Comic News Insider Episode 689 – Preachin’!

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Reviews: Archangel #1, Future Quest #1, Lumberjanes 2016 Special Dont Axe Dont Tale #1, Mae #1, Preacher on AMC

Emmy Potter returns to he rotating co-host chair. Jimmy briefly mentions the Gotham and Agents of SHIELD finales, the Preacher press day he attended and they both swoon over the much viewed Beauty and the Beast trailer. News includes: ComiXology introduces new subscription service ComiXology Unlimited, Afterlife With Archie returns after a year long hiatus, the Riverdale live action TV show will be dramatic and very CW according to the recently released synopsis, and the CW powers that be promise a 4 part crossover between newly acquired Supergirl with Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 666 – Best of 2015!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 666 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

It’s our Best of 2015! Jimmy sits down with The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald and good pal Jon Hoche to go over their 2015 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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Comics Alternative for Young Readers: The Best of 2015

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As the end of 2015 draws near and the holiday shopping season is in full swing, Andy and Gwen have drawn up their lists of their favorite comics for young readers released during the last year. Although their choices run the gamut from texts for early readers up through to texts for teens, every text mentioned creates a fine balance between serious subject matter and engaging artwork and writing. Many of these comics would be great choices for parents and kids to read together.

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Books that both Gwen and Andy Selected:

Andy and Gwen alternate leading discussion for each book and finish up by discussing two books that made both of their lists.

He’s Got Issues #182.3: Independents, 7/15/15

BOOM! STUDIOS

  • Adventure Time Fionna And Cake Card Wars #1 (Of 6)
  • Big Trouble In Little China #13
  • Fiction #2 (Of 4)
  • Giant Days #5 (Of 12)
  • Long Walk To Valhalla Original GN
  • Lumberjanes #16
  • Oh Killstrike #3 (Of 4)

DARK HORSE COMICS

  • B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth #133
  • Dark Horse Presents #12
  • Death Head #1 (Of 6)
  • Groo Friends And Foes #7
  • Plants Vs Zombies #2
  • Shaper #5 (Of 5)
  • Strain The Night Eternal #11
  • Usagi Yojimbo #147

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

  • King Prince Valiant #3 (Of 4)
  • King The Phantom #4 (Of 4)
  • Lady Rawhide Lady Zorro #4 (Of 4)
  • Reanimator #4 (Of 4)
  • Red Sonja #1973
  • Swords Of Sorrow Vampirella Jennifer Blood #3 (Of 4)

IDW PUBLISHING

  • Godzilla In Hell #1 (Of 5)

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  • Astronauts In Trouble #2
  • Drifter #6
  • Elephantmen #65
  • Empty #5
  • Empty Zone #2
  • Invincible #121
  • Island #1
  • Mantle #3
  • Postal #5
  • Revival #31
  • Reyn #6
  • Roche Limit Clandestiny #3
  • Secret Identities #6
  • Skullkickers #33
  • Trees #11

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

  • Book Of Death #1 (Of 4)
  • Book Of Death Legends Of Geomancer #1 (Of 4)
  • Dead Drop #3 (Of 4)

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He’s Got Issues #179.3: Independents, 6/17/15

BOOM! STUDIOS

  • Burning Fields #5 (Of 8)
  • Escape From New York #7
  • Fiction #1 (Of 4)
  • Giant Days #4 (Of 12)
  • Hexed #11
  • Lumberjanes #15
  • Munchkin #6
  • Oh Killstrike #2 (Of 4)
  • Sons Of Anarchy #22

DARK HORSE COMICS

  • Archie Vs Predator #3 (Of 4)
  • B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #132
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #16
  • Dark Horse Presents #11
  • EI8HT #5 (Of 5)
  • Groo Friends And Foes #6
  • Mind MGMT #34
  • Plants Vs Zombies Bully For You #1 (Of 3)
  • Shaper #4 (Of 5)
  • The Strain The Night Eternal #10
  • Usagi Yojimbo #146

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

  • Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files Down Town #5 (Of 6)
  • King Jungle Jim #4 (Of 4)
  • King Mandrake The Magician #2 (Of 4)
  • Pathfinder Origins #5 (Of 6)
  • Project Superpowers Blackcross #4 (Of 6)
  • Swords Of Sorrow Dejah Thoris Irene Adler #1 (Of 3)

IDW PUBLISHING

  • Edward Scissorhands #9
  • Ghostbusters Get Real #1 (Of 4)
  • Infinite Loop #3 (Of 6)
  • Joe Frankenstein #4 (Of 4)
  • The October Faction #8
  • Star Trek #46
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Casey And April #1 (Of 4)
  • Transformers #42

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  • Alex + Ada #15
  • Astronauts In Trouble #1
  • Empty Zone #1
  • God Hates Astronauts #9
  • Lazarus #17
  • Low #7
  • Manifest Destiny #15
  • Revival #30
  • RunLoveKill #3
  • Secret Identities #5
  • Southern Bastards #9
  • Stray Bullets Sunshine And Roses #5
  • Surface #3
  • Tales Of Honor Bred To Kill #1
  • Tech Jacket #10
  • Trees #10
  • Valhalla Mad #2

