Deconstructing Comics #605: Audio “MIND MGMT” & 20 years of “Jane’s World”

MIND MGMT & Jane's World

Matt Kindt (creator of Super Spy, Revolver, and more) recently ran a Kickstarter for an audio comic — on a vinyl record! — set in the MIND MGMT universe. He talks to Tim in this episode about how it went, why he wanted to do this project, and what’s coming next from him.

Then, Jason McNamara joins Tim to discuss Love Letters to ‘Jane’s World’, a 20th-anniversary collection of Paige Braddock‘s Eisner-nominated strip.

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Super Hero Speak – #263: Kirsten Thompson

This week the guys sit down with creator of I Am Hexed, Kirsten Thompson. I am Hexed combines urban fantasy, politics and an accidentally carnivorous plant, what could go wrong? Kirsten tells the guys about her influences, inspirations and love of cats. Also what her plans are for the book going forward, so sit back relax and enjoy, and don’t forget to check out I am Hexed on Kickstarter!

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Wayne’s Comics Podcast #334: Doug Moench

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Episode #334 features one of my all-time favorite comics writers, Doug Moench! We have a candid, fun and enlightening conversation about everything from how he started writing to Batman to Bane to Master of Kung Fu to the current Kickstarter project for Aztec Ace: The Complete Collection, 500+ pages of comics greatness! Thanks so much to Drew Ford and IDW’s It’s Alive imprint for making this interview possible! Be sure to support this great Kickstarter even though they’ve already passed their initial goal – here come high-power stretch goals! The project concludes on Friday, June 29, at 1:41 p.m. ET, so be sure to pledge your support now!

 

Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Madness in Crowds: The Teeming Mind of Harrison Cady

Historically Conscious

On the current Kickstarter episode, Derek talks with comics legend Denis Kitchen about Madness in Crowds: The Teeming Mind of Harrison Cady, the latest campaign from Beehive Books, in association with Denis.

Madness in Crowds will be a large-format hardcover art book — a towering 10″ x 14″ and with 176+ pages — collecting the works of the definitive early 20th-century illustrator and cartoonist Harrison Cady (1877–1970).

So, who was Harrison Cady? As Denis and company describes the artist:

Over the course of a 70 year professional career, he created countless overflowing worlds, bustling with life and energy and detail and chaos. His illustrations were generous, abundant, warm and humane. There was never another artist like him. He specialized in frenzied crowd scenes, in which each tiny character came armed with their own distinct personality and a sense of humor that projected off the page. He especially loved animals and insects, spawning and exploring vast eco-systems of creeping crawlers with human affectations: beetle ballerinas, ladybugs in spats and umbrellas, fiddle-playing mosquitos. A committed political progressive, Cady frequently made cartoons about women’s suffrage, injustice and the exploitation of the working classes. In his long and productive career, he laid an endless array of visual feasts out for the eyes of readers and art-appreciators all over the world. But, as is too often the case with illustrators and cartoon artists, his work faded from memory very quickly once his career ended. Though there remains a loyal cadre of fans and collectors, trading old tear-sheets and  weathered magazine clippings, his name is largely unknown by modern lovers of illustration, cartooning and graphic art.

As Denis tells Derek, this is an absolute must for any serious student of illustration and cartoon art. Not only are Cady’s visuals absolutely stunning, but this is sure to be a highly sought-after collectable in the years to come. What other reasons do you need to support this Kickstarter campaign? Head on over to their page and back Madness in Crowds!

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Deconstructing Comics #593: Reading “Nancy”, plus “Cat and Mouse”!

How to Read Nancy

A comic strip gag can be a deceptively simple thing. Once you take it about — “deconstruct” it, one might say — you find that it actually has many moving parts.

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Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden‘s How to Read “Nancy” takes a close look at each of those parts — as well as arguing persuasively for Bushmiller’s underrated artistic chops, and giving us some comic-strip history as well. Tim and Patrick review.

Cat and Mouse

PLUS: Roland Mann, Dean Zachary, and Kevin Gallegly join Tim to talk about the return of Cat and Mouse!

