Comics Alternative Interviews: Peter Normanton

Time Codes:

  • 00:24 – Introduction
  • 02:19 – Setup of interview
  • 04:13 – Interview with Peter Normanton
  • 55:17 – Wrap up
  • 55:53 – Contact us

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Horror in the UK

On past episodes of The Comics Alternative, the Two Guys have discussed comics fandom and zine culture quite often, although usually the context surrounds American fan activity. But as Derek points out in his conversation with Peter Normanton, he has little knowledge of fanzines outside of the states, particularly within the United Kingdom. That’s why Peter’s latest book, It Crept from the Tomb, was such an enlightening read. Normanton was the publisher and editor of the UK horror zine, From the Tomb, which began in 2000 and ran for over 20-some issues. Several years ago, he was approached by Roy Thomas about the possibility editing a collection from the pages of his horror zine, and the result was The Best of From the Tomb, which came out from TwoMorrows Publishing in 2012. And then more recently, John Morrow asked Peter about a second “best of” collection surrounding From the Tomb…and this request eventually became Peter’s newest release, It Crept from the Tomb. In his conversation with Peter Normanton, Derek talks with his guest about his time as an editor and publisher, the history of comics in in the UK, his love of the horror genre and comics fandom, and the many challenges he faced in putting out a fanzine over the years.

NOTE: Over the course of Derek’s conversation with Peter, they experienced occasional problems with the internet connection. Peter lives in northwest Britain, and at times the connection on Skype was sketchy. So apologies in advance for the several breaks and momentary silences that are noticeable on Peter’s track. Still, the gist of his comments comes through clearly, so please overlook any technical difficulties they may have had.

Comics Alternative Interviews: Another Conversation with Bill Schelly

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:24 – Introduction
  • 00:02:29 – Setup of interview
  • 00:04:08 – Interview with Bill Schelly
  • 01:06:00 – Wrap up
  • 01:06:40 – Contact us

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A Fan’s Life

There’s perhaps no better historian on American comics fandom than Bill Schelly. Having been a part of the zine scene in the 1960s and early 1970s, and starting when he was a teenager, Schelly worked with many of the movers and shakers within the fan community and published several fanzines of his own. In the early 1990s he returned to comics as a chronicler and as a historian, writing various overviews of comic fandom, and then later making his mark as a comics biographer, covering the lives of such creators as Joe Kubert, Otto Binder, John Stanley, and Harvey Kurtzman, the latter biography earning him a 2016 Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Book. On this interview episode, Derek talks with Bill about his new book, Sense of Wonder: My Life in Comic Fandom – the Whole Story, and his decisions to revise and expand this memoir from its original 2001 version released through TwoMorrows Publishing. This new edition of Sense of Wonder, published by North Atlantic Books, is significantly expanded, covers Schelly’s entire life up until now, and is written with a much more personal, and revealing, tone than the original. Bill discusses in detail his history in comics fandom and his growth as an editor and writer, as well as the personal milestones that have marked his life.

You can learn more about Bill Schelly and his work by checking out his website.

Comics Alternative, Episode 157: Steve Ditko’s Self-Published Comics

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An Avenging Mind

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On this special episode of the podcast, Andy and Derek take a look at a variety of Steve Ditko’s self-published comics. Since 2008, Ditko, along with Robin Snyder, has been putting out original work on a fairly regular basis. These comics are created and distributed independently — and for the past few years have been crowdfunded by Kickstarter campaigns — and as such, they have fallen below the radar of most comics readers. Beginning with The Avenging Mind, Ditko has sporadically produced superhero stories, crime/noir narratives, psychological allegories, and comics that reflect his socio-political ideas and philosophies. Among the ongoing serials in these self-published comics, Derek and Andy discuss “Miss Eerie,” “The Cape,” “The ?!,” “The Grey Negotiator,” “The Madman,” “Outline,” and “E (e) and I (i).” There are several themes that rise to the surface of these stories, such as traditional heroics, the use of masks, and the tenants of Objectivism. And of course, there are the Mr. A. strips that have come to define much of Ditko’s later work. Of particular interest to the Two Guys are those comics that reflect Ditko’s complicated attitudes toward, and perhaps relationship with, his fans. At first glance, the stories that revolve around Eye Inquire and The Anti-s (AKA, Fan Man and Fan Boy) may seem dismissive and even condescending, but Andy and Derek point out that there is a deep history underlying the tone of these comics and part of their allure are the industry-based questions they open up.