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

  • Bloodshot Reborn #3
  • Ivar Timewalker #6
  • X-O Manowar #37

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Comic News Insider Episode 613 – Book Expo America Recap/BEA chat w/ Gwenda Bond/Special Edition NYC Preview!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 613 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Fight Club 2 #1, Indestructible Stingray #1, Inferno #1, Kids of the Round Table #1

Jimmy is joined in studio by the podcast wife Erica Schultz! Jimmy gives his recap of Book Expo America and shares the interview he did with author Gwenda Bond (Lois Lane: Fallout). News includes: The Wicked and the Divine gets a TV adaptation, Lumberjanes to be adapted to film, Hip Hop Family Tree will be Fantagraphics first monthly series, DC Comics kicks off huge digital sale with over 1200 titles for $.99, Eddie Redmayne has been cast as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Capcom announces new Mega Man series, and more! Also, Erica and Jimmy give a big preview of this weekend’s Special Edition: NYC! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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He’s Got Issues #175.3: Independents, 5/20/15

BOOM! STUDIOS

  • Hexed #10
  • Lumberjanes #14
  • Oh Killstrike #1 (Of 4)
  • Peanuts #28
  • Sons Of Anarchy #21
  • UFOlogy #2

DARK HORSE COMICS

  • Archie Vs Predator #2 (Of 4)
  • B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth #131
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #15
  • Dark Horse Presents #10
  • EI8HT #4 (Of 5)
  • Goon Once Upon A Hard Time #3 (Of 4)
  • Groo Friends And Foes #5
  • Mind MGMT #33
  • Resident Alien The Sam Hain Mystery #1 (Of 3)
  • Shaper #3 (Of 5)
  • The Strain The Night Eternal #9
  • Usagi Yojimbo #145

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

  • Battlestar Galactica Six #5 (Of 5)
  • Django Zorro #7 (Of 7)
  • Jungle Girl Season 3 #2 (Of 4)
  • Legenderry Vampirella #4 (Of 5)
  • Shaft #6
  • Swords Of Sorrow Vampirella Jennifer Blood #1 (Of 4)
  • Vampirella #12

IDW PUBLISHING

  • Angry Birds Comics #11
  • Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency #1 (Of 5)
  • Donald Duck #1
  • Drones #2 (Of 5)
  • Empire Uprising #2
  • Insufferable #1
  • Jem And The Holograms #3
  • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #30
  • Popeye Classics #34
  • Skylanders #9
  • Transformers #41
  • WEIRD Love #7
  • Winterworld Frozen Fleet #1 (Of 3)
  • X-Files Season 10 #24

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  • The Fade Out #6
  • Ghosted #20
  • Kaptara #2
  • Oddly Normal #7
  • Satellite Sam #14
  • Secret Identities #4
  • Shutter #12
  • Spawn #252
  • Stray Bullets Sunshine And Roses #4
  • Thrilling Adventure Hour Presents Sparks Nevada Marshal On Mars #3 (Of 4)
  • The Tithe #2 (Of 4)
  • Trees #9
  • Valhalla Mad #1
  • Wytches #6

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

  • Bloodshot Reborn #2
  • Ninjak #3

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He’s Got Issues #169.3: Independents, 4/15/15


BOOM! STUDIOS

  • Capture Creatures #3
  • Eternal #4 (Of 4)
  • Giant Days #2 (Of 6)
  • Hexed #9
  • Lumberjanes #13
  • Peanuts #27
  • Regular Show #22
  • Sons Of Anarchy #20

DARK HORSE COMICS

  • Archie Vs Predator #1 (Of 4)
  • B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth #130
  • Dark Horse Presents #9
  • EI8HT #3 (Of 5)
  • Groo Friends And Foes #4
  • Shaper #2 (Of 5)
  • The Strain The Night Eternal #8

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

  • Battlestar Galactica Six #3 (Of 5)
  • Django Zorro #6 (Of 7)
  • John Carter Warlord Of Mars #5
  • King The Phantom #2 (Of 4)
  • Legenderry Vampirella #3 (Of 6)
  • Shaft #5

IDW PUBLISHING

  • D4VE #3 (Of 5)
  • G.I. JOE Snake Eyes Agent Of Cobra #4 (Of 5)
  • Judge Dredd Classics The Dark Judges #4 (Of 5)
  • Millennium #4 (Of 5)
  • Monster Motors The Curse Of Minivan Helsing #2 (Of 2)
  • My Little Pony Fiendship Is Magic #3 (Of 5)(Sirens)
  • October Faction #6
  • Star Trek #44
  • Transformers #40
  • X-Files Season 10 #23

IMAGE COMICS

  • 68 Bad Sign #1 (One Shot)
  • Chrononauts #2
  • The Fade Out #5
  • Ghosted #19
  • Oddly Normal #6
  • Revival #29
  • Reyn #4
  • RunLoveKill #1
  • Secret Identities #3
  • Shutter #11
  • Spawn #251
  • Stray Bullets Sunshine And Roses #3
  • The Tithe #1 (Of 4)

