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.

Comic News Insider Episode 744 – CNI’s Best of 2016!

Comic News Insider: Episode 744 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

It’s our Best of 2016! And just like last year, Jimmy sits down with The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald and good pal Jon Hoche to go over their 2016 favorites in comic books, TV and film. They didn’t read or watch everything released that year, so it’s just the Best of what they did read/watch. Fun discussions on great comics, their creators, TV shows, films, actors and more. What were your favorites last year? Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 700 w/ Michael Emerson/Carrie Preston/Fred Van Lente/Kate Rigg/Lyris Hung/Miss Lasko-Gross/Vera Greentea/Rafael Kayanan!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 700 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Bounty #1, The Flintstones #1, Kim & Kim #1, Throwaways #1

It was some last minute negotiating/planning, but Jimmy and Producer Joe were able to pull off an 11th hour anniversary episode! We gathered at the wee early hour of 12pm on Sunday at Adella wine bar (410 w. 43rd St) here in NYC. Thanks to Adella for hosting! Swing on by if you’re ever in NYC. Big thanks to special guests Michael Emerson, Carrie Preston, Fred Van Lente, Kate Rigg and Lyris Hung. And big ups to last minute drive-by guests that Jimmy called up: Miss Lasko-Gross, Vera Greentea and Rafael Kayanan. Of course, since it’s an anniversary episode, there was plenty of singing. Couldn’t have done it without the awesome CNI Chorus consisting of Rachel Felstein, Kristen French, James Rodriguez, Tony Wolf, Emmy Potter, and Amy Wolk. Thanks to all whom attended as well! We brought  back the “10 words or less” reviews and even covered some news in between. News included: a new Iron Man is coming and she’s a young black female named Riri Williams, John Cho says we’ll learn his character Sulu is gay in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, Genndy Tartakovsky’s Luke Cage mini-series is finally coming to Marvel, Mondo is releasing an Over the Garden Wall vinyl album, and DC is bringing you a He-Man and the Masters of the Universe/Thundercats mini-series in October.

Michael Emerson talks about the Person of Interest finale and interesting fan encounters, Carrie Preston talks about her time on The Good Wife and True Blood and has great advice for young actors, Kate Rigg and Lyris Hung do an awesome nerdy spoken word improv, Fred Van Lente talks about some of his current/upcoming work like Weird Detective and Generation Zero, Miss Lask0-Gross discusses The Sweetness, Vera Greentea talks about her recent 9th successful Kickstarter for a new comic she’s writing (more Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits) and Rafael Kayanan talks about his upcoming TV work.

Give it a listen and enjoy! On to 800! PLEASE DON’T STEAL THE AUDIO AND POST IT ELSEWHERE! JUST LINK TO THE COMIC NEWS INSIDER WEBSITE PLEASE! 

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Tres Komikeros #26: Not A Quiz

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HOSTS: John, Butch, and Alex

After some Game of Thrones talk, the boys talk Civil War II, Micronauts, Grizzly Shark, Weird Detective, Aquaman, and Deadpool vs Gambit! Butch also wows us with his X-Men knowledge in our new game “Name the Storyline”.

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Arc Reactions – 55 – Velvet 1-10

We discuss the first 10 issues of Velvet by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting. This female led spy story is set in a very realistic environment and focuses on a retired agent who must use her spy skills to solve a mystery.

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Is Velvet a Ms. Male character? (11:18)

Velvet’s approach to Marina (21:51)

A More Realistic Spy Story (36:16)

The plot (42:44)

The world is very real (50:28)

Naration (55:47)

Continuation past this story (1:04:41)

Letters Pages (1:07:16)

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BBFB 142 – Bruce Wayne, Murderer?

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BBFB 141 – Catwoman: Dark End of the Street

Cosplay artist who painted her body like comic book characters

Our next podcast will be our coverage of the Suicide Squad (film) on August 7th. Our next Bat Books For Beginners episode will be Gotham Central: In The Line of Duty on July 19th.

