Comic News Insider Episode 781 – Even More Heroes Con w/ Megan Levens/Chris Sheridan!

Comic News Insider: Episode 781 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Batman Elmer Fudd Special #1, Beautiful Canvas #1, Clue #1, Jonah Hex/Yosemite Sam Special #1, Star Wars Droids Unplugged #1, Doctor Who S10 finale, iZombie S3 finale

Jon Hoche and Megan Bussiere join Jimmy on Independence Day for a rip-roaring America fueled firework of a podcast! Well, something like that. They give their thoughts on the trailers for Inhumans, Death Note and Jumanji.  They also give love to Harry Potter on its 20th anniversary which prompts Megan to get sorted in a house while we podcast. Which house? Listen to find out! Jimmy also closes out the awesome Heroes Con interviews he got with 2 great ones with Megan Levens (Madame Frankenstein) and Chris Sheridan (Motorcycle Samurai). Both just fantastic cartoonists and all around lovely folks. Great interviews so do give a listen! News includes: Marvel Legacy happenings, Rick & Morty returns, Patty Jenkins on Wonder Woman 2, a Sense8 special, Nimona film gets a release date, a live action The Jetsons, Game of Thrones Season 8 could be epic and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 781 – Even More Heroes Con w/ Megan Levens/Chris Sheridan!

Comic News Insider: Episode 781 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Batman Elmer Fudd Special #1, Beautiful Canvas #1, Clue #1, Jonah Hex/Yosemite Sam Special #1, Star Wars Droids Unplugged #1, Doctor Who S10 finale, iZombie S3 finale

Jon Hoche and Megan Bussiere join Jimmy on Independence Day for a rip-roaring America fueled firework of a podcast! Well, something like that. They give their thoughts on the trailers for Inhumans, Death Note and Jumanji.  They also give love to Harry Potter on its 20th anniversary which prompts Megan to get sorted in a house while we podcast. Which house? Listen to find out! Jimmy also closes out the awesome Heroes Con interviews he got with 2 great ones with Megan Levens (Madame Frankenstein) and Chris Sheridan (Motorcycle Samurai). Both just fantastic cartoonists and all around lovely folks. Great interviews so do give a listen! News includes: Marvel Legacy happenings, Rick & Morty returns, Patty Jenkins on Wonder Woman 2, a Sense8 special, Nimona film gets a release date, a live action The Jetsons, Game of Thrones Season 8 could be epic and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 775 – Heroes Conning with Kelly Sue DeConnick/Kata Kane/Melody Often/Yoshi Yoshitani!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 775 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Dark Days The Forge #1, The Defenders #1, Legion Of Super-Heroes/Bugs Bunny Special #1, Martian Manhunter/Marvin The Martian Special #1, Blood Drive 

Emily Edwards returns to the rotating co-host chair. Jimmy was at Heroes Con over the weekend and all he brought back for her was a lousy recap! But you get to hear it too. He moderated 3 panels and got about 14 interviews. Some of which you’ll hear here! He got to chat with Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kata Kane, Melody Often and Yoshi Yoshitani. News includes: The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan gets the hardcover treatment, seven evil Batmen are coming, Kingsman is returning to comics, Ben Templesmith is bringing back Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Come back later this week for more Heroes Con interviews and panel coverage! 

Comics Alternative, Episode 161: A Publisher Spotlight on Top Shelf Productions

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Can it be true? Are the Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics actually doing yet another publisher spotlight? Are they gluttons for punishment? Are their eyeballs going to fall out from all of the reading? Maybe so, but if their orbs do drop out of their heads, they’ll do so while gazing at some of the great books coming out of Top Shelf Productions. In this episode, you’ll hear Andy and Derek talking about the publisher’s summer and fall releases, including:

