Super Hero Speak – #306: Let’s Talk Movies

This week the guys discuss their favorite movies and what movies they think are over/underrated. They also discuss the latest marvel and DC news like Jon Favreau wants to direct another Marvel Movie and what did they Think of the Watchmen trailer? Plus they include an interview with comic book writer David Pepose. All this and much more, enjoy!

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Super Hero Speak – #305: Rich Douek

This week the guys sit down with Rich Douek, the creative mind behind Road of Bones and Wailing Blade. Rich talks about his love of comics and writing. Plus they discuss Dave’s unfair reputation he has for being to tuff on movies people seem to love. All this and much more, enjoy!

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Super Hero Speak – #303: Hexed Again!

This week Kirsten Thompson, creator of I Am Hexed returns to the podcast. Kirsten fills the guys in on what she’s been up to since she was last on and what’s going on with issue 2 of I am Hexed. Plus together they discuss the miss handling of queer characters in popular fiction and how that could be fixed. Plus don’t forget to check out I am Hexed issue 2 on Kickstarter!

Disclaimer the views expressed by the guests of Super Hero Speak do not necessarily reflect the views of the hosts. 

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Super Hero Speak – #302: Rise of the Great Philly Comic Con

This week the guys talk the latest nerd news like their experience at this year’s Great Philadelphia Comic Con and the trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker . Plus the guys bring you interviews with Susan E Brower & Joy L Gamet (Guardian Watch) and the one and only Christopher Priest (Black Panther, Falcon). All this and much, much more, so please sit back and enjoy!

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Super Hero Speak – #298: Sour Grapes

This week the guys are joined by the creative mind behind the syndicated comic strip Sour Grapes, Tim Jones! This is the first time we’ve had a comic strip creator on the show so the guys are full of questions. They also they give the latest updates on #NerdMadness and talk some Marvel and DC news. Plus John has ANOTHER Hans Zimmer melt down. All this and much, much more, enjoy!

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Super Hero Speak – #292: Chuck Dixon

This week the guys welcome comic book writer Chuck Dixon into the Super Hero Speak lair (yes, you didn’t know we had a lair).  Chuck talks about his amazing career and what it was like creating one of Batman’s most iconic villains, Bane! Plus some nonsense about football and commercials and a whole lot more. So please sit back, relax and enjoy!

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Super Hero Speak – #289: Metaphorical Her

This week James Maddox returns to the podcast with artist Dave Stoll. Together with Dave they talk about their book Metaphorical Her. A comic that that gives us a new and fascinating way to look at storytelling.  Plus they talk Spider-Man: Into the SpidVerse and much, much more. So sit back, relax and enjoy!

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Happy New Yoe with Craig Yoe!

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:29 – Introduction
  • 00:02:38 – Setup of interview
  • 00:07:14 – Interview with Craig Yoe
  • 02:16:37 – Wrap up
  • 02:18:05 – Contact us
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Yoe! Yoe! Yoe!

It’s a new year, so that must mean that it’s time for the annual Happy New Yoe show! On this, The Comics Alternative‘s very first episode of 2019, Derek talks with Craig Yoe about what he’s been up to lately. They spend much of the time talking about the year in review for Yoe Books. And it was a busy one for Craig and his companion/colleague, Clizia Gussoni, who oversaw the publication of such titles as Limbo LoungeReefer MadnessWe Spoke Out: Comic Books and the HolocaustLou Cameron’s Unsleeping DeadSuper Patriotic HeroesThe Best of Don Winslow of the NavySuper Weird Heroes: Preposterous but True!, and new collections of their Weird Loveand Haunted Horrorcomics. Craig also reveals some of the titles we can look forward to in the new year, such as The Unknown Anti-War ComicsJungle GirlsSwamp MonstersClydeLife on the Moon, and Matchless Beauties: The Art of Pin-up Matchbook Covers. Along the way, the two discuss Yoe Books’ recent efforts to publish original graphic novels — such as Limbo Loungeand Life on the Moon— the glories of HeroesCon, the future for Craig’s various comic-book series, which books caught the most fire in 2018, and plans for Yoe Books to branch out and cover more popular culture topics in addition to comics and comics history. And of course, there are the laughter and wry humor that Craig always brings to every interview he gives to podcast. And this marks the 11th occasion that Craig has been interviewed on The Comics Alternative!

