Comics Alternative Interviews: Ger Apeldoorn

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  • 00:00:25 – Introduction
  • 00:02:24 – Setup of interview
  • 00:03:34 – Interview with Ger Apeldoorn
  • 01:06:35 – Wrap up
  • 01:08:17 – Contact us

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Wannabes

Just in time for the San Diego Comic-Con — where he and Craig Yoe will be meeting with fans and signing books — Ger Apeldoorn is on the show to talk with Derek about his new book, Behaving Madly: Zany, Loco, Cockeyed, Rip-off, Satire Magazines (IDW/Yoe Books). It’s a beautifully produced work that highlights the many knockoffs of Bill Gaines’s Mad that appeared between 1954 to 1959, attempting to capitalize on the kind of success the Usual Gang of Idiots enjoyed once the title changed to magazine format. These Mad wannabes appeared with such titles as From Here to InsanityCockeyedBunk!, SNAFULunatickleWho Goofed?ThimkShook UpFrenzyFrantic!LocoZany, and Nuts! You might think — or thimk — that these rip-offs would all be cheesy and subpar, but as Ger makes clear, these short-lived satire magazines included work from such comics legends as Jack Davis, Al Jaffee, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, Joe Kubert, Howard Nostrand, Bob Powell, Ross Andru, Basil Wolverton, and Russ Heath. Derivative and second-rate? Perhaps. But the selections in Behaving Madly are no laughing matter. Well…actually, they are.

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Comics Alternative, Episode 249: Reviews of Reich, The American Way: Those Above and Those Below #1, and Time and Vine #1

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Sexual Healing

This week the Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics look at three very different titles. They begin with Elijah Brubaker’s Reich, a twelve-issue biography published by Sparkplug Comics and distributed through Alternative Comics. The series reveals the life of Wilhelm Reich, the Austrian-American psychoanalyst known for his influential work in character analysis, his advocacy of orgastic potency, and, more controversially, his theories surrounding orgonomy. After that they discuss The American Way: Those Above and Those Below #1 (Vertigo Comics). Written by John Ridley with art by George Jeanty, this is a sequel to their eight-issue Wildstorm series that came out in 2008. Then Andy and Derek wrap things up with Time and Vine #1 (IDW Publishing), Thom Zahler’s followup to his 2015 miniseries Long Distance. The guys note that this latest title bears all the markings of Zahler’s previous work, including Love and Capes: engaging art, impressive dialogue, and nuanced character interaction that is both romantic and witty.

 

Comic News Insider Episode 782 – The Not Ready for SDCC Players!

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Reviews: Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe Again #1, Diablo House #1, Green Hornet 66 Meets The Spirit #1, Rick and Morty: Pocket Like You Stole It #1, Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, Spider-Man: Homecoming

Jon Hoche joins Jimmy in the co-host chair again this week! Jimmy is madly prepping for San Diego Comic Con and has so much to do! News includes: Harley/Ivy will meet Betty/Veronica, Frank Miller is doing a 300 prequel, Marvel’s New Warriors is cast with Milana Vayntrub as Squirrel Girl, The Umbrella Academy live action series is coming to Netflix, Titan Comics is publishing an illustrated adaptation of The Beatles’ animated film Yellow Submarine, Michael Jackson’s Halloween will be an hour long animated special  this October on CBS, 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 781 – Even More Heroes Con w/ Megan Levens/Chris Sheridan!

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Reviews: Batman Elmer Fudd Special #1, Beautiful Canvas #1, Clue #1, Jonah Hex/Yosemite Sam Special #1, Star Wars Droids Unplugged #1, Doctor Who S10 finale, iZombie S3 finale

Jon Hoche and Megan Bussiere join Jimmy on Independence Day for a rip-roaring America fueled firework of a podcast! Well, something like that. They give their thoughts on the trailers for Inhumans, Death Note and Jumanji.  They also give love to Harry Potter on its 20th anniversary which prompts Megan to get sorted in a house while we podcast. Which house? Listen to find out! Jimmy also closes out the awesome Heroes Con interviews he got with 2 great ones with Megan Levens (Madame Frankenstein) and Chris Sheridan (Motorcycle Samurai). Both just fantastic cartoonists and all around lovely folks. Great interviews so do give a listen! News includes: Marvel Legacy happenings, Rick & Morty returns, Patty Jenkins on Wonder Woman 2, a Sense8 special, Nimona film gets a release date, a live action The Jetsons, Game of Thrones Season 8 could be epic 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 781 – Even More Heroes Con w/ Megan Levens/Chris Sheridan!

