Trekker Talk Episode 26: Rites of Passage Part 2

In Trekker Talk Episode 26 we discuss Part 2 of Rites of Passage by Ron Randall. We also share our thoughts about the new Wonder Woman movie and read your listener feedback.

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Trekker Talk Episode 24: Ron Randall “Rites of Passage” Interview

In Trekker Talk Episode 24 we interview writer and artist Ron Randall about his new book Trekker: Rites of Passage as well as his work on Future Quest.

 

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Matt Phelan

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  • 00:24 – Introduction
  • 01:40 – Setup of interview
  • 02:03 – Interview with Matt Phelan
  • 51:30 – Wrap up
  • 52:16 – Contact us

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Gwen and Andy W. are very pleased to offer up another milestone for the Young Readers edition of The Comics Alternative: their first interview! And they couldn’t have asked for a better person to talk to than Matt Phelan. The Two People with PhDs talk to Matt about his new book from Candlewick, Snow White as well as Matt’s previous books, The Storm in the Barn (2009), Around the World (2011) and Bluffton: My Summers with Buster Keaton (2013). In addition to a great discussion about Matt’s books, you’ll also hear talk on a wide range of interesting topics such as film noir, silent movies, the creative process, and teaser or two about Matt’s upcoming projects. We hope you’ll join us for a great talk with creator Matt Phelan!

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Comics Alternative, Episode 214: Reviews of Recent Crime Comics, Part 2

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In the second of their two-episode look into recent crime comics, Andy and Derek turn up some truly incriminating evidence. They begin their investigations with Jim Thompson’s The Killer Inside Me, adapted by Devin Faraci and Vic Malhotra (IDW Publications). The guys spend much of their time comparing this adaptation to the original classic noir novel, yet at the same time they try to focus on the comic on its own terms. Next, they briefly discuss Christopher Sebela and Niko Walter’s Demonic (Image Comics), a mashup of both crime and horror, and the first issue of Wolfcop (Dynamite Entertainment). The latter is Max Marks’s spinoff of the 2014 movie, and despite (or because of) its over-the-topness, it doesn’t capture much of the guys’ attention. But Derek and Andy are  much more interested in the next two #1 issues, Frank J. Barbiere and Victor Santos’s Violent Love (Image Comics) and James Robinson and Tom Feister’s Grand Passion (Dynamite Entertainment). These are both crime narratives with a twist of romance, stories that look to play off of the young-couple-on-a-crime-spree formula. Finally, the guys wrap up with the first volume of Goldie Vance (BOOM! Box), Hope Larson and Brittney Williams’s all-age detective series, reminiscent of Nancy Drew and Sally Lockhart stories.

And if you  haven’t already, be sure to catch last week’s episode, the first in the Two Guys’ look at recent crime comics.

The incidental music in this episode is from classic crime TV shows, and you can find these theme songs in Television’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 1Television’s Greatest Hits Vol. 4, Television’s Greatest Hits Vol. 5and Television’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 6. Check out the fun!

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Comics Alternative, Episode 213: Reviews of Recent Crime Comics, Part 1

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There has been an abundance of crime comics published over the past several months — see, for example, the Two Guys’ earlier discussions of Weird Detective, ControlKill or Be Killed, Cousin Joseph, Black  Monday Murders, and Sombra — but recently this number has been almost dizzying. In the first of a two-episode series devoted to current crime comics, Andy and Derek discuss six titles that take the genre into curious directions. They range from the historical (Rick Geary’s Black Dahlia), to the formula-bending (Chris Hunt’s Carver: A Paris Story and Janet Harvey and Megan Levens’s Angel City), to the genre-blending (Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso’s Moonshine), to the comedic (Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber’s The Fix), to the truly hardboiled (Walter Hill, Matz, and Jef’s Triggerman as well as Christa Faust, Gary Philips, and Andrea Cameron’s Peepland). There is a lot of crime/detective/noir/procedural goodness packed into this show, and the same is in store for the next week’s episode, the second in the series.

The incidental music in this episode is from classic crime TV shows, and you can find these theme songs in Television’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 1Television’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 3Television’s Greatest Hits Vol. 4, and Television’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 6. Check out the fun!

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Trekker Talk Episode 20: Star Trek Memories

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In Trekker Talk Episode 20 we share our Star Trek Memories and discuss the Star Trek Unlimited comics with art by Ron Randall. We also share your feedback in Trekker Transmissions.

