Comics Alternative, Episode 223: Reviews of Trump: The Complete Collection, The Few #1, and Gumballs #1

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Bad Trump, Good Trump

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This week the Two Guys with PhDs start off by getting political. While some listeners might not like it when Andy and Derek become polemical on the podcast, the guys just had to speak out about the brouhaha surrounding Congressman John Lewis’s recent comments on Trump’s illegitimacy. The Two Guys stand with Representative Lewis, a man of courage, honor, and action. And it’s heartening that copies of March are selling out all over the place!

But enough of the bad Trump. The guys find more serious another entity of that name, this one orchestrated by the legendary Harvey Kurtzman. Trump: The Complete Collection is the second volume in Dark Horse’s Essential Kurtzman series. This beautiful hardbound edition collects the only two issues of Trump ever published, as well as the many never-before reproduced illustrations from what would have been the third issue of the magazine, had Hugh Hefner not pulled the plug. Both Andy and Derek appreciate the collection — especially Denis Kitchen’s outstanding essay and annotations! — and while some of the humor appears dated (or even falls flat at times), this text stands out as an indispensable historical contribution.

After that Derek and Andy check out two recent #1 issues, Sean Lewis and Hayden Sherman’s The Few (Image Comics) and Erin Nations’s Gumballs (Top Shelf/IDW Publishing). The former is a leisurely paced and extra-long issue centered around a future where the United States is now a fractured territory due to water scarcities (at least the guys think this is the series’ premise). Sherman’s art stands out here. And Gumballs is a single-creator anthology that’s a mix of autobiographical sketches, character portraits, and poignant cultural observations. The guys look forward to seeing what transpires in both of these series.

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Comic News Insider Episode 744 – CNI’s Best of 2016!

Comic News Insider: Episode 744 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

It’s our Best of 2016! And just like last year, Jimmy sits down with The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald and good pal Jon Hoche to go over their 2016 favorites in comic books, TV and film. They didn’t read or watch everything released that year, so it’s just the Best of what they did read/watch. Fun discussions on great comics, their creators, TV shows, films, actors and more. What were your favorites last year? Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Deconstructing Comics #525: Comics and Politics

Comics and PoliticsIn the wake of the 2016 presidential election, with a result that many found unexpected and disturbing, Emmet and John discuss various comics that have commented on politics and on government gone bad, including V for Vendetta; X-men: God Loves, Man Kills; Ex Machina; Prez; Transmetropolitan; Nemesis the Warlock; American Flagg; Congressman John Lewis’ March; and more.

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Comic News Insider Episode 719 – Star Trek: Mission CNI!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 719 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: All-Star Batman #1, Backstagers #1, Betty and Veronica #1, Evil Heroes #1, The Hellblazer #1, Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Aliens #1. Stranger Things, Penny Dreadful (series finale), Preacher (finale), The Tick (pilot), Fear the Walking Dead. Suicide Squad

We’re back! After a 6 week hiatus filled with San Diego Comic Con coverage goodness, Jimmy and Emily return with an episode full of reviews (like, lots of them!)) and news and all sorts of nerdy stuff. Jimmy attended Star Trek Misson New York and gives his recap. News includes: multiple new heroes will be appearing in various superhero shows, the Nimona audiobook gets a full cast, Brie Larson is Captain Marvel, Zendaya is Mary Jane Watson, Rob Liefeld is bringing back Youngblood to Image Comics, Riri Williams will be Ironheart, the Invincible comic will end with issue #144, Supergirl and The Flash will crossover in a 2 episode musical event, a new animated movie Batman: Return of the Caped Crusader will feature the voices of Adam West/Burt Ward/Julie Newmar, and much more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Nate Powell and Andrew Aydin

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  • 00:00:25 – Introduction
  • 00:02:42 – Setup of interview
  • 00:03:56 – Interview with Nate Powell
  • 01:10:11 – Interview with Andrew Aydin
  • 02:12:26 – Wrap up
  • 02:13:57 – Contact us