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Reviews: Batman Elmer Fudd Special #1, Beautiful Canvas #1, Clue #1, Jonah Hex/Yosemite Sam Special #1, Star Wars Droids Unplugged #1, Doctor Who S10 finale, iZombie S3 finale

Jon Hoche and Megan Bussiere join Jimmy on Independence Day for a rip-roaring America fueled firework of a podcast! Well, something like that. They give their thoughts on the trailers for Inhumans, Death Note and Jumanji.  They also give love to Harry Potter on its 20th anniversary which prompts Megan to get sorted in a house while we podcast. Which house? Listen to find out! Jimmy also closes out the awesome Heroes Con interviews he got with 2 great ones with Megan Levens (Madame Frankenstein) and Chris Sheridan (Motorcycle Samurai). Both just fantastic cartoonists and all around lovely folks. Great interviews so do give a listen! News includes: Marvel Legacy happenings, Rick & Morty returns, Patty Jenkins on Wonder Woman 2, a Sense8 special, Nimona film gets a release date, a live action The Jetsons, Game of Thrones Season 8 could be epic 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 773 – Book Expo America Adventures!

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Reviews: Blood Bowl: More Guts More Glory #1, Cable Vol 4 #1, Judge Dredd Funko Universe One-Shot, Class S1 finale, Fear the Walking Dead S3 premiere, Wonder Woman

Jon Hoche returns to the rotating co-host chair. Jimmy went to Book Expo America and tells all about it! He made some great new contacts, saw some amazing books and hung with old pals. BEA is always an awesome show! News includes: the creative team for the new Runaways comic is announced, SpongeBob SquarePants the musical is coming to Broadway, Tala Ashe is joining Legends of Tomorrow as a series regular, Cowboy Bebop is going to be a live action 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 769 – More TCAF w/ Sandrine Revel/Jamie Tanner & Five Points Fest Fun!

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Reviews: Generation X Vol 2 #1, Eternal Empire #1, Luke Cage #1, X-Files Funko Universe #1, Agents of SHIELD S4 finale, Supergirl S2 finale

Emily Edwards returns to co-host after a brief hiatus! The Five Points Fest was this weekend and Jimmy attended. Check out his thoughts on the comics/toy show. They also discuss the Into the Badlands finale along with Dutch cartoonist Aimee de Jongh’s TCAF diary comics. Speaking of TCAF, It’s the last of the TCAF interviews that Jimmy got when he was in Toronto. You’ll hear him talk to Sandrine Revel (Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo) with special assist from translator Charlotte. He also chatted to old pal Jamie Tanner (The Consumptive 3). News includes: Netflix announces a Dark Crystal prequel, Supernatural will do an animated Scooby-Doo episode, Once Upon A Time will lose cast members & reboot next season, Tom Hardy will be Eddie Brock in the Venom film, Hellboy Hell Water Cinnamon Whiskey is here, The Runaways is returning to comics, DC Comics will explore the Dark Multiverse and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comics Alternative, Euro Comics: Reviews of Flight of the Raven and The Reprieve

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  • 00:00:26 – Introduction
  • 00:03:08 – Comments on the Eisner Award nominations
  • 00:08:31 – Flight of the Raven
  • 00:42:47 – The Reprieve
  • 01:06:13 – Wrap up
  • 01:07:15 – Contact us

