Comics Alternative, Episode 280: Reviews of The New World: Comics from Mauretania, Young Frances, and A Walk through Hell #1

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A Comfortable Fogginess

On this episode of the podcast, Paul and Derek look at three new releases that, while all compelling readings, are vastly different in style and narrative approach. They begin with Chris Reynold’s The New World: Comics from Mauretania, recently released from Gallery 13. This is a collection of Reynold’s Mauretania comics published beginning in the 1980s. This volume was designed by Seth, and he also provided a brief and insightful note at the end of the text. Neither Paul nor Derek had encountered any of the Mauretania stories before, and they’re sorry that they hadn’t read Reynolds any sooner. The narratives are dreamlike and random in their coherency, and while making any sense of their meaning and action can be an exercise in frustration, they are strangely some of the most compelling comics the guys have read this year.

Next, the Two Guys turn to a creator whom they’ve read and loved before, but not by his current name. Both Paul and Derek are big fans of the series Pope Hats, authored by Ethan Rilly, an anagram of Hartley Lin. In Young Frances (AdHouse Books), Lin is now using his real name and collects issues #2, #3, and #5 of his defining series. The text presents the story of Frances Scarland, a young legal clerk whose efficiency and competency are admired by those around her, but who nonetheless wonders if she’s just drifting through life without purpose. Her best friend, Vickie, is impulse and more scattered, yet talented enough to find a lead role acting in a hit television crime drama. This is yet another example of “verite dessinée” storytelling, a favorite of Derek’s and Paul’s.

The guys conclude this episode by looking at the first issue of Garth Ennis and Goran Sudžuka’s A Walk through Hell (AfterShock Comics). A mix of horror and crime, this first issue establishes the premise of the series but does so in a way that poses a variety of questions. In fact, both Paul and Derek feel as if this first issue ended almost too quickly — a sense that they’ve gotten with other AfterShock first issues — although there is enough in this inaugural installment to have them wanting to come back to the series. In this first issue, Special Agents Shaw and McGregor work a recent race-related killing while at the same time investigating the disappearance of two fellow officers. What they stumble onto, and we never get a sense of what that is, is apparently something so horrific that even the most hardened law enforcers are unable to live with what they saw.

Deconstructing Comics #589: Dorman, Mackie, and McCrea at Toronto Comicon

This week, three interviews that Koom got at Toronto Comicon, in a special two-hour episode!

Dave Dorman is best known for his Star Wars art, as well as other fantasy work, and even some Batman. Here he talks about being one of the first students at the Kubert School, and the lasting friendships he made there with other now-famous names, and about his approach to painting, including doing likenesses.

Howard Mackie entered Marvel in 1984 as an editor, and eventually became the writer on such characters as Ghost Rider, Iron Man, and Spider-Man. He talks about that transition, working with the guys who would later form Image Comics, and what he’s done since leaving Marvel.

John McCrea is best known for his work with Garth Ennis on such works as Troubled Souls, Hitman, and Section 8. What’s it like working with Garth? Why should you avoid doing work that goes against your publisher’s expectations? Why did he set out to do a different kind of comics than the type he’s seemingly best suited for?

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Comic News Insider Episode 818 – Masters of CNI Fu!

Comic News Insider: Episode 818 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Master of Kung Fu Vol 2. #126, Port of Earth #1, Slots #1 & #2, Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics 

Jimmy brings back regular co-host Jon Hoche as we revert back to a regular format show after all the massive NYCC coverage. Which we hope you enjoyed! They talk about Jodie Whittaker’s official outfit as The Doctor and what they hope to see at this weekend’s Anime NYC convention. News includes: Jean Grey is returning to Marvel Comics, Amazon is producing/airing a prequel TV series based on Lord of the Rings, Hasbro approaches Mattel about a buyout offer 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 755 – Grande MoCCA Prep!

Comic News Insider: Episode 755 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Anno Dracula #1, Helena Crash #1, Iron Fist Vol 5 #1, Magdalena Vol 4 #1

Jon Hoche is back in the co-host chair! He and Jimmy discuss the Justice League and Spider-Man: Homecoming trailers, The Flash musical  episode, and this weekend’s MoCCA Festival. They are off to a Gotham press event directly after so the episode goes quite briskly! News includes: The Pro is getting a live action adaptation, Mighty Mouse is getting a new comic book series, Silver Sable/Black Cat will team up for a Spider-verse movie, Greg Pak is writing his first prose novel based on his Planet Hulk storyline, Disney CEO Bob Iger suggest that Han Solo may not be the character’s real name, Marvel’s Generations comic series will pair up old and new heroes and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Deconstructing Comics #525: Comics and Politics

Comics and PoliticsIn the wake of the 2016 presidential election, with a result that many found unexpected and disturbing, Emmet and John discuss various comics that have commented on politics and on government gone bad, including V for Vendetta; X-men: God Loves, Man Kills; Ex Machina; Prez; Transmetropolitan; Nemesis the Warlock; American Flagg; Congressman John Lewis’ March; and more.

