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.

Comics Alternative, Webcomics: Reviews of Isle of Elsi, Late Bloomer, and Carriers

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  • 00:00:28 – Introduction
  • 00:03:03 – Eisner Award nominees announced
  • 00:10:04 – Isle of Elsi
  • 00:47:30 – Late Bloomer
  • 01:09:44 – Carriers
  • 01:31:32 – Wrap up
  • 01:32:31 – Contact us

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Sean and Derek are back with your monthly dose of webcomics analysis. Before they jump into their reviews, however, they spending a little time discussing the recent announcement of this year’s nominees for the Eisner Awards. The guys will devote next month’s episode to the actual webcomics nominated, so they don’t go into much detail this time, but they do mention the big news that the judges have tried to distinguish “webcomics” from “digital comics”…albeit rather ineptly. Tune in next month for more in-depth discussion on this matter!

But for May, Sean and Derek already have plenty to consider. They begin with Alec Longstreth’s Isle of Elsi, an all-age fantasy with a penchant for word play. Both of the guys are bowled away by this webcomic, one of the most impressive that they’ve discussed on the show. Not only are the art and storytelling top-notch, but the design of the website is a big draw, as well. (And while you’re at it, check out the Two Guys’ 2014 interview with Longstreth.)

Next, they turn to another webcomic from Webtoons, Late Bloomer. Written and drawn by Zealforart (AKA Tiffany Woodall), this is a shōjo-inspired romance about a young woman with a flower bud growing out of her belly, a family condition that can only be overcome with her being “deflowered.” Yes, it is quite an unusual premise.

Finally, Derek and Sean wrap up with Lauren R. Weinstein’s Carriers. This completed webcomic was originally published in five parts on the Nautilus website, and it received an Ignatz Award nomination in 2015 for the “Outstanding Online Comic” category. It’s a sobering look at being a carrier of cystic fibrosis and what means for young couples wanting to start a family.

Wayne’s Comics Podcast #273: Terrance Grace

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If you’re looking for a great comic to support, I have an excellent suggestion – The Locksmith! This week, in Episode 273, I talk with creator Terrance Grace about the third issue of this engaging miniseries, and we discuss the Kickstarter supporting this project, which is now underway. We delve into how this comic came to be, how Terrance developed the characters and brought together the creative team working on The Locksmith, and what we might see from them in the future! I highly recommend you go to this link and support this Indie book! While his goal has already been met, he has some stretch goals that you will enjoy receiving, so don’t miss out on backing this superb comics project! To follow Terrance and keep up with what he’s working on, go to his website!

 

Airship 27 Podcast #23: Comanche Blood

Captain Ron Fortier and Chief Engineer Rob Davis return to the skies with a brand new episode of the Airship 27 Podcast!

This episode, they discuss their first release of 2017, Comanche Blood, updates on the Brother Bones movie (locations, casting and more!), their latest Sherlock Holmes volume on Radio Archives and more!

Plus, they spend a bulk of the episode answering listener questions before closing out the show!

Wayne’s Comics Podcast #243 With Eric Palicki

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This week in Episode 243, I had a great time talking with comics creator Eric Palicki, who created Orphans Volume One, Red Angel Dragnet Volume One and Fake Empire, all now available in graphic novel format. He then scripted a Gamora and Kitty Pride story in Guardians of Infinity #6 for Marvel, so he’s developed quite a lot of great storytelling in sci-fi, fantasy and horror as well as worked for the House of Ideas. We talk about his writing experiences, including how all these terrific books came to be, then he gives us information on his next project and how we can be sure to get our order in for it! Be sure to listen to what he has to say! For more information, check out Eric’s website at this link!

 

Deconstructing Comics #496: Oglaf: Sword, Sorcery, and Sex

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If you like your comedy sexy (or your porn funny), you’re probably a fan of Oglaf, Doug Bayne and Trudy Cooper‘s long-running Web comic. This week, Tim calls up Doug and Trudy in Sydney to talk about the fantasy-parody elements of the strip, the missing main character Ivan, the diversity of sexual orientations in the strip, why they rarely table at conventions, and more.