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Comic News Insider Episode 698 – Still More Heroes Con w/ Brenden Fletcher!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 698 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Action Man #1, Lucas Stand #1, She Wolf #1, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Adaptation #1, Game of Thrones S6 finale

The last of the Heroes Con interviews are upon us! Jimmy sat down with Brenden Fletcher for a long overdue interview about his work on Gotham Academy, Batgirl, Black Canary and more. Jimmy’s old friend Rebecca joins him in studio in the rotating co-host chair and they have a lengthy (sorry) discussion about that Game of Thrones finale. They discuss a PR email and Jimmy is ecstatic over a Steranko tweet to him. News includes: Cerebus returns, Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl also return in comic book form, IDW is bringing us a new Star Trek anthology, the new Mortal Kombat film has cast 12 major roles, the second volume of the music of DC comics is coming, the 2016 NJ Superhero weekend at Comic Fusion is again holding their annual event in August. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 685 – Snowjob!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 685 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: The Doorman #1 & #2, Killbox #1, Micronauts #1

Jimmy is joined in studio by good pal Jon Hoche! They talk about the recent Game of Thrones episode, The Killing Joke trailer, and the rumor of Swifty as Dazzler in X-Men: Apocalypse. News includes: Jeff Smith is bringing more Bone in July, Congressman John Lewis’ March is being adapted into an animated series, Alicia Vikander is the new Lara Croft, NBC/Universal to buy Dreamworks Animation, Marvel has ordered a Punisher Netflix series, a new SpongeBobSquarePants episode will feature the voices of the Happy Days cast,  a new animated Peanuts series is coming to Boomerang, Marvel’s Agent Carter is 99.9% canceled and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 684 – The Beautiful Ones!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 684 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #1, Aloha Hawaiian Dick #1, Dept H #1, Joyride #1, Game of Thrones S6 premiere, Lucifer S1 finale

Jimmy is joined in studio by frequent co-host Emily Edwards! They talk about their love of Prince before heading off to see Purple Rain in the theater (Emily’s first time!). News includes: The Inhumans movie has been pulled from its 2019 release date, Pearl Mackie will be the new Doctor Who Companion, an “outlandish” new Voltron: Legendary Defender comic mini-series is coming and will tie-in to the upcoming animated series, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 cast Nathan Fillion as Wonder Man, the new X-Men: Apocalypse trailer confirms the return of Wolverine, and Emma Stone has been cast as Cruella de Vil in upcoming spin-off film Cruella. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Wayne’s Comics Podcast #223 With Ruben Romero

Wayne Hall, Wayne’s Comics, Ruben Romero, Richard Rivera, Bob Salley, Three Swords, Kickstarter, Salvagers, Think Alike Productions, Stabbity Bunny, Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas, George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones, Athos, Porthos, Aramis.
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from Think Alike Productions is back, and he’s got a hot Kickstarter going on for his Three Swords project at this link! He discusses how the comic is a re-imagining of the Three Musketeers, but with a twist! He’s working with SalvagersBob Salley to make this book full of action, adventure and magic! As this episode was being completed, the project was really close to meeting its goal, however, their goal has now been met! Don’t let that discourage you – you can get all kinds of great stretch goals if that’s happened! If not, consider helping make their goal with your pledge! Ruben also talks about many of the great things going on at Think Alike Productions such as The Agency, but you can find more at their website here! To buy their comics digitally, go to comixology at this location!

 

Comic News Insider Episode 676 – Vanishing Sons!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 676 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Baker Street Peculiars #1, Mars Attacks Occupation #1, Samurai #1

Jon Hoche returns to co-host after a short absence. They discuss the latest Spider-Man…I mean…Captain America trailer, Ian McShane’s thoughts on spoiling Game of Thrones and whom Jena Malone is playing in Batman v Superman. News includes: there will be a 5th Indiana Jones film with Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg attached, a few actors have been shortlisted to play the lead in the young Han Solo movie, Amazon has ordered a pilot for a new The Tick series, Preacher will premiere on AMC on May 22, Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill will return as Batman and The Joker in the upcoming Batman: The Killing Joke animated feature, the Xena reboot may explore Xena and Gabrielle’s more intimate relationship, the Riverdale TV series casts Reggie, Dilton and Moose, and the all new The Powerpuff Girls will debut on April 4th on Cartoon Network. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 674 – Back in Gotham!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 674 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Haunted Love #1, Gingerdead Man #1, Wynonna Earp Vol 2 #1, Gotham mid-season premiere, X-Files season finale

