Radio Free Asgard 302

This week we wrap up the Journey Into Mystery series staring Sif with issue #655! Sif and Beta Ray Bill manage to not do very much while it’s up to Ti Asha Ra/Skuttlebutt to save the day! Plus, Gaea gets all monster-y, I make up a word, and more!

Radio Free Asgard #301

This week we’re looking at the penultimate Journey Into Mystery issue, number 654, featuring Sif, Beta Ray Bill, a ship/woman mashup, and a very Stephen Bissette-ish Gaea, not to mention some really Schitti art (which means it’s a lot better than it sounds!)

Radio Free Asgard 300

It’s Episode 300!! Yay, round numbers! This week we have a look at Journey Into Mystery #653! Beta Ray Bill is back! And things are generally in disarray! Also, I give some brief spoiler free thoughts on The Last Jedi! Nuff said!

Radio Free Asgard 299

It’s our 300th episode! Yes, it says 299 above, but it’s true! This week we celebrate our tricentennial episode by covering Journey Into Mystery #652 featuring The Lady Sif! In this episode, Sif travels with the Earth goddess, Gaea out to the orbit of Jupiter, where they run into an old friend! There’s tree murder, crocodile teeth, and more!

Radio Free Asgard 267

This week we look at a fun one & done issue of Journey Into Mystery! This story features Thor nudity, tree murder, two big dogs, two small dwarves, the Warriors Three, headliner Sif in a much reduced role, but you get to see Volstagg in a pink fuzzy onsie! Face front, effendi!

Radio Free Asgard 266

This week we wrap up the first Sif story arc in Journey Into Mystery with issue #650! See the Berserkers run…erm…berserk.. in Asgardia and Broxton! Facepaint causes some chaos, Heimdall ends up not being headless, and somehow it ends with a snowball fight… Nuff said!

Radio Free Asgard 265

This week we continue our look at Sif’s run in Journey Into Mystery with issue #649. This issue features a bevy of random Avengers cameos, and a whole passel o’ Spider-Mans (Spiders-Men?), not to mention a few Asgardians! Nuff said!

Radio Free Asgard 264

This week we cover the adventures of the mighty Sif and her companions, Fauxhawk, Man-Bun, and Facepaint, in Journey Into Mystery #648! There’s blood of many colors, a giant robot thingy, and together Sif & Co. somehow break the berserker dimension! Face front, true believers!

Radio Free Asgard 263

This week we cover Journey Into Mystery #647, featuring Sif! As she comes to embrace her inner berserker, Sif ends up getting a time-out from Heimdall and transported to another world, featuring 3 weird looking dudes and a giant orange alien thing! If that doesn’t grab you, nothing will!

Radio Free Asgard 262

This week we vault into a new series, as we start covering Journey Into Mystery with issue #646! Here’s the scoop. Sif wants to be a better warrior, so she seeks out the one who can teach her how to be more of an asshole. On the way she belittles a little girl and talks with a stupid dragon! This will go well…

Comics Alternative, On Location: Talking with Creators at SPX 2015, Pt. 1

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Small Talk

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Last weekend, Andy W. and Derek attended Small Press Expo in North Bethesda, MD. While there, they were able to interview a variety of creators about their recent releases, their larger body of work, and any future projects they may be working on. The result was an impressive collection of interviews — 28 in all — each of which lasted from anywhere between 5 minutes to over 20 minutes. The guys have now edited these conversations and are presenting them in a series of three on-location interview episodes conducted at SPX. In this first installment, Derek and Andy talk with:

The exhibition hall of SPX 2015 was packed, and, as a result, the din of the crowd was at times difficult to talk over. But the Two Guys persevered, despite the sound challenges. Sometimes they talked with the creators at their tables, and at other times — such as the interviews with Cole Closser and Meages Fitzgerald — they were able to find a space outside of the hall that demonstrated less auditory chaos.

Two other episodes of on-location interviews will be released on Friday and Saturday. Derek’s much longer conversation with Bill Griffith was released separately. But for now, enjoy the smooth, creamy, indie goodness of today’s installment.

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Comics Alternative Episode 140: A Publisher Spotlight on AdHouse Books

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The Two Guys with PhDs are back for another Publisher Spotlight, and this time they turn their attention to recent releases from AdHouse Books. On this episode, they look at the publisher’s 2015 catalog (so far), but first Derek talks briefly with AdHouse’s founder and publisher, Chris Pitzer. He gives the lowdown on the origins of the press, how he translated his designer skills into publishing acumen, the process of artist acquisition, and some of his most notable (and unlikely) publishing successes over the years. After that, the guys plunge into their discussion of the five books that have come out — or are about to come out — from AdHouse this year. They start with the new edition of Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca’s Street Angel. Both Derek and Andy Kunka had already discussed last year’s Street Angel when they had Rugg on for an interview earlier this year, but this new edition gives the reader a different color experience. AdHouseLogoWhereas the earlier book contained black and white art, this one sets the illustrations on pink paper, giving Jesse “Street Angel” Sanchez’s adventures a whole new feel as she keeps the world safe from ninja gangs, evil geologists, nepotism, and math homework. Next, the Two Guys discuss a truly offbeat book from Eric Haven. Ur is a collection of strange, absurd, and hilarious short comics reminiscent of the works of Michael Kupperman, Evan Dorkin, and Ryan Browne. Highlights include the heroics of Bed Man, Dream Lord of the Night Sky, and the demented adventures of everyman Race Murdock. Without question, this is one of the guys’ reading highlights of the week. Next, they turn to the fourth issue of Ethan Rilly’s Pope Hats. The guys bring different perspectives to Rilly’s work, with Derek having read the previous issues and this being Andy’s first exposure to the series. Fans of Pope Hats will find this a different kind of issue. The story of Frances and Vickie is temporarily put on hold while Rilly presents many of his previously published short comics, including the meditative “Stained Glass” and the psychologically moving “The Nest.” After that, the guys look at Sophie Goldstein’s novella-length work, The Oven. This is an alternate world, post-apocalyptic narrative about living off the grid and how empowering and life-changing such a move can be. Goldstein’s simple, evenly paced art reveals  deeper levels of understanding than its small page count might suggest. Finally, Derek and Andy wrap up their spotlight with a discussion of Kathryn and Stuart Immonen’s soon-to-be-released Russian Olive to Red King. Much like The Oven, this is a relationship story that unfolds slowly, allowing character to develop in organic and natural ways. In addition to the art, one of the most striking aspects of the book is it’s last third, composed almost entirely of text. The guys note that while prose-heavy narrative can be a potential put-off in comics, Kathryn Immonen handles the story brilliantly, using the text to add depth to its more stoic art. Andy declares this one of his favorite books of 2015 so far. In fact, you could say something similar about all of this year’s AdHouse books taken together.

A big THANKS to Chris Pitzer for helping to make this show possible.
And be sure to check out the AdHouse Books website for a full range of their publications!
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Super Podcasto Magnifico! Ep. #88: Us vs. AvX: VS #1

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Avengers vs. X-Men is well underway, but the fights have just started. This week, we review AvX: VS #1 and the Hulk vs. Colossus fight over in Uncanny X-Men. Things aren’t looking good for the X-Men or the reader. Listen in!

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Gutter Trash – Episode 86: Moving Pictures

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Moving Pictures. Music by Legbone, Black Wolf Fight, and Reggie and the Full Effect

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