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ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 66: Image’s MONSTRESS by Marjorie Liu

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MONSTRESS, written by Marjorie Liu and illustrated by Sana Takeda, is an all-new series from IMAGE comics. At the center of the story is Maika Halfwolf, a young arcanic (i.e. non-human) girl with a mysterious past and an even more mysterious power she can’t control. Tortured by the murder of her mother, Maika searches for both answers and revenge to her mother’s death with a single-minded focus. With only 3 issues out so far, the fantasy epic is focused primarily on world building and setting the stage for what promises to be an out-of-this-world plot full of deception, betrayal, discovery, witches, arcanists, spirits, magic, ghosts, and gods. Set during a fragile truce between the Arcanic and the Human Federation (The Motherland) and their Cumaea allies, MONSTRESS is a story about war and the effects of war on those most often forgotten – the victims. Along the way, however, MONSTRESS addresses timeless issues surrounding race, power negotiations, slavery, inequality, what it means to be human, the power of memory to shape both identity and the role the dead play in transforming ongoing life.

LISTEN: Did you know Marjorie Liu wrote for Marvel’s ASTONISHING X-MEN? Our podcast on Emma Frost is a great introduction to the X-Men world!

In this podcast, ComicsVerse contributors Kay Honda, Kristine Don, Mirae Lee, Emily Coleman, and Génesis Tuyuc examine how Liu and Takeda use fantasy as a means to explore oppression, subjugation, race and gender relations, and the idea of otherness in the war-ravaged world of MONSTRESS. How do Liu and Takeda use a matriarchal society to subvert genre standards? How do Liu and Takeda enrich the world of MONSTRESS, specifically with the use Asian mythology and landscapes?

We also consider Maika as a protagonist and what her relationships or lack thereof reveal about who she was, who she is, and who she isn’t. Is Maika a hero in the strictest sense or is she morally ambiguous? What is the significance of her handicap? What is the importance of the highly feared and desired ‘mask’ which Maika carries within her? Who are these Leviathans and why is Maika the only one who can see them? How can we analyze each character using Batson’s Truth Characterization and what does this reveal about their truth, their flaw, and their conflict?

CLICK: Want to read more MONSTRESS? We analyzed the first issue rather extensively in this review!

This podcast delves into the power storytelling has to reveal uncomfortable truths about the monster in all of us. From all of us here at ComicsVerse, we hope you enjoy this podcast and join us in our discussion of the fantasy epic MONSTRESS in the comments below!

For your convenience, this podcast is also available on iTunes!

Download The ComicsVerse Podcast on iTunessource: http://comicsverse.com/episode-66-monstress/

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12 Days of Zone 4 – Day 10: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

A little late, but Day 10 of the 12 Days of Zone 4 is here as I share my thoughts on the final Peter Jackson Tolkien movie, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies!

12 Days of Zone 4 – Day 6: Books I Read

In this installment, I talk about some of the prose work I enjoy reading, from Dragonlance to John Grisham.

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Brian Joines

Sticking It to Steven Spielberg…Yeah!

JoinesOn The Comics Alternative‘s first interview of 2014, Gene and Derek are joined by Brian Joines, the writer of the recent comic book series I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Agents (BOOM! Studios) and Krampus (Image Comics). They talk with Brian about how great 2013 was for him, the genesis of his new titles, his apparent fascination with the darker side of childhood, why devil-like holiday figures make good copy, his collaborations JoinesComicswith Bachan and Dean Kotz, the hazards of self-publishing, and the sickeningly sweet and sinister connections between Steven Spielberg and sugar plum fairies. Brian points out, as well, that he’s not a defiler of childhood memories, and that kids should stay in school, not do drugs, and follow their creative imaginations.

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Critiquing Comics #036: “The Oswald Chronicles”

Oswald ChroniclesA lushly-drawn, colorful fantasy tale of a powerful mouse. What could possibly go wrong? Well, our recording software, for one thing! Tim and Mulele brave technical difficulties to critique J.D. Calderon’s The Oswald Chronicles.

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Cammy’s Comic Corner – Geeky Talky – Episode 64

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In this episode I’m joined by Benjamin Grimm to discuss two stoner comedies that came out recently; Your Highness and Paul. We’re also joined by a peanut gallery. This episode is brought to you by Gullible Moms. Spoilers!

Gutter Trash – Episode 102: Hereville

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Hereville. Music by Sepultura, Black Wolf Fight, and Superchunk

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Gutter Trash – Episode 81: Tideland

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Tideland. Music by Legbone, Black Wolf Fight, and Mondo Cane

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Gutter Trash – Episode 49: I Kill Giants

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This week on Gutter Trash, we review Joe Kelly’s comic I Kill Giants, featuring a surprising lack of giants and suprising abundance of awesome. We show Keith Giffen some love and wished he loved us back, we contemplate blackmailing Chris Ware, I defend The Walking Dead and Image Comics, and Jason gushes about Dungeons and Dragons.

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