Comic News Insider Episode 851 – More TCAF w/ Emma Vieceli!

Comic News Insider: Episode 851 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Flavor #1, Justice League: No Justice #1-2, Mighty Thor At The Gates Of Valhalla #1, Agents of SHIELD s5 finale, Arrow s6 finale, Gotham s4 finale, Lucifer s3 finale, Riverdale s2 finale, Timeless s2 finale, Deadpool 2

Still lots of TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival) coverage! In this way too long episode (apologies for that!), you’ll hear the interview Jimmy did with good pal Emma Vieceli while at TCAF. They caught up on what she’s been working on, teased some other works and talked about their love of musicals. Joining Jimmy in the studio is Emmy Potter.  Lots of reviews so Jimmy gets some audio review help from friends Barry, Marta, Jessica, Ashley, and Rich and Iz! Many thanks for sending those awesome reviews. Jimmy and Emmy chat about that rumored Lando spin-off movie and indulge one another in their mutual Anglophenia. News includes: DC is teaming up with Looney Toons again, a new Wolverine series is coming this fall,  TV cancellations/renewals 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 850 – TCAF: Isola Special w/ Brenden Fletcher/Karl Kerschl!

Comic News Insider: Episode 850 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Jimmy went to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) over the weeekend and got a ton of great interviews! In this episode, he talked with friends Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl. Brenden goes into detail about how he and Karl came up with the idea for their new image book Isola. Karl was on a time crunch but graciously chatted for a few about his amazing art in the book and any influences. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 846 – Training For TCAF!

Comic News Insider: Episode 846 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Avengers Vol 7 #1, Coda #1, DC Nation #0, Red Sonja/Tarzan #1 

TCAF is approaching and Jimmy is madly prepping for it. Due to that, he has to fly solo but recruits friends to send in some audio reviews. Thanks to Amy aka The Frog Queen, Ashley Lanni, Erica Schultz and Rachael Smith. News includes: Gina Gagliano will serve as Publishing Director for the new Random House Graphic, the 2000AD Sci-Fi Special will have an all-female creative team including Babs Tarr/Tula Lotay/Leah Moore/Emma Vieceli/ Alex De Campi/etc,  Bill & Ted 3 is happening 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 278: Reviews of Terminal Lance Ultimate Omnibus, Death or Glory #1, and Black [AF]: Widows and Orphans #1

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Difference Is Good

This week Paul and Derek focus on three titles that are strikingly different in nature. They begin with Maximilian Uriarte’s Terminal Lance Ultimate Omnibus: The World’s Most Popular Military Comic Strip (Little Brown and Company). This is a hardbound volume of the entries included on Uriarte’s webcomic, and it collects strips published between January 2010 and December 2016, most of what you’ll find on the site. Terminal Lance Ultimate Omnibus also include the strips published in the Marine Corps Times. Although the guys know next to nothing about military (specifically Marine) life, they approach this text on its own terms and with a full awareness of its intended audience.

Next, they look at Rick Remender and Bengal’s Death or Glory #1 (Image Comics). Both of the guys marvel over Bengal’s art, pointing out that the visuals are what largely drive the narrative in this first issue. But both are also fans of Remender’s work, and as Paul points out, this new title bears many of his stylistic stamps. This is a title that has a lot of promise, and it’s yet another Remender series for the guys to keep up with.

Finally, Paul and Derek discuss something never before covered on The Comics Alternative: a title from Black Mask Studios. The first issue in Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3’s Black [AF]: Widows and Orphans has recently been released, and the guys speculate on this ancillary tale in the Black storyworld. Although Paul is familiar with this universe, this is Derek’s first foray into Black. As the guys discuss, this is an action-packed first issue, although at times a bit chaotic. Some of this confusion, in fact, may be due to the visuals. Nonetheless, it’s a title worth checking out.

Comics Alternative, Episode 277: Reviews of Von Spatz, Skyward #1, and Resident Alien: An Alien in New York #1

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Up in the Air

This week Paul and Derek discuss Anna Haifisch’s Von Spatz (Drawn and Quarterly), Joe Henderson and Lee Garbett’s Skyward #1 (Image Comics), and Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse’s Resident Alien: An Alien in New York #1 (Dark Horse Comics).

 

 

Comic News Insider: Episode 842 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Action Comics Vol 2 #1000, Marvel Super Hero Adventures #1, Skyward #1, Black Lightning s1 finale, Westworld s2 premiere

Jimmy’s got a super tight schedule today & none of the regular rotating co-hosts are available so it’s solo time! Fret not, he recruited pals to do some audio reviews. Thanks to Marta Balusek, Jonathan Baylis, Jon Hoche, Ashley Lanni and Heidi Martin for those awesome reviews! Also, Producer Joe went to Denver for DINK! (Denver Independent Comics & Art Expo). He chatted with old pal/show organizer Charlie LaGreca about the convention. He also got some great interviews with Jeff Lemire, Joe Kelly, Jeffrey Brown and Tyler Cannon. You’ll hear that DINK! special later this week. News this week includes: Marvel is relaunching The Punisher comic series, Barnes & Noble is creating a kids graphic novel section, Ash vs Evil Dead is cancelled 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 Ep. 111 Season 6

Comic book round table. This week, we have – Exiles #1, Brimstone #1, Isola #1, Domino #1, The Immortal Men #1,  and more ………..