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

  • Bloodshot Reborn #1
  • Unity #17

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Comics Alternative Episode 130: Reviews of The Age of Selfishness, Lumberjanes Vol. 1, and Past Aways #1

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On this episode of the podcast, Andy and Derek review three new titles, each of which is a brief glimpse into a facet of our diverse comics culture. They begin by looking at the new book from Darryl Cunningham, The Age of Selfishness: Ayn Rand, Morality, and the Financial Crisis (Abrams AgeOfSelfishnessComicArs). This work is an extended essay focusing on the life and philosophy of Rand, the contribution of her objectivist ideas to the 2008 financial crisis, and a general discussion on growing libertarian selfishness of Western culture. In fact, the book is divided into three parts, each of which is devoted to one of these three components. The guys discuss Cunningham’s structural approach when presenting his arguments. Andy feels that the three parts work fairly well together, although Derek isn’t as convinced that the book as a whole has the appropriate balance. For examples, the references to Rand’s philosophy in the second part of the book, “The Crash,” are sporadic and could have been more deeply ingrained. As a result, the transition from the first part of the text, a broad biography of Ayn Rand, to the discussion on the 2008 crash that follows seems to separate two different projects. Still, Cunningham is able to weave his points together through references to Rand’s disciples, the most prominent of which is Alan Greenspan. The Age of Selfishness is definitely an editorializing work with a left-leaning bent — which is OK with the guys — although at times the author tries almost too hard to be evenhanded. Next, Derek and Andy talk about a comic that they’ve been meaning to discuss for some time, Lumberjanes (BOOM! Box). LumberjanesJunkIn their first collected trade, Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke Allen introduce the adventuresome girl team by plunging readers directly into the thick of things, involving yetis, animated statues, werescouts, a mysterious bearwoman, and the subtitular “kitten holy.” This initial volume collects the first four issues of the series, which began about a year ago. The guys wonder why it took so long to put out the first trade, and why this collection comprises only the first four comic books. Derek believes that issues #5, and perhaps even #6, could have been included in the first trade with it still retaining a coherent narrative. But the thing about Lumberjanes is that the storyline is tightly woven, to where it’s difficult to determine where one arc ends and another begins. That’s to the creators’ benefit, as it suggests that they have a solid story to tell and that they’re not merely writing with the typical trade cycle in mind. Finally, the Two Guys discuss the inaugural issue of the new series from Matt Kindt and Scott Kolins, Past Aways (Dark Horse). This is a time-travel  narrative, although one with a different twist. Five explorers from our future are trapped in the early PastAways1twenty-first century, and after a year of being stranded, they drift apart with each going his or her separate way. The opening event in this first issue is what draws everyone back to a common purpose, so in many ways Past Aways has a superhero-ish “getting the team back together” kind of feel. The prelude to this new series actually appeared a couple of months ago in Dark Horse Presents #6 — and the guys briefly discuss that story — but readers do not have to have read that introduction to get into this first issue. Kindt is one of Andy and Derek’s favorite creators, and they love Kolins’s mainstream work in titles such as The Flash. So this new series will be a no-brainer for the guys. They’re on board for the long haul and hope the haul goes on for some time!

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Comic News Insider Episode 589 – CNI Favorites of 2014!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 589 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Jimmy is joined in studio by The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald and frequent co-host/pal Jon Hoche! They dive in deep and have a lengthy/lively discussion on their 2014 favorites in comic books, TV, animation, film, video games and more. So much love shown to a lot of the people and things we loved in 2014. Did we leave anything out? You’ll have to tune in for that answer and let us know your picks of the year! We do cover some news as well that includes: Image Expo announces massive slate of titles to be released, Emerald City Comic Con partners with ReedPop, animated Vixen series coming to the CW Seed, and Kate Beaton’s new collection Step Aside, Pops will be released from Drawn & Quarterly this September. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 539 – More TCAF w/ Box Brown/Eric Kim/Jesse Lonergan/Rebecca Scoble & Lianne Sentar

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Comic News Insider: Episode 539 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1, Justice League United #1, The New 52: Futures End, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. finale, Arrow finale, Once Upon A Time finale, Warehouse 13 series finale, Godzilla

Jimmy flies solo this week so as not to make the episode too long. He forgets how long winded he is so the episode will still be LONG. Thanks to Producer Joe for the editing magic. However, it’s chock full of more TCAF (The Toronto Comic Arts Festival) goodness! Interviews with Box Brown, Eric Kim, Jesse Lonergan, and Rebecca Scoble/Lianne Sentar. News includes: DC to launch weekly digital first Wonder Woman series, Dynamite Entertainment announces new titles including Bob’s Burgers, Captain Victory, Terminal Hero and Steampunk Battlestar Galactica 1880, John Layman/Rob Guillory’s Chew coming to tabletop games, and Lumberjanes is going to a full series. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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