Comics Alternative Interviews: Another Happy New Yoe with Craig Yoe

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  • 00:00:25 – Introduction
  • 00:02:12 – Setup of interview
  • 00:03:56 – Interview with Craig Yoe
  • 02:01:22 – Wrap up
  • 02:02:17 – Contact us

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Just Say Yoe!

Welcome to 2018! And as The Comics Alternative has done for the past several years, they start off the new year with an interview of perennial   favorite of the podcast, Craig Yoe. These are called the annual Happy New Yoe shows. And this year, Derek talks with Craig about Yoe Books past, present, and future. They start off by discussing many of the books that Craig and his wife/partner, Clizia Gussoni, released in 2017. These include those published through Yoe Books/IDW Publishing — e.g., Mummies!: Classic Monsters of Pre-Code Horror ComicsBehaving Madly: Zany, Loco, Cockeyed, Rip-off, Satire MagazinesHaunted Love Vol. 1; The Complete Voodoo Vol. 3Jay Disbrow’s Monster Invasion; and volumes of both Haunted Horror and Weird Love — but also works that Craig published elsewhere, such as his book for younger readers, LOL: A Load of Laughs and Jokes for Kids, published through Little Simon. 

After that, Craig fields several questions asked by fans via Facebook…some sensible, others rather wacky. That eventually leads them into a discussion of books from Craig we have to look forward to in 2018. Among the various upcoming titles they discuss are We Spoke Out: Comic Books and the HolocaustSuper Weird Heroes: Preposterous but TrueLou Cameron’s Unsleeping DeadDrawing and Life Lessons from Master Cartoonists, Super Patriotic Heroes, and Reefer Madness. This is an extra long interview, running for almost two hours, and there’s a lot packed into the conversation. Plenty to help carry listeners comfortably into the new year!

Super Hero Speak – #238: Madison Rayne

This week the guys sit down with 5 times female wrestling champion, Madison Rayne. Madison along with her husband, Josh Mathews, and artist Derick Eason have created a graphic novel Adventures of the Queen Bee. So she shares with the guys all the details about the book. Plus J.D. geeks out on her and asks all about her wrestling career. All this and more, so sit back and enjoy!

Queen Bee Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/888657673/the-adventures-of-the-queen-bee-madison-rayne

Madison on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MadisonRayne

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Super Hero Speak – #237: Eric Borden

This week the guys are joined by the creative mind behind Skimshaw, Eric Borden. Eric tells the guys how he transitioned from film making to comics. Plus he give insight to his inspiration behind Skrimshaw and what’s it  like to work with Alterna Comics. So sit back, relax and enjoy!

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Check out his website here: http://ericborden.com/

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Tim Lane

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  • 00:00:24 – Introduction
  • 00:02:24 – Setup of interview
  • 00:04:23 – Interview with Tim Lane
  • 02:13:48 – Wrap up
  • 02:15:18 – Contact us

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The Great American Mythological Drama

On this interview episode Derek talks with Tim Lane about his series Happy Hour in America, Vol. 2, the first issue of which is just being released from Fantagraphics Books. This isn’t the first time that Tim has been interviewed on The Comics Alternative. In January 2015, Derek published on the blog a text-based conversation with him that he had conducted via email. That was a insightful and substantive interview, but the current one goes even further, allowing Tim not only to comment on his current work, but to delve into a variety of other topics, such as the business side of the medium, the state of comic books as a publishing platform, and matters of comics pedagogy. But the core of the conversation concerns Tim’s latest efforts in this new volume of Happy Hour in America, his fascination with twentieth-century Americana, his previous collections — Abandoned Cars and The Lonesome Go — and the interpretive biography he currently has underway, Just Like Steve McQueen. This is an unusually long interview, running just over two hours, but it’s an engaging conversation that will introduce you to Tim’s “Great American Mythological Drama.”

And be sure to support Tim Lane on Patreon!

