Comics Alternative, Episode 303: Our Favorite Comics of 2018

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  • 00:01:28 – Introduction
  • 00:03:49 – Context, and a few statistics
  • 00:10:41 – Our favorite comics of 2018, part 1
  • 00:40:03 – Our honorable mentions, part 1
  • 00:54:46 – Our favorite comics of 2018, part 2
  • 01:29:23 – Our honorable mentions, part 2
  • 01:47:47 – Our favorite comics of 2018, part 3
  • 02:08:23 – Wrapping up our favorites
  • 02:11:19 – Contact us
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It’s that time again! It’s the end of the year, their very last weekly review episode of 2018, and so the Two Guys are ready to share what they consider to be their favorite comics of the past twelve months. This is Sterg’s first time doing this, but he successfully steps up to the plate to reveal what he considers his 10 favorites of 2018. And Derek does the same.

Before that, though, they go over a few statistics from the past year. Over the course of 2018 — at least up until the time of the recording of this end-of-the-year show — The Comics Alternativereleased a total of 171 episodes of the podcast. Of that number, 55 were interviews, 10 were webcomics shows, 11 manga episodes, 10 from the Euro comics series, 6 were young reader shows, 16 on-location episodes, and 1 special. (And since Sterg and Derek recorded this “Favorites” episode, there have been at least three other shows for the current year, an on-location, a webcomic, and a Euro comics show. Maybe a manga episode will go up before the new year, as well?)

But of much more importance are the various titles that both Sterg and Derek picked as this year’s favorites. Each chooses, in no particular order, what he considers to be his 10 favorites of 2018:

Sterg’s Top 10 of 2018

Derek’s Top 10 of 2018

The Honorable Mentions…These Titles Almost, but Just Didn’t Quite, Make It onto Each Guy’s List

For Sterg

For Derek

Uncanny Nerdverse Review: Death or Glory Vol. 1

“It’s Breaking Bad meets Gone in Sixty Seconds.” -Ryan

Join Ryan and Allen for this discussion on Rick Remender, Bengal and Rus Wooton’s “Death or Glory”. Without spoiling anything, there’s still a ton to discuss.  Thanks for listening!

Music: Zulu Dobson | Patreon | Youtube | Google Play | iTunes

Uncanny Nerdverse Review: Isola Vol. 1

Join Ryan as he revisits one of his favorite Image releases from 2018. This non-spoiler review may or may not have you running to grab the first trade asap? Thanks for listening!

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Comic News Insider Episode 900: Michael Emerson/William Jackson Harper/Jamal Igle/Rebecca Soler/Liana Kangas/The CNI Chorus and more!

Comic News Insider: Episode 900 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Blackbird #1, Dead Rabbit #1, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Doctor Who, The Walking Dead

It’s the epic 900th episode live recording! And strap in, kids. It’s a LENGTHY ONE at almost 2 hours! We were having so much fun chatting with guests that we didn’t realize the time. You’ll love it though! Once again, Jimmy and Producer Joe hold their anniversary podcast at Hourglass Tavern in NYC. Thanks to Beth & Josh for being such awesome hosts at their restaurant! Jimmy hosted while Producer Joe manned the tech boards while co-hosting. Jimmy welcomed special guests Michael Emerson, William Jackson Harper, Jamal Igle, Rebecca Soler and Liana Kangas. Like every anniversary episode, Jimmy wrote song parodies and recruited friends to be a part of the CNI Chorus. Thanks to Kristen French, Kami Graves, Cheryl Orsini, Rachel Gavaletz, Nic Rockwood and Brianna Melroy for singing their lungs out! And big ups to my newsreaders and reviewers Emily Edwards, Gretchen Souerwine and Ali Sattar.

