Comics Alternative, Episode 268: Reviews of Recent Romance Comics

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Built for Love

It’s Valentine’s Day, and this week the Two Guys with PhDs are doing something they’ve never done before: devote an entire episode to recent romance comics. And this year, there are quite a number of new comics devoted to love and relationships…and with curious twists. And speaking of twists, they begin their show by discussing the first two issues of the new Image Comics series, Twisted Romance. This is a four-issue anthology published weekly throughout the month of February, and in issues #1 and #2 we see comics contributions from the creators Alex de Campo, Katie Shelly, Sarah Horrocks, Alejandra Gutierrez, and Meredith McClaren, with short prose offerings from Magen Cubed and Vita Ayala. From there they go to Death of Love #1 (Image Comics), written by Justin Jordan with art by Donal Delay. Much like Twisted Romance, this is a skewed look at love — and this one includes assholes and drugs.

Following that, Gene and Derek discuss one more recent release from Image Comics, Tee Franklin and Jenn St-onge’s Bingo Love. This is a unique LGBT narrative that focuses on the relationship of older citizens. While intended for teen readers, this is a graphic novel that can be appreciated by all ages. After that they visit, once again, the wacky world of Craig Yoe and his partner Clizia Gussoni. Weird Love, Vol. 6: So This Is Love! (IDW Publishing/Yoe Books) is the latest collection of their Weird Love series, classic romance stories from the 1950s and 1960s that not only appear warped to our contemporary eyes, but were probably strange to their original audiences. And finally, the guys wrap up their special Valentine’s Day episode with an offering from DC Comics, Young Monsters in Love. Much like last October’s DC House of Horror, this is an extra-long seasonal anthology issue written and drawn by a who’s who of DC creators. Included are stories focusing on, among others, Swamp Thing, Man-Bat, Raven, Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E., Solomon Grundy, Deadman, the Creature Commandos, and (one of the guys’ favorites) Monsieur Mallah and the Brain.

Love is definitely in the air this week!

Comic News Insider Episode 518 – Favorites of 2013!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 518 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

It’s our Favorites of 2013 special! We don’t say “Best of” because whom are we to say what’s best? Oh yeah, WE’RE COMIC NEWS INSIDER! Still, call it what you will, it’s our best/favorites/what we liked for 2013 in comics, TV, film and more. Jimmy is joined in studio by The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald, Erika Schultz (M3), Mike Cho and producer Joe Gonzalez. It’s a great, lengthy chat so strap in! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 460 – Bobby Timony (Night Owls)

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Comic News Insider: Episode 460 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Comics: Katana #1, New Ghostbusters #1, Powers Bureau #1 , Secret Avengers Vol 2 #1, Uncanny X-Men Vol 3 #1 

Jimmy is joined in studio by old cartoonist pal Bobby Timony (Night Owls). They might do the Harlem Shake but you’d never know. Jimmy gives love to the British pop duo The Floe and congrats to good friend Grace Helbig on her Streamy Awards wins! News includes: Black Mask Studios goes live, Ron Weasley becomes a superhero, Harry Potter gets new covers, Peter Dinklage joins X-Mencast, Boom announces Adventure Time annual and TellTale games brings a Walking Dead sequel along with a Fables based game. As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 449 – Rockin’ The Beat with Heidi MacDonald


Comic News Insider: Episode 449 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Arrow #1, FF #1, My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #1, RIPD City Of The Damned #1

Jimmy is joined in studio by a real comics journalist in the form of The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald! They chat about Jimmy being drawn by pal John McCrea in a future issue of Mars Atacks!, his upcoming birthday on December 9th and The Beat’s big relaunch bash on Thursday. News includes: Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere coming to BBC Radio 4, Discovery Channel believes in zombies, Bazooka Joe gets canceled and The Dandy ends and begins anew! They also remember and pay homage to comic artists Spain Rodriguez and Josh Medors. Plus, Jimmy gets Heidi’s insight on Karen Berger’s departure from DC/Vertigo and the possibility of Alan Moore getting the Watchmen rights back. As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 404 – Kapow Comic Con w/ Mark Millar, Jonathan Ross, John McCrea, Gary Erskine and more!

