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.

He’s Got Issues #176: New Comics, 5/27/15

First Five:
1) Invincible #120
2) All-New Hawkeye #3
3) Secret Wars 2099 #1 (Of 5)
4) Convergence #8 (Of 8)
5) Iron Fist The Living Weapon #12

Top Ten:
6) Nova #31
7) Inferno #1
8) Infinity Gauntlet #1
9) Secret Wars Journal #1 (Of 5)
10) Old Man Logan #1

Best of the Rest:
DC COMICS

  • Convergence Action Comics #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Blue Beetle #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Booster Gold #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Crime Syndicate #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Detective Comics #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Infinity Inc #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Justice Society Of America #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Plastic Man And The Freedom Fighters #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Shazam #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence World’s Finest Comics #2 (Of 2)
  • Effigy #5

MARVEL COMICS

  • Black Widow #18
  • Inhumans Attilan Rising #1
  • M.O.D.O.K. Assassin #1 (Of 5)
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. #6
  • Uncanny Avengers Ultron Forever #1

DARK HORSE COMICS

  • Fight Club 2 #1

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  • They’re Not Like Us #6

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

  • Divinity #4 (Of 4)
  • Ivar Timewalker #5

Trades:

  • Batgirl Volume 5 Deadline TP
  • Nightcrawler Volume 2 Reborn TP

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He’s Got Issues #176.3: Independents, 5/27/15

BOOM! STUDIOS

  • Adventure Time #40
  • Big Trouble In Little China #11
  • Bravest Warriors Tales From The Holo John #1
  • Capture Creatures #4
  • Curb Stomp #4 (Of 4)
  • Munchkin #5

DARK HORSE COMICS

  • Captain Midnight #23
  • Conan The Avenger #14
  • Elfquest The Final Quest #9
  • Fight Club 2 #1
  • Frankenstein Underground #3 (Of 5)
  • Grindhouse Drive In Bleed Out #5 (Of 8)
  • Halo Escalation #18
  • Mister X Razed #4 (Of 4)
  • Order Of The Forge #2 (Of 3)
  • PastAways #3
  • Tomb Raider #16

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

  • John Carter Warlord Of Mars #7
  • King Flash Gordon #4 (Of 4)
  • King Prince Valiant #2 (Of 4)
  • Red Sonja #16
  • Swords Of Sorrow Masquerade And Kato Special #1 (One Shot)

IDW PUBLISHING

  • Edward Scissorhands #8
  • Fly Outbreak #3 (Of 5)
  • Godzilla Rulers Of Earth #24
  • Indestructible Stingray #1
  • Infinite Loop #2 (Of 6)
  • Judge Dredd #30
  • October Faction #7
  • Powerpuff Girls Super Smash-Up #5 (Of 6)
  • Ragnarok #5
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #46
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ghostbusters Director’s Cut
  • Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #41
  • You Don’t Say GN

IMAGE COMICS

  • CBLDF Comics Presents Elephantmen Shots #1
  • Chew #49
  • Deadly Class #13
  • Invincible #120
  • Invisible Republic #3
  • Material #1
  • Outcast By Kirkman And Azaceta #9
  • Pisces #2
  • Postal #4
  • Sex #21
  • Sons Of The Devil #1
  • They’re Not Like Us #6
  • Wayward #8

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

  • Divinity #4 (Of 4)
  • Ivar Timewalker #5
  • The Valiant TP

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He’s Got Issues #170: New Comics, 4/22/15 (w/ Iceman’s “Outing”)

First Five:
1) All-New X-Men #40
2) Guardians Of The Galaxy And X-Men The Black Vortex Omega #1
3) Star Wars #4
4) Convergence #3 (Of 8)
5) Amazing Spider-Man #17.1

Top Ten:
6) Guardians Of The Galaxy #26
7) Convergence New Teen Titans #1 (Of 2)
8) Convergence Batman And The Outsiders #1 (Of 2)
9) Convergence Adventures Of Superman #1 (Of 2)
10) Convergence Superboy And The Legion Of Super-Heroes #1 (Of 2)

Best of the Rest:
DC COMICS

  • Convergence Green Lantern Corps #1 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Hawkman #1 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Justice League America #1 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Swamp Thing #1 (Of 2)
  • Convergence The Flash #1 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Wonder Woman #1 (Of 2)
  • Effigy #4

MARVEL COMICS

  • Amazing X-Men #19
  • Avengers Operation Hydra #1
  • Black Widow #17
  • Inhuman Special #1

IDW PUBLISHING

  • Galaxy Quest The Journey Continues #4 (Of 4)

IMAGE COMICS

  • Kaptara #1
  • Velvet #10

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

  • Divinity #3 (Of 4)
  • Ivar Timewalker #4
  • Ninjak #2

Trades:

