Comic News Insider Episode 769 – More TCAF w/ Sandrine Revel/Jamie Tanner & Five Points Fest Fun!

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Reviews: Generation X Vol 2 #1, Eternal Empire #1, Luke Cage #1, X-Files Funko Universe #1, Agents of SHIELD S4 finale, Supergirl S2 finale

Emily Edwards returns to co-host after a brief hiatus! The Five Points Fest was this weekend and Jimmy attended. Check out his thoughts on the comics/toy show. They also discuss the Into the Badlands finale along with Dutch cartoonist Aimee de Jongh’s TCAF diary comics. Speaking of TCAF, It’s the last of the TCAF interviews that Jimmy got when he was in Toronto. You’ll hear him talk to Sandrine Revel (Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo) with special assist from translator Charlotte. He also chatted to old pal Jamie Tanner (The Consumptive 3). News includes: Netflix announces a Dark Crystal prequel, Supernatural will do an animated Scooby-Doo episode, Once Upon A Time will lose cast members & reboot next season, Tom Hardy will be Eddie Brock in the Venom film, Hellboy Hell Water Cinnamon Whiskey is here, The Runaways is returning to comics, DC Comics will explore the Dark Multiverse 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 239: Reviews of Herman by Trade, Rise of the Dungeon Master, and Eternal Empire #1

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This week Andy and Derek look at three new titles, each one visiting the fantastic in one form or another. Before they jump into the reviews, however, they discuss some of the big comics news from the past week: the announcement of the 2017 Eisner Award nominations and Free Comic Book Day. The guys don’t go into too much detail about the Eisner nominees because they plan on devoting an upcoming episode to that topic. However, they do briefly mention the curious situation surrounding the nomination of the Love Is Love collection in the Best Anthology category. They have much more to say about last Saturday’s Free Comic Book Day. Both guys share some of their experiences at their local shops and the free comics they got there. Listen to the podcast’s FCBD episode for more details.

But then the Two Guys get into the heart of this week’s show. They begin with Chris W. Kim’s Herman by Trade, coming out this week from SelfMadeHero. Although on the surface this appears to be a more realistic narrative, its fantastic elements become apparent in the transformation of the title character who has the ability to change his appearance and mimic others’ abilities at will. As both Derek and Andy point out, this is an unusual story that sticks with you long after reading.

Next, they turn to a new graphic biography that is all about fantasy, Rise of the Dungeon Master: Gary Gygax and the Creation of D&D (Nation Books). The art is by Koren Shadmi, but the book is written by David Kushner, based on a profile he wrote for Wired magazine in 2008. What’s most notable about this brief biography is the narrative point of view, almost entirely presented in the second person. This is fully in keeping with the spirit of role-playing games, where in this case the the narrating presence is, in essence, your “dungeon master” guiding your awareness as you enter the creators’ biographical realm.

Finally, Andy and Derek conclude with the latest collaboration from Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn. Eternal Empire #1 (Image Comics) is a fantasy set in a distant world that, as Andy points out, is reminiscent of Game of Thrones. In fact, the guys spend a good bit of time speculating on the originality of this series, wondering if the unique elements will become more apparent in the issues to come. And while Andy isn’t sure if he’ll stick around to find out, Derek is going to give Eternal Empire a chance, especially given his appreciation of the Luna brothers’ previous comics, and especially Luna and Vaughn’s previous series Alex + Ada.