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Edward and Derek are back with the latest Euro Comics episode. This month, they focus on recent translations of the work of Jean-Pierre Gibrat, Flight of the Raven (IDW/EuroComics) and both volumes of The Reprieve (Europe Comics). Edward is very familiar with Gibrat’s work, as he was the translator of The Reprieve, and so he provides his insights within that context. Throughout their discussion of these narratives, the guys highlight what they see as the thematic links between the two, all of which springs from the books’ settings: WW II France during German occupation. Indeed, the two stories are companion pieces with the character Cécile appearing in both. The Reprieve takes place before the Normandy invasion with Julien Sarlat, escaping from mandatory German labor, hiding out in his small hometown with the help of Cécile and one of her acquaintances in the French Resistance. The action in Flight of the Raven begins around the time of the Allied landing, with Cécile’s sister, Jeanne, being jailed for unlawful weapons possession. She is a communist and active member of the Resistance, and her story is interlinked with that of François, a roguish thief who appears apolitical. As both Edward and Derek point out, Gibrat uses both tales to explore ideas concerning commitment, responsibility, and collaboration, and each of the characters his stories illustrates facets of engagé. The art in both works is lush and beautiful, and Gibrat’s pacing is aptly handled given the contextual action, and sometimes the lack thereof, embedded in each narrative.

Comic News Insider Episode 763 – CNI Decoded!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 763 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Atomic Robo Presents Real Science Adventures #1, Batman The Shadow #1, Big Moose One Shot, Night Owl Society #1, American Gods, Superheroes Decoded 

Jon Hoche joins Jimmy once again to co-host! They chat about Star Wars Day and Free Comic Book Day this week. News includes: Eisner nominations are in, M. Night Shyamalan announces sequel to Unbreakable, Marvel has joined Comixology Unlimited,  Gene Luen Yang and Panda Express are releasing a new The Green Turtle comic and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comics Alternative, Episode 237: Reviews of Star Hawks, Vol. 1: 1977-1978, Street Angel: After School Kung Fu Special, and Godshaper #1

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On this week’s episode Andy and Derek check out the old and the new. They begin with Star Hawks, Vol. 1: 1977-1978, a new collection of Gil Kane and Ron Goulart’s classic newspaper strip. As the guys discuss, this isn’t the first time that Star Hawks has been collected, but this new release from IDW’s Library of American Comics imprint is probably one of the best. Next, they turn to Street Angel: After School Kung Fu Special (Image Comics). This is more of the Street Angel fun you’ve come to expect from Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca. Fans of action comics, especially the old 1970s style martial arts type, will appreciate this one-shot. Finally, the Two Guys wrap up with Simon Spurrier and Jonas Goonface’s Godshaper #1 (BOOM! Studios). As with other Spurrier creations, the premise of this title is rather complicated, but it’s not too top-heavy. The creators are able to pull off this inaugural issue with a satisfying coherency.

 

Comic News Insider Episode 759 – American Gods w/ Kristin Chenoweth!

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Reviews: Black Panther and The Crew #1, Godshaper #1, Rose #1, Weapon X Vol 3 #1, X-Men Blue #1, Class series premiere, Doctor Who S10 premiere

Jon Hoche and Emily Edwards join Jimmy is this super fun episode! They chat about the Doctor Who casting rumors and the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer. Jimmy attended the amazing American Gods press junket hosted by Starz and got some great roundtable interviews! Here, you’ll hear the awesomely talented and funny Kristin Chenoweth. Later this week and next, you’ll be able to hear the rest. The show is absolutely astounding and you all should check it out when it debuts on April 30th! News includes: Warner Bros. is making an R-rated animated Watchmen film, Jude Law will be a young Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts series of films, Shea Fontana will take over writing Wonder Woman, Dan Parent is bringing his updated classic Archie style to a new comic series, Captain Phasma gets her own comic 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 758 – More MoCCA w/ Falynn Koch!

