Comics Alternative for Young Readers: A Review of The Stone Heart and a Discussion of the Essay, “Required Reading: 50 of the Best Kids Comics”

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Required Reading…and Required Reading?

In this episode of The Comics Alternative‘s Young Readers series, Gwen and Paul discuss the second volume in Faith Erin Hicks’s Nameless City trilogy, The Stone Heart (First Second), as well as Paste Magazine’s “Required Reading: 50 of the Best Kids Comics” list. Paul also conducts a “mini-interview” with Gwen about the release of Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults, a volume she co-edited with Michelle Ann Abate for the University Press of Mississippi.

The show begins with a review of the second volume in Faith Erin Hicks’s Nameless City trilogy, The Stone Heart. They praise the sequel’s strong plot and attention to perils of colonization and cultural erasure, and they consider the way that a number of contemporary comics creators have handled these concepts. Central to their discussion the fact that “Asian-inspired” texts are also a current trend in comics, and they explore the cultural implications of this trend. Finally, the pair react to the news that the trilogy has been optioned for a three-season, thirty-six episode TV series.

Next, Gwen and Paul discuss “best of” lists in general, and in particular, Paste Magazine’s April 7, 2017 article, “Required Reading: 50 of the Best Kids Comics.” There were some obvious picks on the list, some that were exciting…and others that leave Gwen and Paul shaking their heads.

To finish the episode, Paul interviews Gwen about the genesis and contents of Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults: A Collect of Critical Essays, a volume that she co-edited with Dr. Michelle Ann Abate, a professor of children’s and YA literature and English at The Ohio State University. This “mini-interview” serves as a teaser for an upcoming Comics Alternative roundtable discussion that will feature Gwen, Michelle, and two of the contributors to the volume.

Comic News Insider Episode 747 – Team Betty AND Veronica!

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Reviews: The Dregs #1, Hellboy Winter Special 2017, Justice League of America: Killer Frost Rebirth #1, Lady Castle #1, Riverdale

Closing out Jon-uary, Jimmy is joined in studio again by  co-host Jon Hoche! It’s a lengthy one as the guys (well Jimmy) talk forever when reviewing Riverdale and they have a big discussion on some picks they’d like to see considered to take over the lead in Doctor Who. News includes: The New York Times gets rid of their comics/manga best seller lists, Ben Affleck will not direct solo Batman film, Peter Capaldi is leaving Doctor Who, Dark Horse Comics releases Superhero Girl tpb, Bryan Singer will direct X-Men TV series pilot, the Cloak and Dagger TV series casts the leads and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comics Alternative, Webcomics: Reviews of Theatrics, The Monster Under the Bed, and Demonology 101

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  • 00:01:27 – Introduction
  • 00:04:11 – Listener mail!
  • 00:12:12 – Theatrics
  • 00:40:55 – The Monster Under the Bed
  • 00:58:11 – Checking in with Jim McClain and Paul Schultz
  • 01:16:17 – Demonology 101
  • 01:41:47 – Wrap up
  • 01:43:19 – Contact us

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For their last webcomics episode of 2016, Sean and Derek discuss three titles that were completely new to both of them. They begin with Theatrics, Neil Gibson’s period drama set in 1920s New York. With art by Leonardo Gonzales and Jan Wijngaaard on colors, Theatrics is the story of popular Broadway actor who must find another line of work after he’s physically disfigured due to a brutal mugging. Next, they turn to Brandon Shane’s The Monster Under the Bed, a Romeo and Juliet-inspired romance between human and monster. As the guys point out, the art style has an all-age or “innocent” feel to it, but Shane’s penchant for occasional nudity and cheesecake illustration may not be to all readers’ liking. And then Derek and Sean wrap up with Faith Erin Hicks’s Demonology 101. This is a very early work from a creator who has been making quite a name for herself in print — e.g., Friends with Boys, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, and The Nameless City — and the guys focus not only on the story, but on the webcomic as a touchstone of Hick’s artistic growth.

The Two Guys also check in with Jim McClain and Paul Schultz about their soon-to-be-launched webcomics, Poe and the Mysteriads…although Paul is unable to join in due to a winter cold. Nonetheless, Jim catches the guys up on what has been happening with the webcomic’s development, including new art and the creators’ various plans for their January 1st debut. Be sure to check in at the first of the new year at http://mysteriads.com. And visit their Facebook page for more details!

