Deconstructing Comics #560: Ted Anderson and “My Little Pony”

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My Little Pony is a toy line that initially had success in the ’80s (including TV and film appearances) but then stumbled until the 21st century. Its fourth iteration debuted in 2010, with a hit TV show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and more world building and continuity than before.

IDW has the license to make My Little Pony comics, and Ted Anderson is one of the writers on the book. Tim recently talked with him in Minneapolis about his approach to writing for kids, how he gets from a story concept to an actual story, the stumbling blocks in writing for a multimedia franchise, and more.

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There Can Be Only One #5: End of the Beginning

From the Highlands of Zone 4 comes the next episode of THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE! Join Brant and Chris as they discuss the fifth and final issue of Highlander: The American Dream from IDW!

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Columbus Comics Corner Episode 45: Wizard World Columbus + New Comics

Allen takes Ryan to his first modern day comic con and the guys discuss their highlights from Wizard World Columbus. Plus the guys dive into this week’s comics. While Ryan may dislike Superman #28 more than Allen, the guys overall had a good week in books. Hear them discuss and rank this week’s comics and find what out will be placed on the Redemption list. Thanks for listening!

Intro (0:00), Wizard World (1:30), Deathstroke #22 (24:00), Superman #28 (35:30), Avengers #10 (45:30), Spider-Man #19 (58:24), TMNT: Dimension X #1 (1:12:00), Rankings (1:21:45), Honorable Mentions (1:32:48), Episode 46 Preview (1:47:00)

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There Can Be Only One #4: Penultimate

From the Highlands of Zone 4, Chris and Brant return to discuss the fourth and penultimate issue of Highlander: The American Dream from IDW!

What do Connor and Vazilek have in store for Locke, and what does Locke have in store for them?!

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There Can Be Only One #3: On the Hunt

From the Highlands of Zone 4 comes the next episode of THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE! Join Brant and Chris as they discuss the third issue of Highlander: The American Dream from IDW!

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There Can Be Only One #2: John Hooke

From the Highlands of Zone 4 comes the next episode of THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE! Join Brant and Chris as they discuss the second issue of Highlander: The American Dream from IDW!

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Princes of the Universe
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Year: 1986
Album: A Kind of Magic

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Comics Alternative, Episode 229: Will Eisner Week 2017 – Uses of The Spirit since 2005

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Capturing the Spirit of The Spirit

Every year for Will Eisner Week, always the first seven days in March, the Two Guys with PhDs like to do something special and Eisner-related for the podcast. This year is no different, and for the current episode Andy and Derek have decided to discuss the many uses of The Spirit since Will Eisner’s passing on January 3, 2005. And there are a lot more manifestations of The Spirit than you might think. The guys compare and contrast the various uses of this seminal crimefighter, highlighting those examples that attempt to capture the original tone of The Spirit, that deviate from the original in curious ways, and that cross over into other narrative worlds. The many titles and creators they discuss include:

  • the one-shot Batman/The Spirit, by Joef Loeb and Darwyn Cooke in 2007 (DC Comics)
  • the 32-issue run of The Spirit between 2007 and 2009, by Darwyn Cooke, Sergio Aragones, Mark Evanier, and many others (DC Comics)
  • Brian Azzarello and Rags Morales’s 6-issue miniseries First Wave, published between 2010 and 2011 (DC Comics)
  • the concurrent-running The Spirit: First Wave series by Mark Schultz, David Hine, and others, going for 17 issues from 2010-2011 (DC Comics)
  • Mark Waid’s 4-issue miniseries Rocketeer/Spirit: Pulp Friction, illustrated by various artists and released in 2013 (IDW Publishing)
  • Will Eisner’s The Spirit by Matt Wagner and Dan Schkade, running for 12 issues between 2015 and 2016 (Dynamite Entertainment)
  • the recent first issue of Francesco Francavilla’s Will Eisner’s The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers (Dynamite Entertainment)
  • and Joe Staton and Mike Curtis’s current Dick Tracy strip and its team-up with The Spirit (Tribune Company).

There is a lot packed into this episode — you’ll hear plenty about Ebony White, Commissioner and Ellen Dolan, Silk Satin, Mister Carrion, Sand Serif, The Octopus, and, of course, P’Gell — but, thankfully, almost no mention of the disastrous 2008 film. It’s all about the comics.