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The Grawlix Podcast #34: Cinnamon Chicken

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This episode we discuss Preacher Vol. 1 (issues #1-7), The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere, and Jesse recounts his experiences at the recent Time Eddy II Doctor Who convention in Wichita Kansas including meeting Peter Davison. Enjoy!

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Arc Reactions – 53 – Ghost Rider: Road To Damnation

We tackle the Spirit of Vengeance with Ghost Rider – Road to Damnation. We are joined by our friend Cade Reynolds and dissect this mini-series where Ghost Rider battles the forces of heaven and hell.

Talking points

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BAD THINGS
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Ghost Rider’s presence does not effect the outcome of the story (4:47)

Methods of the agents of heaven (12:51)

Pacing (22:46)

 

GOOD THINGS
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World Building (26:53)

Art (38:00)

 

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Our next podcast will be our coverage of Denver Comiccon on June 26th. Our next Bat Books For Beginners episode will be Bruce Wayne: Fugitive on June 21st.

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Comic News Insider Episode 691 – PREACHER w/ Seth Rogen (Producer/Director)/Sam Catlin (Showrunner)/Garth Ennis (Co-Creator)!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 691 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Jimmy attended the special PREACHER press day last week and sat in on the roundtables with cast and creatives along with a few other outlets. In this episode, you’ll hear from Sam Catlin (Showrunner), Garth Ennis (Co-Creator) and Seth Rogen (Producer/Director). Some minor spoilers but mostly really great character/story info on the show. Check out the previous episode with the cast: Dominic Cooper (Jesse Custer), Ruth Negga (Tulip O’Hare), Ian Colletti (Eugene/Arseface) and Joseph Gilgun (Cassidy).

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Comic News Insider Episode 690 – PREACHER w/ Dominic Cooper/Ruth Negga/Ian Colletti/Joseph Gilgun!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 690 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Jimmy attended the special PREACHER press day last week and sat in on the roundtables with cast and creatives along with a few other outlets. In this episode, you’ll hear from Dominic Cooper (Jesse Custer), Ruth Negga (Tulip O’Hare), Ian Colletti (Eugene/Arseface) and Joseph Gilgun (Cassidy). Some minor spoilers but mostly really great character/story info on the show. Be forewarned: the Joseph Gilgun roundtable is full of the swears but it’s really really funny! Come back tomorrow for another special featuring Sam Catlin (Showrunner), Garth Ennis (Co-Creator) and Seth Rogen (Producer).

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Comic News Insider Episode 689 – Preachin’!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 689 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Archangel #1, Future Quest #1, Lumberjanes 2016 Special Dont Axe Dont Tale #1, Mae #1, Preacher on AMC

Emmy Potter returns to he rotating co-host chair. Jimmy briefly mentions the Gotham and Agents of SHIELD finales, the Preacher press day he attended and they both swoon over the much viewed Beauty and the Beast trailer. News includes: ComiXology introduces new subscription service ComiXology Unlimited, Afterlife With Archie returns after a year long hiatus, the Riverdale live action TV show will be dramatic and very CW according to the recently released synopsis, and the CW powers that be promise a 4 part crossover between newly acquired Supergirl with Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 682 – Raising the Batt Signal!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 682 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Black Panther Vol 6 #1, Empress #1, The Fix #1, Grizzly Shark #1, Fear the Walking Dead

Jimmy is joined in studio by good pal/animator Jim Batt. They discuss his awesome Kickstarter project with Neil Gaiman. They also chat about the Star Wars: Rogue One trailer as well as the new Suicide Squad one. Jimmy talks about a couple of deaths on big TV shows last week but stays mostly spoiler-free. News includes: Gerard Way gets new comic imprint at DC called Young Animal, Image Expo announces a slew of new comic projects, Dark Horse is bringing Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Aliens, Image announces Creators for Creators initiative, Garth Ennis/Darick Robertson’s The Boys is becoming a live action show on Cinemax, Freeform is developing a Cloak and Dagger series, Archie is publishing a new Betty and Veronica series along with a new Kevin Keller series, and Animaniacs is finally on Netflix! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Wayne’s Comics Podcast #210 With Mike Marts From AfterShock Comics

Wayne Hall, Wayne’s Comics, AfterShock Comics, Mike Marts, Batman, Guardians of the Galaxy, Replica,  Strayer, InSEXts, American Monster, Dreaming Eagles, SuperZero, Second Sight, Brian Azzarello, Garth Ennis, Amanda Conner, Marguerite Bennett, Paul Jenkins, David Hine, Alberto Ponticelli, Justin Jordan, Jimmy Palmiotti

Have you discovered AfterShock Comics yet? I think this new comics company will send shockwaves through the industry as they make some of the best comics on the stands today!

