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It’s the first of a new month, and that must mean that the Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics will be looking at the latest Previews catalog. This is a rather long episode — going for almost three hours — so you get your money’s worth! But what makes this show extra special is that it’s the 300th episode of The Comics Alternative‘s weekly review show. As Derek points out, there are over twice as many episodes of the podcast that have been released since August 2012, accounting for the many interviews, specials, and the various monthly shows, but with the regularly weekly review shows, they’ve now reached a notable milestone. For December, Sterg and Derek discuss a variety of publishers and titles solicited in Previews such as:
- Image Comics – Sharkey the Bounty Hunter #1, Bully Wars Vol. 1, High Crimes, and Leviathan
- Dark Horse Comics – The Girl in the Bay #1 and EC Archives: Two-Fisted Tales Vol. 4
- DC Comics/Vertigo – Mera: Tidebreaker, Absolute Daytripper, and Promethea: The 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Book One
- IDW Publishing – Atomic Robo Presents Real Science Adventures: The Nicodemus Job, Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive, The Grave, Diabolical Summer, Springtime in Chernobyl, Life on the Moon, Ditko’s Monsters, Punks Not Dead: London Calling #1, Red Panda and Moon Bear, and A Shining Beacon
- Dynamite Entertainment – Kirby: Genesis Definitive Edition, Nancy Drew: The Case of the Cold Case, and The Boys Omnibus Vol. 1
- BOOM! Studios – Hotel Dare
- Aardvark-Vanaheim – Sim City: A Dave to Kill For #1
- Aftershock Comics – Stronghold #1 and Oberon #1
- Alternative Comics – Rad Erwank and Conspiracy Dog
- Arcana Studio – Raygun
- A Wage Blue World Inc – Love and Lost
- Cinebook – Bear’s Tooth Vol. 3: Werner, Lucky Luke: The Complete Collection Vol. 1, and Trent Vol. 4: The Valley of Fear
- Drawn and Quarterly – Leaving Richard’s Valley and Credo: The Rose Wilder Lane Story
- Fantagraphics Books – The Complete Crepax Vol 4: Private Life, Billie the Bee, Eddie Spaghetti, Mr. Fibber, I, Rene Tardi, Prisoner of War at Stalag 118 Vol. 2: My Return Home, The Perineum Technique, and Cult of the Ibis
- First Second – Bloom, Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos, Maker Comics: Bake Like a Pro, Maker Comics: Fix a Car, PDST, and Secret Coders: The Complete Boxed Set
- Harper Collins – New Kid
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – Lois Lowry: The Giver
- Humanoids – Bigby Bear and The Incal: Oversized Deluxe Limited Edition
- It’s Alive – Aztec Ace: The Complete Collection
- Little Brown Books for Young Readers – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Modern Retelling of Little Women
- New York Review Comics: Letters to Survivors
- Nobrow – Darwin: An Exceptional Voyage and Through a Life
- Oni Press – A Quick and Easy Guide to Queer and Trans Identities and Pilu of the Woods
- Pegasus – The Be-Bop Barbarians
- Robots and Monkeys – Eric
- Silver Sprocket – Egg Cream Vol. 1, Emotional Data, and Magical Beatdown Vol. 1
- Starburns Industries Press – Trent
- William Morow – Good Omens
- VIZ Media – Urusei Yatsura Vol. 1
- Dempa Books – Maiden Railways
Thank You, Carol Channing
It’s the beginning of the month, so the Two Guys with PhDs are back for look through the latest Previews catalog. This December, there’s a lot to choose from and discuss. After a brief digression into Thanksgiving activities and the 1968 Otto Preminger film, Skidoo (thanks Andy), the guys jump into this month’s solicits. They highlight an insane number of upcoming titles, including Rat God #1, Girlfiend, Mister X: Razed #1, and The Complete Pistolwhip (Dark Horse Comics); Suiciders #1 and The Filth Deluxe Edition (DC/Vertigo); Locke and Key: Master Edition Vol. 1, The Untold History of Black Comic Books, and Star Slammers (IDW Publishing); Nameless #1, Sparks Nevada #1, Postal #1, and Trees, Vol. 1 (Image Comics); Black Hood #1 (Dark Circle/Archie Comics); The Cluster #1 and Curb Stomp #1 (BOOM! Studios); Intelligent Sentient? (Drawn and Quarterly); 566 Frames (Fanfare/Borderline); Love and Rockets: New Stories No. 7, Sweatshop, Saint Cole, and Displacement (Fantagraphics); Sculptor and Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula (First Second); Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream (Locust Moon Press); Girl in Dior (NBM); and Meanwhile #1 (Soaring Press). This is a packed issue of Previews, and while they still continue to digest their holiday meals, Derek and Andy have a great time discussing the many new titles coming out over the next months.
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The Almighties are back, and moving in a new direction!
Creators Sam Johnson and Mike Gagnon join me for an entertaining interview about the comic, its characters, and its future. Recently, they released The Almighties Origins, a free seven-page digital comic you can obtain through their website, thealmighties.com. Also, both talk about their upcoming projects, including Sam’s Geek-Girl and Cabra Cini, Voodoo Junkie Hit Woman. Be sure to listen!
Then everything wraps up with a look at recent news, including December’s sales numbers, Cullen Bunn’s latest DC Comics project, and Image Expo 2014!
Be back next week for my fun interview with Joshua Fialkov, one of the creators behind Dark Horse’s Skyman!
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“Rabbits, Pets, or Meat” or “Packaging Goes a Long Way”
It’s time again for the Two Guys with PhDs to go through the monthly Previews catalog. This time around there are a number of noteworthy solicits to mention, including Fatima: The Blood Spinners, The White Suits #1, and Someplace Strange (from Dark Horse); The Royals #1 and Daytripper: Deluxe Edition (DC/Vertigo); Red Panda: The Mask of the Red Panda (IDW Publishing); The Fuse #1, The Revenger #1, and The Mercenary Sea #1 (Image Comics); Sanctuary (Slave Labor Graphics); A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (Bloomsbury); Turok: Dinosaur Hunter #1 (Dynamite Entertainment); Walt before Skeezix: 1919-1920 and the new printing of The Fixer (Drawn & Quarterly); Zero Hour and Other Stories, Insect Bath #1, and Cannon (Fantagraphics); The Bunker #1 (Oni Press); The Simon and Kirby Library: Horror (Titan Books); Tippy and the Night Parade (Toon Books); The Bojeffries Saga and Alone Forever (Top Shelf); and American Comic Book Chronicles: 1965-1969 (TwoMorrows Publishing).
Also in this episode: Andy discusses the merits of buying local for his family dinner, and Derek shares a rabbit-induced trauma from his childhood. Oh…and there’s some good general comics talk.
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