Webcomics: Reviews of The Zombie Hunters, Kim Reaper, and Nothing Is Forgotten

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Zombies, Reapers, and…Some Sorta Thing

On this, the Two Guys’ annual Halloween webcomics episode, Sean and Derek discuss three horror-related titles, each of which is quite different one from the other. They begin with Jenny Romanchuk’s The Zombie Hunters, a story that has been serialized since 2006. This is a post-apocalyptic narrative that centers on a group of zombie hunters who are themselves infected by a virus that could possibly turn them into the undead, should they die a natural death. After that they look at Kim Reaper, a relatively new webcomic created by Sara Graley, and one that could arguably be described as a horror romcom. Finally, they discuss Ryan Andrews’s Nothing Is Forgotten, a somewhat short but nonetheless powerful story about a young boy who buries his father the same day he stumbles upon a lair of some ill-defined and mysterious creature.

 

Comics Alternative for Young Readers: Reviews of 3×4, The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo: The Monster Mall, and Sheets

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On this episode of the Comics Alternative’s Young Readers show, Gwen is joined by her new co-host, Dr. Krystal Howard, an assistant professor in the Liberal Studies and English departments at California State University, Northridge. Krystal has been reading, writing about, and teaching children’s and YA comics for a number of years and has a particular interest in gender and comics studies. In 2017, Krystal’s essay “Gothic Excess and the Body in Vera Brosgol’s Anya’s Ghost” appeared in Gwen’s co-edited volume (with Michelle Ann Abate), Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults, and she has another comics-related essay, “Comics Grammar in Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean’s Picture Book Collaborations” that is forthcoming in The Artistry of Neil Gaiman: Finding Light in the Shadows. Regular listeners to the Young Readers show will already know Krystal from her spot as a panelist last summer on a special roundtable that Gwen and Paul Lai hosted on the future of children’s and YA comics.

Before they begin discussing the books for this month’s show, Gwen and Krystal mention the wonderful contributions of Paul Lai, who has recently graduated with his doctorate from the School of Education in Language, Literacy, and Culture at the University of California, Berkeley, and who has begun a new position as Director of UC Berkeley’s prestigious BE3 program, which stands for Berkeley Educators for Equity and Excellence. Paul intends to return to the Comics Alternative family from time to time as a podcaster, and Gwen and Krystal wish him the very best in his new role.

During the main portion of the show, Gwen and Krystal discuss three new releases: Ivan Brunetti’s 3 x 4, published last month by TOON Books and geared towards early elementary readers, and two Halloween-oriented middle grade graphic novels: Drew Weing’s The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo: The Monster Mall, which is the second in the Margo Maloo series from First Second books, and Brenna Thummler’s debut, Sheets, put out by Lion Forge’s Cubhouse imprint.

Both Krystal and Gwen found Brunetti’s 3 x 4 to be a great addition to the plethora of STEM-focused comics that have been published in the last five years, including First Second’s Science Comics series and Mike Holmes and Gene Luen Yang’s Secret Coders. Krystal praises Brunetti for his inclusion of a diverse and eclectic group of young people, and Gwen notes that for the detail-oriented child, every page offers up an opportunity to discover the many ways that the number 12 can be divided into sets!

Next, the two PhDs consider Drew Weing’s follow up to his highly successful first volume of the Margo Maloos series: The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo: The Monster Mall. Gwen appreciates Weing’s decision to continue focusing on the costs of gentrification, while Krystal notes that the inclusion of teenage characters adds a new dimension to the series.

Finally, Gwen and Krystal discuss the amazing debut by Brenna Thummler, Sheets (Lion Forge), which takes place in a lake resort town and focuses on the struggles of a young woman who has become the proprietor of her family’s laundromat, all while trying to fit in at middle school. Her interactions with Wendell, the ghost of an eleven-year-old boy, end up making life a lot better for both of them. Krystal points out Thummler’s attention to figural placement and atmospherics, and Gwen suggests that while some of the plot points might seem a little far-fetched, the novel holds together well and deals with class conflict in a manner that is also present in Weing’s Margo Maloo series.

In November, Gwen and Krystal will be back with another set of books to review, as well as 2018 best-of-list recommendations for our listener’s winter holiday celebrations.

GCU #14: Alien vs Predator vs Freddy vs Jason

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Whoever wins… the viewer loses. Four massive franchises come together as some of horror’s most iconic movie monsters throw down in two less than iconic showdown movies. We kick off the Halloween season with AVP: Alien vs. Predator and Freddy vs. Jason, the double feature we’ve been waiting to do since this podcast’s conception.