Run Times –

News In Comics…. – 2:08 – 6:08

Exiles #1– 6:08 – 20:28

Brimstone #1 – 20:30 – 30:07

Isola #1  – 30:07 – 38:42

Domino #1 – 38:42 – 53:24

The Immortal Men #1  – 54:26 – 1:05:15

 

Lessons of the Day  (LOTD) – 1:12:24 – 1:13:17

Books to watch – 1:13:18

 

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Comic News Insider Episode 841 – Panda Expressers!

Comic News Insider: Episode 841 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Crude #1, Domino Vol 3 #1, Exiles Vol 5 #1, Robocop Citizens Arrest #1, Supermansion #1, Lost In Space, The Walking Dead s8 finale, Fear the Walking Dead s4 premiere

2 co-hosts this week! Jon Hoche returns and we welcome his good friend/recent Off-Broadway co-star Olivia Oguma! They chat about the upcoming Riverdale musical, Mike Mignola at MoCCA, Producer Joe covered DINK! and Jimmy checked out the Big Apple Con. News includes: Cathy Yan will direct the Harley Quinn film, Deadpool pop-up bars will appear in NYC & LA, Steven Spielberg is producing a Blackhawks film 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 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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Comics Alternative Interviews: Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle

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  • 00:26 – Introduction
  • 02:22 – Setup of interview
  • 03:46 – Interview with Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle
  • 43:14 – Wrap up
  • 43:49 – Contact us

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Magical Baristas

Mythical figures, anthropomorphic characters, and heavy dose of magic, all set in a contemporary urban landscape complete with coffeehouses, mobile devices, and garage bands. This is the world of Moonstruck, a series that began last year and coming out from Image Comics. The writer and artist of this series, Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle, were kind enough to come on The Comics Alternative to talk about the completion of the first narrative arc and what we might expect with the second. These two creators have known each other for a long time, and, along with their editor and designer, Laurenn McCubbin, have experienced a curious incubation period for their project. Derek talks with Grace and Shae about the origins of Moonstruck, their unique mix of fantasy and contemporary cultural concerns, the process of collaboration, and their attempts to build a reading community, not only with their storytelling, but also through social media and a keen understanding of their target audience.

Comics Alternative Interviews: Gerry Duggan and David O’Sullivan

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  • 00:00:26 – Introduction
  • 00:02:26 – Setup of interview
  • 00:04:12 – Interview with Gerry Duggan and David O’Sullivan
  • 01:03:09 – Wrap up
  • 01:03:37 – Contact us

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Technology and Timeliness

Set in the not-too-distant year of 2024, Analog (Image Comics) is a not-too-far-fetched look at what can come of information technology when it has fallen into the wrong hands. Its protagonist, Jack McGinnis, is a leger man, an armed courier working freelance for individuals and businesses who need to transfer information in the old-fashioned analog manner. This is a world where the cloud has come crashing down, and the “security” of the internet has been exposed as nothing more than fiction. Combining elements of sci-fi and noir narrative, Gerry Duggan and David O’Sullivan have created a world that, curiously enough, smacks of the many of the events we see unfolding on the nightly news. Although they may not have fully anticipated the inroads of Mueller’s Russian investigation, the ongoing revelations of Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, or the various security breaches we learn about on almost a daily basis, Gerry and David, along with the help of colorist Jordie Bellaire, have established a premise that just may be the logical conclusion to what we’re witnessing now. In this interview, Derek talks with his guests about the genesis of this new series, their process of collaboration, the injection of both noir and humor elements, and the various narrative questions established in this first issue.

Uncanny Nerdverse NCBD Spotlight: Isola #1 & Motor Crush #11

Happy NCBD! This week Ryan and Allen discuss Isola #1 from Image comics. Not sure who spiked the punch. But the guys are entranced by the Fantasia/Willow like vibes and thoroughly enjoyed the debut. Plus Ryan tacks on his non-spoiler review of Motor Crush #11. Which is also by the same writer of Isola. Thanks for listening!

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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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Super Hero Speak – #252: Black Label Blood Pens

Stan Lee’s Blood stolen! Erik Larsen attacks Christians! And DC gives everyone trunks! All this plus tons of drama from the world of podcasting, and much more so sit back and enjoy!

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:25 – Introduction
  • 00:02:21 – Setup of interview
  • 00:03:28 – Interview with Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl
  • 01:11:31 – Wrap up
  • 01:12:00 – Contact us

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Fantastic(al) Questions

On April 4 you’ll find in your comic shops the first issue of Isola, Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl’s brand new series from Image Comics that combines nuanced storytelling with Kerschl’s magnificent artwork. In this inaugural issue, we find a captain of the Royal Guard fleeing her capital city with the realm’s queen, on their way to a mythical land called Isola. But appearances can be deceiving, and the initial journey unfolds under the cloud of an evil spell that leaves us with more questions than answers. On this episode, Derek talks with Karl and Brenden about what transpires in this first issue, how long they’ve been nurturing this concept, their process of collaboration, and what we might expect in future issues…at least, as much as they could tell without spoiling anything. The two also share some of their experiences working on their other series, such as Motor CrushGotham Academy, Batgirl, and The Abominable Charles Christopher.