a special episode of the Wayne’s Comics podcast, with two great interviews!

First up is Dean Haspiel, one of the creative forces behind The Fox at Red Circle/Archie Comics. We talk about this successful series, including how it came to be and how unique this title is compared to other comics available today. If you aren’t reading it, now’s the time to get on board with this excellent title!

I interview Dennis Culver next, and we chat about Edison Rex, a great book available through Monkeybraincomics.com, one of my favorite producers of comics! Dennis chats with me about the upcoming 12th issue in the series, and what that milestone means to the creators! He also points out some fun Easter eggs for fans you can find in the book, which I highly recommend!

Both The Fox #2 and Edison Rex #12 were released on Wednesday, December 4, so don’t miss them!

 

Comic News Insider Episode 509 – Spider-Max!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 509 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Damian: Son of Batman #1, The Fox #1, Sandman Overture #1

Jimmy heads out to the Garden State (New Jersey, if ya didn’t know) to visit his sister and family. His awesome 5 year old nephew, Maximus, chats on mic to Jimmy about his love of superheroes and Star Wars in the most adorable stream of conscious way. Jimmy talks about seeing Gravity, the new X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer and his love of the Thor comic. News includes: DC Comics is moving out west, Fables will end with issue 150, Daredevil coming back in digital form, ol pulp series The Avenger is being reimagined for the CW, The Addams Family animated is on the way, a 5 year old boy with leukemia will be Batman for a day, Ben Kingsley’s secret Marvel project just may be a short film with him reprising his “The Mandarin” role, Marvel brings back Ms. Marvel in the form of a teen character from New Jersey of Muslim heritage named Kamala Khan, First Second announces fantasy graphic novel series called The Nameless City from Faith Erin Hicks and Hourman TV series is in the works at the CW. As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comics Alternative Podcast Episode 59: A Review of Palookaville #21 and The Fox #1

“Not the Comics to Read to Ukelele Music in the Background”

Palooka21This week the Two Guys with PhDs review Seth’s Palookaville #21 (Drawn and Quarterly) and The Fox #1, by Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid (Red Circle Comics). They begin by providing a primer on Palookaville and the 16-year run (so far) of the serialized Clyde Fans. They spend a good amount of time talking about the latest installment of Clyde Fans, part four, and then move on to the two overtly autobiographical sections of this issue of Palookaville: “Rubber Stamp Diary” and “Nothing Lasts, Part One.” Both Gene and Derek are fascinated with the very concept of the former, using specially designed rubber stamps to keep an illustrated diary. And they are bowled over by “Nothing Lasts,” a section from one of Seth’s sketchbooks and a better story than most people’s finished comics. Next they turn their critical eyes to Haspiel and Waid’s The Fox, a new FoxPg10superhero title for Archie Comic’s Red Circle imprint. (Yes, we know that The Comics Alternative doesn’t focus on superhero comics, but this first issue is a notable and justifiable exception, especially since Dean Haspiel is a friend of Gene’s.) They comment on the history of The Fox, beginning back in the 1940s, and then discuss how Haspiel and Waid revive the character for current times. What the Two Guys discover inadvertently are the thematic similarities between The Fox — Haspiel’s critique of social and digital media — and Seth’s emphasis on the past and older printed materials. All in all, it is a fun review show for Derek and Gene, and they both wholeheartedly recommend Palookaville #21 and The Fox #1 to everyone.

This week’s incidental music is brought to you by
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Comic News Insider Episode 469 – Best Friends Forever with BREA GRANT!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 469 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Danger Girl: Trinity #1, House of Gold & Bones #1

Jimmy is joined by suprise guest co-host and good pal Brea Grant! Big thanks to Brea as she was in town for a few days shooting a music video and made time to to do a little podcasting. They chat about the 75th anniversary of Superman and Lois Lane, Jimmy’s segment on Jay & Jack’s Podcast for Autism is available, their mutual love for the old Pamela Anderson show VIP, and Patton Oswalt’s brilliant Star Wars pitch he did on NBC’s Parks & Recreations. News includes: Dredd 3D gets a comic book sequel, Mark Waid and Dean Haspiel will take on Archie Comics The Fox, Will.i.Am brings the boom boom pow to comics and Jonathan Hickman and Matt Fraction get demonic with Da Vinci. Jimmy chats with Brea about her massive amount of work lately including her own film, Best Friends Forever. Brea also gives some great advice to those who want to get into acting and even ones like me who want to return to the game. They chat movies, TV, comics, video games and so much more. And Jimmy drops a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT about the future of the podcast while chatting with Brea. Is it the end? Will it go on forever? Download to find out! As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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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!

Teenage Wasteland Episode 52 – Comic Talk

I’ve been reading a lot, and this week it is time to discuss it all in this edition of…Comic Talk.

Items Discussed: Batman & Robin #6, Doctor Mid-Nite #1-3, Cowboy Ninja Viking #1, Sword #1, Punisher #11, Opposable Thumbs, X-Men: Children of the Atom #1-6

Music featured is by Bad Brains.

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