Comic News Insider Episode 765 – TCAF Recap w Nate Powell/Kate Ashwin/Mike Maihack!

Reviews: Bug: The Adventures of Forager #1, Misfit City, Star Wars: Screaming Citadel #1, Riverdale finale

Jimmy is joined in studio by Jon Hoche and Tess LaCoil in the rotating co-hosts chair. Jimmy just returned from TCAF and has lots of stories to tell! He got many an interview and moderated 2 panels that you will hear over the next couple of weeks. News includes: Superman will go up against Dr. Manhattan in Doomsday Clock, a live-action Judge Dredd show is on the way, Donald Glover is showrunning an animated Deadpool series, the Disney Channel is making a musical about zombies, Green Lantern may be in the Justice League movie, Reggie Mantle has been recast in Riverdale and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

 

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Comics Alternative, Episode 226: The February Previews Catalog

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It’s that time of the month, and on this week’s regular episode of the podcast, Andy and Derek take a look at the February Previews catalog. Before they do that, though, they update everyone on current comics news and podcast updates, as well as share listener mail. Then they get into the current Previews catalog, highlighting a variety of upcoming titles from both large and small publishers alike. Among the upcoming comics they discuss are offerings from:

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Comic News Insider Episode 744 – CNI’s Best of 2016!

Comic News Insider: Episode 744 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

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!

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Nate Powell and Andrew Aydin

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The Pen and Government Man

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Time Codes:

  • 00:00:25 – Introduction
  • 00:02:42 – Setup of interview
  • 00:03:56 – Interview with Nate Powell
  • 01:10:11 – Interview with Andrew Aydin
  • 02:12:26 – Wrap up
  • 02:13:57 – Contact us

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On this interview show, Andy and Derek do something different. They talk with both Nate Powell and Andrew Aydin, the artist and coauthor of the recently completed March trilogy (Top Shelf Productions), but instead of interviewing both creators together, the guys talk with them separately and then combine the two recordings into one long episode. So in this show, over two hours and fifteen minutes long, you’ll hear about the genesis and the creative turns that went into the March books from both the artist’s and the writer’s perspectives. Nate and Andrew also discuss their time working with Congressman John Lewis, his wealth of experiences from the Civil Rights Movement, and the creative choices that each of them had to make when representing those events. For example, Nate explains the challenges that faced him when illustrating the unspeakable violence, and Andrew describes his strategies for scripting the chronology of the congressman’s young life. Both guests also share a few words about current projects they have underway and what we can expect from them post-March.

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Comics Alternative, Episode 137: Reviews of Headspace, You Don’t Say, Lost Property, and Vacancy

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Southern Comfort

On this episode of The Comics Alternative podcast, Derek and Andy W. discuss four new titles. They begin with Ryan K. Lindsay, Eric Zawadzki, and Sebastian Piriz’s Headspace (IDW Publishing). This was originally an eight-issue digital series published by MonkeyBrain Headspacebetween March 2014 and April 2015. A law enforcement officer, Shane, finds himself in a surreal land with no memory of how he got there nor any idea how to leave. He eventually discovers that he is inside the mind of a violent criminal whose brain is being manipulated by the authorities. As the guys point out, this is a psychological thriller as much as it is an astute exercise in world-building. Next, they take an extensive look at Nate Powell’s You Don’t Say (Top Shelf), a collection of seventeen short stories published between 2003 and 2013. For readers who appreciate Powell’s previous works — such as Swallow Me WholeAny EmpireThe Silence of Our Friends, and the first two volumes of March — this is a wonderful opportunity to see the development as well as the full range of the creator. The earlier stories, several of which were part of his first Top Shelf book Release Me, demonstrate Powell’s autobiographical attempts to capture an artist in transition. But the emerging impact of the writer becomes more apparent in the later works YouDontSay1where you can more clearly see some of the characteristics that mark Powell’s style, such as the theme of race relations (often set in the South) and the psychological quality of his storytelling. In fact, Derek points out that in many of Powell’s work, there is a “dreamy” quality where transitions between scenes and even panels are represented in a fluid, and at times ambiguous, manner, reflecting the way in which memory and fantasy allows us to interpret the world. Both Andy and Derek highlight their favorites in this collection, including “Cakewalk” (written by Rachel Bormann), “Bets Are Off,” and the gothic “The Villa at the End of the Road.” These collected stories originally appeared in earlier Powell works, in various anthologies, as part of a CD release, and as self-published installments. Together they demonstrate the sheer force of Powell’s artistry. Finally, the Two Guys look at two recent releases from Nobrow, Andy Poyiadgi’s Lost Property and Jen Lee’s Vacancy. These are both part of the publisher’s unique 17×23 series, a graphic short-story project established to help young creators present their work in a concise and economic format. Lost Property is a brief tale about missing pieces, the various things we have lost Nobrow-LP-Vthroughout our lives — both literal and figurative — and how their rediscovery can help us define who we are. Lee’s comic is an anthropomorphic narrative about the costs of freedom. Simon, a young dog, is neglected by his owners, yearns to venture beyond his backyard fence, and then ventures into the woods with a deer and a raccoon, with mixed results. Both of these short works are beautifully produced — Andy specifically points out Nobrow’s distinguishing coloring — and highly affordable. For a little more than the cost of an ordinary American comic book, you can get a 17×23 publication that is more of a book than a periodical. The guys featured a Publisher Spotlight on Nobrow last year, and there’s certainly a reason that they keep coming back to their publications.