Before they get into the titles themselves, Derek shares a brief interview he conducted with Chris Staros, the publisher of Top Shelf. They talk about the origins of Top Shelf, the authors who have helped define their line, and their recent acquisition by IDW Publishing. Then, it’s on to the books! The guys begin with a discussion of Eddie Campbell’s Bacchus Omnibus, Vol. 1. This is the first of two behemoth books collecting all of Campbell’s Bacchus stories, complete with the titular god of wine and revelry, Joe Theseus, Hermes, the Stygian Leech, and the guys’ favorite, the Eyeball Kid. After that, Derek and Andy revisit a comic that they first discussed almost two years ago, Chris Sheridan’s Motorcycle Samurai. Back in January of 2014, they looked at the first two issues of the digital series, but this time they focus on the first completed narrative arc. The guys point out some of TopSelfLogothe differences between the two versions, digital and hardcopy, while at the same time highlighting many of he strengths in Sheridan’s storytelling. The next book they cover, Julian Hanshaw’s Tim Ginger, turns out to be one of their favorite books of the year. Both Andy and Derek point out the ambitiousness of this narrative, both thematically and visually, especially given the book’s compressed format. Indeed, Andy wonders if perhaps there was too much that Hanshaw was attempting to take on. Jennifer Hayden’s The Story of My Tits is where they go after that. This is an autobiographic tale of the author’s bout with breast cancer. But the book is much more than a personal cancer narrative. It is also Hayden’s account of her important life relationships, both with her loved ones and with her breasts as they relate to self-image. Next, the Two Guys turn to a completely different kind of book, Troy Little’s adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Like the original, this is a wild ride, and Little’s composition brings out the surreal and even frightening quality of Thompson’s narrative. The guys note that Little does what Ralph Steadman does in his illustrations for the 1972 book, without being derivative in any way, and that this is a more approachable version that Terry Gilliam’s 1998 film. Finally, the guys wrap up with a book that is not yet out but will soon be, Ray Fawkes and Vince Locke’s Junction True. This is a disturbing science fiction tale that doesn’t seem that unrealistic at all. In fact, its thematic focus on body enhancement and media exhibitionism is not too far from the culture in which we currently reside. One could even read Junction True metaphorically as a cautionary tale…or one of contemporary gothic horror.

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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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Comics Alternative Podcast Episode 68: A Review of Six Digital Comics

“Assholity…is that a word?”

Happy New Year, and welcome to another episode of The Comics Alternative! To start off 2014, Andy and Derek discuss six relatively recent digital comics: Tim Gibson’s Moth City, Chris Sheridan’s Motorcycle Samurai (Top Shelf), Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joe Infurnari’s The BunkerDigitalFred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey’s Action Presidents, Brian Winkeler and Robert Wilson IV’s Knuckleheads (Monkeybrain Comics), and Jeremy Holt and Chris Peterson’s Pulp.  They begin by focusing on the two titles that utilize the digital format the fullest, Moth City and Motorcycle Samurai, and how the authors use the technology to enhance their storytelling. Derek and Andy discuss the unique nature of these works and how much would be lost if these titles were offered in print form. From there they move on to The BunkerKnuckleheads, and Action Presidents, appreciating how the creators use digital technology yet noting that these titles could easily be adapted into physical format without losing much of anything (and as we will see soon, when The Bunker is released by Oni Press). Finally, the Two Guys with PhDs look at the one-shot, Pulp, admiring not only its complex narrative structure, but also the fact that Holt and Peterson chose to market their comic as a “pay what you will” title, much like Brian K. Vaughn and Marcos Martin have done with The Private Eye. Along the way, the guys discuss the general state of digital comics, issues of cost and distribution, the pros and cons of the technological layout, the marketing potential of the format, and how what we now call “digital comics” or “webcomics” is a hybrid form that is challenging our understanding, and our definitions, of “comics.”

Much thanks to the creators who contacted Andy and Derek about their digital works, as well as to the many listeners — and you know who you are — who recommended certain titles and lobbied for the Two Guys to finally do an episode devoted to digital comics.

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Feed It Comics ep. 14 | “Four Horseman of the Podcopalypse”

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The master needs his menu prepared for the next month so the Order of Caretakers employs the temporary assistance of Josh from Apocalypse Later to present offerings. Let me be clear, this episode is an utter DEBACLE disguised as a good production, but what resulted was more endearingly idiosyncratic than one would hope.

So yes, we actually talk about somewhat current comics, and even though an entire hilarious segment was accidentally NOT recorded, and Brother Oberts had the gall to suggest we burn Avengers in the incinerator, a Frankenstein of a listenable show has come together. Please join us as we feed it comics…

If you enjoy the show, PLEASE make it a point to leave us a review on itunes, it would be incredibly cool of you and it will help us jump up in the standings. Surely you want the whole world to have access to such premium free media! Also, there is a comment section below meant for discussions. Try communicating with us, it may be the best thing you’ve done within hours.

Topics we cover:

  • Save Steve Niles
  • Fraction vs. Suicide
  • Greg Rucks’s new Book!
  • Three
  • Rocket Girl
  • Motorcycle Samurai
  • Brain Boy
  • Red Sonja
  • Letter 44′
  • Avengers (Uncanny)
  • Another Infinity Rant by Doc
  • Fortunately, the Milk

 

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