Episode 296: Reviews of Scratches #2, Now #4, and Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive #1

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Anthologies and a Classic Cop

On this episode Sterg and Derek check out two new anthologies, as well as a recent incarnation of Dick Tracy. They begin with Scratches #2, a comics and art anthology curated by Joost Swarte (and distributed in the Americas by Conundrum Press). They actually spend the majority of the episode discussing this collection, which includes mostly European artists. After that they eagerly jump into the latest issue of Eric Reynold’s Now. This is Fantagraphics’ exciting anthology that began last year. In this issue we see work by, among others, Walt Holcombe, Cynthia Alfonso, Roman Muradov, Tommi Parrish, Theo Ellsworth, Rebecca W. Kirby, and David Alvardo. Finally, they wrap up with Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive #1, the first in a four-issue limited series. Written by Lee and Michael Allred, and with art by Rich Tommaso, this is (to some degree) an updated handling of Dick Tracy in that the legendary detective is fighting crime in the current day. But although temporal setting is contemporary, the issue still has the feel of a classic comic-strip narrative, including big-presence villains, a detective with many tricks up his sleeve, and a storyline that at times seems outrageous…but in a good way. The Two Guys really hope that this Dick Tracy has a long life well after the limited series.

Comics Alternative, Episode 288: Reviews of Five Recent #1 Issues

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Death and Zaftig Pig Girls

This is a special episode of The Comics Alternative, as it’s the guys’ sixth anniversary! The podcast began on August 1, 2012, and Paul and Derek discuss some of the things they’ve done over the past six years, the number of episodes they’ve published, the amount of interviews they’ve conducted, etc. It’s a celebratory time, and the Two Guys hope that listeners will join in on the celebration and chime in with some of their favorite moments from The Comics Alternative‘s past.

After a brief discussion of the podcast’s anniversary, Paul and Derek then leap into the episode’s core, a discussion of five recent #1 titles. They begin with Ann Nocenti and David Aja’s The Seeds, the latest in Dark Horse Comics’ Berger Books imprint. The guys are fascinated by this first issue, not only with Nocenti’s multi-layered storytelling, but also with Aja’s signature art and design. They then look at the first issue of Tini Howard and Nick Robles’s Euthanauts, part of IDW Publishing’s Black Crown imprint. While they’re intrigued by the series’ premise, they’re not entirely sure if this is a successful #1 issue. There are confusing moments and, arguably, too many unanswered questions that dampen any desire to read on before the trade.

After that, Paul and Derek discuss two recent #1 titles from Image Comics. First, they look at Aleš Kot and Tradd Moore’s The New World, an intriguing futuristic narrative that juggles contemporary socio-political concerns along with a Romeo and Juliet-inspired storyline. They also review the first issue of Mirka Andolfo’s Unnatural, an erotic — but tasteful — anthropomorphic tale that was originally published in Italian and now is available as a limited series.

Finally, the guys wrap up with the first issue of Cullen Bunn and Jonas Scharf’s Bone Parish (BOOM! Studios). This appears to be a horror title — after all, that’s primarily what Bunn is known for — but as Paul and Derek point out, this first issue reads more as a crime mystery than it does horror. It’s an interesting premise, one that the guys are curious to see unfold.

So enjoy this week’s episode, and celebrate The Comics Alternative‘s sixth anniversary!

Comics Alternative Interviews: Julian Hanshaw

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  • 00:00:24 – Introduction
  • 00:02:18 – Setup of interview
  • 00:03:49 – Interview with Julian Hanshaw
  • 01:04:39 – Wrap up
  • 01:05:08 – Contact us

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Checking In

Many U.S. readers were introduced to Julian Hanshaw through his book Tim Ginger, released in 2015 from Top Shelf Productions, an imprint of IDW Publishing. It’s the story of man in his later years coming to terms with the decisions he’s made, including his choice to remain childless. As Julian discusses in this interview, the text was largely autobiographical in nature. And the same can said of his new book, Cloud Hotel. The story was inspired by a UFO encounter he had as a young boy and the psychological affect such an experience had on him afterwards. As Julian discloses during his conversation with Derek, Cloud Hotel is the second of what will be a trilogy of autobiographical works, beginning with Tim Ginger. But they also discuss some of his earlier works that may not be familiar to American readers, such as The Art of Pho and I’m Never Coming Back. Julian also talks about his upcoming book from SelfMadeHero, I Feel Machine, a collection of six comics stories that he edited with Kent Able, all by different creators and all focusing on how technology has transformed the way we communicate and frame our culture.

Comics Alternative, Euro Comics: Reviews of A Strange and Beautiful Sound and Inside Moebius, Part 2

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Strange and Beautiful

On this month’s Euro Comics episode, Pascal and Derek discuss two recent French-language translations. They begin with Zep’s A Strange and Beautiful Sound, the second of his books released through IDW Publishing. This is a story of a Carthusian monk who, because of a dead relative’s last will and testament, reenters the everyday world after 26 years of seclusion. The art and colors of this narrative are quite striking, and while the subject matter is significantly different from his previous A Story of Men, both Pascal and Derek find a common style between these two texts.

