Comic News Insider Episode 777 – Heroes Con: Motor Crush w/ Cameron Stewart/Babs Tarr/Brenden Fletcher!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 777 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Jimmy moderated the Motor Crush panel at Heroes Con with creators Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr and Brended Fletcher. Hear all about how they came together for the project, their time on Batgirl, how they work together and their artistic processes. A fun and informative panel for all! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comics Alternative, Episode 244: Reviews of Nothing Lasts Forever, What Is a Glacier?,and Revenger and the Fog

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This week the Two Guys with PhDs review three recent releases, two of which are autobiographical in nature. They begin with Sina Grace’s Nothing Lasts Forever (Image Comics). This follows a couple of other autobiographical works from Grace including Not My Bag (2012) and Self-Obsessed (2015), but this latest work has a looser feel to it. Written in diary form when the author was suffering from a rare esophageal condition, the book reveals Grace’s struggles with his health, his romantic/sexual relationships, and his art. Indeed, as both Andy and Derek point out, it’s his emphasis on the latter, along with the pencil art, that makes this such an intimate text.

Next, the guys turn to What Is a Glacier?, a short autobiographical piece from Sophie Yanow (Retrofit Comics/Big Planet Comics). In this work, the author uses a trip to Iceland, and a visitation to a glacier, to explore the nature of life changes, feelings of uncertainty, and grief over loss. In terms of the latter, Yanow deftly associates the end of a relationship with our treatment of the environment, contextualizing climate change in dire, yet not completely hopeless, terms.

After that Derek and Andy look at a completely different kind of comic. Charles Forsman’s Revenger and the Fog (Bergen Street Press) is the follow-up (and prequel) to his first Revenger volume, Children of the Damned. Originally appearing as four-issue miniseries, and including a one-shot, Revenger and the Fog is a 1970s-/1980s-inspired action narrative of a vigilante, Reggie (AKA, Revenger), enacting retribution against the victimized. In this case, the victims are other members of her team, The Fog, specifically her lover Jenny (AKA, Dynarat). There’s a lot of extreme violence in this story, along with a premise that is sure to gross you out. But as the guys point out, Forsman’s over-the-top handling of his subject matter adds a touch of humor that helps to mitigate the discomfort.

Comic News Insider Episode 774 – Holding Out For A Heroes…Con!

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Reviews: Iceman Vol 3 #1, Kiss/Vampirella #1, Gotham S3 finale, Orphan Black S5 premiere, Wynonna Earp S2 premiere

Jon Hoche returns to the rotating co-host chair! They chat about that Bat proposal, the Black Panther trailer and fondly remember Adam West. Jimmy is heading down to Heroes Con this weekend in Charlotte, NC. He’s got a ton of interviews to do and is moderating 3 panels. (See them listed below). Say hi if you see him whizzing by this weekend. News includes: DC’s Bombshells United is coming in August as a digital first title,  some E3 news highlights, Jhonen Vasquez will write an issue of the Invader Zim comic, Extraordinary: Stan Lee will be a “This Is Your Life” type documentary and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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HEROES CON PANELS! 

Saturday
11:00 AM
Room 207D
MOTOR CRUSH
Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast) sits with MOTOR CRUSH creators BRENDEN FLETCHER, CAMERON STEWART and BABS TARR to talk about their hit sci-fi/action/adventure series from Image Comics! How did they come together for this project? What inspired them? What’s it like working on their own creation as opposed to work for hire? When can we expect more?! Come on by this fun and laid back panel to hear them discuss all of this and more.
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3:00 PM
Room 203A
INSPIRATIONS
Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast) moderates a motivational panel on what inspires cartoonists. Come see and hear BRIDGIT CONNELL (Brother Nash), ASHLEY LANNI HOYE, (Aspire), KATA KANE (Altar Girl), and CARA MCGEE (Over the Garden Wall) talk about what inspires them to create. Thoughts on art, music, literature, TV/film, pop culture and more and how it helps them along in their creative endeavors. Come discover some new things to inspire you and maybe even share your own!
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Sunday
3:00 PM
Room 203A
Spotlight on BEN TEMPLESMITH
Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast) sits down with BEN TEMPLESMITH to discuss his illustrious career illustrating illustrations! They’ll chat about old work, new work and upcoming work. From 30 Days of Night to Wormwood to Fell. With some Batman and Doctor Who as well! How did he develop his unique style? What inspires him? Come listen, learn and maybe even love! Hail, Squid!

Wayne’s Comics Podcast #283: David Baron

Stained, David Baron, Image Comics

Ready to get Stained? In Episode 283, I talk with David Baron, the creator/scripter of the new series that recently debuted from 451 Media Group. I met David at this year’s Comicpalooza convention in Houston, Texas, and I really love the first issue of his new comic! We explore his interesting career working in the comics industry, what Stained is all about, and what we might find in the future for this engaging sci-fi/mystery series in the coming months. Be sure to let your local shop know you want this comic! For more about David, go to his Twitter link.

