Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Nix Comics’ 2018 Comic Book and Record Releases

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This weekend Derek talks with Ken Eppstein about his latest Kickstarter campaign, backing for Nix Comics’ 2018 comic book and record releases. Listeners of the podcast might recognize this publisher, as they’ve discussed Nix releases in the past.

Nix Comics’ productions are inspired by the kind of mythos surrounding pre-MTV garage rock. The comics are informed by Ken’s years of love for punk rock bands, record stores, and b-movies. For this kickstarter he is offering two subscription levels: Basic and De-Luxe.

Basic subscribers will receive 7 printed comic books and zines:

  • Nix Comics Quarterly
  • Nix Western Comics
  • Jenny Mae & Jerry Wick
  • Buck  Slaughter’s Book of Rock n Roll Facts
  • The Collected Pander Bear
  • Tales from the Crate
  • Return of Belligerent Kitties

De-Luxe subscribers will receive 7 printed comic books and zines, the accompanying records, and a 120-page art and poetry collection:

  • Nix Comics Quarterly
  • Nix Western Comics
  • Jenny Mae & Jerry Wick (comic and record set)
  • Buck  Slaughter’s Book of Rock n Roll Facts
  • The Collected Pander Bear (comic and record set)
  • Tales from the Crate
  • Return of Belligerent Kitties
  • Beauty Found in Darkness

US Subscribers will receive their books/records in May, July, and September.  International subscribers will receive their complete subscription in September.

But if you’re not into the subscription thing, then you take advantage of the various reward levels where you can get individual issues. So be sure to check out Ken’s 2018 Kickstarter campaign and indulge in the rockin’ goodness of Nix Comics!

Sample Covers

 

Comics Alternative, Episode 274: Reviews of Why Art?, Infidel #1, and Vampironica #1

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:30 – Introduction
  • 00:03:12 – Welcoming new Patreon supporters, and more listener mail!
  • 00:14:29 – Why Art?
  • 00:42:19 – Infidel #1
  • 00:58:55 – Vampironica #1
  • 01:13:58 – Wrap up
  • 01:15:53 – Contact us

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“Another episode of Gene’s forced connections”

This week Gene and Derek discuss three different titles that may or may not be connected (you’ll have to ask Gene). They begin with Eleanor Davis’s Why Art? (Fantagraphics Books). Going into this reading, the guys thought that the book might be more on the expository or critical side. However, they quickly discovered Davis’s unique approach in combining humor, storytelling, and aesthetic analysis. After that they check out the first issue of Infidel (Image Comics), written by Pornsak Pichetshote and with art by Aaron Campbell. This is a curious combination of horror and the dynamics of intolerance, and the first issue raises a variety of questions that start off the series with good story momentum. The Two Guys with PhDs conclude with another horror title, Greg and Megan Smallwood’s Vampironica #1. Although in the tradition of Archie Comics’ other recent horror titles, this first issue doesn’t have the same impact on the guys as did Afterlife with Archie or The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Still, the art and premise are an attention-grabbing setup.

Wayne’s Comics Podcast #318: Jordan Hart

Wayne Hall, Wayne’s Comics, Doppleganger, Jordan Hart, Alterna Comics, horror,

I love a comic that makes me feel! That’s why I enjoyed talking with Jordan Hart, creator of Doppleganger, an ongoing Alterna Comics miniseries that explores what would happen if a being was able to take your place in society. We discuss how the book came together, who the main characters in the comic are and, most importantly, what information you’ll need to order it through your local comics shop! Don’t miss this totally engaging comic!

Comics in the Golden Age Mini Episode 39: Halloween in the Vault of Horror!

The Comics in the Golden Age Podcast is available through iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play, or at our website, comicsinthegoldenage.com.

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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Comics Alternative, Manga: A Discussion of Horror Manga 2017

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“There’s a lot of greasy ooze in this text”

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.

