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 Marvel
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!
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!
It’s the Wednesday before Halloween, so it’s time once again for the Two Guys with PhDs to look at this season’s spooky, horror-filled offerings. This year, Andy and Derek discuss 10 individual titles, some of which were specifically published for Halloween 2016 and others with particular themes and release dates that nicely coincide with the holiday. They begin with four all-age anthology titles and then move on to works that, while not specifically intended as Halloween specials, capture the spirit of the season in one form or another. In total, they discuss:
On this year’s Halloween episode the boys brave the airwaves alone! Randy and Jesse ponder their Suicide Squad apathy, discuss Scott Pilgrim Vol. 1, pitch their ideal horror comics, and realize Melanie is the show’s anchor. In the recently returned Recent Reads segment Jesse proclaims you’ve got to have Faith and Randy confesses his current favorite Bat-book is the Batman lite Detective Comics. Enjoy!
00:00:00 – Intro/Greetings IN-HOUSE NEWS/SHOUT OUTS
00:02:19 – International Podcast Day
00:05:02 – Grawlix Bytes #8, Drinking in the Park Podcast, Doctor Who Dark Journey
00:18:11 – Pete Mitchell’s Diamondhead IT’S ALL PIZZA
00:23:30 – Suicide Squad Apathy, Good Snyder/Bad Snyder, Mel is our anchor! POLL LIST
00:32:26 – Next Month’s Pick: Preacher Vol. 1
00:37:15 – Scott Pilgrim Vol. 1: Precious Little Life RECENT READS/TV TALK
00:56:05 – Faith, Detective Comics
01:10:09 – Luke Cage, Supergirl, The Flash and CW Streaming. All Speculation! FULL PAGE BLEED
01:18:26 – Ideal Horror Comics Pitches OUTRO
01:52:52 – Outro
It’s the scary season, and as they’ve done for the past couple of years, Gene and Derek talk about some of this year’s Halloween specials and seasonal horror titles. In this episode you’ll hear the Two Guys with PhDs discuss:
Derek and Gene spend much of their time discussing their favorite book of the week, the latest volume of Haunted Horror. There are a lot of spooky and just plain weird titles in this collection — case in point: “Ghost from Mars” — and the guys could have easily spent the entire episode talking about Craig Yoe’s latest effort. But they have a lot of ground to cover, so they move on from there to the other offerings. Titles such as Upside Down, Monsterjunkies, Adventure Time 2015 Spoooktacular, and Spongebob Comics are perfect for those younger readers getting ready to go trick or treating…or, in the case of Spongebob, even for those older readers staying in and giving out the candy. The guys also discuss the pros and cons of seasonal titles that are part of an ongoing storyline — for example, this Halloween’s Adventure Time and Grimm Fairy Tales — and the attraction of certain issues, such as The Goon: Theatre Bizarre and All Hallows’ Eve, that easily stand on their own outside of any series continuity. And then there are seasonal titles such as Zombies vs. Cheerleaders and Gold Digger, for which Gene and Derek feel at a total lost. Still, the guys have a good time talking about this year’s Halloween comics, even if they don’t understand them all.
Reviews: Assassin’s Creed #1, Chewbacca #1, I Hate Fairyland #1, The Twilight Children, Star Wars Rebels S2 premiere
Jimmy is joined in studio by Melissa Dowell. They chat/gush about the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer and when they plan on seeing it. At NYCC, Jimmy sat down with Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie to discuss The Wicked and the Divine, Phonogram, Young Avengers, and more! He also chatted with cartoonist Darryl Cunningham about his works Age of Selfishness, How to Fake a Moon Landing and Psychiatric Tales. News includes: Star Wars: Battlefront video game will allow you to play as familiar characters, the Art of John Cassaday will be on display at the Metropolis Gallery in NYC, FX is bringing a Legion TV series based on the X-Men character, FX is also working on a Y: The Last Man series based on the popular comic book series, Fox is producing an X-Men related series as well called The Hellfire Club, Entertainment Weekly is holding their first EW Fest in NYC this weekend and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
Happy Halloween! Join Randy, Melanie, Jesse, and Jesse’s hateful doppelganger for this month’s Poll List discussion of Wolverine: Old Man Logan. Then our paranormal instigators go off page to talk movies with their individual top ten favorite horror films of all time. Halloween cereal, pumpkin spiced everything, weird hair and Doctor Who round out this year’s October special. Enjoy!
You’ll definitely find treats, and not tricks, on this special episode of The Comics Alternative. Derek and Gene take their annual look at the various comics being releases specifically for Halloween or published to coincide with the season. They begin with what is probably their favorite of the lot — at least Derek’s favorite — Richard Corben’s new book, Edgar Allan Poe’s Spirits of the Dead (Dark Horse). They point out that while this is an October release, the majority of the stories collected in this volume originally appeared as either single issues or in Dark Horse Presents over the past two years. This is yet another series of Poe adaptation from the great Corben, following his early work for Creepy and Eerie — and most recently collected in Creepy Presents Richard Corben — and Marvel’s Haunt of Horror: Edgar Allan Poe. (For more about Corben’s work on Poe, specifically commentary on the adaptations found in the new book, check out Derek’s recent interview with the artist.) Next the Two Guys turn to a new, fun book from Zac Gorman, Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers (Oni Press). This is based on the popular roleplaying game, Costume Questwith which neither Gene and Derek are familiar. But that doesn’t stop them from enjoying this all-age comic.