Show Notes

00:00 – Intro/Greetings
02:25 – AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)
30:25 – Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
1:11:26 – Alien vs. Predator / Freddy vs. Jason Cinematic Universe

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Wayne’s Comics Podcast #346: Alethea Van Holland and Jaxson Joubert

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In Episode 346, we get ready for the upcoming Halloween season as I talk with Alethea Van Holland and Jaxson Joubert, the creators of a wonderful Indie comic called Bad Luck! This fun supernatural tale is perfect for the holiday with witches, incubuses and demons, among other things! We follow the adventures of Ava, a witch who has summoned a familiar who isn’t necessarily happy to serve in that role for her! We discuss how the book has come to be, how they create each issue, and just who these fascinating characters are! To access Bad Luck online, you can go to this link! Don’t miss what these up-and-coming comics creators have to say!

The Grawlix Podcast Halloween Special 2017

The Grawlix Podcast tribute to Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson and homage to just one of their many great characters, Swamp Thing. In this special Halloween episode the G-Crew offer up a fan reading and audio production of Swamp Thing’s 1st appearance in the pages of House of Secrets #92 followed by a discussion.

This episode originally appeared on GrawlixPodcast.com

Show Notes
INTRO
00:00:00 – Intro/Greetings
FEATURE
00:02:00 – House of Secrets #92 – Swamp Thing as read by the Grawlix Podcast
DISCUSSION
00:13:27 – Swamp Thing 1st Appearance Discussion and Audio Reaction

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Top 5 Comics Podcast – Halloween Special 2017

Top 5 Comics Podcast – Halloween Special 2017 !! This Episode we have an with Interview with John Kassir the voice of the Crypt Keeper from the Colorado Spring Comic Con and a list of the best Halloween Movies that happen on Halloween.

Run Times –

Top 5 Halloween movie list of movies that happen at Halloween  – 3:28 – 19:30

Top 5 Halloween movies list for Kids – 19:30 – 22:00

 

Interview with John Kassir at Colorado Springs Comic CON 2017 – 23:30 – 41:00

 

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Comics Alternative, Manga: A Discussion of Horror Manga 2017

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Shea and Derek are back with their second manga episode of the month! On this show, they discuss several horror manga that will get you in the mood for Halloween tomorrow. As they did last year, the Two Manga Guys are both thrilled and chilled with by introducing listeners to a variety creepy titles, some older and some brand new. They begin with Katsuhiro Otomo’s Domu: A Child’s Dream (Dark Horse Manga), a story that is probably the least horrific of those discussed, but it’s nonetheless one of the guys’ favorites on this episode. As the guys point out, it’s a shame that Otomo’s canonical Akira tends to overshadows other impressive efforts such as Domu. After that they look at a markedly different kind of horror manga, Hideshi Hino’s Panorama of Hell (Blast Books). This is a very violent and blood-filled work, so if you have a weak reading constitution, this might be a challenge for you. After that they cover the three-volume Mail, written and drawn by Housui Yamazaki (Dark Horse Manga). As Derek describes, this is a “lighter” narrative compared to some of the others discussed, but one that nonetheless has them wanting more.

From there Shea and Derek turn to a favorite creator of theirs, Junji Ito. However, his latest graphic cycle, Dissolving Classroom (Vertical Comics) is definitely not what they have come to expect from the horror mangaka. Somewhat similar to Fragments of Horror, which the guys discussed last year, Ito relies a little too heavily on over-the-top graphics at the expense of any bedrock terror. But the guys are more impressed with Gou Tanabe’s H.P. Lovecraft’s The Hound and Other Stories (Dark Horse Manga), an adaptation of three classic Lovecraft stories. In addition to the titular reference, Tanabe also presents manga versions of “The Temple” and “The Nameless City.” Finally, Shea and Derek discuss Neo Parasyte M (Kodansha Comics), the latest anthology inspired by Hitoshi Iwaaki’s Parasyte, which ran between 1988 and 1995. Including contributions from a wide variety of creators, this volume is similar to last year’s Neo Parasyte F, which the guys discussed on the 2016 manga horror episode. However, they enjoyed this anthology even more than last year’s.

Comics Alternative, Episode 254: Halloween Comics 2017

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Once again, it’s that creepy time of the year: the Wednesday before Halloween. And as the Two Guys have done for the past several years, they’re using this occasion to highlight a variety of Halloween-specific and recent horror titles. This time around, Paul joins Derek in discussing a variety of comics, ten in all, that will appeal to a diverse community of readers. There’s something for young readers, something for more mature fans, something for classic horror aficianados, something for comedy lovers, something for mainstream superhero readers, and something for those who appreciate the truly offbeat. Specifically, on this episode Paul and Derek discuss:

The Grawlix Podcast #55: More Goth, Less Ham


On this episode the Grawlix Podcast discusses The Immortal Iron Fist Vol. 1, recasting horror movie monsters with comic book characters, the annual pumpkin spicening and more! Enjoy!

