Comics Alternative, Episode 299: Reviews of Recent Comics about The Beatles

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Number 9, Number 9, Number 9…

This is a special episode of The Comics Alternative, in that Sterg and Derek focus only on recent comics about The Beatles. Both of the guys are huge Beatles fans, and you can tell how excited they are in discussing these texts. They begin with David Foenkinos, Corbeyran, and Horne’s Lennon: The New York Years (IDW Publishing), adapted from Foenkinos prose work on John Lennon. What makes this book stand out is that it’s primarily narrated in the first person through imagined therapy sessions that Lennon undergoes. In this way, the text becomes not only an insight into John Lennon’s psyche, but also a broad historical overview of The Beatles as a musical phenomenon.

After that they jump into Bill Morrison’s recent adaptation of Yellow Submarine (Titan Comics). This is a work that is as colorful and as elaborate as the 1968 animated film, and the guys are impressed by how faithful the book is to the film’s plot. The only thing you don’t get in Morrison’s text is the various musical interludes that you have in the animated film (of course), but even then Morrison does an affective job of implying the music as sort of a silent soundtrack. But all of the surreal visuals, the song references, and the many puns are there.

Next, they look at a new book just released through NBM, The Beatles in Comics. This is a collection of short essays and comics written by Michel Mabel and Gaet’s, and with illustrations by a variety of artists. Much like Lennon, this book provides a broad overview of The Beatles, and the chapters cover such topics as their time in Hamburg, Brian Epstein, when they met the queen, their playing Shea Stadium, the Ed Sullivan Show, the genesis of “Yesterday,” their decision to stop touring, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, their time in India, Yoko Ono, the Paul Is Dead phenomenon, and the breakup of the band.

Finally, they discuss a new book that really isn’t about The Beatles, but uses the Fab Four as a significant backdrop. M. Dean’s I Am Young (Fantagraphics) is a series of stories about relationships and music, and the main storyline is the one that uses The Beatles. It’s the history of a relationship between Miriam and George, two young people who meet at a Beatles concert when the band first hit it big. M. Dean takes us through the course of this relationship, doing so with The Beatles as a nexus, with the two growing older and getting together, and growing apart, as The Beatles themselves mature and evolve.

One book that the Sterg and Derek do not discuss, but one they nonetheless highly recommend, is Carol Tyler’s Fab4 Mania (Fantagraphics). This work was released earlier this year, and the reason the guys don’t include it in their comics about The Beatles coverage is that Gene and Derek interviewed Carol back in July. As such, they spent a lot of time discussing that book, so the guys already focused on that text. Still, it’s another recent graphic novel about The Beatles, and it should stand alongside the other works that Sterg and Derek discuss in this episode.

 

 

Comics Alternative Interviews: Youssef Daoudi

Time Codes:

  • 00:24 – Introduction
  • 02:22 – Setup of interview
  • 04:01 – Interview with Youssef Daoudi
  • 52:10 – Wrap up
  • 52:47 – Contact us

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Hey, pop! Re-bop! Mop! Y-e-a-h!

Youssef Daoudi is a French creator whose previous albums include La Trilogie Noire, published by Casterman, and several works released by Glénat, including Mayday, Ring, and Tripoli. Unfortunately, these books aren’t yet available in English, but you can discover the art and storytelling of Daoudi through his brand new book from First Second, Monk!: Thelonious, Pannonica, and the Friendship behind a Musical Revolution. Indeed, as Youssef discusses with me in this interview you’re about to here, Monk! is his first work to be written originally in English, and later to be translated into French. This isn’t a graphic biography of the jazz legend, often called “The Mad Monk” or “The High Priest of Bop,” but a portrait of his relationship with Kathleen Annie Pannoica de Koenigswarter, a free-spirted and jazz-impassioned baroness who was a member of the Rothschild family. Daoudi meticulously lays out the contours of that relationship and how each sustained the other. In our conversation Derek talks with Youssef about the genesis of this project, his love of jazz, and what it was about mid-century bebop culture — and in particular, the lives of Monk and Pannonica — that so captured his imagination.