During Episode 210, the first of 2016, I talk with Mike Marts, AfterShock’s Editor in Chief who gets us all caught up on how the company came to be, what books they have available and what is coming in the months ahead! You probably recognize Mike’s name from his stints in charge of Batman, Guardians of the Galaxy and other famous franchises. He’s overseeing great new titles, including Replica, InSEXts, SuperZero, Dreaming Eagles, American Monster, Strayer and Second Sight, bringing a lot of high-quality storytelling to your local comics shop! You can find out more about this groundbreaking company at their website at this link!  He’s got a lot to say about the industry as well, so I’m sure you’re going to want to hear what he has to say!

 

Comic News Insider Episode 651 – NYCC: Archie Comics Special w/ Chip Zdarsky/Erica Henderson/Frank Tieri/Alex Segura!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 651 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Astonishing Ant-Man #1, Back To The Future Vol 2 #1, Cognetic #1, Shield Vol 3 #1, Titans Hunt #1, Uncanny Inhumans #1

After a long absence, the podcast wife Erica Schultz returns to co-host! They chat about Halloween, the Jessica Jones trailer, and the Pride & Prejudice & Zombies trailer. Even more New York Comic Con interviews in this Archie Comics special. Jimmy interviewed the new Jughead creative team of Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson, Hangman writer Frank Tieri and Archie SVP/Dark Circle Line Editor Alex Segura. News includes Becky Cloonan and Steve Dillon to take on The Punisher,  the first Preacher trailer will air this Sunday during The Walking Dead, Bryan Fuller is bringing back Amazing Stories to NBC, Edgar Wright and Johnny Depp are teaming up to bring Neil Gaiman’s children’s book Fortunately, the Milk to the big screen, David Tennant will be returning as the Tenth Doctor, and Catherine Tate as Donna Noble, in a series of three audio dramas, and Russian sculptor turns Lenin statue into Darth Vader. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 621 – Mad Preppin’ For SDCC! Plus: Milana Vayntrub (Other Space)!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 621 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: 8House: Arclight #1, Barb Wire Vol 2 #1, Spire #1, We Stand On Guard #1

Due to some last minute cancellations, Jimmy has to do a solo episode for you. He’s madly prepping for San Diego Comic Con and it’s all down to the wire. You’ll hear his lovely friend Milana Vayntrub in this episode too! She was visiting NYC and they had a drink and chatted about her sci-fi comedy Other Space, being “Lily” on the AT&T commercials, her directing ambitions and more. News includes: Image Expo announces massive slew of new comics, DC announces 8 new mini-series, Marvel annouces 45 titles for the post-Battleworld Marvel lineup, Dynamite announces new projects from Garth Ennis (A Train Called Love) & Warren Ellis (James Bond) plus collaborations with Atari and Fleischer Studios, JK Rowling is developing a Harry Potter stage play and Elodie Young has been cast as “Elektra” in Netflix’s Daredevil series. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Ultimate Facepalm 90: Godzilla remake, The Phantom Zone of Vaginas and just call it “Justice League” already!

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A day early! (at the time of the drop)

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Ozzy needs a Pagoda and a Ketamine Burrito

People think cats are their own species when in fact, they are just gay dogs

Some painful real life facepalms

Autism is now in vogue

 

UFP Crew Questions!

–          Requests for “C*nt of the Week”; this week “Hi-Tila Tequila”

–          Rover Red Charlie – Garth Ennis’ new work

–          The New Sin City movie

–          Disney’s acquisition of the Indiana Jones franchise

–          Our FINAL rant on The Walking Dead

–          All the Amazing Spider-man 2 news

–          A Sound of Thunder

–          Is watching Honey BooBoo grounds for leaving someone?

–          Ron Burgandy whoredom knows no bounds

–          Books we haven’t written

 

NEWS!

–          Australia’s only epic city in and epic example of epic-bad journalism

–          The worst baby names in 2013

 

NERD NEWS!

–          Batman vs. Superman; should they just call it “Justice League”?

–          Wonder Woman casting

–          The bait ‘n’ switch of Brian’s death on The Family Guy

–          Terminator TV series to tie with the Terminator films reboot and we all wonder, “Why the fuck?”

–          Matt Smith meeting with JJ Abrams and now featuring in the latest “American Psycho” theater run

–          The new US Godzilla remake

–          Adam Sandler is Hollywood’s most overpaid star (what a shock right?)