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.

The Comics Noob EP 29 Flashy vs Death

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This week we wrap a couple of story arcs and start a couple of new ones. Also… Happy Holidays.

02:42 The Flash 12
12:27 Justice League vs Suicide Squad Prelude
19:15 The Punisher 06
26:47 Namesake 01

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The Comics Noob EP 28 Letters From Bats

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This week we get some deep Batman feelings/ass-kicking and our crossovers are as fun as ever. Get into them. Enjoy.

02:51 Batman 12
13:54 Big Trouble in Little China Escape From NY 03
22:21 Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Alien 03
34:39 You Should Read
37:19 Spider-Man Homecoming Trailer

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The Comics Noob EP 27 Last Stand + Wacky Beetles

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This week we get a some finality to some arcs and the Beetle starts to get good. Enjoy.

01:50 Blue Beetle 03
10:03 Wacky Raceland 06
18:57 Lucas Stand 06
31:29 You Should Read

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The Comics Noob EP 26 There Be Monsters + No Man’s Sky Update

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Another great week for comics. Tons of monster is this one, in one form or another. Plus, we breifly mention the new Foundations Update for No Man’s Sky. Is anyone still playing this game?
Enjoy.

02:28 The Flash 11
12:58 Batman Beyond 02
22:47 Kingsway West 03
33:29 You Should Read
39:17 No Man’s Sky Update

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The Comics Noob Ep 25 Sorry we’re late, it was the Turkey’s fault

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Happy Turkey Day! Apologies for the late upload.
Three great books this week, guys. Let us know what you thought.

02:00 Batman 11
12:56 Trinity 03
22:39 Kill or be Killed 04
33:02 You Should Read
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Weird Science Just for the Hell of it Podcast Ep 7: Top 5 Arcade Games

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Eric. Jim and Reggie get together to talk about their favorite arcade games of all time.  What made their lists?  what are their least favorite games?  Did Reggie see a kid get mugged while playing a game?  Why was Jim not a fan of arcades?  Did Eric’s greatest achievement happen at the arcade?  Find out the answers to these questions and so much more in the Just for the Hell of It Top 5 Arcade Games episode.  Enjoy!

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Ep 23 It’s Strange in here + Doctor Strange Movie Review

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Welcome back, guys! This week we escape with Batman and Jack Burton, fight for the honor of Hydra, and see a movie. Doctor Strange was awesome so we talk about it. Enjoy.

01:52 Batman 10
12:00 SR: Captain America 06
20:25 Big Trouble/Escape NY 02
Doctor Strange Review: Spoiler-free 27:25
Doctor Strange Review: Spoilers 33:56

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The Comics Noob Ep 21- Getting the Band Back Together & Movie Trailers

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We have story arc setups and more in this weeks episode. We also review a couple of the newest movie trailers and a long awaited game trailer. Thanks for giving it a listen.

 

02:59 Batman 09

15:01 Trinty 02

23:52 Wacky Raceland 05

33:47 Logan Trailer

44:38 Assassin’s Creed Trailer

55:25 Red Redemption 2 Trailer

 

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Box Brown

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  • 00:24 – Introduction
  • 02:14 – Setup of interview
  • 02:57 – Interview with Box Brown
  • 53:28 – Wrap up
  • 54:53 – Contact us

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On this episode of the interview series Derek talks with Box Brown, whose new book Tetris: The Games People Play has just been released from First Second. As the two discuss, this is a detailed history of the famous video game and the cultural, business, and political contexts swirling around the program’s creation. Box shares his experiences and fascination with the game, explaining the genesis of the project and the research that went into it. Whereas his previous First Second book, Andrea the Giant, focused on one figure, the new work synthesizes the lives of everyone involved in the creation of Tetris including its designer Alexy Pajitnov as well as the many key players at Nintendo, Mirrorsoft, Andromeda Software, Atari, Bulletproof Software, and Elorg, the government bureau tasked with overseeing the profits and negotiations surrounding any computer products coming out of the Soviet Union. But Box also focuses on the psychology of gaming and role it plays in our lives, using Tetris as his illustrative example.

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Deconstructing Comics #515: Box Brown talks “Tetris”

TetrisIn his new nonfiction graphic novel Tetris: The Games People Play, Box Brown explores not only the amazing story of the creation of the popular game and the fight over the rights to it, but the larger point of how and why humans began to play games.

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Zone 4: Special Update for 2015

Brant Fowler gives a special update on the future of Zone 4 going forward with a new format, new cast members, new programming, and more!

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In today’s installment, I talk about my first gaming experience with Injustice: Gods Among Us for the Wii U!

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Zone 4 #297: Please Pass the Gravy

This week, the cast is light due to holiday festivities and illness, so Brant and Chris chat for a while.

First, they talk about Thanksgiving, and some random chit-chat.

Then, it’s on to the news, talking the Jurassic World and Star Wars VII trailers, sequel news, Convergence week 3, and more.

For Topic Time, they discuss a list of the Top 15 Lamest Superheroes in Comics (aka Biggest Turkeys), which they have some issues with.

To close out the show, they go to announcements before sidetracking into some wrestling discussion as the show comes to an end.

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