Comic News Insider Episode 847 – TCAF Recap w/ Eddie Campbell/Audrey Niffenegger/Willow Dawson!

Comic News Insider: Episode 847 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Jimmy went to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) over the weeekend and got a ton of great interviews! 13 total equaling about 5 hours of content. So you will hear all of them over the next 2 weeks! No reviews or news this week since it’s the TCAF recap. Jimmy got friends Heidi MacDonald and Molly Kremer to send in their quick recaps as well. 2 awesome interviews in this episode. Jimmy sat down with Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell to discuss their new book Bizarre Romance. He also got them to talk about some of their more popular works The Time Traveler’s Wife and From Hell. He also sat down with good pal Willow Dawson about her new book White As Milk, Red As Blood: The Forgotten Fairy Tales of Franz Xaver von Schonwerth. They discussed the dark and twisted fairy tales within. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 846 – Training For TCAF!

Comic News Insider: Episode 846 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Avengers Vol 7 #1, Coda #1, DC Nation #0, Red Sonja/Tarzan #1 

TCAF is approaching and Jimmy is madly prepping for it. Due to that, he has to fly solo but recruits friends to send in some audio reviews. Thanks to Amy aka The Frog Queen, Ashley Lanni, Erica Schultz and Rachael Smith. News includes: Gina Gagliano will serve as Publishing Director for the new Random House Graphic, the 2000AD Sci-Fi Special will have an all-female creative team including Babs Tarr/Tula Lotay/Leah Moore/Emma Vieceli/ Alex De Campi/etc,  Bill & Ted 3 is happening 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 273: Reviews of Bizarre Romance, The Ballad of Sang #1, and Gideon Falls #1

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“Good squishy sounds”

On this week’s review episode, Gene and Derek discuss three recent, and very different, titles. They begin with Bizarre Romance (Abrams ComicArt), an unusual “graphic novel” written by Audrey Niffenegger and with art from Eddie Campbell. The various stories that compose this collection are both comics and prose-centric pieces, and all of the selections have something to do with relationships in an off-kilter manner. Next, they look at Ed Brisson and Alessandro Micelli’s The Ballad of Sang #1 (Oni Press). Inspired by 1970s and 1980s kung fu and action films, this first issue in the series introduces us to a young mute street fighter who becomes a fugitive and must fend for himself. Finally, Gene and Derek wrap up with the latest comic from Jeff Lemire, Gideon Falls #1. With art by Lemire’s stalwart collaborator, Andrea Sorrentino — they had previously worked together on Green Arrow and Old Man Logan — this is a dark and moody narrative that points to what will become a fascinating monthly series. As Lemire writes in the brief essay that closes out this first issue, Gideon Falls is the realization of a couple of story ideas that the writer has contemplated since his days as a film student.

Also, as the Two Guys share during their “listener mail” segment, English professor and dedicated listener Meghan Sweeney has set up a GoFundMe campaign that aspires, in the aftermath of the Parkland massacre, to get copies of John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell’s March trilogy into the hands of teens who might not otherwise have access to them. Please go fund this idea, and help spread the word!

Comics Alternative, Episode 161: A Publisher Spotlight on Top Shelf Productions

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Can it be true? Are the Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics actually doing yet another publisher spotlight? Are they gluttons for punishment? Are their eyeballs going to fall out from all of the reading? Maybe so, but if their orbs do drop out of their heads, they’ll do so while gazing at some of the great books coming out of Top Shelf Productions. In this episode, you’ll hear Andy and Derek talking about the publisher’s summer and fall releases, including:

Before they get into the titles themselves, Derek shares a brief interview he conducted with Chris Staros, the publisher of Top Shelf. They talk about the origins of Top Shelf, the authors who have helped define their line, and their recent acquisition by IDW Publishing. Then, it’s on to the books! The guys begin with a discussion of Eddie Campbell’s Bacchus Omnibus, Vol. 1. This is the first of two behemoth books collecting all of Campbell’s Bacchus stories, complete with the titular god of wine and revelry, Joe Theseus, Hermes, the Stygian Leech, and the guys’ favorite, the Eyeball Kid. After that, Derek and Andy revisit a comic that they first discussed almost two years ago, Chris Sheridan’s Motorcycle Samurai. Back in January of 2014, they looked at the first two issues of the digital series, but this time they focus on the first completed narrative arc. The guys point out some of TopSelfLogothe differences between the two versions, digital and hardcopy, while at the same time highlighting many of he strengths in Sheridan’s storytelling. The next book they cover, Julian Hanshaw’s Tim Ginger, turns out to be one of their favorite books of the year. Both Andy and Derek point out the ambitiousness of this narrative, both thematically and visually, especially given the book’s compressed format. Indeed, Andy wonders if perhaps there was too much that Hanshaw was attempting to take on. Jennifer Hayden’s The Story of My Tits is where they go after that. This is an autobiographic tale of the author’s bout with breast cancer. But the book is much more than a personal cancer narrative. It is also Hayden’s account of her important life relationships, both with her loved ones and with her breasts as they relate to self-image. Next, the Two Guys turn to a completely different kind of book, Troy Little’s adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Like the original, this is a wild ride, and Little’s composition brings out the surreal and even frightening quality of Thompson’s narrative. The guys note that Little does what Ralph Steadman does in his illustrations for the 1972 book, without being derivative in any way, and that this is a more approachable version that Terry Gilliam’s 1998 film. Finally, the guys wrap up with a book that is not yet out but will soon be, Ray Fawkes and Vince Locke’s Junction True. This is a disturbing science fiction tale that doesn’t seem that unrealistic at all. In fact, its thematic focus on body enhancement and media exhibitionism is not too far from the culture in which we currently reside. One could even read Junction True metaphorically as a cautionary tale…or one of contemporary gothic horror.

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Deconstructing Comics #401: The Companion “From Hell”!

fromhellcompanionNearly three months ago, way back before “Tim Across America,” Kumar and Dana discussed Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s classic graphic novel “From Hell.” Now they’re back with a discussion of last year’s From Hell Companion, which includes an annotated script and a lot of other behind-the-scenes information, inspiring our guys’ repeated forehead slaps and exclamations of “How come I never noticed THAT bit of symbolism before?”

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Deconstructing Comics #390: “From Hell” (plus a Kickstarter)

From HellIn the early ’90s, Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s From Hell, based on the true story of Jack the Ripper, was published in issues, and collected in 1999. Kumar and Dana find that, upon re-reading (or re-re-re-reading), new questions still arise. What’s the story about? Why does the killer sometimes come off as a wise prophet? Many scenes are simply puzzling and need sufficient time to unpack. And then there’s the Star Wars reference…

Also this week, Kumar and Mulele discuss their upcoming Kickstarter project for Weird Crime Theater!

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Deconstructing Comics #283: Eddie Campbell on “Alec” and more

AlecEddie Campbell is best known to many as the artist on Alan Moore’s From Hell, but throughout his career he has been putting out book after book of his autobiographical Alec comics. In 2009, much of his Alec work was compiled into the massive Alec: The Years Have Pants omnibus. Kumar catches up with fellow Australia resident Campbell for a chat about Alec, The Birth Caul/Snakes and Ladders, From Hell, and more.

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Deconstructing Comics #270 “Big Numbers”: Adding it all up

How often do you hear of two creators at the top of their medium, who set out to create their “magnum opus” and never complete it? Big Numbers is a famously unfinished comics project by Alan Moore and Bill Sienkiewicz from 1990. The theme of the project seemed to be chaos theory, symbolized by the fractal Mandebrot set (shown at right).

Meant to span 12 issues (or, rather, volumes, since the format is more paperback book than magazine), it only reached number two and then ceased publication. Rumors have flown since then about possibly existing third and fourth issues that never saw the light of day. Recently, new information has come out regarding the state of those unpublished episodes. Tim and Kumar sift through the rubble and speculate on just where Moore was going with this idea…

Wikipedia on Big Numbers

Bill Sienkiewicz explains the demise of Big Numbers

Scans of Big Numbers #3

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On Eddie Campbell’s take (from Mindless Ones)

What Al Columbia did with Big Numbers #4 (from CBR)

Sienkiewicz talks chaos theory on an episode of Prisoners of Gravity in 1991 (YouTube)

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Deconstructing Comics #257: “The Birth Caul” and “Snakes and Ladders”

Besides being one of the most highly regarded writers in the comics biz, Alan Moore has also, on several occasions, given artsy poetic readings. Two such readings that he gave in the late ’90s were turned into comics by Eddie Campbell. The text alone is dense enough with meaning, but Campbell’s images add yet another layer. Listen to Moore’s voice recordings of the works as you read and you have a full-on audio-comics experience. Tim and Kumar fawn and praise.

These two comics, plus a Moore interview, were later collected as A Disease of Language.

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