Comic News Insider Episode 865 – The Trek to San Diego Comic Con!

Comic News Insider: Episode 865 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #1, Farmhand #1, Incredibles 2 #1, Superman Vol 6 #1, X-23 #1, Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters 

Jimmy leaves early Wednesday for San Diego Comic Con and is still madly organizing his schedule. Many thanks to pals Emily, Marta, Emmy, Jon and Heidi that sent in audio reviews. And big ups to old childhood friend Jessica for being this week’s newsreader. News includes: HBO picks up Joss Whedon’s sci-fi series The Nevers, Dark Horse Comics announced the release of three new titles in Mike Mignola’s Hellboy universe, DC Comics announced it’s next group of crossovers w/ Hanna-Barbera characters and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comics Alternative, On Location: The June Visit to Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find

New Format!

It’s another on-location recording at Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find in Charlotte, NC. But with this episode the podcast is doing something different. The on-location show will be going up twice monthly — schedules permitting — and joining Derek on these Heroes shows will be Michael Kobre, another guy with a PhD talking about comics. On their on-location shows, Mike and Derek will discuss very recent comics, those being released in the week or two before the recording, that have caught their attention. Mike will primarily focus on the DC and Marvel mainstream titles, while Derek will concentrate on non-mainstream, or alternative and indie, comics. And, of course, they will invite customers and employees of the shop to join in on the conversation.

On this episode, Mike discusses the work of Tom King, including the recent deluxe edition of The Sheriff of Babylon, his work on Marvel’s Vision, and his run on Batman. Derek comments on recent issues from Image Comics — specifically Farel Dalrymple’s Proxima Centauri #1Jody LeHeup and Nathan Fox’s The Weatherman #1, and Joseph Keatinge and Bret Blevins’s Stellar #1 — as well as the minicomics he recently discovered from Natalie Andrewson.

Stay tuned, because Mike and Derek will be back at Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find in a couple of weeks!

Alonzo Cunningham, Zyg Furmaniuk, and Michael Kobre

Alonzo Cunningham and Zyg Furmaniuk

 

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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Longbox Review 140: Breaking Late News – June 2018 Edition

Podcast 140: Breaking Late News – June 2018 Edition

Travis (https://www.youtube.com/user/oddfellowsthoughts) joins me to discuss all the comic book news from the last two months that caught our attention.

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

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Dean Haspiel

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  • 00:00:24 – Introduction
  • 00:02:55 – Setup of interview
  • 00:04:07 – Interview with Dean Haspiel
  • 01:09:43 – Wrap up
  • 01:11:07 – Contact us

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Welcome to New Brooklyn

Gene and Derek are happy to have Dean Haspiel on The Comics Alternative to discuss his new book from Image Comics, The Red Hook, Vol. 1: New Brooklyn. This is the first in a planned trilogy introducing readers to his universe of New Brooklyn. The Red Hook is a reluctant hero. Once a super-thief, his unlikely encounter with the legendary superhero, The Green Point, bequeathes unto him The Omni-Fist of Altruism. This transform him into a hero, where he cannot resist helping others in distress, despite his better judgment. In this role, The Red Hook becomes a major player in New Brooklyn, a borough whose heart had been broken by commerce and real estate speculation, and, as a result, secedes from New York, and America. Sound unlikely? Well, listen to Dean as he explains the premise and his plans for future New Brooklyn narratives. The guys talk with Dean, asking him a variety of questions not only about his new book, but about his other publications, as well. But then Dean turns the tables and begins interviewing Gene and Derek. It’s a wild experience with an indefatigable Haspiel.

Deconstructing Comics #596: “Paper Girls”

Paper Girls

Paper Girls is an intricately-plotted time-travel story by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang. Scientist and comics nerd Ryan Haupt joins Tim to talk about the series’ unanswered questions, animals (Tardigrades! Giant sloths!), character arcs, and more.

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Comics Alternative Episode 282: Reviews of Sabrina, The Unsound, and The Last Siege #1

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“We’re not about the cool factor. We’re about the cool analysis”

On this episode, Paul and Derek discuss Nick Drnaso’s Sabrinba, Cullen Bunn and Jack T. Cole’s The Unsound, and Landry Q. Walker and Justin Greenwood The Last Siege #1.

Their conversation his great! Although be warned, there may a couple of spoilers on this show…or least semi-spoilers.

Wayne’s Comics Podcast #331: Landry Q. Walker and Justin Greenwood, Roland Mann, Dean Zachary, Barb Kaalberg and Kevin Gallegly

Wayne Hall, Wayne’s Comics, Landry Q. Walker, Justin Greenwood, Roland Mann, Dean Zachary, Barb Kaalberg, Kevin Gallegly, Image Comics, Last Siege, Cat & Mouse, Brett, Bobbie, medieval,

Episode 331 is a very special one as I interview two teams of high-power comics creators! Things kick off with writer Landry Q. Walker and artist Justin Greenwood from Image Comics’ new ongoing series The Last Siege. It’s described as an action-packed, genre-twisting epic, so be sure to pick it up when the first issue arrived in local comics shops on Wednesday, May 30! For more, go to this link.

Then everything wraps up with my interview with the great team of creators on Cat & Mouse, a comics miniseries that has already met its goal on Kickstarter but still needs your support! I talk with writer Roland Mann, artist Dean Zachary, inker Barb Kaalberg, and colorist Kevin Gallegly. Even though they have reached their goal, there were many great Stretch Goals to be had! Don’t miss this fun adventure comic!

Comics Alternative for Young Readers: A Discussion of the Nominees for the 2018 Eisner Awards for the Early Readers, Kids, and Teens Categories

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  • 00:00:31 – Introduction
  • 00:03:19 – Setup of the discussion
  • 00:05:04 – Nominees in the Best Publication for Early Readers category 
  • 00:51:47 – Nominees in the Best Publication for Kids category
  • 01:31:45 – Nominees in the Best Publication for Teens category
  • 02:20:32 – Wrap up
  • 02:26:03 – Contact us

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Putting on the Evening Gown and Tuxedo

On this episode of the Comics Alternative Young Readers Show, Gwen and Paul detail the three categories of the Eisner Awards that focus on children and teens:

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 9–12)

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)

  • The Dam Keeperby Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi (First Second/Tonko House)
  • Jane, by Aline Brosh McKenna and Ramón K. Pérez (Archaia)
  • Louis Undercover, by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault, translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi)
  • Monstressby Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image)
  • Spinningby Tillie Walden (First Second)

In addition to reviewing each nominated text, the duo refers listeners to The Comics Alternative archives for the shows that reference these nominees: Good Night, Planet by Liniers; Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez; The Dam Keeper by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi; and Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda.

Paul and Gwen use this episode to launch a general discussion of age designations and categorization of children’s and YA comics, and they reference the art of Bolivian painter and lithographer Graciela Rodo Boulanger, whose depiction of children resembles that found in Campbell Whyte’s Home Time. So, won’t you pour yourself a chilly beverage, kick back, and give a listen to the two PhDs — more on Paul’s recent doctoral graduation from University of California-Berkeley will appear in the June podcast — for a rundown of this year’s Eisner nominees.

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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