Wayne’s Comics Podcast #295: Matthew Erman

Wayne Hall, Wayne’s Comics, Matthew Erman, Long Lost, Scout Comics, Lisa Sterle, horror,

Episode #295 features Matthew Erman, a co-creator of a fascinating new book from Scout Comics called Long Lost! We discuss what the series is about, who works with him on the comic, what we can expect from the book and how he and his co-creator work together to make Long Lost happen! Now is the time to contact your local comics shop and tell them you want this terrific series, and be sure to tell them to order code: SEP171868! Orders for November must be placed soon, so don’t delay! Call as soon as you’ve listened to this fun interview with Matt! Also, be sure to keep up with Long Lost at their Facebook page!

Wayne’s Comics Podcast #290: Troy Vevasis

Wayne Hall, Wayne’s Comics, Troy Vevasis, Mr. Crypt, Vincent Prince, horror, humor, Alterna

It’s like Halloween in July! In Episode 290 this week, I talk with Troy Vevasis about his fun/horror comic Mr. Crypt, coming soon from Alterna… in newsprint, no less! We talk about how he brought this series to life, and the other projects he’s made happen as well! For more about Mr. Crypt or his other works, be sure to go to this link. You can get this series at the location on comixology. He’s got a lot of good things to say, so don’t miss his comics or this interview!

For The Love of Indie #32

It’s a convention weekend and Drew is recording alone about a doctor with an impossible task… BUT NOT FOR LONG! Robin Furth, co-author of the Dark Tower comics and author of Concordance stops in to talk about her experience with the property. Listen in to discover:

Plague Doktor
The Dark Tower
The Dark Tower: Concordance
Skin & Earth
Calexit
S**t & P**s
Alone

Notes: www.fortheloveofindie.com
Email: ftlindie@gmail.com
Twitter/Instagram: @ftlindie/@ftloveofindie
Drew’s Instagram: @justdrewvg

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Comic Book Central – Episode #176: Tony Todd

From Candyman to Klingon, from the world of Clark Kent and Smallville…to the world of the Flash as the voice of the villainous ZOOM – the great Tony Todd joins me in the Lair this week to chat about his incredible genre roles!
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Comics Alternative, Episode 228: Reviews of Scooter Girl and My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, Vol. 1

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Mods and Monsters

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On this week’s episode the Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics do deep dives into two recent, and very different, publications. They begin with Chynna Clugston Flores’s Scooter Girl, just released from Image Comics. This is a brand new color edition of a six-issue black-and-white series originally published by Oni Press is 2003-2004, and then collected as a trade in 2004. Derek describes this it as an adult Archie, and throughout their discussion the guys make reference to the series that Chynna Clugston Flores is perhaps best known for, Blue Monday. As is evident in the recent publication, her writing is heavily infused with music and pop references — specifically, mod culture and the mod revival during the 1970s and early 1980s — and her art has a manga flair. As Andy and Derek point out, much of the appeal of Scooter Girl is the author’s ability to take a milieu out of time and set it in a time and place where in never really existed.

Next, the Two Guys spend a lot of time discussing Emil Ferris’s My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, Vol. 1 (Fantagraphics). This is a phenomenal new work from an artist that neither Andy nor Derek knew about until the release of Resist!, to which Ferris contributed a story. The range and depth of this narrative is truly impressive, and as the guys make clear, it’s a text that requires serious research and sustained analysis. The storytelling is ambitious and multilayered, its engagement with identity and marginalized cultures is sophisticated, its art style is unlike any other, and its treatment of late 1960s horror culture is thematically resonant. In short, this is one of the most astounding works that Derek and Andy have encountered so far this year. However, as much as the guys agree on this book’s significance, they disagree on what constitutes the narrative’s turning point. On one occasion in their discussion, Derek describes a particular illustration that Andy feels is a spoiler and could potentially diminish the emotional impact of the story. Derek disagrees, and the guys go back and forth over role of Ferris’s art in establishing the text’s climax (or climaxes). As their debate demonstrates, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is a richly textured work that should generate future analysis. And the guys eagerly await the second volume, which is due out in the fall.

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