Comics Alternative Interviews: Back with Noah Van Sciver

Time Codes:

  • 00:01:15 – Introduction
  • 00:03:32 – Setup of interview
  • 00:04:53 – Interview with Noah Van Sciver
  • 01:15:14 – Wrap up
  • 01:16:39 – Contact us

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All Over the Place

The Two Guys with PhDs are very happy to have back on the podcast Noah Van Sciver. He was first on the show back in March 2015, and a lot of things have changed with him since the guys last talked with Noah (and not just his growing of a mustache). Most significantly, his output has been through the roof! One of the things Sterg and Derek discuss with their guest is the sheer volume of his comics creation. Over the past six months alone he has released four different titles, and from a variety of publishers: Constant Companion (Fantagraphics), Blammo #10 (Kilgore Books and comics), One Dirty Tree (Uncivilized Books), and Fante Bukowski 3: A Perfect Failure (Fantagraphics). The guys talk with Noah about his work habits, his penchant for working with different publishers, his ability to juggle different projects at the same time, and his current work and what we can expect from him in the future. And of course, there is a lot of laughter in this episode. Noah is a humorous, and at time quite satirical, writer, yet the humor is often mixed with pathos, as we see not only his autobiographical comics, but most notably in his recent Fante Bukowski. This was a fun interview…and even more fun was had after they turned off the microphones and the guys hung out on Skype to talk about even more matters. Too bad that wasn’t captured for the show, but this new interview with Noah Van Sciver is definitely a highlight of Stergios and Derek’s year.

Comics Alternative Interviews: Liz Prince

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:24 – Introduction
  • 00:02:02 – Setup of interview
  • 00:03:13 – Interview with Liz Prince
  • 01:16:24 – Wrap up
  • 01:18:11 – Contact us

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Woods Porn

On this interview episode, Sterg talks with Liz Prince about her latest books, Look Back and Laugh (Top Shelf Productions) and the colorized Be Your Own Backing Band (Silver Sprocket), as well as several of her past publications. Over the course of the conversation, Sterg talks with Liz about self publishing, writing for certain age-appropriate audiences, the influences of music, her international reach, as well as many of her previous works.

Arc Reactions – 98 – Deadpool 2 (film)

SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS!

We talk about Deadpool 2 in this episode. Topics include the humor, the characters, bad decisions made, and speculating on the possibility of an X-Force movie

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Our next episode will be Arc Reactions 99 – Solo (film) on June 3rd

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Arc Reactions – 96 – Avengers Infinity War (film)

Spoilers! Spoilers! Spoilers! Spoilers!

We talk about Avengers: Infinity War, the latest film from Marvel Studios. Topics include the infinity stones, the characters, and the humor.

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Arc Reactions – 84 – Thor: Ragnarok (film)
Arc Reactions – 76 – Paknadel and Trakhanov’s Turncoat

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Our next episode will be Arc Reactions 97 – Bloodshot Reborn on May 13th

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Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Plaguers Int’l

On this weekend’s Kickstarter episode, Derek talks with Max Huffman about his current campaign for Plaguers Int’l. As described on the Kickstarter page, Plaguers Int’l is

a loud, fast comic-shaped comic, with elements of all three genres: madcap romp, slapdash genre pastiche and relationship disaster. A panel or two might be unsafe for work.

And its plot?

Swirving Wildley is the newest member of the world’s most beloved extranational paramilitary death squad. Movement Salon is the leader of a wasteland guerrilla junk cult. They have a long day.

This promises to be a fun project, one that’s right in The Comics Alternative‘s wheelhouse, an alternative look at established genres with a healthy dose of humor and visual panache. While you’re at it, check out more of Max Huffman’s work.

This is definitely something work backing. Learn more about Max’s Kickstarter!

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Arc Reactions – 89 – Death and the Maiden

We discuss the webcomic Death and the Maiden by Nina Ruzicka. We start 2018 off with a new type of story for us. This will be the first time we have covered a webcomic and we talk aobut how that changes the experience slightly as well as some of the great things this comic does as well as a few things that confused us.

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Bad Things
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Death’s powers and rules are ill-defined (6:15)
Tone changes as the story goes along (13:00)

Good Things
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Death (17:34)
Little Death (27:15)
The Maiden (31:26)
Story (36:59)

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Our next podcast will be our review of Stumptown v1-3 on February 4th.

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Comics Alternative Interviews: R. Sikoryak

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Time Codes:

  • 00:00:24 – Introduction
  • 00:02:56 – Setup of interview
  • 00:04:17 – Interview with R. Sikoryak
  • 01:12:42 – Wrap up
  • 01:13:32 – Contact us

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Parody. Big League.

On this interview episode, Derek talks with R. Sikoryak about his latest work, The Unquotable Trump, just released this week by Drawn and Quarterly. The conversation begins with Bob’s apologies for having to write the book and his distaste for the subject matter. But as he makes clear in the interview, these cartoons are his way of dealing with what he feels is a malignant force unleashed by last year’s election. In fact, Bob reveals that the genesis of The Unquotable Trump actually dates from the days before the election, when he was using the figure of Donald Trump — and more importantly, the candidate’s own words — in classic comic-book cover parodies as a way of trying to vent his anger. These black-and-white illustrations originally appeared in a minicomic released back in January, but his publisher, Drawn and Quarterly, convinced him to create more parodic illustrations and release them in a 48-page color volume, oversized in the style of a 1970s Marvel Treasury Edition.

