Comics Alternative, On Location: The Hernandez Brothers Panel at HeroesCon 2017

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  • 00:00:26 – Introduction
  • 00:02:22 – Setup of the recording
  • 00:04:30 – The Hernandez brothers panel at HeroesCon
  • 01:08:05 – Wrap up
  • 01:09:46 – Contact us


A Big Deal

At this year’s HeroesCon, Andy and Derek moderated a couple of panels, one of which was entirely devoted to the Hernandez brothers, Gilbert and Jaime. In this on-location episode, you’ll hear the Two Guys talking with the brothers about their new magazine-sized Love and Rockets series, the logistics of going from an annual to a quarterly, the experiences of continuity and 35+ years of character development, their efforts (especially Gilbert’s) in producing standalone works outside of any serialized format, their historical places within the larger context of non-mainstream comics, and the brothers’ thoughts on the current state of the medium.

Comics Alternative, Episode 245: Live at HeroesCon 2017

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On the Scene


Last weekend was HeroesCon, and as they have for the past few years, Andy and Derek are on the scene in Artists Alley reporting the event from the floor. On this episode, you’ll hear the Two Guys sharing their varied experiences at the con. Among other topics they discuss the vendors they visited and the comics they were able to find, their attempts to interview creators at their tables, the two high-powered panels they moderated, the various artists they had signing their comics, the tone of this year’s crowd, Derek’s cool Space Babes shirt (design by Beto), the uncertainty of their table location, and their Saturday night dinner with Gilbert Hernandez’s family. And both Derek and Andy are most thankful for the various fans who stopped by their table to say “Hello!” and tell them that they’re avid listeners.

Much thanks to Daniel Yezbick for providing the pictures of the Two Guys in action!



Comics Alternative, On Location: Talking with Creators at HeroesCon 2017, Pt. 2

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More Heroes Talk

In the second of two on-location interview episodes recorded at this year’s HeroesCon in Charlotte, NC, Derek talks with Fabian Rangel, Jr. (author of Tarantula), Charles Forsman (Slasher), Chris Sheridan (Motorcycle Samurai), Shawn Pryor (Cash and Carrie), and Alison Sampson (Winnebago Graveyard), and Andy and Derek speak with Darren Neely (Chase Van Bolt). Fun stuff!

Stay tuned over the next week for more HeroesCon episodes!



Comics Alternative, On Location: Talking with Creators at HeroesCon 2017, Pt. 1

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Heroes Talk

In the first of two on-location interview episodes recorded at this year’s HeroesCon in Charlotte, NC, Derek talks with a variety of artists, writers, and editors. Some of these are creators with whom Derek was already familiar, some have even talked on the podcast before, and some are are new discoveries. In this show you’ll hear brief discussions with Ben Sears (author of Volcano Trash), Abby Howard (The Last Halloween), Jody Leheup and Sebastian Girner (Shirtless Bear Fighter), Andy Hirsch (Science Comics: Dogs), Matthew David Smith and Jeremy Massie (Amazing Age), Tyler Chin-Tanner (Broken Frontier), Sam Costello (Split Lip Comics), and Thom Zahler (Time and Vine).

Stay tuned over the next week for other episodes generated at this year’s HeroesCon!

Longbox Review Episode 101: HeroesCon 2016

I traveled East to attend my very first HeroesCon in Charlotte, NC. I talk about my experiences there and the stuff I bought.

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Comics Alternative, On Location: The Comics Canon: Reloaded!!!! Fire!!!! Panel at HeroesCon 2016

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Canon Fodder


The discussants covered a lot of ground on the panel, so much so that the session lasted longer than its scheduled hour. Andy Mansell kept the conversation flowing, posing a series of questions regarding the formation, the benefits, and the liabilities of a comics canon, and there was healthy response from the audience.

A note about the sound quality of this recording: About 10 1/2 minutes into the panel recording, there is a slight break that cuts out around 30 seconds of the session. This is because the convention’s sound technicians momentarily stopped the recording device so as to hook it up to the room’s sound system, which would provide cleaner recording. Also, questions and comments from both Andy Mansell and the audience might not be as clear, at times, and this is because they didn’t have microphones to target their voices.


Panelists from left to right include Mark Englebrecht, Tom Heintjes, Craig Fisher, Andy Kunka, Derek Royal, and Craig Yoe. Moderator Andy Mansell is sitting in front and facing the panel.

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Miss Lasko-Gross and Kevin Colden

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While Andy and Derek were at HeroesCon last weekend, they talked briefly with a variety of creators in Artists Alley — see last Tuesday’s show for those conversations — but they also had the chance to sit down for longer, more substantive interviews. And they made it a point to do so with Miss Lasko-Gross and Kevin Colden, the creators behind the new series from Z2 Comics, The Sweetness. The first issue has just been released, so the guys had the opportunity, thanks to Miss and Kevin, to read it and ask LaskoGross-Colden at HeroesContheir guests about this unique title. Miss and Kevin describe The Sweetness as a mix between Star Wars and Breaking Bad, where a group of ex-cons and low-level criminals work for a UPS-like delivery service in space…but with a focus on badass women smugglers. Derek and Andy ask specifically about the two unlikely paired female protagonists, Nelly and Scout, but they also discuss their inept male companion Bachmaan, a curious character who Miss admits to not being able to kill off, especially given the way that Kevin has drawn him. The two guests also discuss their working relationship, the benefits and challenges of being married and working on the same title. In fact, Miss and Kevin work so productively together that many times during the interview, the Two Guys just sit back and let their guests carry the back-and-forth. The result is an engaging conversation about this promising new series, one that the guys hope will be shuttling illegal cargo for a long time.