Next, they check out the latest work in Dark Horse’s Moebius Library, Inside Moebius, Part 2. The guys begin by contextualizing the first part of this improvisational journal, released earlier this year, and then go into detail about Part 2. This second book is much more metafiction and self-referential than Part 1, but like the first installment, it includes multiple representations of the author himself, along with encounters with his most notable creations, Arzach, Major Grubert and Malvina, Stel and Atan, and of course Lieutenant Blueberry. The text is free-flowing and surreal, but this is what makes Moebius’s self-investigation so notable. Both guys eagerly await the third and final part of Inside Moebius later this fall.

Comic News Insider Episode 857 – Heroes Con Recap w/ Monica Gallagher/Babs Tarr!

Comic News Insider: Episode 857 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Magic Order #1, Plastic Man Vol. 5 #1, Thor Vol. 5 #1, Archer s9 finale, Legion s2 finale, Supergirl s3 finale

Jimmy is back from Heroes Con and all you get is this dumb podcast! He got about 10 interviews and moderated 3 panels. You’ll hear those interviews over the next 2 weeks as well as 2 of the panels. In this episode, you’ll get interviews with Monica Gallagher (Assassin Roommate) and Babs Tarr (Motor Crush)! At Heroes, Jimmy sat down with friends Ashley Lanni and Sarah Delaine to review 3 comics this week. He also got friend Megan Fischer to send in an audio review. Thanks to all! News includes: new The Maxx comics are coming from IDW, the Lucifer TV show gets saved by Netflix, Dark Horse will publish a Stranger Things comic mini-series and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 854 – On the Kessel Run!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 854 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Adventure Time Beginning Of The End #1, Black Panther Vol 7 #1. Delta 13 #1, The Flash s4 finale, iZombie s4 finale, Krypton s1 finale, Lost in Space, Lucifer, Solo: A Star Wars Story 

Emily Edwards returns for this big multiple review show. Jimmy talks about Book Expo America and some interviews he has lined up this week. News includes: A Boba Fett spin-off is in the works, Jamie Foxx will be Spawn in the new movie, The Venture Bros. returns for its 7th season this summer and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Neal Adams, Rafael Medoff, and Craig Yoe

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  • 00:00:27 – Introduction
  • 00:02:28 – Setup of interview
  • 00:03:51 – Interview with Neal Adams, Rafael Medoff, and Craig Yoe
  • 01:05:12 – Wrap up
  • 01:05:48 – Contact us

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Giving Visual Voice

On this interview episode, Derek talks with Neal Adams, Rafael Medoff, and Craig Yoe about their new book We Spoke Out: Comic Books and the Holocaust (Yoe Books/IDW Publishing). All three of these guests have been on the podcast before. Derek briefly interviewed Neal Adams at a couple of different cons, releasing those conversations as part of our on-location convention shows. Rafael Medoff was part of the special roundtable on politics and comics that was releases on election eve 2016. And of course, as listeners of the podcast well know, Craig Yoe has been on the show so many times that it’s easy to lose count. What makes this such a notable episode is that all three of these guys come together at the same time to talk about their new book. Each comes with his own set of experiences with this collection, but what comes across so clearly in the interview is how Neal, Rafael, and Craig easily play off of one another and become a compelling creative team. In fact, Derek talked with them right before they headed over to the American Jewish Historical Society in New York for the book’s official launch.

Comic News Insider Episode 839 – MoCCA Mirth w/ John Leguizamo!

Comic News Insider: Episode 839 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: The Curse Of The Brimstone #1, Demi-God #1, Isola #1, Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander #1, Legion S2 premiere

Jon Hoche returns to the rotating co-host chair once again. Jimmy went to MoCCA Festival over the weekend and got some great interviews. Including a last minute/unplanned one with THE John Leguizamo! Jimmy gives his recap of the festival as well. The boys talk about the Legends of Tomorrow finale, the upcoming The Walking Dead finale and that Heroes For Hire rumored TV series. News includes:  a new Catwoman comic series is coming, a Y: The Last Man TV series is in the works, Toy Story 4 gets a release date and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 838 – Ready For MoCCA!

Comic News Insider: Episode 838 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Adventure Time BMO Bonanza #1, Crow Memento Mori #1, Cyberforce Vol 5 #1, Goosebumps: Download and Die! #1, Shadowman Vol 5 #1 

Jon Hoche returns to the rotating co-host chair once again. Jimmy attending MoCCA Festival this weekend and talks about what he hopes to cover. News includes: The Fantastic Four are returning to Marvel Comics, Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill are retiring after their next LOEG comic series, Z2 Comics is publishing a comic based on the Japanese band BabyMetal and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Top 5 Comics Podcast Episode 109 – Season 6

Comic book round table. This week, we have – Weapon H #1, Ballad of Sang #1, The Spider King #1, Doctor Star & the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #1, Cave Carson Interstellar Eye #1 and more ………..