Jimmy returns to Gotham and gets Emmy Potter to come co-host again. Jimmy talks about his time away, the alien bug bite and seeing Michonne. Plus, Emmy reveals her new alter ego! News includes: George RR Martin will have a twist in his next book that wont appear on the TV show, Marvel is relaunching Timely Comics, Maisie Williams will NOT be returning to Doctor Who, the live action Archie TV show has cast most of the leads including Luke Perry as Fred Andrews (Archie’s father), the original anime series Perfect Bones will premiere on Netflix, and Tank Girl returns with a new series at Titan Comics this May. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 660 – Kansas City Starlight!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 660 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Jessica Jones (Netflix), Batman Europa #1, Huck #1, Tomboy #1, Adventure Time: Stakes mini-series, Doctor Who

Due to the Thanksgiving weekend, co-hosts are hard to find! So Jimmy gets some help from an old listener Shay Estes. Something new as he has her record some reviews and a Top 3 and plays them for your listening pleasure. Jimmy is worried because her reviews are far more professional and way better than his. But good news for you listeners! She gives some really great insight and does some great research for her reviews/picks. You’ll love her! Jimmy also briefly chats about that last The Walking Dead episode as well as a new poster for the upcoming Game of Thrones season. (Both have a similar theme). News includes: Marvel schools you with new web series called Marvel 101, Gravity Falls is coming to an end, Felicia Day is cast in new MST3K reboot, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will premiere on January 21 and John Carpenter is developing 4 new horror/sci-fi series. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 657 – The Trailer!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 657 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Citizen Jack #1, Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor #1, Extraordinary X-Men #1, Hangman #1, James Bond #1, Klaus #1

Emily Edwards returns to co-host and this time at a more reasonable hour! They chat about the Japanese trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and if they prefer stars over hearts. News includes: Disney may be retiring all Star Wars “Slave Leia” merchandise, JK Rowling reveals the American term for “muggles” in the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off, 2000AD dropped from 2016 Free Comic Book Day, DC Comics based shows may take years to appear on Netflix/Hulu, Mark Dacascos to join Agents of SHIELD while Ken Marino joins Agent Carter, George RR Martin promises bittersweet ending to Game of Thrones series, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan is cast as “Negan” in The Walking Dead. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 641 – CNI Gets the Cooties!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 641
 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Atomic Robo And The Ring Of Fire #1, Head Lopper #1, Journey To Star Wars Force Awakens Shattered Empire #1, Tet #1, Tyson Hesses Diesel #1, Cooties

Emmy Potter returns after a long absence to co-host! She brings all of her Whovian love with her. They chat about Doctor Who, Kit Harington, and more. News includes: DC cancels several titles, Joe Kelly’s I Kill Giants will be a movie starring Zoe Saldana, Jessica Jones will debut on Netflix on November 20th, Rachel McAdams will star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in upcoming Doctor Strange film, and New York Comic Con extends panels to Hammerstein Ballroom. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Super Hero Speak – #115: Jonathan Maberry

This week the guys are joined by NY Times bestselling author, Jonathan Maberry. Johnathan has not only written such novels as The Joe Ledger Series, The Dead of Night Series and the Wolfman, he is also an accomplished martial artist! And if that isn’t enough he  also has written Marvel Universe vs. The Punisher, Doomwar, Black Panther: Power, Captain America: Hail Hydra and Marvel Zombies Return for Marvel.He also has written his own creator owned books V-Wars and Rot and Ruin: Warrior Smart with IDW. This was a really fun interview and we encourage anyone looking into becoming a writer to listen to Jonathan’s advice in this one. So sit back and enjoy our chat with Jonathan Maberry.

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