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Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Sock: The Comic Book

Footwear Crimefighter!

For this week’s Kickstarter show, Derek talks Rickman about his current campaign Sock: The Comic Book. It’s the (largely) wordless story of an unlikely hero displaced from his companion in the laundromat, and going at it on his own as a crimefighter.

Sock will be a 32-page black-and-white comic book, one that will be appropriate for all ages. Rickman describes the origins of Sock this way:

The idea came to me during the 1999 San Diego Comic Con while at the pool with friends after a day at the show. The conversation turned toward the weirdest comic characters we knew. Flaming Carrot, The Tick, Ed the Happy Clown, Reid Fleming: World’s Toughest Milkman, Sam and Max: Freelance Police, were all tossed about. The question was asked: what would be the wackiest thing to make into a comic? As my feet dangled in the water I glanced toward my shoes and saw my socks. I reached for my sketchbook (always next to me) and “SOCK” was born.

Offbeat, wacky, wordless, all-ages, lost laundry…what’s not to like? Be sure to check out Sock: The Comic Book, and see exactly what happens when your socks go missing.

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Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Skullduggery, Issue 2

Perry Mason Meets Disney

This week on the Kickstarter show, Derek talks with Jason Beirens about his current campaign for the second issue of his series, Skullduggery.

Jason calls Skullduggery a “legal fiction,” a Disney-inspired crime narrative that is less police procedural and more based in the courtroom. His previously Kickstarted first issue of Skullduggery is described as

the beginning of a look into a double homicide of two known criminals by Judge Stewie Sponte, his assistant Maggie P.I. (a magpie) and his owl. Other characters come into play, two street smart tough guys, brothers Vinnie and Berg De Novo. Lastly, Whimsy Noir, as every detective story needs a dame, right?

Populated by anthropomorphic figures, curious criminals, and unusual courtroom proceedings, this will be a fully colored story worth checking out. And there’s even a reward level where you can get not only the second, but also the first issue, of Jason’s Skullduggery the series so as to get the entire story up to this point. Head on over to #2 campaign and see what it’s all about!

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Comics Alternative Kickstarter: The Secret Voice, Vol. 1

A Psychedelic Fantasy Epic

Derek talks with Zack Sot0 about his Kickstarter project The Secret Voice, Vol. 1. Zack describes it as “as psychedelic fantasy epic” filled with psychic warrior monks, wild kung fu magic battles, monsters, and even a bit of romance.

Over the coals of their conversation, Zack discusses the origins of The Secret Voice in a minicomic, its development as a webcomic and then a comic book, and its maturation as a book-length narrative. The creator describes the premise this way:

Doctor Galapagos, a goggled, bandaged mystery man is just one of many agents of the ineffable Red College that we meet in the pages of The Secret Voice. Doctor Galapagos is our hero, our mystic battle man on the spot. He seems wildly capable of facing any and all hand to hand combatants. But Dr. G isn’t just battling hundreds of angry trolls or brigands all at once, he’s also fighting an unseen, unknown, psychic menace. He’s finding his grip on reality becoming more and more tenuous, just when he needs it the most.

There are a variety of reward levels to choose from, as well, including not only the book — in both digital and hardcopy format — but swag, original art, and prints. This is a fun story that the Two Guys have discussed on a past episode of the webcomics series, so you know it’s worth checking out. So what are you waiting for? Back The Secret Voice, Vol. 1!

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Wayne’s Comics Podcast #324: Johnathan Lewis, Jason Yungbluth

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Episode 324 is a double-feature extravaganza! First up is the return of Johnathan Lewis from Penumbra, a comic from Shades of Vengeance! He’s got a brand new comic coming out called Violete: Unstoppable about a female powerhouse! This time, he’s editing the book, which focuses on a strong female character, so we examine this hero and the rest of the interesting cast of characters around her! To support the Kickstarter for Violete, go to this link until Sunday, April 15, until 7 p.m. ET. To learn more about Penumbra, go to this link! Be sure to support this terrific Indie comics creator!