And Craig is also an artist!

Design that Craig Yoe created specifically for The Comics Alternative!

Comics Alternative Interviews: Talking Again with Jon Morris

Time Codes:

  • 00:01:17 – Introduction
  • 00:02:59 – Setup of interview
  • 00:05:14 – Interview with Jon Morris
  • 01:15:03 – Wrap up
  • 01:17:05 – Contact us
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Getting Your (Side)Kicks

Jon Morris is back, once again, on The Comics Alternative, to share his research and sense of humor. His latest book The League of Regrettable Sidekicks (Quirk Books) is the follow up to his previous two works, The League of Regrettable Superheroes and The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains. In the spirit of the previous books, this one is a revealing and good-natured look at some of the strange creations making up comic-book history, figures that may be unknown or  completely forgotten by most enthusiasts. And perhaps for good reason. Also like the earlier works, Jon divides his survey into three temporal categories: the Golden Age, the Silver Age, and the Modern Age. Sterg and Derek have a fun time talking about the weirdness of this collection, their favorite “regrettable” sidekicks and henchmen, and their wonderment at how such figures made it into four colors. They also talk with Jon about his other work and future projects, including his own comics work.

See where it all started! Visit Jon’s blog, Gone and Forgotten, and get the inside scoop on retro comicdom! And if you’re a Columbo fan, check out his sleuthy podcast, Just One More Thing.

Comics Alternative Interviews: Another Conversation with Tom Hart

Time Codes:

  • 00:01:21 – Introduction
  • 00:03:12 – Setup of interview
  • 00:04:32 – Interview with Tom Hart
  • 01:32:14 – Wrap up
  • 01:33:38 – Contact us

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Life Stories, Life Changes

On this interview episode, Sterg and Derek are excited to have Tom Hart back to discuss his new book, The Art of the Graphic Memoir: Tell Your Story, Change Your Life (St. Martin’s Griffin). Tom was on the podcast not quite three years ago to discuss his new memoir at the time Rosalie Lightning, but this time he’s returned to talk not so much about story content, but about the process of creating a graphic memoir. As he discusses with the Two Guys, Tom’s latest book is more instructional or how-to, covering the necessary steps in planning for, organizing, structuring, visualizing, and finalizing a memoir through the comics medium. In addition, he points out that the very project of writing and illustrating one’s own life story isn’t only about sharing a story with readers, but perhaps just as important, using the very process of creation as a way of revisiting, revisualizing, and even coming to terms with important life moments. Along the way Derek and Sterg talk with Tom about his other instructional texts, such as How to Say Everything and The Sequential Artists Workshop Guide to Creating Professional Comic Strips, his vast knowledge of the comics memoir genre, his new comic-strip project B. Is Dying, and his experiences teaching at and directing SAW, the Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainesville, FL.

Comics Alternative Interviews: Back with Noah Van Sciver

Time Codes:

  • 00:01:15 – Introduction
  • 00:03:32 – Setup of interview
  • 00:04:53 – Interview with Noah Van Sciver
  • 01:15:14 – Wrap up
  • 01:16:39 – Contact us

