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

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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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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.

As Mentioned
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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.

Talking points
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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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Arc Reactions – 41.1 – The Force Awakens

SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS!

Travis from Creator’s Edge Press and his lovely wife Sarah join Dylan and John to discuss The Force Awakens. Will this highly anticipated movie live up to all the fan expectations? We examine what we enjoyed and where we felt the film fell flat for us.

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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Check out our Netflix’s Jessica Jones coverage also released today.

Our next episode will be Flashpoint on January 3rd.

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Arc Reactions – 38 – Red Daughter of Krypton

Supergirl gets a Red Lantern ring and a rage induced adventure begins. This story combines the titles of Red Lanterns and Supergirl to tell a mutual story of growth for Supergirl as well as Guy Gardner. Dylan and John broaden the topic to include the Red Lanterns’ place in the DC Universe as well. Also, John’s horrible singing makes a return to the podcast. We know you’ve been waiting for that.

Talking Points
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BAD THINGS
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Lanterns unaware of Supergirl and Superboy (15:34)
Supergirl’s motivations (20:54)
Worldbreaker-1 (26:48)
Difficulty merging two stories into one (33:08)

GOOD THINGS
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Relationship between Guy Gardner and Tora (39:16)
Moral lesson – always being angry is bad (43:24)
Red Lantern Corps redemption story? (48:48)
Guy Gardner as a leader (59:28)
Supergirl’s character development (1:04:49)
Red Lantern Comparisons (1:09:09)

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As mentioned in the episode:

ARP – 13 – Death of Superman
ARP – 33 – The Trial of Reed Richards
ARP – 04 – Killing Joke
ARP – 22 – Green Lantern: Rise of the Third Army
ARP – 24 – TMNT: City At War

Our next episode will be the movie review of Fantastic Four on August 9th.

We are also on Comics Podcast Network. Please go over there and check out our section as well as some of the other podcasts they host.

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Arc Reactions – 37.1 – Ant-Man Film

SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS!

Marvel’s Ant-Man is the topic of this episode. We cover the characters, plot, and humor of this film from Marvel Studios. Dylan and John fly solo for this film about Marvel’s smallest hero. This movie features Scott Lang as Ant-Man, but he is mentored by Hank Pym throughout the movie.

Talking points
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Characters
Plot
Humor
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Our next release will be August 2nd when we will be covering Red Daughter of Krypton.

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The Grawlix Podcast #12: The Dredd Lip

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On this episode The Grawlix Podcast welcomes 2015 the only way they know how… with comic talk and plenty of pizza! Extra deep dish bookends this episode as the G-Crew discuss everything from Batman’s cape and onion ring black holes to 2014 geek gift grabs and 2015 New Year’s resolutions. Stuff that with unhealthy doses of 2000AD Judge Dredd and Saga of the Swamp Thing Book 5 discussions and you’ve got on mighty way to kick off the year.

Bust out your selfie sticks because the Grawlix gang just invented the newest meme to take the internet by storm. Forget “Duck Face”… the #DreddLip is here! Enjoy!

For the full show notes and links discussed in the show visit GrawlixPodcast.com

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Arc Reactions – 30 – Hellboy: Wake The Devil

Dylan and John read a story from the Dark Horse staple, Hellboy. We chose the 1996 story Wake The Devil. Hellboy and the BPRD track down Giurescu and have some interesting adventures along the way. Join us as we discuss what this story did well and what things could have been done better.

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Talking points
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BAD
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Confusing story (19:53)

GOOD
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supernatural story (31:05)

Hellboy (37:23)

OTHER
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Rasputin and the Dragon (42:36)

 

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Join us November 23rd for our 2 year recap show where we tell you our favorite and least favorite stories and films we’ve covered.
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Arc Reactions – 29 – Welcome Back, Frank

Dylan and John read the 2000 Punisher story, Welcome Back Frank and give their thoughts on this generally well liked story from Marvel comics.

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BAD THINGS
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Lack of a strong main villain (15:31)

Portrayal of the police (19:40)

Characters are caricatures (23:37)

Poor humor (28:44)

Other Vigilantes (32:53)

 

GOOD THINGS
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Punisher vs Daredevil (37:36)

Joan and her interaction with Frank (43:25)

 

GENERAL
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Frank Castle (45:53)

 

 

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Join us on November 9th for Hellboy: Wake the Devil from Dark Horse comics.

 

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