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!

You can check out Metaphorical Her on Web Toon here: https://www.webtoons.com/en/drama/metaphorical-her/list?title_no=1475

Check out James website here: http://www.jamesmaddox.net/

Check out Dave’s website here: http://stollcomics.com/

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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.

Be sure to check out Conor’s band, Lilac, and the sounds they make!

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.

Comics Alternative Interviews: Liz Prince

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:24 – Introduction
  • 00:02:02 – Setup of interview
  • 00:03:13 – Interview with Liz Prince
  • 01:16:24 – Wrap up
  • 01:18:11 – Contact us

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Woods Porn

On this interview episode, Sterg talks with Liz Prince about her latest books, Look Back and Laugh (Top Shelf Productions) and the colorized Be Your Own Backing Band (Silver Sprocket), as well as several of her past publications. Over the course of the conversation, Sterg talks with Liz about self publishing, writing for certain age-appropriate audiences, the influences of music, her international reach, as well as many of her previous works.

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!

Check out this great video from Comic Book Nostalgia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvW3oYqz1zM

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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!

Scott Hanna on Twitter: https://twitter.com/inkerscott1

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!

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

Adam on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AdamWallenta

Shero Comics on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SheroComics

Tara Strong on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tarastrong

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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!

Check out the Terminal Kickstarter here: http://imminent.press

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