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All Over the Place

The Two Guys with PhDs are very happy to have back on the podcast Noah Van Sciver. He was first on the show back in March 2015, and a lot of things have changed with him since the guys last talked with Noah (and not just his growing of a mustache). Most significantly, his output has been through the roof! One of the things Sterg and Derek discuss with their guest is the sheer volume of his comics creation. Over the past six months alone he has released four different titles, and from a variety of publishers: Constant Companion (Fantagraphics), Blammo #10 (Kilgore Books and comics), One Dirty Tree (Uncivilized Books), and Fante Bukowski 3: A Perfect Failure (Fantagraphics). The guys talk with Noah about his work habits, his penchant for working with different publishers, his ability to juggle different projects at the same time, and his current work and what we can expect from him in the future. And of course, there is a lot of laughter in this episode. Noah is a humorous, and at time quite satirical, writer, yet the humor is often mixed with pathos, as we see not only his autobiographical comics, but most notably in his recent Fante Bukowski. This was a fun interview…and even more fun was had after they turned off the microphones and the guys hung out on Skype to talk about even more matters. Too bad that wasn’t captured for the show, but this new interview with Noah Van Sciver is definitely a highlight of Stergios and Derek’s year.

Comics Alternative Interviews: Conor Stechschulte

Time Codes:

  • 00:01:15 – Introduction
  • 00:03:15 – Setup of interview
  • 00:05:06 – Interview with Conor Stechschulte
  • 01:15:57 – Wrap up
  • 01:17:44 – Contact us

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A Good Kind of Disturbing

On this episode of The Comics Alternative‘s interview series, the Two Guys have the pleasure of talking with Conor Stechschulte. The third volume of his ongoing series, Generous Bosom (Breakdown Press), was released in the spring, and Sterg and Derek have an enlightening conversation with Conor about this narrative. While in the first two parts the story was flowing in one discernible direction, more or less, it takes a strange and disturbing turn in the third part. The guys talk with their guest about this narrative trajectory and what it may portend. And as they intuit from the latest installment of Generous Bosom, there are more surprises in store. They also talk with Conor about his other comics, The Amateurs (which was reviewed on the podcast in June 2014), his self-published work, his relationship with his UK publisher, and his inclusion in last year’s volume of Best American Comics. This interview has been a long time in coming, and the guys make the most of it.

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Super Hero Speak – #285: We Interrupt Your Podcast…

This week while the guys give you the latest cookie cutter Marvel and DC news. Including stories like Netflix cancels Daredevil, Warner Brothers is making a Blue Beetle movie and Nick Nolte joins the cast of the Mandalorian. But while recording the guys are interrupted  by the newest Captain Marvel trailer, so they give you their live reaction. All this plus an interview with Damian O’Hare (Justice League Action, Constantine: City of Demons). So sit back and enjoy!

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Super Hero Speak – #284: Five Miles of Wolverine on Ice

In this episode the guys discuss the fact that Bill Maher is an ass hat, the Once Upon a Deadpool trailer and the  fact that Ducky is the new Lex Luthor. Plus Margot Robbie reveals full title of Birds of Prey movie. All this plus an interview with Matthew Erman creator of Long Lost, so sit back and enjoy!

Douglas Atherton’s tribute to Stan Lee:

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Katriona Chapman

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:24 – Introduction
  • 00:02:14 – Setup of interview
  • 00:03:59 – Interview with Katriona Chapman
  • 01:06:41 – Wrap up
  • 01:07:15 – Contact us

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Travels and Travails

Katriona Chapman first came to our attention through her work at Avery Hill Publishing. She works in marketing there, and back in summer of 2015 she introduced Tillie Walden. Tillie’s first book, The End of Summer, had just been released, and Kat worked was instrumental in setting up an interview with the very young artist. But over the subsequent year, we’ve come to know Kat as more of an artist herself. She had done a lot of illustration work for children’s books, but it was her self-published comic, Katzine, that specifically caught our attention. In fact, we had discussed Katzine in a special episode from last year, where we looked at self-published comics. In one of the later issues of Katzine she mentions working on her first book, an autobiographical work centered on her travels in Mexico. Last month that book, Follow Me In, was released by Avery Hill. This is a fascinating travelogue about her experiences touring Mexico, it’s diverse regions, its many ruins, and its vibrant cultures. As you’ll hear in this interview, Kat doesn’t only write about her experiences touring in this new book, but she also explores her problematic relationship with her companion as well as her own efforts as an artist. As such, Follow Me In is much more than a travelogue. It’s an account of a young artist undergoing new experiences and using those to grow as a creator and to define her art.