Comics Alternative, On Location: The March Visit to Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find

How Much Is Too Much?

For the March on-location recording at Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find in Charlotte, NC, the topic of discussion is comics adapted into movies and television series (especially superhero properties), and if we’re about to reach the point of oversaturation. Joining Derek in the conversation are shop customers Zyg, Jack, Jesse, Erica, and Christian. All of them are fans of superhero film and TV, and each brings a unique perspective to the discussion. And, as expected, everyone varies in their opinions on how much is too much when it comes to superhero adaptations. Among the various movies and series they discuss are Black Panther, the Iron Man seriesWatchmen, The CrowJustice League, Tim Burton’s Batman, Gotham, the various Netflix series, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. They also talk about non-superhero comics adaptations such as LuciferiZombie, Ghost World, and, of course, The Walking Dead. And toward the end of their conversation, everyone expresses her or his own wish list of other properties that could be adapted into television series or films.

Comics Alternative, On Location: The February Visit to Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find

Shop Talk

Derek is back at Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find for the February on-location episode. As he usually does, he set up his mics on a Wednesday evening while customers were coming into the shop to pick up the weekly releases. And during this time a couple of Wednesday Warriors sat down with Derek to talk about what they were reading, what they were looking forward to in the coming months, and what about comics culture they currently find exciting. Both Zyg and Fadi shared the week’s titles that they had come to pick up, but the conversation went well beyond that. Among the various topics they discussed were current happenings in the Marvel Universe, favorite artists, eagerly awaited upcoming releases, the new Black Panther movie, Riverdale and other non-superhero comics adaptations, and (believe it or not) Hughes and Whitney’s HerbieYep, they talked about the Fat Fury.

 

 

On Location: Starting off the New Year at Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find

New Shop, New Conversations

For years The Comics Alternative has held a monthly on-location episode where one or two cohosts go into — physically or virtually — one of their local comics shops and talk with customers and employees about the comics that their reading, what they’re excited about and looking forward to, and what grumblings they may have in terms of comics culture. The last such episode was published last August, right before Derek moved to Charlotte, NC…and as things would turn out, in the final days of Valhalla Games and Comics.

But now that Derek has settled in his new environs, he heads over to Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find, his new local shop in Charlotte (at 417 Pecan Avenue), to begin once again the monthly series. So January’s show kicks things off, with Derek introducing customers and shop employees to the podcast and beginning what, we hope, will be a fun and informative monthly visit. Snowy weather hit Charlotte this week, so the ice and cold cut down on traffic in the shop over the past couple of days. But several did come in and take the time to talk on show, sharing what titles they’re currently reading and what they’re finding exciting, and frustrating, in comics and comics-related media. For example, Isaiah, coming in for his weekly comics, shares his thoughts on recent DC Rebirth storylines and the shenanigans he sees going on at Marvel. Shop employees, Karla and Eli, talk about the some of the comics that are currently or soon-to-be adapted for television — and Eli is particularly interested in the upcoming series based on Rick Remender’s Deadly Class. And shop owner Shelton Drum comes on to discuss their recent move to a new location, next week’s Charlotte Mini-Con (taking place on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Gary Cole Center), and when we can expect to hear announcements about this summer’s HeroesCon.

A big THANK YOU to Karla and Shelton for helping to make this on-location show happen. And if you’re in the Charlotte area, be sure to come by the shop on Wednesday, February 21, for next month’s on-location recording!

Comic News Insider Episode 545 – Heroes Con w/ Ben Templesmith/Stephane Roux/Emi Lenox/Michael Cho/Amy Chu/Matthew Smith!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 545 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Doodle Jump #1, Star Trek: Harlan Ellison’s City on the Edge of Forever Original Teleplay #1, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time #1, The Wicked & The Divine #1

Jimmy snuck down to his hometown Jacksonville, FL post-Heroes Con with pal Ashley Lanni whom had to deal with his road trip confessions. They are joined by old pal Ted to record the Heroes Con recap with interviews galore! Jimmy sat down at Heroes with Ben Templesmith (The Squidder), Stephane Roux (Harley Quinn), Emi Lenox (EmiTown), Michael Cho (Shoplifter), Amy Chu (Girls Night Out) and Matthew Smith (Bee Sting). Ashley and Jimmy give their recaps of the most amazing comic convention Heroes Con and encourage all to attend. No news this week so we could fit in more interview goodness. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 488 – SDCC w/ Dr. Andrea Letamendi/Sam Park (Monsterverse)/Cole Drumb, Jennifer Luk (PostHuman) & Boston Comic Con w/ Ming Doyle (Mara), Jeff Burns (Super Knocked Up)

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Comic News Insider: Episode 488 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Goblin Hood and His Merry Monsters #1, It Came! #1, Lady Rawhide #1, Molly Danger #1

Lots of interviews from both San Diego Comic Con (Dr. Andrea Letamendi, Sam Park, Cole Drumb & Jennifer Luk) and Boston Comic Con (Ming Doyle & Jeff Burns) to get through so Jimmy does it solo so the episode isn’t too supersized. He laments/rejoices over selling his massive comic book collection (appx. 15,000) to Shelton Drum of Heroes Con fame. He also visited Boston Comic Con on Sunday and gives his recap of what he saw, whom he met, etc. Great show! News includes: Peter Capaldi is the new Doctor in Doctor Who, Sequential graphic novels app goes global, Disney to publish Space Mountain graphic novel, and Young Justice: Legacyvideo game gets delayed. As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Come back later this week to hear the roundtable interviews with the cast/creators of the hit NBC show Hannibal and the smash TNT show Falling Skies

Interview: Shelton Drum – Savannah Collection

Shelton Drum, owner of Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find, took the time out of his very busy schedule to sit down with Adam and answer some questions about his CGC pedigree collection recently hitting auction with Herritage Auction Galleries.  They discuss what makes a collection a pedigree collection, what makes this, the Savannah Collection, so awesome, and other general comic collection coolness.
Podcast Link: http://www.thedollarbin.net/shows/interview-shelton-drum-savannah-collection.html