For their August show, Pascal and Derek look at two works whose creators may be largely unknown here in the states. They begin with Carole Maurel’s Luisa, Now and Then, one of the first books published as part of Humanoids’ new Life Drawn imprint. As the guys point out, this is a time-travel narrative where an individual confronts herself from another time. While this is a popular trope, Maurel gives it a different spin. Instead of time-traveling backwards, as found in most such narratives (e.g., Peggy Sue Got Married), in Luisa, Now and Then the movement is forward in time. This story is filled with intriguing scenarios, given the premise, and also a lot of humor. One could argue that it’s one of the best introductions to the Life Drawn imprint.
Next, Derek and Pascal check out Green Almonds: Letters from Palestine, written and drawn by the sisters Anaële and Delphine Hermans (Lion Forge). This is an epistolary travelogue, the story of Anaële’s 10-month stay in Bethlehem volunteering for a youth organization. She and Delphine corresponded during the Anaële’s sojourn, and then Delphine used her sister’s letters as a basis for her art. It’s an intriguing concept, but as Pascal points out, there are potential problems in the visual representation, given the fact that the artist wasn’t the one experiencing the time in Palestine and Israel. As a result, there are several unanswered questions imbedded in the narrative. There are various contexts that weren’t addressed (apparently) in Anaële’s original letters, so those are absent in the text.
On the July episode of the Euro Comics series — actually being released in early August — Pascal and Derek discuss two beautiful texts. They begin with David B.’s Hasib and the Queen of Serpents: A Tale of a Thousand and One Nights(NBM Publishing), an incredible adaptation of one of the tales in the classic work. The guys point out the attention-gragging handling of Scheherazade “Queen of Serpents” story, but what stands out in this text is David B.’s illustrations, colors, and design. The creator is able both to translate the story into comics with much fidelity and to give the tale his own spin that is recognizable to any fan of David B.’s work (Epilepticis a case in point).
Next, Derek and Pascal jump into Alejandro Jodorowsky and Francois Boucq’s Moon Face (Humanoids). This isn’t the first time that this creative team has been discussed on the podcast, the first time being the December 2016 show with Bouncer(and, with Boucq, his work with Jerome Charyn). The guys spend a lot of time discussing the wild ride of Jodorowsky’s story — and this as a defining characteristic throughout much of his oeuvre. It is all over the place, yet compelling. But one of the things that marks Moon Face is Boucq’s art. While readers can appreciate Jodorowsky’s writing, it is Boucq who stands out, arguably as the biggest strength in this text.
Once again, it’s that creepy time of the year: the Wednesday before Halloween. And as the Two Guys have done for the past several years, they’re using this occasion to highlight a variety of Halloween-specific and recent horror titles. This time around, Paul joins Derek in discussing a variety of comics, ten in all, that will appeal to a diverse community of readers. There’s something for young readers, something for more mature fans, something for classic horror aficianados, something for comedy lovers, something for mainstream superhero readers, and something for those who appreciate the truly offbeat. Specifically, on this episode Paul and Derek discuss:
This month’s Euro Comics episode is later than usual, due to scheduling conflicts and accessibility issues. But Edward and Derek are back just in time to wish their listeners a happy holiday season and to present their first theme-based show of the monthly series. For December the Two Guys (almost) with PhDs discuss three works in the Western genre. They begin with Alejandro Jodorowsky and Francois Boucq’s Bouncer (Humanoids). This new edition collects the first seven volumes of the Jodorowsky’s series, comprising three intricate and involved storylines. The guys focus a lot on Jodorowsky’s spaghetti western style of storytelling and the unconventional twists therein, including physical grotesques and dominatrix executioners. They also spend time discussing some of the cultural and racial stereotypes found in the narratives, a topic to which they will return later in the episode.
Next, Edward and Derek look at two releases from a publisher that’s not yet been discussed on The Comics Alternative…an unfortunate oversight, up until now. The UK publisher of Franco-Beligan albums, Cinebook, provides the guys with Jean Van Hamme and Grzegorz Rosinski’s Western and the latest release in René Goscinny and Morris’s Lucky Luke series, The Ballad of the Daltons and Other Stories. In the former, Rosinski’s beautiful sepia-toned water colors creates a gritty postbellum world that is not unlike Boucq’s efforts in Bouncer — and both revolve around antiheroes with a missing arm. Both guys enjoyed Western, although Derek plays Monday morning quarterback in his thoughts on the book’s abrupt shift in narration during the last two pages. With Lucky Luke, Edward begins by focusing on the popularity of the series, but then he mentions the need for more socio-historical context in way of an introduction. The ethnoracial representations in these stories may leave some readers uncomfortable, but they speak to both the time in which they were written and the cultural positioning of the creators.
For the October Euro Comics episode, Edward and Derek look at two works written by Fabien Nury. They begin with I Am Legion, recently out from Humanoids and featuring the art of John Cassaday. The story takes place in 1942, and the Nazis are experimenting with a force that could spell the quick end of the war. But this isn’t just any military operation. It’s one infused with vampiric lore. The guys explore this supernatural, gothic take on the Second World War, discussing along the way the faint presence of the Holocaust as well as the continued fertile ground of Nazi Germany as a narrative bedrock for European albums.
Next, they look at another work by Nury, this one illustrated by Brüno. Tyler Cross: Black Rock was originally published by Dargaud in 2013 but offered last year digitally in an English translation from Europe Comics. In terms of of both genre and art, this book is strikingly different from the first one Edward and Derek discuss. Tyler Cross is a gritty crime noir narrative set in the American Southwest, with Brüno’s stylized illustrations bringing out its bleak and violent tone. Set alongside Cassaday’s realistic art, the book demonstrates the versatility of Nury’s collaborative storytelling abilities. The guys also allude to the second book in this series, Tyler Cross: Angola, and speculate on future installments.
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Jimmy is joined in studio by cartoonist pal Tony Wolf in the rotating guest co-host chair! They chat about the new Cloverfield trailer, Tony’s work in comics and Jimmy will guest on another podcast this week called Set Lusting Bruce. News includes: DC Comics is bringing back Bloodlines, Heroes Reborn will not return for season 2, Netflix picked up Jessica Jones for season 2 and are possibly developing a Punisher series. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
This episode, we interview Jason Henderson and Tony Salvaggio, the writers of the upcoming Humanoids Inc. book, Clockwerx! It’s a fantastic book, coming out June 26th, that you should definitely check out.
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In this episode of the FWCP, the gang discuss two comics written by gentlemen named Jonathan. One is a groundbreaking achievement, the other is a derivative failure. Also, Jesse does a review on the recent events in Amazing Spider-Man that’s more in-depth than previously thought possible.
[01:08] S.H.I.E.L.D. #3
[10:39] Amazing Spider-Man 639 + A Discussion on The Gauntlet and Grim Hunt