 

Comics Alternative Interviews: Mitch Maglio

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  • 00:25 – Introduction
  • 02:39 – Setup of interview
  • 03:45 – Interview with Mitch Maglio
  • 58:47 – Wrap up
  • 59:50 – Contact us

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Cheesecake and Empowerment

On this interview episode, Derek talks with Mitch Maglio about his new book, Fiction House: From Pulps to Panels, from Jungles to Space, just out from IDW/Yoe Books. Mitch is an aficionado on Fiction House (as well as on the jungle girl genre), so he’s the perfect writer/collector to discuss this historic publisher. He talks with Derek about the origins of Fiction House, its colorful founder, the publisher’s major role in the pulps, its mostly forgotten stature during the Golden Age, the many legends who worked as writers and artists on their many publications, its ironic position concerning female empowerment, and the various titles for which it was known, including Jumbo ComicsFight Comics, Wings Comics, and of course Sheena: Queen of the Jungle.

 

Comics Alternative Interviews: Ryan O’Sullivan and Plaid Klaus

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  • 00:00:26 – Introduction
  • 00:02:44 – Setup of interview
  • 00:04:48 – Interview with Ryan O’Sullivan and Plaid Klaus
  • 00:59:30 – Wrap up
  • 01:02:24 – Contact us

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Froot Loop?

Sean joins Derek to interview a creative team that the two have discussed previously, Ryan O’Sullivan and Plaid Klaus. Last year the guys reviewed Ryan and Klaus’s webcomic Turncoat (now available in softcover), but this time they talk with the creators about a new print publication, their Image Comics limited series Void Trip. The first of its five issues comes out this week, and the Two Guys talk with Ryan and Klaus about the genesis of this project, the psychedelic nature of the story, the dynamics of their collaboration, and their philosophies on self-contained and tightly woven narratives. They also talk with the creative duo about their previous work together, Turncoat, and any potential future plans to utilize the webcomics platform.

 

Comics Alternative Interviews: Mark Voger

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  • 00:00:24 – Introduction
  • 00:02:28 – Setup of interview
  • 00:03:47 – Interview with Mark Voger
  • 01:05:43 – Wrap up
  • 01:07:15 – Contact us

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“We didn’t need LSD. We had Quisp and Quake.”

On this interview episode, Derek talks with Mark Voger about his latest work, Groovy: When Flower Power Bloomed in Pop Culture. The book comes out this week from TwoMorrows Publishing, and during their conversation Mark discusses the roots of groovy culture that reach back to early twentieth-century modernism and jazz, and are even apparent in discoveries during nineteenth century. But most of the interview is spent talking about the flowering, so to speak, of this cultural trend from the mid-1960s into the early 1970s. Obviously Derek asks Mark about the comics of the time — Mike Sekowsky’s new Wonder Woman, Steve Ditko’s Hawk and Dove, Jim Steranko’s Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Archie Comics’ Josie, and the underground comix of R. Crumb, Trina Robbins, Jay Lynch, Kim Deitch, and Denis Kitchen — but they also spend a lot of time discussing “groovy culture” in music, television, film, fashion, and art. Mark also briefly covers his previous book, Monster Mash: The Creepy, Kooky Monster Craze In America 1957-1972, and the creative transition he made from the ghoulish to the psychedelic. These were the concurrent popular movements that largely defined his young life.

Be sure to visit Mark Voger’s website to learn more about his groovy work!

Top 5 Comics Podcast Episode 101 – Season 5

Comic book round table. This week, we have – Moon Knight #188, Black Lightning #1, Runaways #3 2017, Port of Earth #1, Ragman #2, Interview with Matteo Scalera and more ………..

