Comics Alternative Episode 142: The July Previews Catalog

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Andy Learns a Lesson?

PreviewsJuly2015It’s the first of the month, so that must mean it’s time for another look through the Previews catalog. In this episode, Andy and Derek flip through the July solicits, highlighting the various titles they’re looking forward to and feel that are worth mentioning. But before they plunge into their recommendations, they give a few shout-outs. First, they share with listeners the various emails and messages they’ve received this past week, all kind and complimentary, with some even being from new fans the guys met at HeroesCon the other week. After that they give a big, proud Comics Alternative salute to one of their own: Gene Kannenberg, Jr. Over the past several months Gene has been creating, as he describes it, “one abstract-ish comic a day,” and now that work has been released in Comics Machine #1. Derek and Andy briefly discuss this first issue of Comics Machine, congratulate Gene, recommend that everyone check out his work, and then thank him for sending them each a copy! Then, it’s onto the nitty gritty of this week’s show, a discussion of the July Previews catalog. Among the various solicitations they discuss are upcoming title from

In the course of this episode, the guys celebrate the recent Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges — “Scalia and Alito: bite me!” — Derek explains how he’s fed up with the endless marketing shenanigans of the Big Two (especially Marvel), and Andy eats his own words about the length of the Previews podcast episodes while he was away. Yes, this is another long episode of The Comics Alternative, so sit back, listen up, and enjoy the ride as the Two Guys guide you through the wondrous world of comics solicitations!


Comics Alternative Podcast Episode 45: July Previews

“Hall & Oates…They’re all about Satan.”

PreviewsJuly2013The Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics are back for their monthly look at the Previews catalog. This July they highlight many of the new comics coming out from Dark Horse (Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, and Kyle Baker’s The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story; Fred Van Lente and R. B. Silva’s Brain Boy; and Peter Tobin and Colleen Coover’s Bandette), DC/Vertigo (Bill Willingham’s Fairest in All the Land and Vertigo Visions: Frank Quitely), IDW (Troy Little’s The Powerpuff Girls, Brian Ash and Sal Buscema’s Black Dynamite, and Craig Yoe’s Haunted Horror), Image (Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s Sex Criminals, Howard Chaykin’s Century West, and Brandon Graham’s Multiple Warheads: Down Fall), Action Lab Entertainment (Josiah Grahn and Carl Yonder’s Pirate Eye: Murder at Ten Knots), Archaia (Nate Cosby and Chris Eliopoulos’s Cow Boy, Vol. 2: Unconquerable), Archie Comics (Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla’s Afterlife with Archie), Avatar Press (Jonathan Hickman and Di Amorim’s God Is Dead), Dynamite Entertainment (Jeff Parker and Marc Laming’s Kings Watch, Chris Roberson and Jonathan Lau’s Codename: Action), Drawn & Quarterly (Art Spiegelman’s Co-Mix: Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps and Brian Ralph’s Daybreak), Fantagraphics (Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree), First Second (Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers/Saints and Chris Duffy’s Fairy Tale Comics), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (The Best American Comics 2013), NBM (Renaud Dillies’s Bubbles & Gondola), among many others publishers.

Along the way, Andy and Derek also bring in various and sundry topics, such as

  • The guys’ love of The Rockford Files
  • Strategies for collecting Wacky Packages stickers
  • Andy’s shameful lackluster appreciation of The Beatles
  • The Captain Action action figure
  • Hello Kitty is made of kittens!
  • Hall & Oates, Satan worshipers
  • Derek and Andy’s idea for a new reality show, “Put That in Your Underpants”!

Lots o’ comics, lots o’ discussion, and lots o’ fun. What more could you ask for in a comics podcast?
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