Then, I always enjoy a unique take on classic characters, and Weapon Brown is a new favorite of mine! To conclude this episode, I talk with Creator Jason Yungbluth about his series and his recentl successfully concluded Kickstarter project. Jason is the writer and artist, among other things, and we talk about his inspiration for Weapon Brown as well as what is coming from this franchise in the future! To learn more about Jason and his series, go to this link! Don’t miss what this funny and creative comics talent has to say and has coming our way!

Next week, Episode 325 with two special interviews!

Wayne’s Comics Podcast #324: Johnathan Lewis, Jason Yungbluth

Wayne Hall, Wayne’s Comics, Weapon Brown, Charlie Brown, Charles Schultz, Lucy, Calvin and Hobbes, Popeye, Garfield, Johnathan Lewis, Violete, Johnathan Lewis, Penumbra, Blue-Shift, speedster, Kickstarter, Wild Hare, Bunny Lord, Shades of Vengeance, video games, comics, Beth Sanders, Ed Jowett, Rahmat Wisnubroto, Ferry Susanto, the twins, Shira and Daniel, Teleport Twins,

Episode 324 is a double-feature extravaganza! First up is the return of Johnathan Lewis from Penumbra, a comic from Shades of Vengeance! He’s got a brand new comic coming out called Violete: Unstoppable about a female powerhouse! This time, he’s editing the book, which focuses on a strong female character, so we examine this hero and the rest of the interesting cast of characters around her! To support the Kickstarter for Violete, go to this link until Sunday, April 15, until 7 p.m. ET. To learn more about Penumbra, go to this link! Be sure to support this terrific Indie comics creator!

Then, I always enjoy a unique take on classic characters, and Weapon Brown is a new favorite of mine! To conclude this episode, I talk with Creator Jason Yungbluth about his series and his recentl successfully concluded Kickstarter project. Jason is the writer and artist, among other things, and we talk about his inspiration for Weapon Brown as well as what is coming from this franchise in the future! To learn more about Jason and his series, go to this link! Don’t miss what this funny and creative comics talent has to say and has coming our way!

Next week, Episode 325 with two special interviews!

 

Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Retrofit Comics 2018

 

One of Our Favorites

Lately on The Comics Alternative‘s Kickstarter series, Derek has been focusing more on small presses that are currently crowdfunding their seasonal releases. (See previous shows devoted to Kilgore Books and Nix Comics.) And this weekend’s show is similar, highlighting the latest Kickstarter campaign from Retrofit Comics. On this episode, Derek talks with Jared Smith about efforts for funding their diverse array of 2018 titles.

This current Kickstarter campaign revolves around the 12 books they plan on releasing this year. Backers of this project can look forward to:

  • All the Sad Songs – Summer Pierre
  • Fashion Forecasts – Yumi Sakugawa
  • I Love You – Sara Lautman
  • John, Dear – Laura Lannes
  • Our Wretched Town Hall – Eric Kostiuk Williams
  • The Prince – Liam Cobb
  • Survive 300 Million 1 – Pat Aulisio
  • Survive 300 Million 2: Serpentine Captives – Pat Aulisio
  • The Troublemakers – Baron Yoshimoto
  • TRUMPTRUMP vol. 2: Modern Day Presidential – Warren Craghead III
  • Understanding – Becca Tobin
  • The Winner – Karl Stevens

In their conversation, Derek talks with Jared about some of the history of Retrofit Comics and its relationship with Big Planet Comics — in both its publishing and brick-and-mortar manifestations —  their more recent efforts in manga, and, of course, the impressive roster of this year’s creators. As listeners of The Comics Alternative know, Retrofit/Big Planet is one of the Two Guys’ absolute favorite publishers…small press or otherwise. If you don’t already know about this publisher, then shame on you! All the more reason to back this campaign and get the 2018 releases from Retrofit Comics!

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Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Nix Comics’ 2018 Comic Book and Record Releases

Rock On!

This weekend Derek talks with Ken Eppstein about his latest Kickstarter campaign, backing for Nix Comics’ 2018 comic book and record releases. Listeners of the podcast might recognize this publisher, as they’ve discussed Nix releases in the past.

