Comics Alternative Interviews: Another Happy New Yoe with Craig Yoe

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  • 00:00:25 – Introduction
  • 00:02:12 – Setup of interview
  • 00:03:56 – Interview with Craig Yoe
  • 02:01:22 – Wrap up
  • 02:02:17 – Contact us

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Welcome to 2018! And as The Comics Alternative has done for the past several years, they start off the new year with an interview of perennial   favorite of the podcast, Craig Yoe. These are called the annual Happy New Yoe shows. And this year, Derek talks with Craig about Yoe Books past, present, and future. They start off by discussing many of the books that Craig and his wife/partner, Clizia Gussoni, released in 2017. These include those published through Yoe Books/IDW Publishing — e.g., Mummies!: Classic Monsters of Pre-Code Horror ComicsBehaving Madly: Zany, Loco, Cockeyed, Rip-off, Satire MagazinesHaunted Love Vol. 1; The Complete Voodoo Vol. 3Jay Disbrow’s Monster Invasion; and volumes of both Haunted Horror and Weird Love — but also works that Craig published elsewhere, such as his book for younger readers, LOL: A Load of Laughs and Jokes for Kids, published through Little Simon. 

After that, Craig fields several questions asked by fans via Facebook…some sensible, others rather wacky. That eventually leads them into a discussion of books from Craig we have to look forward to in 2018. Among the various upcoming titles they discuss are We Spoke Out: Comic Books and the HolocaustSuper Weird Heroes: Preposterous but TrueLou Cameron’s Unsleeping DeadDrawing and Life Lessons from Master Cartoonists, Super Patriotic Heroes, and Reefer Madness. This is an extra long interview, running for almost two hours, and there’s a lot packed into the conversation. Plenty to help carry listeners comfortably into the new year!

Comics Alternative Interviews: Happy New Yoe!

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Time Codes:

  • 00:00:25 – Introduction
  • 00:02:13 – Setup of interview
  • 00:03:20 – Interview with Craig Yoe
  • 01:25:46 – Wrap up
  • 01:28:58 – Contact us

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It’s a new year, and what better way to bring it in than with another Craig Yoe interview! In what has become a Comics Alternative tradition, the Two Guys with PhDs use their very first episode of the year — not just their first interview, but their very first podcast release — to talk with Craig and find out what he’s been up to. It’s what has become known as the guys’ Happy New Yoe show!

The fun begins with Andy and Derek asking Craig about his 50th anniversary celebration. As he tells the guys, this year is the golden anniversary of Craig’s first contribution to comics culture, a fanzine he published as a kid. And from there, he never looked back. A big part of this celebration is a string of new releases that began late last year. In fact, most of the interview is devoted to a discussion of one of those books, Super Weird Heroes: Outrageous but Real! This is the first of a two-volume — and maybe a third? — collection of really strange heroes from comics’ Golden Age, written and drawn by some of the medium’s most obscure as well as some of its best-known creators. The guys ask Craig about the compilation of this enterprise and its place within the Yoe Books pantheon. They also do deep dives into some of the weirdest of the weird, including the superhero of the cloth The Deacon and his sidekick Mickey; the disembodied hand, The Hand; the crossdressing Madam Fatal; phallic-prone heroes such as Black Cobra, Nature Boy, and The Dart; Kangaroo Man and his Nazi-bashing marsupial pal Bingo; the inexplicable Jeep and Peep; and the nearly naked Phantasmo. Actually, there is a lot of bared flesh to go round in this book.

But the Two Guys also ask Craig about some of his other recent books, including The Return of the Zombies, The Complete Voodoo Vol. 2, Jay Disbrow’s Monster InvasionBehaving MadlyReefer Madness, and the next volume in his Weird Love series. It’s an understatement to say that there’s a lot to look forward to from Yoe Books in the coming year. Craig Yoe is still the most interviewed guest in Comics Alternative history, and you can rest assured that he’ll be back a couple of more times to talk about even more releases in the coming year.

And a special Happy New Year goes out to Clizia Gussoni, Craig’s partner and the engine that keeps Yoe Books running. Thank you for all of your help, Clizia!

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Comics Alternative, Episode 178: Reviews of Nod Away, Gulag Casual, and Haunted Love #1

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This week the Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics discuss three very different titles. They begin with Joshua W. Cotter’s Nod Away (Fantagraphics), an ambitious sci-fi narrative that explores the impact, and the costs, of technological progress. At least that’s what the guys think the book might be about. As both Andy W. and Derek point out, one of the distinguishing features of this book is its ambiguous or equivocal nature. There are many moving parts to this story — hive communication, inter-dimensional wormholes, suspended animation, unexplained quests — and the guys aren’t entirely certain how all of the pieces fit together. But that’s OK. Part of the beauty of Nod Away is that HauntedLove-Wormsit paints a narrative picture best observed from a broader context, while at the same time the fine detail of Cotter’s art compels us to investigate its many intricacies. The guys also speculate as to the significance of the title, another meaningfully uncertain facet of this book. Next, they look at Austin English’s Gulag Casual. This book is part of 2dcloud’s current “Winter Collection” Kickstarter campaign, and the the guys introduce the publisher, and its Kickstarter, to their listeners. English’s book is a collection of five different stories, each of which challenges its readers in the ways of comprehending comics. Derek points out that the stories are very dream-like in their coherency, and the guys spend much of their discussion sharing their strategies for reading this unique text. They wrap up this week’s episode by looking at another title from the offbeat mind of Craig Yoe. Haunted Love #1 is the first of a three-issue series from IDW Publishing and Yoe Comics, and it’s another example of what Craig does best: showcasing precode comics with a mixture of amusement and reverence. As described on the issue’s cover, it’s “the unholy spawn of Haunted Horror and Weird Love” — two tastes that go great together! — so if listeners appreciate those Yoe-inspired series, then they’ll go ga-ga for the seven stories collected in this first issue. There’s a lot of weirdness to go around, but a couple of Andy and Derek’s favorites are “The Dead Are Never Lonely” (originally published in Baffling Mysteries #14 in 1953) and especially “Crawling Evil” (Journey into Fear #10, 1952). Some of these stories are reminiscent of the classic EC style (such as “The Ice Man Cometh”), while others are just nonsensically whacked out. But the best thing about Haunted Love #1 is that it’s classic Craig Yoe. And everyone needs mo’ Yoe, right?

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