Super Hero Speak – #282: Battle for the Shield

This episode the guys talk the latest DC, Marvel and nerd news. John Cena wants to play cap, and Falcon and Winter Soldier are getting their own mini series, does this have all the makings of a “Battle for the Shield” series with Cena playing U.S .Agent? Plus they discuss Ewan McGregor cast as Black Mask and Aquaman box office predictions. All this plus interviews with Tee Franklin and Bruce Timm! So please sit back, relax and enjoy!

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Super Hero Speak – #279: Everything old is old again

This week the guys discuss all the latest Marvel and DC news you need to know. Like Iron Fist being cancelled, Chuck Wendig fired from Star Wars, Jason Bannon cast as Alfred in Pennyworth and the Secret Six gets pilot order from CBS. All this plus interviews with Scott Hanna and Thom Zahler. So sit back and enjoy!

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Thom Zahler on twitter: https://twitter.com/thomzahler

Punk Taco on Kick Starter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adamwallenta/punk-taco-volume-2-a-hardcover-graphic-novel-for-a?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=punk%20taco

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Super Hero Speak – #278: New York Comic Con 2018

This week the guys bring news and interviews from New York Comic Con 2018. News about Alita Battle Angel, Deadpool, Titans and so much more. Plus interviews with Adam Wallenta (Punk Taco), Shaquetta L. Smith (Shero Comics, Rayven Choi) and Tara Strong (Batman the animated series, Powerpuff Girls). So please sit back and enjoy this jam packed episode!

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Back with Howard Shapiro

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:24 – Introduction
  • 00:02:22 – Setup of interview
  • 00:03:58 – Interview with Howard Shapiro
  • 01:06:33 – Wrap up
  • 01:07:06 – Contact us

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Nazis in the Bathroom Just below the Stairs

A common theme in Howard Shapiro’s stories is the significance of music. His first graphic novel, The Sterotypical Freaks, revolved around competing high school bands and how that competition and their dedication to the music defined each member’s life. In his latest book, Queen of Kenosha (Animal Media Group), music once again takes center narrative state. It’s the story of young singer-songwriter from Wisconsin, Nina Overstreet, who comes to New York City in the early 1960s to make it on the folk scene. What she unexpectedly finds is espionage and ideological conspiracy. Whereas in his earlier Forever Friends series of graphic novels Howard wedded music to hockey as the backdrop for his stories, here in Queen of Kenosha — the first book in what he’s calling The Thin Thinline Trilogy — he uses music within the context of geopolitical intrigue. In this conversation, Derek talks with Howard about the impetus behind his latest project, the importance of music to his storytelling, the kind of research he conducted to set the historical stage, and his plans for following up on his songwriting protagonist. Howard was on the podcast a couple of years ago when Hockey Karma was released, and it was nice to touch base with him again and discuss his subsequent work.

Super Hero Speak – #277: Steve Ekstrom

This week the guys are joined by one of their favorite returning guests, Steve Ekstrom, Steve catches the guys up on what’s going on with Terminal, Imminent Press and their latest Kick Starter. Plus the continue with some more BatWang talk and together they take on #Comicsgate! So please sit back, relax and enjoy!

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Another Conversation with Tillie Walden

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:24 – Introduction
  • 00:02:20 – Setup of interview
  • 00:04:01 – Interview with Tillie Walden
  • 01:15:35 – Wrap up
  • 01:17:30 – Contact us

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Queer Women in Space, or Women in Space Who Are Queer?

Sterg and Derek are happy to have Tillie Walden back on the podcast. (She was originally on The Comics Alternative in June 2015, her very first podcast interview!) Her latest book, On a Sunbeam, will be released next week from First Second. This narrative actually began as a webcomic — one that was nominated for an Eisner Award last year, and one that is still available online — but now it will be available in print. The Two Guys talk with Tillie about the process of creating On a Sunbeam and its importance as a webcomic, the science fiction scaffolding around which the narrative is constructed, and how this work compares to some of her earlier books. In fact, much of the conversation is focused on the kind of fantastical stories Tillie spins out, with flying fish planes and cats large enough to ride on. The guys also ask her about last year’s Spinning, the winner of a 2018 Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work, and the creative shifts she had to make with this outright autobiography. Over the course of their conversation, Tillie shares her experiences growing as a storyteller, her large and dedicated fanbase, the almost improvisational nature of her writing, and her discomfort being pigeonholed primarily as a writer for teens or as a lesbian creator.