Nix Comics’ productions are inspired by the kind of mythos surrounding pre-MTV garage rock. The comics are informed by Ken’s years of love for punk rock bands, record stores, and b-movies. For this kickstarter he is offering two subscription levels: Basic and De-Luxe.

Basic subscribers will receive 7 printed comic books and zines:

  • Nix Comics Quarterly
  • Nix Western Comics
  • Jenny Mae & Jerry Wick
  • Buck  Slaughter’s Book of Rock n Roll Facts
  • The Collected Pander Bear
  • Tales from the Crate
  • Return of Belligerent Kitties

De-Luxe subscribers will receive 7 printed comic books and zines, the accompanying records, and a 120-page art and poetry collection:

  • Nix Comics Quarterly
  • Nix Western Comics
  • Jenny Mae & Jerry Wick (comic and record set)
  • Buck  Slaughter’s Book of Rock n Roll Facts
  • The Collected Pander Bear (comic and record set)
  • Tales from the Crate
  • Return of Belligerent Kitties
  • Beauty Found in Darkness

US Subscribers will receive their books/records in May, July, and September.  International subscribers will receive their complete subscription in September.

But if you’re not into the subscription thing, then you take advantage of the various reward levels where you can get individual issues. So be sure to check out Ken’s 2018 Kickstarter campaign and indulge in the rockin’ goodness of Nix Comics!

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Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Slang Pictorial

Beehives and Quiffs

On this week’s Kickstarter show, Derek talks with Nick Prolix about his campaign for Slang Pictorial #3. This will be a 24-page black-and-white comic, following up on on the already published first two hardcopy issues. Nick is using his first-ever Kickstarter in order to cover the comic’s printing and shipping. Plus, he has a really cool promotional video:

Slang Pictorial is Nick’s one-person anthology comic, and it includes his serialized retro comedy-drama The Sheep And The Wolves. This story actually began as a webcomic, and it’s a light-hearted look at the broken dreams and busted schemes of the many residents of a fictional London neighborhood at the start of the Swinging Sixties. Slang Pictorial also includes an assortment of other stories set in the same world.

Backers can also get reprints of the first two issues of the anthology, and there are exclusive prints and art cards, as well. If you’re a fan of PalookavilleEightball, and Optic Nerve, then this is definitely a comic for you. Be sure to back Nick’s Slang Pictorial!

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Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Kilgore Books and Comics’ 2018 Releases

More Kilgore!

This week’s Kickstarter episode is brought to you by the great folks at Kilgore Books and Comics. If that publisher sounds familiar, that’s because the Two Guys have discussed a variety of Kilgore publications in the past…including a publisher spotlight episode back in 2016!

Its current Kickstarter campaign is all about their 2018 releases. Dan Stafford, Kilgore’s head honcho, talks with Derek about the various titles scheduled for this year, and there are a lot. Backers can look forward to:

  • Blammo #10, by Noah Van Sciver
  • Tinderella, by M.S. Harkness
  • Tommy Time, by Tom Van Deusen
  • Baseline Blvd, by Emi Gennis
  • Lawns, by Alex Nall
  • September 12, by Robert Sergel
  • Angloid, by Alex Graham
  • Monkey Chef: A Love Story, by Mike Freiheit
  • And an untitled Inechi comic by Inés Estrada

As listeners of The Comics Alternative know, Kilgore publishes great titles, the kind that define what the podcast is all about. So be sure to back this campaign and get your batch of 2018 releases from Kilgore Books and Comics!

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Wayne’s Comics Podcast #320: Caleb Thusat

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Creator Caleb Thusat is back, and he’s talking about wrapping up his very first Alter-Life storyline! To do this, he’s concluding another successful Kickstarter project, this one in support of the fifth issue and a hardcover compilation! Right now, go to this link to find out more and to participate before it ends on Sunday, April 1, at 12 noon ET! For more about Alter-Life or his other series ZED, be sure to click on this link. You won’t want to miss what this excellent Indie comics talent has to say and has coming for us soon!