After a month’s hiatus — and due to an accident that Sean suffered (although he’s recovering now!) — the Two Guys are back with their latest webcomics episode. And since it’s Eisner Awards season, Sean and Derek decided to discuss the nominees for this year’s Best Webcomic category. As listeners may remember, last year the guys were quite critical of the Eisner Awards judges. While they finally took the long-overdue step in separating webcomics from digital comics, they nonetheless seemed to have no clear understanding of what defined a webcomic. They included webcomics in the Best Digital Comic category, and digital comics in the Best Webcomic category. This year, the judges seemed to have correctly understood the distinctions, although Sean and Derek still have questions as to the parameters and qualifications as to the choices and decision-making process. Then again, theirs may not be to wonder why, but to discuss critically the webcomics under consideration. And the guys have a fruitful discussion concerning this year’s nominees:
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On this episode of the interview series — the very first for cohost Paul Lai! — the Two Guys with PhDs are pleased to have as their guest Mike Dawson. His latest book, Rules for Dating My Daughter: The Modern Father’s Guide to Good Parenting, comes out on May 10th from Uncivilized Books, and our fearless cohosts talk with Mike about his project’s journey from Tumblr, to Kickstarter, to finished book. One of the things they discuss early on is the fact that Rules for Dating My Daughter is not one of those gun-hugging “hurt my daughter, and I will hurt you” kind of books you’d expect from the cover image. In it, Mike lays bare his thoughts on the responsibilities of fatherhood (and not just for his daughter) and how those concerns relate to larger-world issues. The book is episodic in nature, comprising fifteen short strips focusing on such topics as gender roles, violence in America, religious observance, global warming, carnivorism, and cultural intolerance…and all filtered through parental concerns. Paul and Derek ask Mike about the genesis of this project and how it’s significantly different from his previous books, Troop 142 and Angie Bongiolatti (both published by Secret Acres). At the same time, the tone of the new book isn’t dissimilar from those works, and, in fact, one could argue that in Rules for Dating My Daughter, Mike is bringing together the themes of the earlier works — both political and familial — and combing them with the autobiographic approach established in his first book, Freddy and Me. And toward the end of the interview, the guys ask Mike about his work as a podcaster cohosting Ink Panthers with Alex Robinson and heading up TCJ Talkies. All in all, the guys have a great time talking with their guest about his art, his thoughts on the industry, and the current state of our culture…as only a dad could do.
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Jimmy is again joined in studio by Kevin Conn in an attempt to do a better and less rushed show than last week. Jimmy went to The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival and reports on what he saw/found. The boys talk about 2 recent online Star Wars themed videos (Elf Sabers and Cello Wars), The Cabin in the Woods trailer, and Russell T. Davies temporary retirement, NASA finds Earth 2 and it’s Jimmy’s birthday on Friday, December 9th. News includes: X-Men vs. Avengers, Bendis leaving Avengers, Emily Carroll goes to print, Free Comic Book Day books announced, Red Cross concerned video games violate Geneva Conventions, Khan returns in Star Trek sequel, and Turf goes to film. As always, Listener Feedback, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
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Jimmy is joined in studio by Stated Magazine Co-Founder/Editor Ryan Swearingen. They chat about Brea Grant’s new indie film, Primeval is back, and Jimmy’s temporary return to video game playing. And a special announcement! News includes: Batman Beyond comic returns, DC Nation premieres on Cartoon Network, Top Shelf goes digital, Doctor Who to reboot in film, Ghost Projekt comes to SyFy, and how to help make a Chris Claremont documentary. As always, Listener Feedback, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!