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There Can Be Only One #1: American Dream

From the Highlands of Zone 4 comes the next episode of THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE! Join Brant and Chris as they discuss the first episode of Highlander: The American Dream from IDW!

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Princes of the Universe
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There Can Be Only One #0: The Quickening

It’s finally here! There Can Be Only One debuts! Zone 4’s brand new podcast talking all things Highlander!

Brant “Macleod” and Chris “Macleod” bring you their thoughts, insights and hopes on and for the Highlander franchise. From movies, to TV, to comics and more!

In this zero episode, the two talk about their history with the franchise, and why the love it so much! Plus they tease discussion of the brand new comic coming out this week from IDW!

Find more from Zone 4 at www.Zone4Podcast.com, and of course right here on Comic Frontline!

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Comics Alternative, Episode 225: Reviews of Love Is Love and Resist!

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Time Codes:

  • 00:00:27 – Introduction
  • 00:02:44 – We live in a political world
  • 00:12:13 – Love Is Love
  • 00:51:55 – Resist!
  • 01:29:14 – Wrap up
  • 01:30:20 – Contact us

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This week Andy and Derek get political, and they do so by discussing two recent socially conscious anthologies. They begin with Love Is Love, a collection of short strips and illustrations. This anthology, originated and with an afterword by Marc Andreyko, was released in December by IDW Publishing, and the proceeds from sales go to supporting the survivors of and families of those killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016. As the guys point out, this collection is diverse in contribution and tone, with most comics calling for peace, some taking a more aggressive edge, and many adopting a quiet stance of commemoration. Both DC Comics and the Equality Florida organization had a large hand in bringing this book about, and you can still contribute to the latter’s victim’s funds via their GoFundMe page.

Next, the Two Guys discuss the very timely Resist!, a free tabloid-format anthology published by Desert Island and made available during the June 21 protest marches around the country (and around the world). This incredible effort, edited by the mother-and-daughter team of Françoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman, began as a special issue of Gabe Fowler’s Smoke Signal, but then it evolved into something more far-reaching. The newspaper’s front-page banner, “a woman’s place is in the revolution!” is what this collection is all about. The individual contributions vary widely, but what is most impressive about this anthology is its truly democratic nature. Comics from notable names within the industry — such as Carol Tyler, Bill Griffith, Alison Bechtel, Miss Lasko-Gross, and Lance Tooks — stand alongside lesser-known, amateur, and possibly first-time cartoonists. Resist! may not be the easiest thing to find after the women’s marches, but you can still support these efforts by checking out the project’s website.

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Comics Alternative, Episode 223: Reviews of Trump: The Complete Collection, The Few #1, and Gumballs #1

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Bad Trump, Good Trump

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This week the Two Guys with PhDs start off by getting political. While some listeners might not like it when Andy and Derek become polemical on the podcast, the guys just had to speak out about the brouhaha surrounding Congressman John Lewis’s recent comments on Trump’s illegitimacy. The Two Guys stand with Representative Lewis, a man of courage, honor, and action. And it’s heartening that copies of March are selling out all over the place!

But enough of the bad Trump. The guys find more serious another entity of that name, this one orchestrated by the legendary Harvey Kurtzman. Trump: The Complete Collection is the second volume in Dark Horse’s Essential Kurtzman series. This beautiful hardbound edition collects the only two issues of Trump ever published, as well as the many never-before reproduced illustrations from what would have been the third issue of the magazine, had Hugh Hefner not pulled the plug. Both Andy and Derek appreciate the collection — especially Denis Kitchen’s outstanding essay and annotations! — and while some of the humor appears dated (or even falls flat at times), this text stands out as an indispensable historical contribution.

After that Derek and Andy check out two recent #1 issues, Sean Lewis and Hayden Sherman’s The Few (Image Comics) and Erin Nations’s Gumballs (Top Shelf/IDW Publishing). The former is a leisurely paced and extra-long issue centered around a future where the United States is now a fractured territory due to water scarcities (at least the guys think this is the series’ premise). Sherman’s art stands out here. And Gumballs is a single-creator anthology that’s a mix of autobiographical sketches, character portraits, and poignant cultural observations. The guys look forward to seeing what transpires in both of these series.