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Of special note: this is the 300th episode of The Comics Alternative that the guys have produced. Although, and as the title suggests, this may be the 157th weekly show — those regular review episodes that come out every Wednesday — it is part of the larger body of podcasting work that has included over three-year’s-worth of interviews, on-location shows, specials, and monthly series devoted to webcomics, manga, and young adult/children’s comics. Celebrate the occasion by telling others about the podcast!

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Be sure to visit Steve Ditko’s blog!
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Comics Alternative Podcast Episode 81.1: Free Comic Book Day 2014

“We are not Marvel’s keeper”

On this special episode of The Comics Alternative, Derek is on location at Collected Comics in Plano, TX, talking with customers, cosplayers, and critical readers during Free Comic Book Day 2014. Joining him via the wonders of Skype (and despite some sound issues) is Andy Wolverton, who, unfortunately, was unable to take part in FCBD at his own local shop, Third Eye Comics, in Annapolis, MD. Instead, he joins in the FCBD activities from a distance, enjoying the fun virtually. He and Derek discuss the activity surrounding them at Collected Comics, talk with customers to find out what FCBD titles they’re getting, get the lowdown on local cons from gorgeous cosplayers, and plunge into recent comics news with friends of the show. The Two Guys had a lot of fun on Saturday, and some of their guests included a great guy named Rocky and his family, and also:

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Superfan and Friend of the Show, Laura Rogers!

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Dallas Fan Girl, Laura Gasera!

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and Krystle “Selina Kyle” Starr (seen here with Derek “The Hat” Royal)!

Having been some days in preparation, a splendid time is guaranteed for all. So be sure to listen to this year’s coverage of Free Comic Book Day!

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Two True Freaks! Episode 184 – Star Trek Monthly Monday #29

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Scott was busy this month, off becoming an Official Walt Disney World MONORAIL PILOT, so Chris invited The Irredeemable Shag to sit in on this Special Episode focusing on “Star Trek: First Contact”, the first fully-Next Generation movie! This is Shag’s first Star Trek episode on “Two True Freaks!” and his enthusiasm shows! Stick around to the end to see exactly how enthusiastic he can get! Continuity issues are hashed out, Oobie Doobie gets played, a Borg Gorn is proposed, and so much more!

 

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Two True Freaks! Episode 93 – THE MOST EXCITING EPISODE EVER!!

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In a world about to explode in HELLFIRE, can two FREAKISH MEN stop the impending apocalypse? NO! EVERYTHING EXPLODES AND EVERYONE DIES! THE WHITE HOUSE – IN FLAMES! CALIFORNIA – IN THE DRINK! MANKIND IS REDUCED TO MAD MAXIAN RABBLE INTENT ON ONLY TWO THINGS-EATING HUMAN FLESH AND CARNAGE – ONLY TWO TRUE FREAKS STAND BETWEEN SOCIETY AND CHAOS!! THE WORLD IS DEAD…..IT RAPED ITSELF! Then, the Freaks answer some letters.

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Two True Freaks! Episode 87 – Harry Potter!!

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In this clock-busting episode, Chris hooks up with THE HARRY POTTER ALLIANCE members Hope Mullinax, Dinah Russell and Andrew Slack! Topics range from Wizard Wrock to social activism and the Harry Potter universe, the Rowling books, the movies, undead sex toys and a whole HOST of other topics! For example, did you know there were nearly 700 Harry Potter wrock bands? Check them out here: WIZROCKLOPEDIA

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Two True Freaks! Classic – Episode 3

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Episode 3 – Star Wars: Episode VII – A “What if…?” Discussion

In this episode, the Freaks speculate on Star Wars: Episode VII !!

COULD there be one? SHOULD there be one? We discuss how we might make it. What would be the plot? What characters would we use or not use? What era would we set it in? What we’d LOVE to see!! What we’d HATE to see!!

NOTE: This episode was recorded LONG BEFORE Scott’s head-first dive into the Star Wars Expanded Universe. In fact, this discussion is what inspired him to do so!! Enjoy!!

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