It’s our Best of 2016! And just like last year, Jimmy sits down with The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald and good pal Jon Hoche to go over their 2016 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!
01:43:22 – Wrapping up our favorites, and honorable mentions
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This is the last regular review episode of 2016, and as the Two Guys with PhDs do annually, they use their final show of the year to share their favorite comics from the past twelve months. Both Andy and Derek have each chosen what he considers the 10 best of 2016 — and in no particular order — but neither has shared his list with the other until the recording of this episode. So there are some surprises along the way. There is not much overlap between the guys’ lists, and only two titles are mentioned by both. Taken together, this is a wide-ranging selection that includes everything from mainstream superhero comics to small-press selections, from webcomics to manga, from comics in translation to works that are sure to become part of many readers’ canon.
However, before they plunge into their lists the guys share some year-end statistics. By the end of 2016 The Comics Alternative will have produced 162 episodes (including this episode and the December manga review). Among those shows, 278 print titles will have been discussed along with 36 webcomics. Derek also crunched the numbers in terms of the most reviewed publishers. The one whose titles were discussed most frequently was Image Comics, with the guys focusing on 25 of their titles. Next is Fantagraphics and Dark Horse Comics with 21 reviewed titles each. After that it’s IDW with 19, DC/Vertigo with 17, First Second with 13, and BOOM! Studios with 11. Other publishers whose titles have been reviewed at least 5 times over the past year include Kilgore Books (9), Kodansha Comics (8), Alternative Comics (7), Aftershock (7), Floating World (6), Drawn and Quarterly (5), Retrofit/Big Planet (5), and Avery Hill Publishing (5).
After that numerical rundown, the Two Guys get into their 10 favorite titles of 2016:
Reviews: Comic Book History of Comics #1, Ether #1, Slam #1, Yakuza Demon Killers, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Finally! Jimmy is joined in studio with a co-host! Returning to the rotating co-host chair is the always awesome Emily Edwards, beatboxer extraordinaire! You’ll also hear a great interview that Jimmy did with super talented voice over actress/all around amazing lady Rebecca Soler. She talks about her voice over work in audio books, animation, video games and more. News includes: March Book 3 wins a National Book Award, Archaia is publishing a Dark Crystal sequel comic, an animated feature based on Jeff Smith’s Bone comic is coming, the Archie Comics live action adaptation Riverdale will debut on January 26th, Emilia Clarke has been cast in the upcoming Han Solo film, Angela Bassett has been cast in the Black Panther film, the Justice League Action animated series will debut on December 16th and more! Everyone go be thankful and love and have a Happy Turkey Time! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!