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

Time Codes:

  • 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

Time Codes:

  • 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!

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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.

Comics Alternative, Episode 274: Reviews of Why Art?, Infidel #1, and Vampironica #1

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:30 – Introduction
  • 00:03:12 – Welcoming new Patreon supporters, and more listener mail!
  • 00:14:29 – Why Art?
  • 00:42:19 – Infidel #1
  • 00:58:55 – Vampironica #1
  • 01:13:58 – Wrap up
  • 01:15:53 – Contact us

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“Another episode of Gene’s forced connections”

This week Gene and Derek discuss three different titles that may or may not be connected (you’ll have to ask Gene). They begin with Eleanor Davis’s Why Art? (Fantagraphics Books). Going into this reading, the guys thought that the book might be more on the expository or critical side. However, they quickly discovered Davis’s unique approach in combining humor, storytelling, and aesthetic analysis. After that they check out the first issue of Infidel (Image Comics), written by Pornsak Pichetshote and with art by Aaron Campbell. This is a curious combination of horror and the dynamics of intolerance, and the first issue raises a variety of questions that start off the series with good story momentum. The Two Guys with PhDs conclude with another horror title, Greg and Megan Smallwood’s Vampironica #1. Although in the tradition of Archie Comics’ other recent horror titles, this first issue doesn’t have the same impact on the guys as did Afterlife with Archie or The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Still, the art and premise are an attention-grabbing setup.

Comics Alternative, Episode 273: Reviews of Bizarre Romance, The Ballad of Sang #1, and Gideon Falls #1

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“Good squishy sounds”

On this week’s review episode, Gene and Derek discuss three recent, and very different, titles. They begin with Bizarre Romance (Abrams ComicArt), an unusual “graphic novel” written by Audrey Niffenegger and with art from Eddie Campbell. The various stories that compose this collection are both comics and prose-centric pieces, and all of the selections have something to do with relationships in an off-kilter manner. Next, they look at Ed Brisson and Alessandro Micelli’s The Ballad of Sang #1 (Oni Press). Inspired by 1970s and 1980s kung fu and action films, this first issue in the series introduces us to a young mute street fighter who becomes a fugitive and must fend for himself. Finally, Gene and Derek wrap up with the latest comic from Jeff Lemire, Gideon Falls #1. With art by Lemire’s stalwart collaborator, Andrea Sorrentino — they had previously worked together on Green Arrow and Old Man Logan — this is a dark and moody narrative that points to what will become a fascinating monthly series. As Lemire writes in the brief essay that closes out this first issue, Gideon Falls is the realization of a couple of story ideas that the writer has contemplated since his days as a film student.

Also, as the Two Guys share during their “listener mail” segment, English professor and dedicated listener Meghan Sweeney has set up a GoFundMe campaign that aspires, in the aftermath of the Parkland massacre, to get copies of John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell’s March trilogy into the hands of teens who might not otherwise have access to them. Please go fund this idea, and help spread the word!

Comic News Insider Episode 835 – Jonesing for Jessica!

Comic News Insider: Episode 835 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Ballad Of Sang #1, Dodge City #1, Gideon Falls #1, Oblivion Song #1, Prism Stalker #1, Jessica Jones s2

Emmy Potter returns after a long absence to nerd out with Jimmy! They chat about that rumor that Fox wants Buffy the Vampire Slayer back and Jimmy talks about seeing Penelope Bagiue last week talk about her new book Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World. News includes: DC unveils new Black Label imprint, Netflix strikes a deal with Rob Liefeld for his Extreme Universe, Jeff Goldblum will voice his character in the upcoming Jurassic Park video game 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 833 – Jaguar-ing in Jacksonville!