Comics Alternative Interviews: Jason Lutes

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:24 – Introduction
  • 00:02:26 – Setup of interview
  • 00:04:50 – Interview with Jason Lutes
  • 01:20:31 – Wrap up
  • 01:21:13 – Contact us

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Stones, Smoke, and Light

Jason Lutes began his Berlin series in the spring of 1996, with plans to publish his ambitious project over a 24-issue run. Over the years, he pared down the number of issues to 22, and the last of those was released in March of this year. Earlier this month, Drawn and Quarterly released a complete single-volume edition of Berlin, clocking in at over 550 pages, as well as a third volume of the series, City of Light, for those who had already gotten the previous two collections, City of Stones and City of Smoke, and didn’t want to get the completed series in just one volume.

Berlin is a massive narrative with an ensemble cast. It takes place in that volatile city during the last days of the Weimar Republic, 1928-1933, when Germany was struggling with its economy and war reparations, and a variety of political factions — in particular, the Communist Party and the National Socialist Workers Party — were vying for power. Lutes’s story primarily focuses on the lives of Kurt Severing, a world-weary journalist, and Marthe Müller, an uncertain art student moving to Berlin and longing to define herself in this newly adopted city. But there are a variety of other characters, as well, and Lutes even peppers his fictional cast with several historically based figures, including the jailed journalist Carl von Ossietzky, Joseph Goebbels, Josephine Baker, and, yes, Adolf Hitler himself. The result is an expansive narrative that not only captures the Weimar culture at the time, but also explores individual desires and unpredictable relationships in the midst of political and economic upheaval. In his interview with him, Derek talks with Jason about the origins of the series, the amount of research that went into the project, how the city of Berlin became a point of inspiration, the various challenges he faced maintaining such an ongoing series for over 20 years, and where Jason’s artistic ambitions may take him next.

Comics Alternative Interviews: Youssef Daoudi

Time Codes:

  • 00:24 – Introduction
  • 02:22 – Setup of interview
  • 04:01 – Interview with Youssef Daoudi
  • 52:10 – Wrap up
  • 52:47 – Contact us

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Hey, pop! Re-bop! Mop! Y-e-a-h!

Youssef Daoudi is a French creator whose previous albums include La Trilogie Noire, published by Casterman, and several works released by Glénat, including Mayday, Ring, and Tripoli. Unfortunately, these books aren’t yet available in English, but you can discover the art and storytelling of Daoudi through his brand new book from First Second, Monk!: Thelonious, Pannonica, and the Friendship behind a Musical Revolution. Indeed, as Youssef discusses with me in this interview you’re about to here, Monk! is his first work to be written originally in English, and later to be translated into French. This isn’t a graphic biography of the jazz legend, often called “The Mad Monk” or “The High Priest of Bop,” but a portrait of his relationship with Kathleen Annie Pannoica de Koenigswarter, a free-spirted and jazz-impassioned baroness who was a member of the Rothschild family. Daoudi meticulously lays out the contours of that relationship and how each sustained the other. In our conversation Derek talks with Youssef about the genesis of this project, his love of jazz, and what it was about mid-century bebop culture — and in particular, the lives of Monk and Pannonica — that so captured his imagination.

Comics Alternative Interviews: Summer Pierre

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:24 – Introduction
  • 00:02:37 – Setup of interview
  • 00:04:33 – Interview with Summer Pierre
  • 01:19:14 – Wrap up
  • 01:20:13 – Contact us

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Musical Definitions

The Two Guys were first introduced to the work of Summer Pierre during June of 2017. At the time, they were wanting to do a special episode of The Comics Alternative devoted to self-published creators, and John Porcellino recommended to Derek that they check out the work of Summer Pierre. At the time her minicomic Paper Pencil Life was at its fourth issue, and so they went to her website to get the full run of the title up to that point. They were impressed by her art and storytelling, and since then, Derek has made it a point of following Summer’s work. She had told him last year in an email that she planned to have a new graphic memoir coming out from Retrofit in 2018, and at this week’s Small Press Expo that book will officially debut. All the Sad Songs is a moving account of the role of music in Summer’s life, from the creation of mix tapes to her performances as a musician, and how that music is linked to key moments with her various relationships and her growth as an artist. In many ways this book is a work of remembrance, but it’s not soaked in the kind of nostalgia that would come across as sentimental. On the contrary, Summer takes a hard look at herself during those times in her life, bearing herself in ways that, at times, may be a bit uncomfortable. But her story is authentic and speaks from the heart. In this interview, Derek talks with Summer about the genesis of this project, her experiences writing in long-form narrative, the role that music has played in her life, and the potential pitfalls in writing about her past in such an open and honest way. This is an interview that’s been a long time in coming, but it was definitely worth the wait.