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Comics Alternative Episode 123: Reviews of March: Book Two, Copra: Round One, and Nameless #1

Same As It Ever Was

March2This week on the podcast, Derek and Andy discuss three new titles. They begin by looking at the second book in John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell’s March trilogy. Although the first volume from fall 2013 was a powerful debut, March: Book Two (Top Shelf Productions) is a decidedly more gripping work. There is more action and drama in this book — and not only conflict between the protesters and the Southern white community, but perhaps more pointedly, conflict within the nonviolent movement’s ranks —  than there was in the initial one. What’s more, this is a much more emotionally charged work, in that readers are taken to the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement and Lewis’s encounters with senseless beatings, attack dogs, fire hoses, and bombings. The guys note that for younger readers, or those unfamiliar with mid-century American history, this book may be a bit of a shock — or a wake-up call — in that it paints a very different, starker picture of race relations in this country than experienced today…even given the realities of Ferguson, Missouri, and the shooting of Trayvon Martin. At the same time, March is a complement to these contemporary tragedies and a much-needed reminder that racial equality in this country is a yet unfinished project. CopraPageNext, Andy and Derek turn to Michel Fiffe’s Copra: Round One (Bergen Street Press). They begin by discussing the subtle popularity of the self-published Copra series, and title that has gained attention primarily though word of mouth. Andy had been telling Derek about this series for several months, and now the guys finally get to talk about its impact. Andy is particularly interested in Fiffe’s take on John Ostrander’s Suicide Squad. And while Derek voices his uncertainly of the collection’s initial pacing, he acknowledges the artist’s unique style that requires more reader engagement with completing the narrative. Finally, the Two Guys with PhDs look at the new title from Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham, Nameless #1 (Image Comics). As they point out, any new Grant Morrison Nameless1title is a cause for notice — and most times, for celebration. There are times when his stories don’t resonate as well as the guys would like, but there are others when his unique brand of storytelling recalls the groundbreaking Doom Patrol and The Invisibles. This first issue of Nameless appears to hold a lot of promise, but the guys are keen to see how Morrison’s narrative plays out. While they think it will resonate more than his last series with Image, Happy!, Derek and Andy wonder how it might compare to what Morrison has currently been doing in the DC University with Multiversity or his creator-owned miniseries over at Legendary, Annihilator. Regardless, both guys on on for the ride, and as with any Morrison tale, who knows where that ride may lead?

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Fourth Wall Creator Spotlight: Nate Powell

Freddie and Art are joined by Danny to discuss the work of Nate Powell: the Eisner winning, punk rockin’, pride of Little Rock, Arkansas.

SHOW NOTES:
Swallow Me Whole: 06:05
Any Empire: 29:15
END: 55:43

Intro Music: Soophie Nun Squad – Head Bangin’ in Little Rock

Fight For Comics – Episode #111 – Any Empire Spotlight

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The Warriors stand divided on Nate Powell’s new graphic novel about adolescence, Any Empire, but that does not stop Sean Lez from falling in love with a page from the book and making a quick purchase. Sean Black finally gets his butt in a theatre to see Green Lantern. Surprisingly he loves it but not for the reasons you would expect. All this and more in the new exhilarating episode of Fight For Comics.

Books Reviewed:

Any Empire HC (Top Shelf Productions)
Written and drawn by Nate Powell

Animal Man #1 (DC Comics)
Written by Jeff Lemire; Art by Travel Foreman & Dan Green

Swamp Thing #1 (DC Comics)
Written by Scott Snyder; Art by Yanick Paquette

Action Comics #1 (DC Comics)
Written by Grant Morrison; Art by Rags Morales & Rick Bryant

The Ultimates #1 (Marvel Comics)
Written by Jonathan Hickman ; Art by Esad Ribic

Ultimate Hawkeye #1 (Marvel Comics)
Written by Jonathan Hickman; Art by Rafa Sandoval & Jordi Tarragona

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (IDW Publishing)
Written by Kevin Eastman & Tom Waltz; Art by Kevin Eastman & Dan Duncan

Power Girl #27 (DC Comics)
Written by Matthew Sturges; Art by Hendry Prasetya

Trivia Contest: Ultimate Spider-Man poster signed by Joe Quesada.

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Gutter Trash – The SPACE Extravaganza 3

A few weeks ago, Jason and I went to SPACE – the Small Press And Comic Expo – in Columbus, OH. We had a lot of fun and recorded from our table and talked to some awesome people. We split the weekend up into three segments.

In Part 3, we talk with Paul Hornschemier (Forlorn Funnies), Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole), and Kathleen Coyle: Dazzler fangirl.

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