  • Hulk Future Imperfect TP (New Printing)
  • Spider-Man The Complete Alien Costume Saga Volume 2 TP

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He’s Got Issues #170.3: Independents, 4/22/15

BOOM! STUDIOS

  • Adventure Time #39
  • Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #12
  • Curb Stomp #3 (Of 4)
  • Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes #6 (Of 6)
  • Suicide Risk #24

DARK HORSE COMICS

  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #14
  • Creepy Comics #20
  • Frankenstein Underground #2 (Of 5)
  • Grindhouse Drive In Bleed Out #4 (Of 8)
  • Halo Escalation #17
  • Mind MGMT #32
  • Mister X Razed #3 (Of 4)
  • Tomb Raider #15

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

  • King Flash Gordon #3 (Of 4)
  • Lady Rawhide Lady Zorro #2 (Of 4)
  • Legenderry Red Sonja #3 (Of 5)
  • Sherlock Holmes Vs Harry Houdini #5 (Of 5)
  • Solar Man Of The Atom #11

IDW PUBLISHING

  • Angry Birds Comics #10
  • Borderlands #8
  • Creeple Peeple #3 (Of 3)
  • Drones #1 (Of 5)
  • Edward Scissorhands #7
  • Empire Uprising #1
  • Fly Outbreak #2 (Of 5)
  • G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #213
  • Galaxy Quest The Journey Continues #4 (Of 4)
  • Godzilla Rulers Of Earth #23
  • Infinite Loop #1 (Of 6)
  • Littlest Pet Shop Spring Cleaning #1 (One Shot)
  • Maxx Maxximized #18
  • Miami Vice Remix #2 (Of 5)
  • My Little Pony Fiendship Is Magic #4 (Of 5)(Nightmare Moon)
  • Popeye Classics #33
  • Powerpuff Girls Super Smash-Up #4 (Of 6)
  • Robert Heinlein’s Citizen Of The Galaxy #3 (Of 3)
  • Samurai Jack #18
  • Skylanders #8
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics Volume 3 #4
  • Transformers Windblade Combiner Wars #2
  • Uncle Scrooge #1
  • Zombies Vs Robots #4

IMAGE COMICS

  • Chew #48
  • Deadly Class #12
  • Empty #3
  • Intersect #6
  • Invisible Republic #2
  • Kaptara #1
  • Lazarus #16
  • Manifest Destiny #14
  • Postal #3
  • Satellite Sam #13
  • Thrilling Adventure Hour Presents Beyond Belief #1 (Of 4)
  • Velvet #10

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

  • Divinity #3 (Of 4)
  • Ivar Timewalker #4
  • Ninjak #2

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He’s Got Issues # 165: New Comics, 3/18/15


First Five:
1) All-New X-Men #39
2) Amazing Spider-Man #16.1
3) Superman #39
4) Princess Leia #2 (Of 5)
5) Silk #2

Top Ten:
6) Batman Eternal #50
7) Moon Knight #13
8) Alex + Ada #13
9) Batgirl #40
10) Cyclops #11

Best of the Rest:
DC COMICS

  • Batgirl Endgame #1 (One Shot)
  • The Kitchen #5 (Of 8)
  • Red Hood And The Outlaws #40
  • Teen Titans #8

MARVEL COMICS

  • Black Widow #16
  • Captain America And The Mighty Avengers #6
  • Guardians Team-Up #3
  • Storm #9
  • Wolverines #11

IDW PUBLISHING

  • Orphan Black #2
  • Star Trek Planet Of The Apes #4 (Of 5)

IMAGE COMICS

  • Chrononauts #1

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

  • Divinity #2 (Of 4)
  • Ivar Timewalker #3

Trades:

  • All-New X-Men Volume 6 The Ultimate Adventure HC (Premiere Edition)
  • United States Of Murder Inc Volume 1 Truth HC (Premiere Edition)

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Episode 126: Reviews of The Sculptor, Divinity #1, and Descender #1