Comic News Insider Episode 772 – Lost in the Speed Force!

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Reviews: The Archies One Shot, I Am Groot #1, Samaritan Veritas #1, Archer S8 finale, Arrow S5 finale, The Flash S3 finale, Lucifer S2 finale

Jon Hoche returns after a week away to the rotating co-host chair! Jimmy talks about a possible 1:1 interview with a Gotham star or 2. News includes: DC Comics will do some Metal midnight launches, Battle Angel Alita is now on Comixology, Dynamite Entertainment is publishing new Turok and Sheena comics, Neil Gaiman will read The Cheesecake Factory menu if $500k is raised for charity, an Animaniacs reboot may be in development 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 770 – TCAF: Motor Crush/Isola w/ Cameron Stewart/Babs Tarr/Brenden Fletcher/Karl Kerschl!

Comic News Insider: Episode 770 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Jimmy was at TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival) over the weekend and got a ton of great interviews and moderated 2 panels! He moderated the Motor Crush/Isola panel with Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl. Hear them chat about both stories, the creative process, how they came together, their favorite comics, working independently and more! Super fun and informative. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comics Alternative, Episode 241: Reviews of Boundless and User

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  • 00:01:23 – Introduction
  • 00:05:11 – Welcome new Patreon supporters!
  • 00:08:34 – Boundless
  • 00:44:55 – User
  • 01:16:41 – Wrap up
  • 01:17:43 – Contact us

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This week on the review show Paul joins Derek in discussing two new recent releases. They begin with Jillian Tamaki’s Boundless, published by Drawn and Quarterly. This is a collection of nine short stories, most of which have been previously published in FrontierNobrow, and Hazlitt.net. The guys begin by discussing how Tamaki structures the contents, along with including new pieces, in order to give the collection visual and thematic coherency. Unlike her longer narratives Skim and This One Summer, both with her cousin Mariko, Tamaki tends to use the shorter storytelling forms to create pieces that are slightly askew and bend the reality that we know.

Next, Paul and Derek turn to Devin Grayson, John Bolton, and Sean Phillips’s User (Image Comics). This was originally published as a three-issue prestige-format miniseries through Vertigo Comics in 2001, but until now has never been collected in a single volume. User is the tale of a young woman finding refuge in a MUD, escaping the chaos that surrounds her real-life work and family. What makes the narrative notable is its handling of online interaction and gender identification, quite provocative at the time of its original publication. And while the guys appreciate what Grayson and company are doing, they note the slightly dated nature of this comic. As they point out, understanding the temporal context puts everything into perspective.

Comic News Insider Episode 769 – More TCAF w/ Sandrine Revel/Jamie Tanner & Five Points Fest Fun!

Comic News Insider: Episode 769 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

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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Comic News Insider Episode 765 – TCAF Recap w Nate Powell/Kate Ashwin/Mike Maihack!

Reviews: Bug: The Adventures of Forager #1, Misfit City, Star Wars: Screaming Citadel #1, Riverdale finale

Jimmy is joined in studio by Jon Hoche and Tess LaCoil in the rotating co-hosts chair. Jimmy just returned from TCAF and has lots of stories to tell! He got many an interview and moderated 2 panels that you will hear over the next couple of weeks. News includes: Superman will go up against Dr. Manhattan in Doomsday Clock, a live-action Judge Dredd show is on the way, Donald Glover is showrunning an animated Deadpool series, the Disney Channel is making a musical about zombies, Green Lantern may be in the Justice League movie, Reggie Mantle has been recast in Riverdale and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

 

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Longbox Review 117: Trade-In Value

I talk about a number of trades I’ve read, including Animosity v1, Injection v1, Faster Than Light v1-2, Wayward v1, and The Fix v1.

Please send your comments to longboxreview@gmail.com, chat with me @longboxreview on Twitter, or visit longboxreview.com. Please subscribe, rate, and review the show via iTunes.

Thanks to Damian and Travis for suggesting Wayward and The Fix.

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Comic Frontline Live: Cullen Bunn – Regression E-Panel

The Comic Frontline crew welcomes writer/creator Cullen Bunn for a special E-Panel!

In this E-Panel, Bunn discusses his brand new comic from Image Comics titled REGRESSION.

He also talks about his career, breaking in, working in the indies vs. the Big Two, The Sixth Gun, The Damned, Deadpool, and much more!

We apologize about some of the audio issues during the episode.

