Alternate Reality – Episode 396


Alternate Reality – Episode #396

Jon and Charlie are here this week talking about a smattering of books that doesn’t usually make the list.

Jon’s got Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Coprs, as well as Fantastic Four, and Sandman Universe.  Charlie on the other hand has reviews of Titans #24, Sideways #7, and Transformers Unicron #3.

Lastly, Charlie busts out some early birthday presents for Jon.  It’s a different kind of show this week on Alternate Reality.

Enjoy!!!

Comics:
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #50
Titans #24
Fantastic Four #1
Sideways #7
Sandman Universe #1
Transformers: Unicron #3

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Comic News Insider Episode 864 – SDCC Press Barrage!

Comic News Insider: Episode 864 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Batman Vol 3 #50, Captain America Vol 9 #1, Catwoman Vol 5 #1, Elvira Mistress Of The Dark Vol 2 #1, Ant Man and The Wasp 

Prepping for San Diego Comic Con leaves Jimmy curled up in a ball of stress so he recruits pals to help out! Thanks to Ashley, Rich and Jon for those audio reviews. And to newswoman Emily for providing the news! Which includes: DC Comics announced Anatomy of a Metahuman with stunning art from Ming Doyle, Neil Gaiman announces Neverwhere sequel, R.L. Stine has signed an original graphic novel deal with Boom! Studios and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Radio Free Asgard 315

This week we cover Neil Gaiman’s retelling of the “Mead of the Poets” – It’s a long story (our longest reading yet, I believe) featuring murder, Odin dickery (sometimes literally), wet farts, and a man made of spit! Don’t miss it!

Comic News Insider Episode 834 – The Quick and the CNI!

Comic News Insider: Episode 834 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Alisik #1, Lockjaw  #1, The Terrifics #1, Final Space series premiere, Star Wars Rebels series finale

Jimmy is back in NYC! Alas, due to being way behind and regular co-hosts busy, he has to do a quickie solo episode. But as usual, he rallies some of his awesome CNI correspondents to send in audio reviews. Thanks to Ashley, Heidi, Jon and Marta. You all did great jobs! News includes: DC Comics is publishing comics based in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman world, Marvel Comics is bringing a new The Sentry series, Star Wars may have time travel now and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Radio Free Asgard 306

It’s a mythology episode, as we cover “Freya’s Unusual Wedding” from Neil Gaiman’s ‘Norse Mythology’ – What happens when Mjolnir is kidnapped by the giant Thrym, who demands Freya’s hand in marriage as ransom? Let’s just say it’s not just a crying game….

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This week it’s back to the Norse Mythology, as we cover “The Master Builder” as adapted by Neil Gaiman.

The Gods need a wall, and just like that, a master builder shows up to help them with their goal…. but the builder is not what he seems…

when it’s all done, it’s up to Loki to save the day!….

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It’s a mythology show this week, as we cover two tales from Neil Gaiman’s adaptation of the Norse Myths, “Mimir’s Head and Odin’s Eye” and “The Treasures of the Gods” – We’ve heard the tales before, but not quite like this, so check em out!

Comic News Insider Episode 772 – Lost in the Speed Force!

Comic News Insider: Episode 772 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: The Archies One Shot, I Am Groot #1, Samaritan Veritas #1, Archer S8 finale, Arrow S5 finale, The Flash S3 finale, Lucifer S2 finale

Jon Hoche returns after a week away to the rotating co-host chair! Jimmy talks about a possible 1:1 interview with a Gotham star or 2. News includes: DC Comics will do some Metal midnight launches, Battle Angel Alita is now on Comixology, Dynamite Entertainment is publishing new Turok and Sheena comics, Neil Gaiman will read The Cheesecake Factory menu if $500k is raised for charity, an Animaniacs reboot may be in development 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 762 – More American Gods w/ Crispin Glover/Orlando Jones/Pablo Schreiber/Bruce Langley!

Comic News Insider: Episode 762 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Jimmy attended the American Gods press event last week and was part of the roundtables with the creators and cast! In this episode you’ll stars Crispin Glover, Orlando Jones, Pablo Schreiber, and Bruce Langley. They chat about the evolution of the project, their roles, favorite scenes, their hopes for the series and more! Crispin and Orlando make a great comedy duo as well! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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This week we start our coverage of Neil Gaiman’s “Norse Mythology”! We talk about the origins of the universe, and hear a bit about the cosmology of the nine worlds! There’s a giant, a cow, water logged trees, and a little surprise! Don’t miss it!

Comic News Insider Episode 761 – More American Gods w/ Bryan Fuller/Michael Green/Ian McShane/Ricky Whittle/Emily Browning/Yetide Badaki!

Comic News Insider: Episode 761 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Jimmy attended the American Gods press event last week and was part of the roundtables with the creators and cast! In this episode you’ll hear co-showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green. You’ll also hear stars Ian McShane, Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning and Yetide Badaki. They chat about the evolution of the project, their roles, favorite scenes, their hopes for the series 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 760 – More American Gods w/ Neil Gaiman!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 760 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Greatest Adventure #1, Plastic #1, Secret Empire #0, Gotham spring premiere

Jon Hoche joins Jimmy once again to co-host! Another roundtable from the American Gods press event last week in this episode. Neil Gaiman talked about his very hands on involvement of the new TV show, what book he’s working on next, possibilities of a live action Sandman and more! News includes: DC Comics will start a new line of comics called “Dark Matter”, Marvel Legacy will bring back the original numbering on some comics, Locke and Key is coming to Hulu,  the Avatar sequels are finally coming, a live action Teen Titans series is coming to a new DC Comics streaming service, Reggie is getting recast on Riverdale 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 759 – American Gods w/ Kristin Chenoweth!