This episode originally appeared on GrawlixPodcast.com

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INTRO
00:00:00 – Intro/Greetings
IN-HOUSE NEWS
00:02:31 – Halloween Special Announcement and Episode/Issue Numbering Anxieties
00:08:49 – Annual Pumpkin Spice Conversation
POLL LIST
00:13:04 – Next Poll List Pick – John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 1: Original Sins
00:17:59 – The Immortal Iron Fist Vol. 1: The Last Iron Fist Story
LETTERS PAGE (Contact Us Here)
00:53:10 – Twitter Question from @SuperiorComic16: Recast horror movie villains with comic characters.
OUTRO
01:03:47 – Outro

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Wayne’s Comics Podcast #254: David Carr and John Hernandez

Wayne Hall, Wayne’s Comics, Tainted Love, David Carr, John Hernandez, vampire, C5 Studio, Halloween, Baltimore Comic Con,

Halloween has just passed, but the excellent Tainted Love vampire comic still has me in that holiday’s mood! This week, in Episode 254, I talk with the book’s creators David Carr and John Hernandez, who I met at the recent Baltimore Comic Con. We discuss the series and what makes it stand out from other vampire stories, who the characters are, and what this creative team has in store for us in the future! To find out more about the comic, go to this link: taintedlovecomic.com. For more about C5 Studio, where a lot of their work can be found, go here: c5studio.com.

 

Longbox Review Episode 107: Top 5 Magic Characters

Just in time for Halloween, Travis joins me to discuss our favorite magical comic book characters. Who will make the cut? Dr. Fate or Dr. Strange? Etrigan or Hellboy? Listen to find out! But first we briefly talk about the passing of Steve Dillon and then chat about the fantastic artist who’s coming to the 2017 Emerald City Comicon: José Luis García-López!

Who are your favorite magical characters? Let us know!

Please send your comments to longboxreview@gmail.com, chat with me @longboxreview on Twitter, or visit longboxreview.com. Please subscribe, rate, and review the show via iTunes.

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Comic Frontline Live #128: Countdown to Spider-Woman

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Half the Frontline crew discuss comic news, take a look at Marvel Previews, and share their worst picks and Top 5!

Find more on www.comicfrontline.com and www.youtube.com/comicfrontline

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Video version of this episode: https://youtu.be/YELfGVXcfZc

Comics Alternative, On Location: At Valhalla Games and Comics for Halloween ComicFest 2016

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Derek is back at his local comic shop, Valhalla Games and Comics in Plano, TX, for the October on-location episode. But it is also Halloween ComicFest 2016, adding even more flavor into mix. He is joined by customers of the shop, some of them in costume, to discuss horror comics, Halloween specials, as well as scary movies and games. They spend  much of their time discussing the many free comic-book offerings for this year’s Halloween ComicFest. Derek is particularly interested in the special horror manga issues, such as VIZ Media’s Tomie and Drawn and Quarterly’s Shigeru Mizuki’s Kitaro: Strange Fun for Everyone. But there are many other titles that the gang discusses, ranging from holiday-appropriate (e.g., Comix Tribe’s Mummy’s Always Right, American Mythology’s The Three Stooges Halloween Hullabaloo, and the BoooOOOoooM! Box Halloween Haunt 2016) to Halloween-free, such as several offerings from DC and Marvelhalloween-comicfest-2016
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Manga: Reviews of Various Horror Manga

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Weird Fireballs, Haunted Video Games, and a Naked Florence Nightingale 

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In celebration of the Halloween season, Shea and Derek devote October’s episode to a discussion of horror manga. This month they look at six — count them, six! — books, all of which embody the eerie holiday spirit in some way. That makes this a extra-long episode, clocking in at over two and a half hours, the longest manga show the Two Guys have ever produced. They begin with a classic example of horror manga, Hideshi Hino’s Hell Baby (Blast Books), and then move on to the medium’s most notable practitioner of the genre, Junji Ito and his 2014 collection Fragments of Horror (VIZ Media). They then turn up the creep factor with Usamaru Furuya’s Lychee Light Club (Vertical Comics) and Jun Abe’s Portus (VIZ Media). Finally, the guys conclude with two brand new titles from Kodansha Comics, Kazuhiro Fujita’s The Black Museum: The Ghost and the Lady, Book 1 and the shojo anthology Neo Parasyte F. The latter is a fifteen-story celebration of Hitoshi Iwaaki’s classic Parasyte series, which ran from 1988 to 1995. In their extensive discussions, Shea and Derek visit such topics as the juxtaposition of cute and gross, why the grotesque may become a writing crutch, the many uses of gender ambiguity, if video games are inherently spooky, and how Florence Nightingale can be quite sexy. That’s right, folks, it’s all here!

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Zone 4 #325: Halloween & The X-Men

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It’s time once again for the annual Zone 4 Halloween Skit!

The Zone 4 Players welcome you to another chilling adventure in… “Be Careful What You Wish For!”

Then, once the players find their way back to the show, they discuss comic television, some books they are reading, the latest with Comic Related, mourn the loss of Steve Dillon, talk other headlines, and then…

…it’s Topic Time! This episode, the crew discusses the upcoming new slate of X-Men titles, and what they would do with the X-Men franchise!

Join us on this grand adventure just days before… Halloween!

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