Run Times –

News In Comics…. – 3:06 – 14:10

Moon Knight #188  – 14:10 – 20:36

Black Lightning #1 – 20:37 – 27:15

Runaways #3 2017 – 27:15 – 35:50

Port of Earth #1 – 35:50 – 43:40

Ragman #2 – 43:40 – 52:44

Interview with Matteo Scalera DCC 2017 – 52:44 – 1:01:50

 

Books to look for – 1:03:50

 

*** If you would like to ask a question of our panel you can email at – top5podcast@hotmail.com ***

 

Produced By Top 5 Comics Podcast

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Steve “CBS”

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Super Hero Speak – #232: Paul Allor

This week the guys are joined by Paul Allor (TMNT, G.I. Joe). Paul tells the guys how he got started, and how he is the break out artist of 2019. Plus he tells them all about his latest book Monstro Mechanica. So sit back and enjoy!

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Julia Wertz

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  • 00:00:25 – Introduction
  • 00:02:39 – Setup of interview
  • 00:04:29 – Interview with Julia Wertz
  • 01:10:16 – Wrap up
  • 01:12:40 – Contact us

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Screw Cronuts!

On this interview episode, Paul and Derek are pleased to have Julia Wertz on the podcast. Her new book, Tenements, Towers and Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City, came out earlier this month from Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers. As the subtitle suggests, this is a different kind of history, a guide to the Big Apple’s present as well as its past, investigating its architecture, its businesses, its facades, its entertainment venues, and the many colorful figures who have populated its boroughs. The guys talk with Julia about how different this book is from her previous works — e.g., Drinking at the MoviesThe Infinite Wait and Other StoriesFart Party — which are primarily autobiographical. For this project, the author considered herself an urban explorer, forgoing the inward gaze and focusing instead on the city that she called home between 2007 and 2016. Tenements, Towers and Trash includes a variety of stories that compose its past, and punctuating the text is a series of before-and-after illustrations of storefronts and city blocks that underscore New York’s ever-changing nature. This isn’t a nostalgic look back at what once had been, but a chronicle of a dynamic urban space in the process of becoming. And of course, the book has more than its share of Julia’s poignant, even laugh-out-loud, humor.

Super Hero Speak – #231: Just Say Yeah!

This week the guys debate the future of Marvel comics, can they last with their current business practices and content? Also the CW announces their next show, Project 13, and Snagglepuss is gay!?! Plus we bring you an interview the creative team behind I am Alfonso Jones. All this and much more, so sit back, relax and enjoy!

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Super Hero Speak – #230: NYCC Part 2 Reactions!

This week the guys bring you 2 more of their interviews from New York Comic Con 2017. They chat with author April Adams(Drawing the Dragon) and producer turned comic book writer Zachary Mortensen(The Gatecrashers). Plus the guys give their reactions to all the new previews that were released last week. Sit back and enjoy!

April’s website: http://apriladams.me/

Zachary’s website: http://ghostrobot.com/

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#229: NYCC 2017

This week the guys talk about their experience at New York Comic Con 2017! They talk about what they saw and how the con went. Plus they bring you an interview with Richard Rivera, Alex Lobato and Clara Meath where they talk about their new comic Shadow Play. All this and more, enjoy!

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Super Hero Speak – #227: Ethan Van Sciver

This week the guys sit down with the one and only Ethan Van Sciver! Ethan talks to the guys about his career and how he stays passionate about the work. Plus he explains the importance of smiling both for yourself and for your characters. Plus his passion and love for the medium will guaranteed inspire you as well! All this and much more on this Super Hero Speak!

Ethan Van Sciver

 

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Super Hero Speak – #224: Rusty Symbol

Friend of the show Rusty Gilligan returns to tell the guys about his new project The Symbol. The Symbol is a character created while working at Marvel, but he retained the rights to and now he’s bringing the character back in his own series. Plus a round of Stump the Geek! All this and more in the latest Super Hero Speak!

Support The  Symbol Indie Go Go: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-support-the-symbol-64-page-comic-special-usa#/ 

Rusty’s website: http://www.macandtrouble.com/

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