Comics Alternative Interviews: Summer Pierre

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:24 – Introduction
  • 00:02:37 – Setup of interview
  • 00:04:33 – Interview with Summer Pierre
  • 01:19:14 – Wrap up
  • 01:20:13 – Contact us

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Musical Definitions

The Two Guys were first introduced to the work of Summer Pierre during June of 2017. At the time, they were wanting to do a special episode of The Comics Alternative devoted to self-published creators, and John Porcellino recommended to Derek that they check out the work of Summer Pierre. At the time her minicomic Paper Pencil Life was at its fourth issue, and so they went to her website to get the full run of the title up to that point. They were impressed by her art and storytelling, and since then, Derek has made it a point of following Summer’s work. She had told him last year in an email that she planned to have a new graphic memoir coming out from Retrofit in 2018, and at this week’s Small Press Expo that book will officially debut. All the Sad Songs is a moving account of the role of music in Summer’s life, from the creation of mix tapes to her performances as a musician, and how that music is linked to key moments with her various relationships and her growth as an artist. In many ways this book is a work of remembrance, but it’s not soaked in the kind of nostalgia that would come across as sentimental. On the contrary, Summer takes a hard look at herself during those times in her life, bearing herself in ways that, at times, may be a bit uncomfortable. But her story is authentic and speaks from the heart. In this interview, Derek talks with Summer about the genesis of this project, her experiences writing in long-form narrative, the role that music has played in her life, and the potential pitfalls in writing about her past in such an open and honest way. This is an interview that’s been a long time in coming, but it was definitely worth the wait.

Comic Book Central #237: Composer Christophe Beck on superhero soundtrack Ant-Man & The Wasp

From cartoon cats – Garfield and the Pink Panther – to comic book heroes like Buffy, Elektra, Ant-Man, and the Wasp – Emmy-winning composer Christophe Beck has provided magnificent musical accompaniment to many of our favorite characters!
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Comic Book Central #236: Star Wars: In Concert with Cleveland Orchestra Maestro Vinay Parameswaran

Strap yourselves in as I make the jump to lightspeed with the conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra’s Star Wars: Live In Concert – Maestro Vinay Parameswaran!
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Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Nix Comics’ 2018 Comic Book and Record Releases

Rock On!

This weekend Derek talks with Ken Eppstein about his latest Kickstarter campaign, backing for Nix Comics’ 2018 comic book and record releases. Listeners of the podcast might recognize this publisher, as they’ve discussed Nix releases in the past.

Nix Comics’ productions are inspired by the kind of mythos surrounding pre-MTV garage rock. The comics are informed by Ken’s years of love for punk rock bands, record stores, and b-movies. For this kickstarter he is offering two subscription levels: Basic and De-Luxe.

Basic subscribers will receive 7 printed comic books and zines:

  • Nix Comics Quarterly
  • Nix Western Comics
  • Jenny Mae & Jerry Wick
  • Buck  Slaughter’s Book of Rock n Roll Facts
  • The Collected Pander Bear
  • Tales from the Crate
  • Return of Belligerent Kitties

De-Luxe subscribers will receive 7 printed comic books and zines, the accompanying records, and a 120-page art and poetry collection:

  • Nix Comics Quarterly
  • Nix Western Comics
  • Jenny Mae & Jerry Wick (comic and record set)
  • Buck  Slaughter’s Book of Rock n Roll Facts
  • The Collected Pander Bear (comic and record set)
  • Tales from the Crate
  • Return of Belligerent Kitties
  • Beauty Found in Darkness

US Subscribers will receive their books/records in May, July, and September.  International subscribers will receive their complete subscription in September.

But if you’re not into the subscription thing, then you take advantage of the various reward levels where you can get individual issues. So be sure to check out Ken’s 2018 Kickstarter campaign and indulge in the rockin’ goodness of Nix Comics!

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Comic News Insider Episode 800 w/ Michael Emerson/Erica Schultz/Jonathan Baylis/Slanty Eyed Mama (Kate Rigg/Lyris Hung)!