Run Times –

News In Comics…. – 2:21 – 17:48

Weapon H #1 – 17:52 – 25:15

Ballad of Sang #1– 31:22 – 35:48

The Spider King #1 – 32:10 – 41:34

Doctor Star & the Kingdom of Lost
Tomorrows #1 – 43:04 – 52:47

Cave Carson Has An Interstellar Eye #1 – 52:47 – 1:05:22

Books to watch – 1:06:31

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Comics Alternative, Episode 269: Reviews of The Lie and How We Told It, Abbott #1, and Punks Not Dead #1

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That ’70s Podcast

This week Gene and Derek discuss three fascinating titles…and with a ’70s twist! They begin with Tommi Parrish’s The Lie and How We Told It (Fantagraphics). Both had encountered Parrish’s work previously in the first two issues of the Now anthology, but this is the first long-form narrative from them that the guys have read. This is an intriguing work that begs for multiple readings and provides much discussion fodder. After that, Gene and Derek turn to two recent #1 issues. Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä’s Abbott (BOOM! Studios) is a crime noir story set in the early 1970s, and with a curious injection of horror. Punks Not Dead, the latest from IDW’s Black Crown imprint, is a wild tale from David Barnett and Martin Simmonds, one that mixes punk sensibilities with what appears to be X-Files-like undercurrent.

Comics Alternative, Euro Comics: Reviews of Various IDW Translations from the Last Half of 2017

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Going Solo

Welcome to the January episode of The Comics Alternative‘s monthly Euro Comics series. That’s right, the January episode. As Derek explains during the opening of this show, he and Edward had planned on covering IDW Publishing works in translation that had been released in the last half of 2017, and doing so for their January episode. However, life got in the way again, and they had to delay the recording. Derek then sought out Dean Mullaney (editor of IDW’s EuroComics series) and Justin Eisinger (senior editor at IDW) to assist him with this show, but neither were available. So Derek decided to do the episode solo, something that he’s never done on the podcast before. And he hopes the results aren’t unlistenable.

And here you have it, the “January” episode of the Euro Comics series…albeit released in February. In it, you’ll hear Derek discuss six different titles from IDW released since July 2017, including Carlos Sampayo and Jose Munoz’s Alack Sinner: The Age of Innocence; Christian Perrissin and Matthieu Blanchin’s Calamity Jane: The Calamitous Life of Martha Jane Cannary, 1852-1903; Alain Dodier, Pierre Makyo, and Serge Le Tendre’s Jerome K. Jerome Bloche Vol. 1: The Shadow Killer; Hugo Pratt’s Corto Maltese: Fable of Venice; Zep’s A Story of Men; and Pratt’s The Man from the Great North.

Comics Alternative, Episode 268: Reviews of Recent Romance Comics

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Built for Love

It’s Valentine’s Day, and this week the Two Guys with PhDs are doing something they’ve never done before: devote an entire episode to recent romance comics. And this year, there are quite a number of new comics devoted to love and relationships…and with curious twists. And speaking of twists, they begin their show by discussing the first two issues of the new Image Comics series, Twisted Romance. This is a four-issue anthology published weekly throughout the month of February, and in issues #1 and #2 we see comics contributions from the creators Alex de Campo, Katie Shelly, Sarah Horrocks, Alejandra Gutierrez, and Meredith McClaren, with short prose offerings from Magen Cubed and Vita Ayala. From there they go to Death of Love #1 (Image Comics), written by Justin Jordan with art by Donal Delay. Much like Twisted Romance, this is a skewed look at love — and this one includes assholes and drugs.

Following that, Gene and Derek discuss one more recent release from Image Comics, Tee Franklin and Jenn St-onge’s Bingo Love. This is a unique LGBT narrative that focuses on the relationship of older citizens. While intended for teen readers, this is a graphic novel that can be appreciated by all ages. After that they visit, once again, the wacky world of Craig Yoe and his partner Clizia Gussoni. Weird Love, Vol. 6: So This Is Love! (IDW Publishing/Yoe Books) is the latest collection of their Weird Love series, classic romance stories from the 1950s and 1960s that not only appear warped to our contemporary eyes, but were probably strange to their original audiences. And finally, the guys wrap up their special Valentine’s Day episode with an offering from DC Comics, Young Monsters in Love. Much like last October’s DC House of Horror, this is an extra-long seasonal anthology issue written and drawn by a who’s who of DC creators. Included are stories focusing on, among others, Swamp Thing, Man-Bat, Raven, Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E., Solomon Grundy, Deadman, the Creature Commandos, and (one of the guys’ favorites) Monsieur Mallah and the Brain.

Love is definitely in the air this week!

Comic News Insider Episode 830 – Flea Flicking CNI!

Comic News Insider: Episode 830 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Motherlands #1, Silencer #1, Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny: Rose & Paige #5, Star Wars Adventures #6, Happy! season 1 finale, Cloverfield: Paradox 

Jon Hoche returns to co-host! They talk about some of the genre trailers shown during the Super Bowl, the Nerdist podcast name change and Jimmy thinks Jon is Henry Cavill’s double. News includes: Brian Michael Bendis will be writing 2 Superman titles for DC, Amazon is developing a new Conan series, a Mario Kart game is coming to smart phones and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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