Comic News Insider: Episode 404 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

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Jimmy covered the Kapow Comic Con in London last weekend and got tons of great interviews with the likes of Mark Millar, Jonathan Ross, John McCrea, Gary Erskine, Dave Barris, Emily Lockwood,  Scott Mackay (Electric Man), Gemma Bedea, Lee Fenton Wilkinson (Afroella), Neil Gibson (Twisted Dark),  Rasheed, Tayo Olarewaju (Mister Who), Steve Tanner (Time Bomb Comics)! He recorded the show with Self Made Hero publisher Emma Hayley (pictured with Jimmy above) in their posh offices. Since there was such massive coverage, he threw the format show out the window and just did a big Kapow recap with interviews. So no news, reviews, Top 3 or feedback. Fret not, regular format will return next week! And if you want to read the recap complete with pictures, go read it here. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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TUNE IN FRIDAY FOR ANOTHER KAPOW CON PODCAST! This one is a Self Made Hero special. Jimmy got so many great interviews from numerous creators/editors at the SMH booth at Kapow. So get to downloading it when it’s out to hear Kate Brown, JAKe, I.N.J. Culbard, Anthony Hope Smith, Will Bingley, and Dan Lockwood. SMH publisher Emma Hayley stayed on to help Jimmy record this podcast in the SMH offices. Don’t miss it!

And then next week for a special CNI/Stated Magazine crossover interview special with comedian/comic book writer Frankie Boyle!

Comic News Insider 385 – Agent G in the House & a Justice League: Doom Tease!

Comic News Insider: Episode 385 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Adventure Time #1, Kevin Keller #1, Murky World One Shot, Thief of Thieves #1, Justice League: Doom animated feature

Jimmy is joined in studio by some of the Vampire Cowboys Theater crew, Jon Hoche and Qui Nguyen! They have remounted their show The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G on the ol’ Off Broadway stage so go see it if you’re in NYC! They chat about Comic Book MenThe Walking Dead mid-season return, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter trailer, and Geek Syndicate’s new podcast Geek to Geek. Jimmy attended the red carpet premiere of the new Warner Brothers/DC animated feature Justice League: Doom at the Paley Center here in NYC. He got to chat with voice director Andrea Romano and Phil Morris and you get to hear a tease of those interviews here. A special One-Shot episode with full interviews and the post-screening Q&A will be released on Friday! News includes: Smallville Season 11 in comics, DC Nation programming block on Cartoon Network, Marvel’s The Watcher gets new host Lorraine Cink, New Mutants and Asgardians get exiled, Star Trek: TNG and Doctor Who crossover at IDW, and Course of the Force comes to Comic-Con. As always, listener feedback, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 382 – Back in NYC!

Comic News Insider: Episode 382 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Deadpool #49.1, Lord of the Jungle #1, Secret Avengers #21.1

Jimmy is back in NYC and still recovering from his time away. Due to last minute cancellations, he’s flying solo this episode. (Thanks a lot, Jessica Alba). Jimmy talks about his trip to his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida and gives a big shout out to his new favorite local comic book store, Universe of Superheroes at the Beach. Thanks to old highschool/college best pal Ted for co-hosting last week and hanging. He also mentions The Muppets taking on FOX news and gives kudos to pal Olivia d’Abo for winning Best Actress in the Broadway World 2011 L.A. Awards! News includes: It’s Shazam not Captain Marvel, DC announces Amethyst collection, Vaughn returns to X-Men sequel, Danger Academy goes to Hollywood, The CW finds their GA, and Kate Beaton has projects galore! As always, listener feedback, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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