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Reviews: Doctor Who: Ghost Stories #1, Riverdale #1, Rock Candy Mountain #1, X-Men Gold #1, Archer S8 premiere, iZombie S3 premiere, Legends of Tomorrow S2 finale, Rick and Morty S3 premiere

Emmy Potter returns to the rotating co-host chair! She and Jimmy discuss the Comic News Insider 12th year anniversary and that awesome Thor: Ragnarok trailer. News includes: New Warriors/Squirrel Girl is heading to Freeform for a 10 episode series, George Takei/IDW Publishing will produce a comic about his firsthand experience in Japanese internment camps during WW2, NYCC is cutting Artist Alley in half, Disney seeks a patent for a humanoid robot, DC Comics has redefined Superman/Lois Lane in their recent Superman: Rebirth storyline and more!  And it’s the last of the MoCCA interviews with the awesome Falynn Koch! We discuss her upcoming Science Comics release from First Second that’s all about plagues. And, of course, we get some incredible mac and cheese talk in. You’ll see! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comics Alternative, Episode 233: Reviews of Afar, Underwinter #1, and Helena Crash #1

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  • 00:00:29 – Introduction
  • 00:02:30 – Patreon news!
  • 00:04:13 – Listener mail!
  • 00:09:14 – Afar
  • 00:36:46 – Underwinter #1
  • 00:56:10 – Helena Crash #1
  • 01:06:37 – Wrap up
  • 01:07:25 – Contact us

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Sailor Mouth

This week Andy and Derek check out three recent titles for listeners with divergent, yet discerning, tastes. They begin with Leila Del Duca and Kit Seaton’s Afar, an original graphic novel coming out next week from Image Comics. Both of the guys enjoyed the story, although Derek feels that the narration is unbalanced. It’s almost as if the creators hadn’t ultimately decided where to take their fantasy or which character’s perspective they wanted to privilege. Andy feels that this “incompleteness” may be due to future plans for the story, that this may be the first installment in a series of graphic novels.

Next, the Two Guys turn to the first issue in the latest series from Ray Fawkes, Underwinter (Image Comics). While the creator’s art style here is reminiscent of his earlier miniseries, Intersect, the storytelling is more immediate and accessible. In what purports to be an ongoing horror series, this first issue of the initial arc does everything that it needs to do and nicely sets the stage for what’s to come. Both guys are impressed!

Finally, Derek and Andy strike a lighter note with Fabian Rangel Jr and Warwick Johnson Cadwell’s Helena Crash #1 (IDW Publishing). This is a fun story, a futuristic tale in some unspecified world where coffee is illegal. The title character is a smuggler of the banned java, and her fearless, caffeinated attitude, along with the luchador crime boss she freelances for, makes for some wacky reading.

Comic News Insider Episode 755 – Grande MoCCA Prep!

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Reviews: Anno Dracula #1, Helena Crash #1, Iron Fist Vol 5 #1, Magdalena Vol 4 #1

Jon Hoche is back in the co-host chair! He and Jimmy discuss the Justice League and Spider-Man: Homecoming trailers, The Flash musical  episode, and this weekend’s MoCCA Festival. They are off to a Gotham press event directly after so the episode goes quite briskly! News includes: The Pro is getting a live action adaptation, Mighty Mouse is getting a new comic book series, Silver Sable/Black Cat will team up for a Spider-verse movie, Greg Pak is writing his first prose novel based on his Planet Hulk storyline, Disney CEO Bob Iger suggest that Han Solo may not be the character’s real name, Marvel’s Generations comic series will pair up old and new heroes 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 753 – Hothcasting!

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Reviews: Superman #18, Action Comics Vol 2 #975, Man-Thing Vol 5 #1, Grass Kings #1 

The winter storm has come and CNI is still standing. Recording from the remote Hoth studio, Jimmy commends co-host Emily Edwards for trekking through the slush to make it. Alas, she did lose her taun taun. They celebrate the 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Jimmy gushes over the new Wonder Woman trailer. News includes: Marvel will start adverting comics in front of TV/films, Netflix has announced that it will be creating an 8 episode Korean zombie television series called Kingdom, Zazie Beetz has been cast as Domino in Deadpool 2, the classic Cybermen and Missy are returning to Doctor Who season 10, Gareth Edwards got the name for a planet in Rogue One from a coffee cup, South Korean zombie film Train to Busan will get an animated prequel called Seoul Station and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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