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Comic News Insider Episode 692 – The Sweetness of Kevin Colden!

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Reviews: Captain America: Steve Rogers #1, DC Universe Rebirth Special  #1, Scooby Apocalypse #1, X-Men: Apocalypse

Kevin Colden comes all the way up to the CNI studios to co-host and talk about The Sweetness, the new comic by his wife Miss Lasko Gross and himself. He chats with Jimmy about the collaboration on the comic with Miss, what comics he’s reading and raising a genius kid. News includes: Disney acquires the feature film rights to Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant, Pikachu’s name changes in Hong Kong, Dwayne The Rock Johnson will be Doc Savage in an upcoming Shane Black directed film, Disney is reportedly not happy with Rogue One and has scheduled reshoots, and Miles Morales may be the star in the next animated Spider-Man film coming out in 2018. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 509 – Spider-Max!

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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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Comic News Insider Episode 475 – Even More TCAF w/ Judith Vanistendael

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Reviews: Akaneiro #1, Bounce #1, Green Team #1, Marvel’s Avenger’s Assemble on Disney XD

Jimmy flies solo to bring you the final Toronto Comic Arts Festival interview. Actually, it’s the panel with Belgian cartoonist Judith Vanistendael that Jimmy moderated at TCAF. It’s just under an hour long and they really get into her recent graphic novel, When David Lost His Voice. They talk process, where the story came from, style of art, inspiration, growing up with a famous father and even her pet chickens! News includes: XBox One is coming, Action Comics #1 found in wall, Disney announces new Star Warstoon, Big Hero 6 film coming next year, and Michael Keaton is seen flying over NYC but not as Batman. 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 474 – More TCAF w/ Faith Erin Hicks, Patrick McEown, Frederick Peeters & Alice Quinn!

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Reviews: Chin Music #1, Dream Thief #1, Edgar Allan Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher #1, Regular Show #1, Star Trek: Into Darkness

Erica Schultz (M3) comes back to co-host! Jimmy still has more TCAF interviews left for you and you’ll hear great ones from Faith Erin Hicks (Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong), Patrick McEown (Hair Shirt), Frederick Peeters (Sandcastle) and Alice Quinn (TdotComics). Jimmy and Erica chat about the beautiful comic book art on the Tower of London scaffolding by Emma Vieceli, Kate Brown and Paul Duffield, the recent Doctor Who episode, Natalie Dormer on Elementary(heck…on ANYTHING), and more. News includes: Adult Swim announces new shows, Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival shuts down, Warehouse 13 gets a 5th and final season and Star Wars and Doctor Who fans clash in the UK. 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 472 – TCAF Recap w/ Adam Cadwell/Marc Ellerby/Jess Fink/Monica Gallagher/Agnes Garbowska/Lucy Knisley/Renee Nault

 

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It’s a special recap episode of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF)! Jimmy recorded this while still in Toronto and got cartoonist pals Adam Cadwell (The Everyday) and Marc Ellerby (Ellerbisms) to join in the fun! They give their thoughts on the show, the guests, the parties, panels and the drinking. OH THE DRINKING! Jimmy chatted with many at the show and you’ll hear great interviews with Jess Fink (We Can Fix It!), Monica Gallagher (Glitter Kiss), Agnes Garbowska (You, Me and Zombie), Lucy Knisley (Relish) and Renee Nault (Witchling). No news or reviews just lots of TCAF goodness! 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 470 – Taking the M3 w/ Erica Schultz

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Reviews: Joe Hill’s Terrifyingly Tragic Treasury Edition, Jupiter’s Legacy #1

Jimmy is joined in studio by the talented and charming Erica Schultz (M3). Jimmy clarifies last week’s shocking announcement of the end of the podcast. (It’s not ending). Erica tells Jimmy all about her comic M3 and how she got the whole process started. She discusses her writing, art, self publishing, working for Neal Adams, her husband’s amazing cookies (which she brought for Jimmy to sample), her foray into voice over work and much more! News includes: Dynamite Entertainment joins Darkhorse digital, Hellboy goes itty bitty, new Star Trek news sources arrive, Boston Comic Con gets a new date, Doctor Who Regeneration book is coming in June, Marvel announces new X-Men crossover and Rocky & Bullwinkle return at IDW comics. As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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