Such a fantastic night! Thanks to everyone whom attended. We packed the room to standing room only! For reals! Everyone had a great time. Great to see friends and strangers alike that came along to enjoy the show. We couldn’t have made it this far without all of the CNI listeners. Thanks for sticking with us over the years and here’s to looking forward to 1000! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Deconstructing Comics #611: “Infidel”

Infidel

Infidel, by Pornsak Pichetshote, Aaron Campbell, and Jose Villarubia, has drawn comparisons to the film Get Out for its mixing of horror with social issues. In this episode, Kumar and Dana discuss what they enjoyed in the comic and what they were irritated by, and brave the minefield of talking about this book on a podcast!

Also, Tim reads the lengthy response from Derf Backderf to our recent review of the film version of My Friend Dahmer.

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Comics Alternative, Episode 297: Reviews of DC Comics before Superman, My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, and Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion #1

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Heroes, Pre- and Post-

This week Sterg and Derek check out three intriguing, yet very different, titles. They begin with Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson’s DC Comics before Superman: Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson’s Pulp Comics (Hermes Press). This is a collection of comics written or inspired by the writing of Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson and an overview of the pre-Superman history of the publisher. After that they look at Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’s My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies (Image Comics), the latest noir narrative in their Criminal series. And then the guys wrap up with Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion #1, Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s return to their Umbrella Academy world.

Comic News Insider Episode 893 – NYCC: Anthony Del Col/Sarah DeLaine/Nicholas Aflleje/Andrew Yang!

Comic News Insider: Episode 893 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Jimmy attended New York Comic Con and boy are his arms tired. As usual, he got lots of 1:1 interviews and covered as many press rooms as he could. Producer Joe even got in on the interviewing action! In this episode, you’ll hear from Anthony Del Col (Son of Hitler/Assassin’s Creed), Sarah DeLaine/Nicholas Aflleje (Little Girls) and 2020 Presidential candidate Andrew Yang. Be here all month to hear more interviews/press rooms from NYCC! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 890 – NYCC Prep w/ Rachael Smith/Thought Bubble w/ Katie West!

Comic News Insider: Episode 890 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Heroes In Crisis #1, Man-Eaters #1, Peter Parker: Spectacular Spider-Man #310, Fear the Walking Dead s4 finale, Wynonna Earp s3 finale

Jimmy is joined in studio by one of his favorite cartoonists, Rachael Smith! She’s here for NYCC so he puts her to work co-hosting the podcast. They chat about what she’s got going on at NYCC and Jimmy’s massive interview schedule. And, you’ll hear another Thought Bubble interview with writer Katie West (Becoming Dangerous/Split)! News includes: Humanoids Publishing  hires John Cassaday as new CCO and Mark Waid as new Director of Creative Development, the BPRD comics will conclude soon, Netflix announces 3 new sci-fi series 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 Second September Visit to Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find

Batman’s Junk

Michael and Derek are back at their local shop, Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find, to discuss recent mainstream and indie titles that have captured their attention. Mike starts the ball rolling by focusing on recent expressions of a couple of second-tier characters, Doctor Strange and Hawkman, as handled by Mark Waid and Robert Venditti, respectively. He then takes the conversation into a more “adult” direction with the first issue in Batman: Damned, part of DC’s new Black Label imprint. This title is notable for a couple of reasons. First, it’s now difficult to find, and as such, both fans and retailers are selling copies for a hefty price. But even more significant is the fact that in this first issue, readers get to see Batman naked. That’s right, Wayne’s wang. Batman’s junk. The recent titles that Derek brings up are much tamer in nature. He begins with Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins’s Black Badge (BOOM! Studio), the second issue of which will be released next week. This is a promising new limited series that has all of the secretive, undercover, and espionage-y markings of a Kindt narrative. However, Derek isn’t as excited about the new Image series, Man-Eaters, written by Chelsea Cain and art by Kate Niemczyk. While he admires the message that seems to be embedded in the story, the first issue is rather sketchy in laying any satisfying narrative groundwork. But Derek more enamored by the minicomic Common Blessings and Common Curses, written by Maritsa Patrinos and nominated this year for an Ignatz Award in the Outstanding Minicomic category. It was a wonderful find at this year’s Small Press Expo.