Comic News Insider: Episode 800 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Bombshells United #1, Kingsman: The Red Diamond #1, Made Men #1, Star Wars Adventures #1, Blood Drive S1 finale

We didn’t think we’d be able to pull it off at the last minute, but we did it! It’s our big 800th episode live recording. Producer Joe comes down from upstate to help out as usual. Special guests: Michael Emerson, Erica Schultz, Jonathan Baylis and Slanty Eyed Mama (Kate Rigg/Lyris Hung)! And, of course, because it’s an anniversary episode, there is plenty of music! Many thanks to the CNI Chorus consisting of Sarah Goldrainer, Liz Pepe, Kristen French, Nicky Schmidlein and Emmy Potter.  Big ups to Hourglass Tavern for letting us hold the show there for the 4th time. Give them a visit if you’re in NYC. News includes: Drew Goddard will direct X-Force, Colin Trevorrow is not directing Star Wars IX anymore, Harley Quinn’s 25th anniversary will have her drawn onto classic Batman covers, Futurama returns as a radio play, the Doctor Who spin-off Class has officially been cancelled and the Guy Ritchie directed live-action Aladdin casts Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders (ugh).

Michael Emerson teases some of his upcoming work on Arrow, talks about his love of the classics and relays some interesting fan interactions. Erica Schultz tells us about her new work Twelve Devils Dancing and other projects. Jonathan Baylis gives the scoop on the new issue of So Buttons…, his autobio comic anthology. And Slanty Eyed Mama update us on what’s happening with them and give us an epic improv spoken word accompanied by violin performance!

Give it a listen and enjoy! On to 900! PLEASE DON’T STEAL THE AUDIO (or pictures) AND POST IT ELSEWHERE! JUST LINK TO THE COMIC NEWS INSIDER WEBSITE PLEASE! 

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Dave Chisholm

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Time Codes:

  • 00:00:24 – Introduction
  • 00:02:31 – Setup of interview
  • 00:03:48 – Interview with Dave Chisholm
  • 01:03:55 – Wrap up
  • 01:05:04- Contact us

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With Great Talent Comes…

On this interview episode, Derek talks with Dave Chisholm, whose new book Instrumental comes out soon from Z2 Comics. This is the story of a musician who comes upon a trumpet with unique powers, allowing him to transform the lives around him, including those of his fellow bandmates. Dave’s background — a professional trumpet player, songwriter, composer, bandleader, and educator — becomes the wellspring from which he pulls his narrative, so much of his conversation with Derek is devoted to the power of music and its translation into visual form. The graphic novel also comes with a soundtrack, seven songs composed and performed by Dave. Over the course of the interview the two discuss the genesis of this project, the fantastical nature of the story, the unique links between audio and visual representations, and Dave’s work as an artist on this and other projects, including the Study Group webcomic, The Tyranny of the Muse.

Wayne’s Comics Podcast #278 With Phillip Kennedy Johnson

Wayne Hall, Wayne’s Comics, Scout Comics, Phillip Kennedy Johnson, music, comics, smoketown, Pennsylvania, crime drama, abuse, militaryHave you picked up Smoketown #1 from Scout Comics yet? If not, I highly recommend you do because it’s one of those books I couldn’t put down until I read the final page! This week, in Episode 278, I talk with Phillip Kennedy Johnson, creator and writer of the series. We get into what this series is about, who the characters are and how you can buy issue #1, with issue #2 coming very soon! We also discuss his love of creating things, including comics and music. For more about Smoketown, go to this link at the Scout Comics website. Also, to keep up with Phillip, be sure to check out his website here! Don’t miss this engaging conversation!

Deconstructing Comics #487: Maya Kern and “Monster Pop!”

Monster Pop!Maya Kern‘s “Monster Pop!” features monsters and humans living together at a university. In Kern’s mind, it’s like, and also not like, shojo manga. How so?

This week, Tim talks with Maya about the increased acceptance of gay characters in comics; the problems with blogging from a character’s point of view (and of making your character a musician); why comics conventions are good for connections, but anime conventions are good for making money; repetitive strain injury, online comics promotion (Tapastic, Patreon), and more.

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Arc Reactions – 43.1 – Deadpool film

SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS!

The Deadpool movie came out this weekend and we went with our friends Zomburai and Cade Reynolds. We talk about the humor, action, music, and how well Deadpool was depicted in his eponymous film.

