Mythical figures, anthropomorphic characters, and heavy dose of magic, all set in a contemporary urban landscape complete with coffeehouses, mobile devices, and garage bands. This is the world of Moonstruck, a series that began last year and coming out from Image Comics. The writer and artist of this series, Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle, were kind enough to come on The Comics Alternative to talk about the completion of the first narrative arc and what we might expect with the second. These two creators have known each other for a long time, and, along with their editor and designer, Laurenn McCubbin, have experienced a curious incubation period for their project. Derek talks with Grace and Shae about the origins of Moonstruck, their unique mix of fantasy and contemporary cultural concerns, the process of collaboration, and their attempts to build a reading community, not only with their storytelling, but also through social media and a keen understanding of their target audience.
So you think nothing more can be done with superheroes? Well, Indie comics creator Jon Santana is here during episode 299 to change your mind on that one! Jon’s writing shines in his creations Jaded, Wordsmith, Everhounds and Bejaded, a webcomic based loosely on Jaded. We talk about his realistic take on superheroes in Jaded, and some of what we can expect as this high-octane miniseries concludes with the final two of six issues. You’ll also want to learn about the other projects he has coming, so don’t miss it! To access these books, be sure to go to Jon’s website at this link or check out Drive Thru Comics or at this link at comixology! Jon can write everything from serious drama to comedy, so you’ll enjoy what he has to say! Next time, landmark episode 300!
Doctor Strange: The Oath by Brian K Vaughan and Marcos Martin is our topic work for this oversized episode. We are joined by our friend Tobiah Panshin to talk about wizards, magic, the great Steve Ditko, and more.
Night Nurse Film Noir Trope (13:07)
Doctor Strange (43:24)
The relationship between science and magic (59:54)
Final Battle (1:17:15)
Recap pages (1:23:18)
The Elixir (1:25:45)
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Just in time for Halloween, Travis joins me to discuss our favorite magical comic book characters. Who will make the cut? Dr. Fate or Dr. Strange? Etrigan or Hellboy? Listen to find out! But first we briefly talk about the passing of Steve Dillon and then chat about the fantastic artist who’s coming to the 2017 Emerald City Comicon: José Luis García-López!
Who are your favorite magical characters? Let us know!
John is joined by Cade from View From the Gutters to discuss Doctor Strange from Marvel Studios. Our discussion of the film will contain spoilers for the story, so please go see the movie first and then listen to the episode.
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What makes a hero? That’s just one of the topics I discuss with Indie comics creator Jon Santana during episode 228! Jon’s writing shines in his creations Jaded, Wordsmith, Everhounds and Bejaded, a webcomic based loosely on Jaded. We talk about his realistic take on superheroes in Jaded, and some of what we can expect as this high-octane miniseries concludes with the final three of six issues. You’ll also want to learn about the other projects he has coming, so don’t miss it! To access these books, be sure to go to Jon’s website at this link or check out Drive Thru Comics. Stay tuned for news about comixology and national distribution of the book in local shops, too! Jon can write everything from serious drama to comedy, so you’ll enjoy what he has to say!
A theme song so nice, we thought we would play it twice. Kevin has some audio issues, but does anyone listen for him anyway. (Just kidding of course kev, we all love the wonderful insight that you bring to us, now call me so i can find my phone.) At what age does a young boy need to hear about the glories of masturbation. You may be surprised that it isn’t from birth. When you are getting a dream sketch, should you go with a complex character that only one person draws a certain way, or a character that is basically just a dude, guess which bore fest choose the latter. and of 4 mexican joint choices given Mike picks the 5th one that doesn’t even give you real beef. Oh that silly man. We get into our top 5 Magical/supernatural characters and really everyone is wrong but TJ since the best ones are found in the Demon. END OF FUCKING STORY! Lastly we talk about 20th Century Boys, Fables, and Warriors Three. Enjoy!
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In which Chris and Scott wrap up everything that they did in December and wax philosophical about Walt Disney’s legacy. The Freaks are back on Skype and recording in their patented FREAK-O-PHONIC method and Scott really knocks himself out on the sound design of this episode!Then, leave the past behind and start scheming about the FUTURE with the Freaks! The GLORIOUS, SUNNY FLYING CAR FUTURE! What is next year’s podcast vacation going to be like? What does the future hold for the show? For the WORLD? The answers may shock and surprise you, or they might not! Listen and FIND OUT!
In which Chris and Scott ride Soarin’, Scott has deja vu “all over again”, Chris almost gets his head lobbed off by some kid’s lightsabre, an EPIC taco salad is eaten, and The Freaks take you INSIDE A REAL WALT DISNEY WORLD BATHROOM! AWESOME!!!
Then, on the way home, The Freaks have a calm, measured discussion on the current state of customer service in America. Get ready for some PRIME GRIPE!
In which Chris and Scott delve deeper into Disney. Hear them talk about the Pirates Of The Caribbean, the World Famous Jungle Cruise ride, and discover Scott’s shocking thoughts on Toy Story 3! Listen in as Scott and Chris talk to a semi-obnoxious family while waiting in line for Big Thunder Mountain, more obnoxious kids get smacked down by their parents at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Hint: pay attention while Scott and Chris wait to get on the Speeder-Bike!), hear MUPPETS and the STAR WARS giftshop and a metric ton more!!
In which Chris and Scott actually make it to the Magic Kingdom! Hear Chris’ first reactions to Walt Disney World, take a ride on the People Mover with the Freaks, and hear the exciting Space Mountain Queue! BONUS — Learn the best strategy for getting a good seat at Mickey’s Philharmagic! Hear all this and more in Magnificent Freak-O-Phonic sound!
Take a magical Tronorail ride into the Magic Kingdom as Scott Gardner and Todd Grady take you on a virtual trip to Disney World! You may believe that you’re ACTUALLY THERE…. at least you may believe that your EARS are actually there! Sample sodas delicious and foul, and listen to Scott and Todd talk about the park past and present! Hear memories of honeymoons, hurling, books about Uniques, comics and even Disney!
THIS IS A OLD SHOW! With a wife on vacation, a co host in lala land, and another still skiing or something, this is a fantastic example of what the FBC used to be like when we were on the original feed. We Start with Cum, Briefly mention politics, Go into some comics talk, end with a list of some sort. Wait who the hell am I kidding that is still what our show is but just more condensed. In this one, we find out just how bad a parent Mike and TJ are, We talk Grant Morrison and some horribly wrong speculation that we know now in hindsight, Ms. Marvel, Brubaker, and Hulk. To put a shiny bow on this we make a presidential administration out of Superhero characters, because I am sure no one else has ever thought to do something like that before. If you are new to the show, this is a treat of a marathon clocking in at just over 2 hours (how long our show used to be), if you are a long time fan, revisit the good old days.
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