Remember that The Comics Alternative‘s on-location series is now part of the Queen City Podcast Network! Check out the great podcast series that give life to Charlotte!

Comics Alternative, Episode 294: Reviews of Coyote Doggirl, Baseline Blvd., and Cemetery Beach #1

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Juicy Feeling

This week Sterg and Derek discuss three fascinating and genre-spanning titles. They begin with Lisa Hanawalt’s Coyote Doggirl (Drawn and Quarterly). As the guys point out, this is a humor-infused story that engages with the western genre. Both Derek and Sterg mention that while they appreciate Hanawalt’s off-beat sense of humor, they haven’t been big fans of her past books, in that they weren’t so much narrative comics as they were illustrated works of humor. But Coyote Doggirl is more of a “traditional” comic, with sequential panels and a discernible storyline. The premise is more or less simple, but that’s part of the charm of this text. And the humor!

Next, the Two Guys with PhDs turn to Emi Gennis’s Baseline Blvd., released earlier this year from Kilgore Books and Comics. This actually began as a webcomic back in 2015, but it was published in hardcopy as part of Kilgore’s Kickstarter campaign for their 2018 releases. Where many of Gennis’s comics have been profiles or biographies, this latest book is more autobiographical in nature. As the guys point out, there is a silent elegance about this work, and Gennis packs a lot of story — and emotion — into her brief narrative.

The guys then wrap up the episode by looking at Warren Ellis and Jason Howard’s Cemetery Beach #1 (Image Comics). Sterg observes that this seems to be a typical Ellis narrative — and “typical” in a good, demonstrative way — and both of the guys comment on Howard’s art. In fact, much of this first issue is carried by the illustrations. In all, it’s a successful first issue. This seven-issue sci-fi series has a lot of promise, and both Derek and Sterg look forward to seeing where the creators take their premise.

 

Comics Alternative, Episode 293: Reviews of A Contract with God: Curator’s Collection, Egg Cream #1, and Hey Kids! Comics! #1 and #2

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Welcome Sterg!

This week The Comics Alternative gets a new cohost: Stergios Botzakis! And on his maiden voyage, Sterg becomes an integral part in discussions of three unique titles. He and Derek begin with A Contract with God: Curator’s Collection (Dark Horse Books-Kitchen Sink Books). This classic of Will Eisner’s is reproduced in two beautiful volumes, one with the original pencils and another with the inks. This slipcased edition is a first for the podcast, as the Two Guys have never discussed anything like an Artist’s Edition or a Legacy Edition. As such, Sterg and Derek not only go through the specifics of Eisner’s four stories, but they spend a lot of time talking about process, Eisner’s original intentions, and the various insightful essays included in this two-volume set.

After that the Two Guys with PhDs turn to Liz Suburbia’s Egg Cream #1. The digital version of this was just made available to those who supported Czap Books’ Kickstarter campaign last year (and the print version will debut at MoCCA next spring). The core of this issue is the first installment of Suburbia’s Sacred Heart, Vol. 2 – Livin’ in the Future, a follow-up to her 2015 work, Sacred Heart. Sterg and Derek set a context by discussing the earlier book, then they explore the contours of the new work and how it expands upon the initial presentation of Suburbia’s broader narrative.

The guys wrap up with the first two issues of Howard Chaykin’s Hey Kids! Comics! (Image Comics). Both Sterg and Derek are fans of Chaykin’s work, although it’s been a long time since his comics were discussed on the show. This is a satiric look at the history of the American comic-book history, and the guys spend some time looking at Chaykin’s analogs to DC and Marvel as well as to such figures as Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Matt Baker, among many others. They also focus on the ways in which Chaykin structures his story, skipping around in time and representing a broad temporal overview, and they speculate on what Chaykin may be up to in his most recent project.

Comic News Insider Episode 884 – Flame Con w/ Sina Grace!