Video version: https://youtu.be/mzwb4RKSRqI

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Comics Alternative, Episode 239: Reviews of Herman by Trade, Rise of the Dungeon Master, and Eternal Empire #1

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This week Andy and Derek look at three new titles, each one visiting the fantastic in one form or another. Before they jump into the reviews, however, they discuss some of the big comics news from the past week: the announcement of the 2017 Eisner Award nominations and Free Comic Book Day. The guys don’t go into too much detail about the Eisner nominees because they plan on devoting an upcoming episode to that topic. However, they do briefly mention the curious situation surrounding the nomination of the Love Is Love collection in the Best Anthology category. They have much more to say about last Saturday’s Free Comic Book Day. Both guys share some of their experiences at their local shops and the free comics they got there. Listen to the podcast’s FCBD episode for more details.

But then the Two Guys get into the heart of this week’s show. They begin with Chris W. Kim’s Herman by Trade, coming out this week from SelfMadeHero. Although on the surface this appears to be a more realistic narrative, its fantastic elements become apparent in the transformation of the title character who has the ability to change his appearance and mimic others’ abilities at will. As both Derek and Andy point out, this is an unusual story that sticks with you long after reading.

Next, they turn to a new graphic biography that is all about fantasy, Rise of the Dungeon Master: Gary Gygax and the Creation of D&D (Nation Books). The art is by Koren Shadmi, but the book is written by David Kushner, based on a profile he wrote for Wired magazine in 2008. What’s most notable about this brief biography is the narrative point of view, almost entirely presented in the second person. This is fully in keeping with the spirit of role-playing games, where in this case the the narrating presence is, in essence, your “dungeon master” guiding your awareness as you enter the creators’ biographical realm.

Finally, Andy and Derek conclude with the latest collaboration from Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn. Eternal Empire #1 (Image Comics) is a fantasy set in a distant world that, as Andy points out, is reminiscent of Game of Thrones. In fact, the guys spend a good bit of time speculating on the originality of this series, wondering if the unique elements will become more apparent in the issues to come. And while Andy isn’t sure if he’ll stick around to find out, Derek is going to give Eternal Empire a chance, especially given his appreciation of the Luna brothers’ previous comics, and especially Luna and Vaughn’s previous series Alex + Ada.

Comic News Insider Episode 764 – TCAF Bound!

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Reviews: All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #1, Youngblood Vol 5 #1, Once Upon A Time musical episode, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Jon Hoche joins Jimmy once again to co-host! They talk about Free Comic Book Day and Jimmy’s upcoming trip to Toronto for TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival) this weekend. He’ll be moderating some panels and has many an interview planned! News includes: Marvel Comics apologies for Secret Empire, a new Hellboy film is coming after all with a different star/director, Manchester Black is returning too the DCU, The Trapster returns to the Marvel U, the Star Trek Cruise announces stars/events, Guy Ritchie confirms that the Aladdin movie will be a musical and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Super Podcasto Magnifico! Ep. #255: Guardians of The Galaxy! Savitar! Spoilers!

Barry Allen is Savitar Guardians of The Galaxy Stan Lee Watchers

On this podcast we take a minute to pay our respects to all the recent comic book deaths. Then we talk about the big Savitar reveal, and review Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2. Spoilers! Download us to your Zune and listen in!

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Jeff Lemire

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  • 00:00:24 – Introduction
  • 00:02:40 – Setup of interview
  • 00:06:49 – Interview with Jeff Lemire
  • 01:33:07 – Wrap up
  • 01:34:37 – Contact us

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On this interview episode Derek and Andy are excited to have Jeff Lemire as their guest. His new graphic novel, Roughneck, has just been released by Simon & Schuster’s Gallery 13 imprint, and he has a new ongoing series through Image Comics, Royal City. The guys talk with Jeff about those works, particularly their place within Lemire’s growing body of writing, but they also ask him about his other current ongoing series, such as Descender (with Dustin Nguyen on art), Black Hammer (along with Dean Ormston), and the miniseries A.D.: After Death (written by Scott Snyder). A lot of ground is covered in this interview, including revelations on the early origins of Roughneck, the long-range plans for Royal City, the themes and characters that seem to be woven throughout Jeff’s oeuvre, the curious links between Descender and Adam Strange, and Jeff’s thoughts on “slice of life” stories and their reception within the comics-reading community.

And here’s a fun fact! Jeff Lemire was actually the focus of the Two Guys’ very first creator spotlight way back in Episode 6 of The Comics Alternative, and at the time Andy and Derek thought there was almost too much to talk about in terms of Jeff’s output. But now almost five years later, and with so many more titles under Jeff’s belt, those assumptions seem amusing in hindsight.

It’s important to note that Andy and Derek recorded their interview with Jeff the day before this year’s Eisner Award nominations were announced, where he has landed in the Best New Series and Best Writer categories (both for Black Hammer). This is why no one brings up the Eisners at any time in the conversation. But a big CONGRATULATIONS to Jeff for this well-deserved attention!