Comic News Insider Episode 890 – NYCC Prep w/ Rachael Smith/Thought Bubble w/ Katie West!

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Reviews: Heroes In Crisis #1, Man-Eaters #1, Peter Parker: Spectacular Spider-Man #310, Fear the Walking Dead s4 finale, Wynonna Earp s3 finale

Jimmy is joined in studio by one of his favorite cartoonists, Rachael Smith! She’s here for NYCC so he puts her to work co-hosting the podcast. They chat about what she’s got going on at NYCC and Jimmy’s massive interview schedule. And, you’ll hear another Thought Bubble interview with writer Katie West (Becoming Dangerous/Split)! News includes: Humanoids Publishing  hires John Cassaday as new CCO and Mark Waid as new Director of Creative Development, the BPRD comics will conclude soon, Netflix announces 3 new sci-fi series and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comics Alternative, On Location: The Second September Visit to Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find

Batman’s Junk

Michael and Derek are back at their local shop, Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find, to discuss recent mainstream and indie titles that have captured their attention. Mike starts the ball rolling by focusing on recent expressions of a couple of second-tier characters, Doctor Strange and Hawkman, as handled by Mark Waid and Robert Venditti, respectively. He then takes the conversation into a more “adult” direction with the first issue in Batman: Damned, part of DC’s new Black Label imprint. This title is notable for a couple of reasons. First, it’s now difficult to find, and as such, both fans and retailers are selling copies for a hefty price. But even more significant is the fact that in this first issue, readers get to see Batman naked. That’s right, Wayne’s wang. Batman’s junk. The recent titles that Derek brings up are much tamer in nature. He begins with Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins’s Black Badge (BOOM! Studio), the second issue of which will be released next week. This is a promising new limited series that has all of the secretive, undercover, and espionage-y markings of a Kindt narrative. However, Derek isn’t as excited about the new Image series, Man-Eaters, written by Chelsea Cain and art by Kate Niemczyk. While he admires the message that seems to be embedded in the story, the first issue is rather sketchy in laying any satisfying narrative groundwork. But Derek more enamored by the minicomic Common Blessings and Common Curses, written by Maritsa Patrinos and nominated this year for an Ignatz Award in the Outstanding Minicomic category. It was a wonderful find at this year’s Small Press Expo.

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