We did not do any talking points for this episode. Instead we went around the table and each gave one bad point and one good point for the film.

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Super Hero Speak – #93: Kirby Krackle

This week we bring you something new as the guys sit down with Kirby Krackle’s Kyle Stevens. Kirby Krackle is a “nerd rock” band. Writing and performing songs about topics they are passionate about like comic books, video games and nerd culture. The guys sit down with Kyle and talk music, movies and comics. Don’t forget to check out their new album being released next month Mutate Baby, featuring the single No Spoilers please. So sit back and enjoy!

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#stumpthegeekspeak question of last week: In the 90’s Micheal Jackson tried to buy Marvel. Why did he want to buy them?

Answer: He wanted to play Spider-Man!

And the winner is Constance Chesney! Congrats Constance, you are the geek of the week!

#stumpthegeekspeak question of the week: Name 3 comic book artists that have done album covers and the albums the drew covers for.

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RBDHB: Gutler Interview & New Intro Music

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Heading towards our 100th episode, we are making some big changes at RBDHB. Starting with we now have a new intro song for RBDHB by the awesome Gutler! Listen to it in all it’s glory right here and be sure to check out his music!  Also be sure to download the track, cause it is free!

A fun interview with the artist that made our new intro music for RBDHB. We talk the new song, playing Magic and we get hyped about Superior Spiderman!

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Comics Alternative Podcast Episode 58: A Review of Rebetiko, Pachyderme, and The Outliers #1

Alternative to the Max

RebetikoThis week Gene and Derek review two new books (both translations from the French) and the first issue of a new series. They begin with David Prudhomme’s Rebetiko (SelfMadeHero), a narrative centered around a day in the lives of five rebetes, musicians who were a part of the Greek folk music subculture in the 1920s and 1930s. The characters are outcasts, living on the fringe because of their love of rebetiko — often called “Greek blues” — and treated as immoral influences. Prudhomme uses the music and the lifestyle as a Pachydermestructuring device for his narrative. The Two Guys then turn to Pachyderme (SelfMadeHero), Frederik Peeter’s surreal, dreamlike story of a woman who is searching — searching for her husband, whom she believes to have been in an accident; searching for her young female piano student, who elicits in her some sort of hidden passion; and searching for her own sense of self as a fully realized woman. The result is a free-flowing, associative story that seems to turn back on itself and resists closure. If you appreciate Charles Burns’s dislocated and defamiliarizing narratives, you’ll really enjoy OutliersPachyderme. Finally, Derek and Gene discuss the first issue of Erik T. Johnson’s series, The Outliers (Panelvision Productions/Alternative Comics). Beginning almost two years ago as a Kickstarter campaign, this is Johnson’s adventure story of a speech-impaired boy who is able to see creatures living on the periphery of human consciousness, or outliers, that others cannot perceive. The guys are impressed by all three of the titles they discuss and heartily recommend that listeners run out to get these comics. This week is truly an alternative comics feast!

NOTE ABOUT THE EPISODE: Approximately 35 minutes into the show, there is a little technical difficulty with the recording. There is a two- or three-second lag between what Gene is saying and what Derek is saying, and at times it sounds as if one is talking on top of the other. We apologize for this minor problem, but the gist of the guys’ commentary is still understandable and clearly intact.

This week’s incidental music is brought to you by
Rebetiko Sergiani – İstanbul’un Şarkıları (1920 – 1940) and
Camper Van Beethoven’s Telephone Free Landslide Victory

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Deconstructing Comics #360: Two Trippy Audio Comics

Jim Woodring doing kids’ books!? That was apparently the thought behind Trosper, a 2001 release from Woodring that came with a Southwest Asia-influenced music CD by Bill Frisell. A baby elephant-like creature runs from things that go bump in the night. Maurice Sendak would be proud.

Going further back, Daniel Clowes’ early ’90s comedy/nightmare graphic novel Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron also has a musical soundtrack (sold separately), from Victor Banana. The book is a lesson in controlled chaos; the CD, a commentary on it. Tim and Kevin explore the audible and visual aspects of both these comics.

PLUS: Ritz Crackers! Jimmy Durante! The Brady Bunch! This one has it ALL! (including spoilers!)

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