Comic News Insider: Episode 759 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Black Panther and The Crew #1, Godshaper #1, Rose #1, Weapon X Vol 3 #1, X-Men Blue #1, Class series premiere, Doctor Who S10 premiere

Jon Hoche and Emily Edwards join Jimmy is this super fun episode! They chat about the Doctor Who casting rumors and the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer. Jimmy attended the amazing American Gods press junket hosted by Starz and got some great roundtable interviews! Here, you’ll hear the awesomely talented and funny Kristin Chenoweth. Later this week and next, you’ll be able to hear the rest. The show is absolutely astounding and you all should check it out when it debuts on April 30th! News includes: Warner Bros. is making an R-rated animated Watchmen film, Jude Law will be a young Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts series of films, Shea Fontana will take over writing Wonder Woman, Dan Parent is bringing his updated classic Archie style to a new comic series, Captain Phasma gets her own comic and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comics Alternative for Young Readers: Reviews of Nightlights and The Best We Could Do

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  • 00:00:26 – Introduction
  • 00:02:47 – Setup of the reviews and interview
  • 00:05:29 – Nightlights
  • 00:26:13 – The Best We Could Do
  • 00:58:56 – Interview with Thi Bui
  • 01:42:29 – Wrap up
  • 01:43:20 – Contact us

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Conflicts, Ghosts, and Art

On this month’s episode of the Comics Alternative’s Young Readers series, Gwen and Paul discuss two new releases: Lorena Alvarez’s Nightlights from Nobrow Press, geared toward younger readers, and Thi Bui’s graphic novel The Best We Could Do, from Abrams ComicArts, an all-ages comic that will be of interest to our teen and adult listeners. They also had a chance to interview Thi Bui and include that segment at the end of the review portion of the show.

Lorena Alvarez’s Nightlights, a beautiful hardback, picture book-sized comic, focuses on the early years in the life of a young girl, Sandy, who clearly has artistic ambitions and an abundance of creativity. However, Sandy also experiences doubts regarding the source of her imagination and fears about what might happen if inspiration were suddenly to desert her. Gwen and Paul love how Alvarez respects the creative process of a young artist, and they appreciate how Alvarez brings her own experiences growing up in Bogotá, Columbia, into the themes and artwork for Nightlights. For more about Alvarez’s biography and work, head over to her website. Those listeners who have enjoyed Vera Brosgol’s YA graphic novel Anya’s Ghost or Neil Gaiman’s novel and graphic novel Coraline, that features the “ghost children,” Nightlights will be a treat. In all three stories, the presence of the supernatural encourages the protagonists to think critically about their various gifts and emotional burdens.

Next, Paul and Gwen discuss Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do, a graphic memoir published by Abrams Comicarts. Bui, whose family came to the US as refugees in the wake of the Vietnam War, tells her own and her family’s stories, in a narrative weaving history and reflection. Given that the book addresses issues of war and loss, Paul and Gwen emphasize that this text is probably geared more towards the upper range of the YA category. Paul praises the text for its evocative depiction of parent/children relationships, and Gwen agrees, noting that she also appreciated Bui’s focus on the refugee experience.

After their discussion, Paul and Gwen play an interview that they conducted with Thi Bui about her inspiration, her process, and her work with young people at the International School in Oakland, California. Listeners can learn even more about Bui at her website. Ms. Bui also mentions an event at Oakland International High School featuring her students’ comics work. She clarified afterwards that the event will be held April 14th, and listeners are welcomed to attend!

Comics Alternative, Episode 231: Reviews of The Excavation, American Gods #1, and Rat Queens #1

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“This is not my first detachable penis rodeo”

This week’s episode is an exploration of surrealism and fantasy, and one guaranteed to both fascinate and disturb you. It begins with a discussion of Max Andersson’s The Excavation (Fantagraphics). As the Two Guys with PhDs point out, this is a book that has been years in the making, and parts of it had originally appeared in other outlets, including Andersson’s short-lived Death and Candy series. Derek enjoyed this book, as he does other works by Andersson, although Andy was less charitable in his assessment. He feels that the dream-like meandering of The Excavation ends up leading to nowhere, that there isn’t much in the way of overt themes, and that it’s too much like other indie comics discussed on the podcast.

Next, they delve into the first issue of American Gods, a series from Dark Horse Comics that’s adapted from Neil Gaiman’s popular novel. Scripted by P. Craig Russell, and with art by Scott Hampton, this inaugural issue does a good job at establishing the premise and making the story assessable to those who have never read Gaiman’s original novel (and both Derek and Andy have not). However, the guys do have a little problem with the heavy-handed and spoiler-filled synopsis inserted on the first page of the comic book.

And finally, the Two Guys wrap up with Kurtis J Wiehe and Owen Gieni’s Rat Queens #1 (Image Comics). This is the first issue in the series’ second volume, and while both of the guys see the economic logic of a new #1 issue, Derek wonders about the narrative necessity of this publishing move. Nonetheless, both Andy and Derek are fans of the first iteration of Rat Queens, and they both feel that the first issue in its second volume is an effective jumping on point that could satisfy new readers.