Comics Alternative, Episode 193: Live at HeroesCon 2016

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Where the Action Is


This past weekend, Andy and Derek attended HeroesCon in Charlotte, NC, where they had a table in Artists Alley. On each of the three days of the event they recorded brief segments about their experiences at the con, the people they met, the panels they attended, and the comics they were able to find. So for this week’s episode, you’ll hear those recordings and get to experience the 2016 HeroesCon vicariously through the unique perspectives of the Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics. Among the many things discussed are the guys’ encounters with creators in Artists Alley, Andy’s attempts to sell his Harley Quinn– and Suicide Squad-related comics, the unexpected physical dangers of tabling at the con, Derek’s spirited find of Will Eisner reprints, the travails of trying to sell branded merchandise when you’re not an artist, old racist comic books, and cosplayers who really don’t give a damn what people think. But, as with last year’s event, the highlight of HeroesCon 2016 was meeting dedicated fans of The Comics Alternative podcast and meeting new people who are sure to become new listeners. And during the guys’ daily recordings, they talk with some of these individuals on mic.

Much thanks to the Two Guys’ dedicated and lovely assistant, Zoe Royal, for helping out at the table and for taking pictures of the guys in action on the floor of Artists Alley!




Comics Alternative, On Location: Talking with Creators at HeroesCon 2016

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Talk Talk


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Comics Alternative On Location: Teaching Comics through a Historical Context Panel at HeroesCon 2015

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Historic Talk


This panel recording originally appeared on the Dollar Bin podcast. A big THANK YOU goes to Adam and Shawn Daughhetee and the rest of the Dollar Bin crew for making this recording at the con and for allowing The Comics Alternative to share it with its listeners.


Comics Alternative On Location: Talking with Creators at HeroesCon 2015, Pt. 2

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More Talk from the Floor


A big THANK YOU to all of the creators attending HeroesCon who took the time to talk with us. We couldn’t do these shows without you!

Comics Alternative On Location: Talking with Creators at HeroesCon 2015, Pt. 1

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Making the Creative Rounds


While Derek and Andy W. were at HeroesCon last weekend, they were able to meet a variety of artists and writers tabling in Artists Alley. Many of these creators took time from their busy schedules — talking with fans, signing books, and working on commissions — to talk with the guys for a few minutes, discussing their works and sharing their experiences at the con. This episode of the podcast includes brief conversations with ten different artists and that, taken together, demonstrate the creative diversity to be found at this year’s HeroesCon. First, Derek talks with Sophie Goldstein and Jenn Jordan about their webcomic-turned-book, 

This is the first of two interview shows conducted at this year’s HeroesCon. The second episode will go up tomorrow.



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Welcome back to the official podcast of!

This episode Ed and Chris talk about their trip to HeroesCon in Charlotte, NC – the people they met, the people they talked to, the comics they bought, and the comics they had to leave behind.

The comic talk included GIANT! by Chris Wharton (, BIG GAME HUNTERS from Space Goat Publishing (, ATHENA VOLTAIRE COMPENDIUM by Steve Bryant (, LA MANO DEL DESTINO by J. Gonzo (, COPRA by Michel Fiffe (, and MAN FROM SPACE by Marc Jackson (

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Comics Alternative On Location: HeroesCon 2015

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Wonder Book of Rubber


This year the Two….no, the Three Guys with PhDs attended HeroesCon, and they had a table there in the middle of Artists Alley. Andy Kunka, Andy Wolverton, and Derek Royal were there to check out the action, rummage through the dollar bins, search for new and interesting titles, talk with creators, get their books signed, and just generally enjoy the fun and camaraderie. On each of the three days of the con, Friday (June 19th) through Sunday (June 21st), they made it a point to record segments live from the floor, discussing the highlights and the experiences they took away from the event. Among the many topics they cover are the incredibly long lines for Jason Aarons, Jason Latour, Chip Zdarsky, Matt Fraction, and Kelly Sue DeConnick; their luck in having a table so close to friend-of-the-show and overall great guy, Craig Yoe; the wonderful experience of having fans of The Comics Alternative come up and talk with the guys; the adventures of trying to find a place for dinner after the con lets out for the day; the kind of treasures they uncover when digging through stacks of back issues; the good and the bad of fan enthusiasm; their favorite discoveries of the day; the kind of encounters and conversations they had with the many creators in Artists Alley; and the weird effectiveness of the sign at their booth. For the most part, Derek, Andy, and Andy did their recordings at the end of each day — providing a general wrap-up of the day’s events — but on Sunday they recorded two segments, the first one in the morning, so as to include Andy Wolverton before he had to head back home to Maryland (he was driving the long distance). The crowd at this year’s HeroesCon was record breaking, and in the background of their recordings you can hear the constant buzz of attendees as they roam the floor. In fact, on a few occasions people came up to the table while the guys were recording, talking on the show and sharing some of the experiences they had. All in all, the Three Guys had a great time, and they plan to table at HeroesCon again next year.

This is the first of several episodes of The Comics Alternative at HeroesCon 2015. In the coming days the guys will post two full episodes of conversations with creators in Artists Alley as well as a recording of the panel Derek and Andy Kunka participated in the first day of the con. Keep your ears open!




Alternate Reality – Episode 335

Alternate Reality – Episode #335

Welcome to the “official” return of Alternate Reality!  Yes, folks!  As of this episode we’re back on our weekly publishing schedule bringing you all the things we think you should know about in the world of comic books, movies, television, video games, and anything else we can throw at you.

This episode we’re recording from the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC during Day 2 of Heroes Con.  So, pull up a chair, grab a drink and a snack and enjoy the rare “in person” discussion between Jon, Charlie, Chris, AND Eric!


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