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Comic Frontline 2016 Awards!

The Comic Frontline 2016 Awards is an annual show that we do where we spend months nominating, deliberating and voting. Our choices DO NOT reflect any one single Frontline member, but the group’s through the voting process. Hope you enjoy!

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Wayne’s Comics Podcast #262: Michael Manomivibul

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Happy New Year, 2017! In the first episode of the year, I have a fun and engaging interview with exceptional creator and blossoming sequential artist Michael Manomivibul! We discuss how he makes his wonderful stories and pieces of art, and delve into Fathoms, his new book that collects his art from the past several years. His website can be found at this link, and you can see his terrific comics story here. Go to Michael’s website store to buy your copy of his art book, Fathoms! You can also find him on Facebook at this link and Instagram right here. As you’re listening to this interview be sure to check out the links above so you can experience his art while listening to what he has to say! Don’t miss it!

 

 

Comics Alternative Interviews: Happy New Yoe!

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Time Codes:

  • 00:00:25 – Introduction
  • 00:02:13 – Setup of interview
  • 00:03:20 – Interview with Craig Yoe
  • 01:25:46 – Wrap up
  • 01:28:58 – Contact us

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It’s a new year, and what better way to bring it in than with another Craig Yoe interview! In what has become a Comics Alternative tradition, the Two Guys with PhDs use their very first episode of the year — not just their first interview, but their very first podcast release — to talk with Craig and find out what he’s been up to. It’s what has become known as the guys’ Happy New Yoe show!

The fun begins with Andy and Derek asking Craig about his 50th anniversary celebration. As he tells the guys, this year is the golden anniversary of Craig’s first contribution to comics culture, a fanzine he published as a kid. And from there, he never looked back. A big part of this celebration is a string of new releases that began late last year. In fact, most of the interview is devoted to a discussion of one of those books, Super Weird Heroes: Outrageous but Real! This is the first of a two-volume — and maybe a third? — collection of really strange heroes from comics’ Golden Age, written and drawn by some of the medium’s most obscure as well as some of its best-known creators. The guys ask Craig about the compilation of this enterprise and its place within the Yoe Books pantheon. They also do deep dives into some of the weirdest of the weird, including the superhero of the cloth The Deacon and his sidekick Mickey; the disembodied hand, The Hand; the crossdressing Madam Fatal; phallic-prone heroes such as Black Cobra, Nature Boy, and The Dart; Kangaroo Man and his Nazi-bashing marsupial pal Bingo; the inexplicable Jeep and Peep; and the nearly naked Phantasmo. Actually, there is a lot of bared flesh to go round in this book.

But the Two Guys also ask Craig about some of his other recent books, including The Return of the Zombies, The Complete Voodoo Vol. 2, Jay Disbrow’s Monster InvasionBehaving MadlyReefer Madness, and the next volume in his Weird Love series. It’s an understatement to say that there’s a lot to look forward to from Yoe Books in the coming year. Craig Yoe is still the most interviewed guest in Comics Alternative history, and you can rest assured that he’ll be back a couple of more times to talk about even more releases in the coming year.

And a special Happy New Year goes out to Clizia Gussoni, Craig’s partner and the engine that keeps Yoe Books running. Thank you for all of your help, Clizia!

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Comics Alternative Interviews: W. Maxwell Prince and John Amor

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Textual Adventures

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Time Codes:

  • 00:00:26 – Introduction
  • 00:02:16 – Setup of interview
  • 00:04:11 – Interview with W. Maxwell Prince and John Amor
  • 00:59:17 – Wrap up
  • 01:00:47 – Contact us

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On this interview episode, Gwen and Derek have the pleasure of talking with W. Maxwell Prince and John Amor. Their latest book, One Week in the Library, comes out next week from Image Comics. Most of the discussion topics surround this new work — how the two creators met, their process of collaboration, the ideas behind the book’s structure and intertextual allusions — but Gwen and Derek also talk with their guests about their previous collaboration, Judas: The Last Days, as well as their separate efforts, including Will’s current IDW series, The Electric Sublime. And, of course, a lot of talk about books and a lot of talk about libraries. What’s more, you don’t have to be a bibliophile to enjoy the conversation!

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