Super Hero Speak – #274: That took a turn…

This week the guys talk about the latest Marvel and DC news, like the first look at Captain Marvel. Plus Alan Tudyk and Timothy Dalton join the Doom Patrol cast. And Henry Cavill as the lead in The Witcher.  And they wrap it all up with an interview with Simpson comic book writer Tony DiGerolamo, enjoy!

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Tim Bird

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:23 – Introduction
  • 00:02:29 – Setup of interview
  • 00:04:11 – Interview with Tim Bird
  • 01:00:17 – Wrap up
  • 01:00:53 – Contact us

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Mystery and Magic

The Great North Wood, which was just released through Avery Hill Publishing, is Tim Bird’s longest work to date. It’s the story of — or perhaps a better way of putting would be that it’s a history or a meditation on — an area in South London known for its wooded past. This includes areas such as Norwood, Gipsy Hill, Honor Oak, and Sydenham Hill Woods. In fact, as Tim mentions in the interview, Sydenham Hill Woods is really the last vestige of the heavily forested area south of London, and it’s where Tim and his family currently reside. What makes The Great North Wood stand out is Tim Bird’s use of geographic space to tell his story. As he and Derek discuss over the course of their conversation, character is at a minimum in Tim’s work, and he uses location and space to carry his narrative. What’s more, the creator often underscores the mystery and magic that has traditionally been a part of Britain’s wooded areas. Much of Derek’s talk with Tim centers on the new book, but they also discuss his previous comics, such as the various works in his Grey Area series, also published by Avery Hill. These are also largely based on location and geographic space, and Tim goes into detail about his evolution as an artist, working through his Grey Area comics to get to a place where he can more fully explore his surroundings in his latest book.

Comics Alternative Interviews: Keiler Roberts

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:24 – Introduction
  • 00:02:24 – Setup of interview
  • 00:04:41 – Interview with Keiler Roberts
  • 01:04:06 – Wrap up
  • 01:04:48 – Contact us

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Exposures 

In 2009 Keiler Roberts began putting out a series of self-published minicomics that she titled Powered Milk. These were brief stories and scenarios where she represented the experiences she had as a mother, wife, and friend. Many of the situations were observational in nature — for example, some of her Powered Milk comics were one-panel expressions of something off-beat and telling that her daughter, Xia, had said — but occasionally she would illustrate longer narratives that concerned her life as a mother. She has gathered these earlier minicomics in collections such as Powered Milk: Collected Stories and Miseryland. Last year, however, Keiler began turning to book-length format and publishing her Powered Milk stories, what she continues to call her work, through Koyama Press. In fact, Sunburning was one of the texts discussed last year during the publisher spotlight on Koyama Press’ spring 2017 releases. And this week we’ll see the release of Keiler’s next book, Chlorine Gardens. It’s a work that’s certainly in the Powered Milk spirit, but this book is notable in that Keiler engages more in long-form storytelling than she does in her previous comics. What’s more, and as Derek discusses with her, Keiler brings a structure to the various stories and observations that is more apparent than in the past. In this interview, Derek talks with Keiler about the evolution of her comics-writing, the role of journaling or diary illustration in her work, the process she undergoes in creating her stories, and the power — as well as the limitations — of exposing herself and her loved ones as subject matters for her narratives. Keiler has been on the podcast before, albeit briefly, during the 2016 Small Press Expo, an event at which she won an Ignatz Award for Best Outstanding Series, but this is a special occasion in that Keiler gets to discuss her work in a longer, more sustained manner.

Super Hero Speak – #273: Todd Matthy

This week the guys sit down with the creative mind behind Robots versus Princesses, Todd Matthy! Todd talks about his inspiration for Robots Vs Princess, plus the thin line between being creative and ending up in jail. All this and so much more, so sit back, relax and enjoy!

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Super Hero Speak – #272: His voice looks familiar

This week the guys talk about the latest Marvel, DC and Star Wars news, like Dominic Monghan joins the Star Wars Episode IX cast. Plus will  Black Panther win an Oscar? Troy James gets cast as Rag Doll on Flash and Hans Zimmer is composing score for Wonder Woman 84 . Also the guys discuss who they would cast in the avengers if it was made in the 80s, John’s choices might surprise you. And finally the guys bring you an interview with Alton Simpson creator of Vampires of New Jersey, enjoy!

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Super Hero Speak – #271: The Mutant’s New Clothes

In this episode the guys talk about the latest Marvel and DC news like Wolverine’s new costume, Tim Miller’s ideas for Deadpool 2 and who is rumored to be the front runner to plat Green Lantern. Plus social media shout outs and fan questions. Finally the guys bring you an interview with author Maxina Storibrook, enjoy!

Maxina on Twitter: https://twitter.com/max_stori

Maxina on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Danarko-Book-One-Maxina-Storibrook-ebook/dp/B06W559SFQ

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