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Chipping Away

The Two Guys with PhDs are back with another review episode, and on this one they explore three fascinating titles. They begin by discussing the much-anticipated recent release from Scott McCloud, The Sculptor (First Second). In fact, Derek and Andy begin their conversation with the very fact that this was a much-anticipated, Sculptorand heavily reviewed, new book, and how all of that attention may be affecting the book’s reception. They speculate on the ways in which the artist’s prestige and reputation feeds into the expectations. Although McCloud has created memorable narratives — e.g., the Zot! series and The New Adventures of Abraham Lincoln — this is an author most famously known for Understanding Comics and the expository/instructional books that followed, Reinventing Comics and Making Comics. The guys question if the author can ever get beyond his reputation as primarily a theoretician of the medium, and if he can ever gain renewed recognition as a creator of innovative narrative forms. And both Derek and Andy feel mixed over the prognosis. Yet despite all of the extra-textual commentary, Divinitythe Two Guys spend most of their conversation in a close reading of the text. Much of their talk centers on the book’s protagonist, David Smith, and the author’s possible attitude toward his creation. Does McCloud want us to see Smith as a heroic (possibly romantic?) figure, or are we expected to read the sculptor more critically and as a flawed artist? This is a question that remains unanswered, and perhaps it speaks to McCloud’s talents that the Two Guys cannot put a finger on an exact character assessment. They also discuss The Sculptor as not only as a creative treatise on art and its place in our culture, but also, and perhaps more specifically, as a commentary on the comics industry today. Theirs is not a gushing, unequivocal endorsement of the new graphic novel — there are already plenty of those out there — but Andy and Derek do see this as a serious new work and give it the full Comics Alternative treatment…spending a little over an hour discussing the text! Next, the guys look at two new number one issues from some of their favorite creators. Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine’s Divinity #1 (Valiant) is a beautifully rendered science fiction narrative that apparently rests just on the periphery of the Valiant University. This is the first of a four-part series, Descenderand Hairsine’s cinematic style is the perfect platform for Kindt’s complex storytelling. Both Derek and Andy love Matt Kindt as a writer/artist, but this time around they get their fix through his scripting only. They experience the same with Descender #1 (Image), written by Jeff Lemire and with art by Dustin Nguyen. Most times they discuss Lemire’s work — and the Two Guys have done this often — they do so by looking at him as a sole creator, but his new series with Nguyen demonstrates without a doubt Lemire’s developed writing chops. The first issue accomplishes what it sets out to do, establishing a premise and tone that will both frame and propel the first story arc. This is definitely not a title that encourages trade waiting. Indeed, with both Descender and Divinity, you’ll want to get every issue as soon as they come out.

Also, be sure to check out the Paste review of The Sculptor written by friend-of-the-podcast, Shea Hennum!

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He’s Got Issues #160: New Comics, 2/11/15


First Five:
1) The Walking Dead #137
2) Amazing Spider-Man #14
3) Darth Vader #1
4) All-New X-Men #36
5) Guardians Of The Galaxy #24

Top Ten:
6) Spider-Woman #4
7) Batman Eternal #45
8) Thor #5
9) New Suicide Squad #7
10) Cyclops #10

Best of the Rest:
DC COMICS

  • Astro City #20
  • FBP Federal Bureau Of Physics #18
  • Harley Quinn Valentine’s Day Special #1
  • Justice League United #9
  • Secret Six #2

MARVEL COMICS

  • Guardians 3000 #5
  • Nightcrawler #11
  • Thanos Vs Hulk #3 (Of 4)
  • Wolverines #6
  • X-Men #24

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

  • Magnus Robot Fighter #11

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  • Morning Glories #43
  • Tech Jacket #8

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

  • Divinity #1 (Of 4)
  • Rai #7

Trades:

  • Batman The Dark Knight Volume 4 Clay TP
  • Rocket Raccoon Volume 1 A Chasing Tale HC (Premiere Edition)

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He’s Got Issues #160.3: Independents, 2/11/15


BOOM! STUDIOS

  • Adventure Time Marceline Gone Adrift #2 (Of 6)
  • Bravest Warriors #29
  • Deep State #4
  • Help Us Great Warrior #1 (Of 8)
  • Hexed #7
  • Teen Dog #6 (Of 8)
  • Wild’s End #6 (Of 6)

DARK HORSE COMICS

  • Abe Sapien #20
  • Conan Red Sonja #2 (Of 4)
  • Itty Bitty Comics The Mask #4
  • Prometheus Fire And Stone Omega #1 (One Shot)
  • Resurrectionists #4
  • Usagi Yojimbo #1 (1 For $1 Edition)
  • X #22

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

  • Army Of Darkness Volume 4 #3
  • Captain Victory And The Galactic Rangers #5 (Of 6)
  • Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files Down Town #1 (Of 6)
  • Legenderry Red Sonja #1 (Of 5)
  • Magnus Robot Fighter #11

IDW PUBLISHING

  • 7th Sword #7
  • Edward Scissorhands #4 (Of 5)
  • Popeye Classics #31
  • Star Trek #41
  • Transformers Vs G.I. JOE #5

IMAGE COMICS

  • Elephantmen #62
  • Empty #1
  • Five Ghosts #15
  • Ghosted #17
  • Morning Glories #43
  • Satellite Sam #11
  • Shutter #9
  • Southern Bastards #7
  • Tech Jacket #8
  • The Walking Dead #137
  • Witchblade #180

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

  • Divinity #1 (Of 4)
  • Q2 The Return Of Quantum And Woody #5 (Of 5)
  • Rai #7

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