Comic News Insider: Episode 833 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Batman Sins Of The Father #1-2, Bloodborne #1, The Brave and The Bold #1, Hit-Girl Vol 2 #1, iZombie s4 premiere, The Walking Dead s8 second half premiere

Jimmy returns to his hometown of Jacksonville, FL for his annual trip. And as usual, good pals Ted Carruba and Ashley Lanni join him to co-host. They do a quick catch up and also send out some mad love to Kevin Smith. Hang in there! We’re all rooting for you! News includes: Joss Whedon is returning to the Buffy comics, Boom! is a publishing new Over the Garden Wall graphic novel,  Multiple Man is returning to Marvel Comics, Disney Junior is reimagining The Rocketeer and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Longbox Review 130: Favorites of 2017

It’s time for my annual tradition of looking back at the previous year of comic books and talking about my favorites. I talk about my following favorites:

  • Independent comics (2:53)
  • Image comics (18:43)
  • Marvel comics (37:46)
  • DC comics (51:49)
  • Most Disappointing (1:06:47)
  • Covers (1:11:11)
  • Most Anticipated for 2018 (1:17:13)

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Comic News Insider Episode 832 – Wakanda Forever!

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Reviews: Death of Love #1, Kick-Ass Vol 4 #1, Sideways #1, Black Panther film

Emily Edwards returns to co-hosting! Jimmy talks about meeting 2 of the 3 hosts of one of his favorite podcasts, My Dad Wrote A Porno and how dark Star Wars: Rebels has gotten. News includes: Marvel is having a “fresh start”, Abrams Books is publishing Congressman John Lewis’s new graphic novel called Run, Frank Miller is writing/drawing a new comic series based on his previous series 300 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 831 – CNI Love!

Comic News Insider: Episode 831 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Twisted Romance #1, Walt Disney Showcase Vol 2 #1, X-Men Red #1, Altered Carbon

Jon Hoche returns to co-host! They talk about the Venom trailer, Michael Bay possibly directing a Lobo film and Joaquin Phoenix may be a new Joker. News includes: the classic Archie comics are returning, Wolverine’s return in comics will come in 4 separate series, Hannah Simone will star in the remake of The Greatest American Hero 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 268: Reviews of Recent Romance Comics

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Built for Love

It’s Valentine’s Day, and this week the Two Guys with PhDs are doing something they’ve never done before: devote an entire episode to recent romance comics. And this year, there are quite a number of new comics devoted to love and relationships…and with curious twists. And speaking of twists, they begin their show by discussing the first two issues of the new Image Comics series, Twisted Romance. This is a four-issue anthology published weekly throughout the month of February, and in issues #1 and #2 we see comics contributions from the creators Alex de Campo, Katie Shelly, Sarah Horrocks, Alejandra Gutierrez, and Meredith McClaren, with short prose offerings from Magen Cubed and Vita Ayala. From there they go to Death of Love #1 (Image Comics), written by Justin Jordan with art by Donal Delay. Much like Twisted Romance, this is a skewed look at love — and this one includes assholes and drugs.

Following that, Gene and Derek discuss one more recent release from Image Comics, Tee Franklin and Jenn St-onge’s Bingo Love. This is a unique LGBT narrative that focuses on the relationship of older citizens. While intended for teen readers, this is a graphic novel that can be appreciated by all ages. After that they visit, once again, the wacky world of Craig Yoe and his partner Clizia Gussoni. Weird Love, Vol. 6: So This Is Love! (IDW Publishing/Yoe Books) is the latest collection of their Weird Love series, classic romance stories from the 1950s and 1960s that not only appear warped to our contemporary eyes, but were probably strange to their original audiences. And finally, the guys wrap up their special Valentine’s Day episode with an offering from DC Comics, Young Monsters in Love. Much like last October’s DC House of Horror, this is an extra-long seasonal anthology issue written and drawn by a who’s who of DC creators. Included are stories focusing on, among others, Swamp Thing, Man-Bat, Raven, Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E., Solomon Grundy, Deadman, the Creature Commandos, and (one of the guys’ favorites) Monsieur Mallah and the Brain.

Love is definitely in the air this week!