On this interview episode, Gene and Derek talk with Ho Che Anderson about his new book Godhead, coming out next week from Fantagraphics Books. This is a work of speculative fiction involving corporate culture and its attempts to communicate with God. It’s an ambitious narrative that zeroes in on the juncture of religion, technology, and capitalist greed. The book is the first of two volumes exploring this futuristic world, and it’s a project that Anderson has been developing for years. The guys talk extensively with their guest about the genesis of and the creative process underlying Godhead, but they also ask about his larger body of work and its sheer diversity, from the erotic I Want to Be Your Dog, to the five-issue series (along with Wilfred Santiago) Pop Life, to the text he’s perhaps best known for, his graphic biography of Martin Luther King. Both Gene and Derek have been big fans of Anderson’s comics for years, and they’re excited to finally get him on the podcast. Listen up and learn!
This week the guys sit down with Joshua Mikel (Jared on The Walking Dead). Joshua talks about his career, how he got started and what it’s like to be killed by Robert De Niro in a film. Plus he shares his feeling on the bold choices of Nicholas Cage. All this and much more in this weeks Super Hero Speak!
In this episode the guys are visited by returning guests Michael Heitkemper and Ariel J. Fulcher. The creative team behind Freedom Fighter and Acts of Contrition from Insane Comics. They tell the guys all about what they’ve been up since they were last on the show and all about their new book Acts of Contrition. Also Ariel tells the guys what it’s like to be mistaken for The Little Mermaid. All this and more in this episode, so sit back and enjoy.
Derek talks with Ivy Noelle Weir and Christina “Steenz” Steward about their new book coming out next week from Oni Press, Archival Quality. It’s the story of a young woman who gets a job as a museum archivist, but who soon discovers that her new place of employment is haunted. As she investigates the mystery behind the spectral activity, she also confronts her struggles with mental health and the relationships that have sustained her in the past. Over the course of the conversation, Ivy and Steenz share the genesis of the narrative, their methods of collaboration, and the story’s thematic observations and keen cultural awareness.
We’re in the middle of Will Eisner Week 2018, and over the past several years The Comics Alternative has offered special episodes to celebrate the annual event. This year is no exception. On this episode, Derek is pleased to have back on the podcast Denis Kitchen, this time discussing his relationship with the comics legend, his history with him as a publisher and businessman, and his first-hand accounts of the various career moves Will Eisner experienced beginning in the 1970s. Along the way Denis talks with Derek about his first encounters with Eisner, how Kitchen Sink Comics helped to introduce The Spirit to a whole new generation, Eisner’s evolution as a graphic novelist, and his experiences in working with Eisner as both an editor and as an agent.
This week the guys sit down with Patrick Trahey creator of The XII. In a post apocalyptic world, Caleb has kept his family alive for fifteen years by squeezing out meager crops from a desolate plot of land. Caleb does everything in his power to protect his family, but all along a secretive group known as The XII have had their eyes on him, and Caleb is forced to face the cruel truth that if he wants to keep his family safe, he will have to play by The XII’s rules. Patrick talks to the guys about The XII and the creative process. All this and more in this episode!
This week the guys sit down with Omar Spahi the creative mind behind Xenoglyphs. Xenoglyphs follows Steven James and his best friend Dom Jenkins as they try to stop Anubis, the master of evil, from collecting all nine Xenoglyphs. Omar also talks about his involvement with the Robbie Amell project Code 8. All this and much more, so sit back and enjoy!
In this episode the guys sit down with actor/writer/producer Bobby Del Rio (IRL The Series). Bobby talks about his career and where he thinks the entertainment industry is going. Plus he discusses his acclaimed play Professionally Ethnic. All this ans more in this episode of Super Hero Speak, enjoy!
Derek talks with Dave Calver about his new book Limbo Lounge. This is his first graphic novel, and it’s a first for IDW Publishing, a joint effort between two of its imprints, Yoe Books and Top Shelf Productions. Over the course of their conversation, the two discuss the origins of this project, the author’s effective use of coloring as a narrative tool, the surreal and tonally ambiguous nature of the work, how Dave’s background as an illustrator informed his storytelling, and where his efforts, largely inspired by Limbo Lounge, are taking him now.
On this interview episode Derek has as his guest Clifford V. Johnson. He is a professor of physics at the University of Southern California, and his new book The Dialogues: Conversations about the Nature of the Universe was released last fall by the MIT Press. Clifford talks with Derek about the genesis of this project, his choice of the dialogue form in structuring his text, and the challenges — as well as the appropriateness — of representing complex scientific concepts through comics. The Dialogues is a fascinating work of ideas, one that could even be categorized as a graphic cycle, and a book that can be appreciated by scientists and laypeople alike. Science!
Be sure to check out Prof. Johnson’s blog, Asymptotia, for his ongoing thoughts on science in our contemporary culture.
Paul and Derek are excited to have Karen Berger on The Comics Alternative. The first release from her new Dark Horse Comics imprint, Berger Books, occurs next week, and the guys talk with Karen on the cusp of this event. The Two Guys ask their guest about the genesis of Berger Books as well as her efforts in launching new titles — such as Hungry Ghosts, Incognegro: Rennaisance, Mata Hari, and The Seeds — and securing impressive talent. But they also talk with Karen about her time working at DC Comics and establishing the industry-defining Vertigo brand. This is a fun and informative interview, and Karen Berger is one of the most engaging and pleasant guests the Two Guys have ever had on the podcast.
This week Jason Tudor returns to Super Hero Speak. He tells the guys what he’s been up to since he was last on and the pitfalls of being an independent creator. Plus they discuss what to do when you play with the devil’s hands. So sit back and enjoy!
On this interview episode, Derek is pleased to have as his guest one of his favorite creators, Seth. His latest volume of Palookaville was published last year by Drawn and Quarterly, and while every release of Seth’s signature series is worth noting, this one is particularly significant. It wraps up his “Clyde Fans” storyline, one he began in 1997 in Palookaville #10. Derek asks Seth about the process of undertaking this ongoing narrative and the considerations of sustaining it for twenty years. They also discuss the autobiographical “Nothing Lasts,” a series that Seth began in volume 21 of Palookaville. Much of the conversation concerns Seth’s autobiographical storytelling, or his faux-autobiographical comics (in the case of It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken), and the ways in which the past informs his sense of place and identity. Indeed, memory is a major theme in Seth’s stories, and the two spend a good deal of time talking about it as a defining feature of his comics. But while much of the discussion centers on the most recent volume of Palookaville, Derek also asks his guest about the general trajectory of his career. They talk about his sketchbook comics, such as Wimbledon Green and The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists, his evolving illustration style, the creation of Dominion, the melancholy George Sprott: 1894-1975,his rubber stamp diary, his life-defining relationships with Chester Brown and Joe Matt, his design and illustration work for Fantagraphics’ Complete Peanuts series and Lemony Snicket’s All the Wrong Questions books, his plans for future issues of Palookaville, and his wife’s business, Crown Barber Shop.
This week the guys sit down with Dan Sheppard from Alterna comics. Dan talks about his up coming book Sonitus, and where inspired the book. Plus he shares what it’s like to show a theater full of 20 something;s Clerks. (hint they aren’t a fan of black and white films) All this and so much more, so sit back and enjoy!