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On this interview show, Andy and Derek do something different. They talk with both Nate Powell and Andrew Aydin, the artist and coauthor of the recently completed March trilogy (Top Shelf Productions), but instead of interviewing both creators together, the guys talk with them separately and then combine the two recordings into one long episode. So in this show, over two hours and fifteen minutes long, you’ll hear about the genesis and the creative turns that went into the March books from both the artist’s and the writer’s perspectives. Nate and Andrew also discuss their time working with Congressman John Lewis, his wealth of experiences from the Civil Rights Movement, and the creative choices that each of them had to make when representing those events. For example, Nate explains the challenges that faced him when illustrating the unspeakable violence, and Andrew describes his strategies for scripting the chronology of the congressman’s young life. Both guests also share a few words about current projects they have underway and what we can expect from them post-March.

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Comic News Insider Episode 685 – Snowjob!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 685 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: The Doorman #1 & #2, Killbox #1, Micronauts #1

Jimmy is joined in studio by good pal Jon Hoche! They talk about the recent Game of Thrones episode, The Killing Joke trailer, and the rumor of Swifty as Dazzler in X-Men: Apocalypse. News includes: Jeff Smith is bringing more Bone in July, Congressman John Lewis’ March is being adapted into an animated series, Alicia Vikander is the new Lara Croft, NBC/Universal to buy Dreamworks Animation, Marvel has ordered a Punisher Netflix series, a new SpongeBobSquarePants episode will feature the voices of the Happy Days cast,  a new animated Peanuts series is coming to Boomerang, Marvel’s Agent Carter is 99.9% canceled and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comics Alternative Episode 123: Reviews of March: Book Two, Copra: Round One, and Nameless #1

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March2This week on the podcast, Derek and Andy discuss three new titles. They begin by looking at the second book in John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell’s March trilogy. Although the first volume from fall 2013 was a powerful debut, March: Book Two (Top Shelf Productions) is a decidedly more gripping work. There is more action and drama in this book — and not only conflict between the protesters and the Southern white community, but perhaps more pointedly, conflict within the nonviolent movement’s ranks —  than there was in the initial one. What’s more, this is a much more emotionally charged work, in that readers are taken to the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement and Lewis’s encounters with senseless beatings, attack dogs, fire hoses, and bombings. The guys note that for younger readers, or those unfamiliar with mid-century American history, this book may be a bit of a shock — or a wake-up call — in that it paints a very different, starker picture of race relations in this country than experienced today…even given the realities of Ferguson, Missouri, and the shooting of Trayvon Martin. At the same time, March is a complement to these contemporary tragedies and a much-needed reminder that racial equality in this country is a yet unfinished project. CopraPageNext, Andy and Derek turn to Michel Fiffe’s Copra: Round One (Bergen Street Press). They begin by discussing the subtle popularity of the self-published Copra series, and title that has gained attention primarily though word of mouth. Andy had been telling Derek about this series for several months, and now the guys finally get to talk about its impact. Andy is particularly interested in Fiffe’s take on John Ostrander’s Suicide Squad. And while Derek voices his uncertainly of the collection’s initial pacing, he acknowledges the artist’s unique style that requires more reader engagement with completing the narrative. Finally, the Two Guys with PhDs look at the new title from Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham, Nameless #1 (Image Comics). As they point out, any new Grant Morrison Nameless1title is a cause for notice — and most times, for celebration. There are times when his stories don’t resonate as well as the guys would like, but there are others when his unique brand of storytelling recalls the groundbreaking Doom Patrol and The Invisibles. This first issue of Nameless appears to hold a lot of promise, but the guys are keen to see how Morrison’s narrative plays out. While they think it will resonate more than his last series with Image, Happy!, Derek and Andy wonder how it might compare to what Morrison has currently been doing in the DC University with Multiversity or his creator-owned miniseries over at Legendary, Annihilator. Regardless, both guys on on for the ride, and as with any Morrison tale, who knows where that ride may lead?

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