Each page of The Unquotable Trump displays a parody of a classic comic-book cover with the figure of Trump inserted, spouting off comments that the real-life candidate-turned-president actually made. Among the many stylistic allusions Bob makes are to such legends as Jack Kirby, Wally Wood, Bob Montana, Jerry Robinson, Carl Barks, John Romita, Gil Kane, and C.C. Beck. In fact, Sikoryak documents all of his comics references in the back of the text, along with a bibliography of Trump’s actual quotes. But although most of the interview is devoted to the new book, Derek also talks with Bob about other topics, such as Terms and Conditions, the complete colorized volume of what had originally been published as the two-issue mini-comic, The Unabridged Graphic Adaptation of iTunes Terms and Conditions (originally reviewed on The Comics Alternative a couple of years ago), his ongoing work mashing up comics and classic literature, and the genesis of his parodying impulses, reaching back to his days working with Art Spiegelman on Raw.

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!

Arc Reactions – 77 – Spider-man: Homecoming (film)

SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS!

We talk about Spider-man: Homecoming, the latest reboot of Spider-man by Sony Pictures. We talk about what we liked and what we didn’t like with the first solo film for Tom Holland as the web slinger.

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Our next episode will be Arc Reactions – 78 – Denver Comic Con 2017 on July 16th.

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Arc Reactions – 70 – Kaijumax Season 1

WARNING! In this episode we talk about a sexual assault scene in Issue 4 of this story. We will provide a trigger warning before we begin talking about it and our show notes will have the time stamps of when we start talking about it and when we finish talking about it.

Kaijumax is a story about giant monsters (Kaiju) that are imprisoned on an island with guards who can grow into giant superheros. We talk about the world building, the tone of the book, the humor, and more.

BAD THINGS
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Made up curse words and slurs (14:16)
Electrogar’s rape scene (17:29)
GOOD THINGS
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Aftermath of Jeung Killing a Kaiju (22:20)
World Building (26:35)
Humor (34:18)
OTHER THINGS
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Tone of the book (36:46)

 

Our next podcast will be our review of the Netflix Iron Fist series on April 16th.

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Critiquing Comics #104: “Ned & Annie” + more

Ned & Annie

The unidentified creator of the strip Ned & Annie promises to “bring back funny comics.” Does the comic succeed on those terms? What makes a comic funny (or not)?

Also, responding to a comment on CCP #102 comic “Yiffing in Hell“, Mulele on “Mindgator“, Tim on “To the Batpoles!” and a followup on last Monday’s DCP on how the podcast might evolve.

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Drew Friedman

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Chico Needed the Money

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Photo by Greg Preston

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:25 – Introduction
  • 00:02:29 – Setup of interview
  • 00:03:53 – Interview with Drew Friedman
  • 01:10:22 – Wrap up
  • 01:11:32 – Contact us

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Derek and Andy are excited to have as their guest the great Drew Friedman. His new book More Heroes of the Comics comes out this week from Fantagraphics, and the guys use this opportunity to finally have him on the podcast. Both have been big fans of Drew’s work since they discovered it back in the heydays of Spy magazine, and after listening to how much fun the artist was on an early episode of Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast, Andy and Derek knew they had to get Drew on their show. And now with the release of the new book, they have the opportunity!

The guys talk with Drew about this second installment in the Heroes of the Comics series and how it’s both a continuation of, yet quite different from, the previous volume. Drew shares the decision-making process of inclusion, the art of portraiture, and the actual genesis of this series as a whole. This, in some ways, is similar to Friedman’s earlier Old Jewish Comedian series, although there the artist set out to capture the entertainers in their later years, and with little text accompanying the portraits. In the Heroes of the Comics books, Drew pays tribute to both personage and context, as well as including brief biographical material on each artist. And in this second volume, Drew is specifically focused on very marginal figures in early comics history. Plus, their are anecdotes and laughs galore.

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After listening to this interview, be sure and check out and support “Vermeer of the Borscht Belt,” a Kickstarter campaign currently going on for a full-length documentary about Drew Friedman. Why should you do this? Because Chico needs the money!

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Arc Reactions – 52 – TMNT 2: Out of the Shadows (film)

SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS!

Travis and John discuss the 2nd TMNT film, Out of the Shadows. We talk about what we liked about it, where it was not perfect, and how it brought to life some of our favorite characters from the 90s cartoon.

As Mentioned:

Arc Reactions – S14 – TMNT film
Arc Reactions – 35 – Billy Love Nibbles

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Our next episode will be Ghost Rider: Road To Damnation on June 12th.

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Arc Reactions – 43.1 – Deadpool film

SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS!

The Deadpool movie came out this weekend and we went with our friends Zomburai and Cade Reynolds. We talk about the humor, action, music, and how well Deadpool was depicted in his eponymous film.

We did not do any talking points for this episode. Instead we went around the table and each gave one bad point and one good point for the film.

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Episode 01 – Avengers Vs. X-Men

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Our next episode will be Judge Dredd – The Cursed Earth on March 6th.

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Arc Reactions – 43 – Deadpool: Merc With A Mouth

We cover Deadpool – Merc With A Mouth this month. This is a story where Deadpool is hired to retrieve his own zombified head and of course it doesn’t go smoothly. This 13-issue series is from 2009-2010 and involves time travel, the Savage Lands, and a blimp.

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BAD THINGS
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Depection of women (19:27)
Plot (54:53)

 

GOOD THINGS
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Humor (1:03:56)
Homage covers (1:11:20)

 

FINALE
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Deadpool (1:13:20)

 

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Episode 34 – The Wake

Episode 35 – Billy Love Nibbles

Darth Jar Jar Theory

I was unable to find the link to the specific article I read about the Jason Todd as the Joker theory that I mentioned in the episode.

Our next podcast will be our review of the Deadpool film on February 14th. Our next Bat Books For Beginners episode will be Joker’s Last Laugh on February 16th.

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