Comic News Insider: Episode 884 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Catwoman Tweety & Sylvester Special #1, Fantastic Four Vol 6 #1, Leviathan #1, The Punisher #1, The Sandman Universe #1, The Dreaming #1, Adventure Time series finale, Cloak & Dagger S1 finale, Preacher S3 finale

Jimmy is back with a somewhat regular format show! Hope you enjoyed all of that massive SDCC coverage over the past month or so. One con ends and more are coming! Jimmy is heading to the UK this week to cover Thought Bubble Festival and then returns just in time for New York Comic Con. Phew! First up, he attended Flame Con here in NYC. A joyous and positive LGBTQ comics convention. He chatted with his friend Sina Grace to talk about it and some of Sina’s recent work. No news but quite a few reviews. Since Jimmy is prepping to leave in a few days, he recruited friends to send in some audio reviews for you. Thanks to Rachael, Jon, Emmy, Heidi and Emily! Come back next week where Jimmy will be in the UK and recording with good pal/fellow podcaster Dave Monteith (Geek Syndicate)! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Top 5 Comics Podcast Episode 117 – Season 6

Comic book round table. This week, we have – X-23 #2, Suicide Squad #45, Weatherman #2, X-Men Blue #32, Teen Titans #20 (2018), Interview with Tony Washington at SDCC 2018 and more ………..

Run Times –

News In Comics…. – 1:50 – 10:49

X-23 #2 – 10:22 – 28:22

Suicide Squad #45– 18:44 – 28:22

Weatherman #2 – 28:22 – 36:48

X-Men Blue #32 – 36:48 – 45:34

Teen Titans #20 (2018) – 45:34 – 58:40

Tony Washington Interview SDCC 2018 – 59:05 – 1:16:20

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Lessons of the Day (LOTD) – 1:02:32 – 1:03:54

Books to watch – 1:03:53

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Top 5 Comics Podcast Episode 117 – Season 6

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Christopher Sebela, Ro Stein, and Ted Brandt

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Crowdfunded Death

In Crowded (Image Comics), the protagonist Charlie Ellison finds herself the victim of a crowdfunded assassination. That’s right, a crowdfunded assassination. Charlie lives a quiet, normal life, going about her daily routine as anyone would. But she soon finds herself under fire, hunted by all of Los Angeles with her potential killers fueled by crowdfunding platform Reapr. As a result, Charlie hires Vita, one the lowest-rated bodyguards employed by the Dfend, an app allowing you to hire protection. The two then go on a quest to discover who is behind Charlie’s crowdfunded contract, and do so without Charlie falling victim or Vita screwing up.

The first issue of Crowded was released in August, and last month Derek talked with the creators, Christopher Sebela, Ro Stein, and Ted Brandt, immediately before the release date. The second issue will be coming out next week, on September 12. In this interview Derek talks with the creators about the ideas behind this project, the role that social media and technology plays in the series, how the three collaborate on each issue, and what we might expect as the series unfolds.

Wayne’s Comics Podcast #343: Christopher Sebela, Ro Stein and Ted Brandt, Bob Salley

Wayne Hall, Wayne’s Comics, Christopher Sebela, Robert Mammone, Bob Salley, Salvagers, Crowded, crowd funding, Ro Stein, Ted Brandt, Image Comics,

It’s another great double-header this week in Episode 343! First up, we talk with several of the creators behind Image’s new series Crowded, which just debuted in your local comics shop this past Wednesday! We discuss how the book came to be, how the various creators work with each other to make this series happen, and how this book couldn’t be more timely! For more on the series, check with your local shop or the Image Comics website here! Check out Robert Mammone’s review of the first issue here at MajorSpoilers.com!

Then everything concludes with the return of Bob Salley, creator of Salvagers and a new fantasy series called Ogre! Bob talks about his movement from sci-fi to fantasy as well as giving us some inside information on the book, including how the concept changed at the very beginning and something you should know about the people in the book! You can order this comic through your local shop, but you need to hurry since the deadline only recently passed. Tell them you want AUG182199 and every following issue added to your subscription! For more, check out this link on Facebook! To read my advance review of Ogre #1, go here on MajorSpoilers.com!