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Comics Alternative, Episode 198: Reviews of The Blue Dahlia, Kill or Be Killed #1, and Sombra #1

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Moral Black Holes

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This week the Two Guys with PhDs turn their attention to three recent noir titles. But before they jump into their reviews, they talk about comics news and recent awards.

First, they congratulate Sonny Liew on receiving this year’s Singapore Literature Prize for English fiction for his best-selling work The Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye. This comes on the heels of him getting the Book of the Year accolade at the Singapore Book Awards, held in May.

Next, Andy and Derek say a few words about the results of this year’s Eisner Awards, announced at SDCC last Friday. The guys note that there are really no surprises in the winners, and that with perhaps one or two exceptions, those coming out on top in their categories make perfect sense. They are particularly pleased that so many of the titles and creators that they’ve discussed on the podcast received this recognition, and they are especially excited that so many friends of the show — such as Craig Yoe and Tom Heintjes — received the coveted Eisner.

After all of the awards talk, the guys get into the nitty gritty of this week’s episode. They start off with an adaptation of James Ellroy’s The Black Dahlia (BOOM! Studios/Archaia), the first in the novelist’s L.A. Quartet. Adapted by Matz and David Fincher, and with art by Miles Hyman, the story springs from the real-life murder of Elizabeth Short in 1947. As with the original book, this graphic novel reveals the dark underside of Los Angeles and the post-war days of its entertainment industry. And it contains all of the icons and tropes that define noir narrative.

From there the guys turn to the latest collaboration from the superb crime-writing team of Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Elizabeth Breitweiser, Kill or Be Killed #1 (Image Comics). This first issue has all of the trappings of the kind of stories we’ve come to expect from Brubaker and Phillips (e.g., The Fade OutCriminalSleeper), but there’s a particular twist to the plot that recalls the supernatural tinges of Fatale. In fact, Derek and Andy aren’t sure if what happens in the story is because of other-worldly forces or just the result of psychological imbalance.

Finally, the guys wrap up with yet another crime comic, Justin Jordan and Raul Trevino’s Sombra #1 (BOOM! Studios). This story revolves around a young DEA agent, Danielle, and the mystery surrounding the disappearance of her father, also an agent. This first issue takes the narrative into some dark places, and the guys focus on this comic as a retelling of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. In fact, the missing DEA agent is name Conrad Marlowe. How appropriate!

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Rich Tommaso

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On this episode of the interview series, Andy and Derek talk with Rich Tommaso about his recent publications from Image Comics, She Wolf #1 and the trade collection of Dark Corridor. Both were released last week. The guys begin by trying to wrap their brains around She Wolf, a surreal lycanthrope narrative with a 1980s flair. Rich reveals that this is a planned four-issue arc, and that if the interest is there he has plans to continue and expand the story. He contrasts this publication strategy with that of his earlier series, Dark Corridor. That began as a more ambitious project with more of an ongoing storyline. But, due to the sales, he decided to wrap up the title sooner rather than later. In fact, Rich speculates that crime comics may not be a current interest with the comics-buying public, at least compared to horror and science fiction. He also suggests that autobiographical or slice-of-life comics — as found in his earlier works, Let’s Hit the Road and Pete and Miriam — may not be his forte, and that genre stories are more his style. You’ll also find in this interview a lot of talk about film, crime fiction, and the recent HeroesCon where the guys first met Rich. So whether you like your Tommaso comics plain or genre-flavored, this conversation has something for you.

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Critiquing Comics #093: “Trista and Holt”

Trista and HoltTrista and Holt is Andrez Bergen’s noir adaptation of the centuries-old love story of Tristan and Isolde. It’s also put together with “deliberately cut-up/dada/found objects.” Tim and Mulele take a look at issue #1 to see how well one comic can juggle all these influences.

(Note: Bergen has also done a prose version of this story)

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Comics Alternative, Episode 192: Reviews of Limbo, Weird Detective #1, and Control #1

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The Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics are back to give you another ear-full of good quality comics talk, and this week the focus is on noir weirdness. They begin with the collected trade edition of Limbo (Image Comics). Dan Watters and Caspar Wijngaard’s six-issue limited series ran from November 2015 to April of this year, but last week the TPB was released. It’s the story of Clay, a cynical and world-worn detective who finds himself stuck in a strange world whose origins are a mystery. Andy W. and Derek liken this book to a voodoo-infused version of Videodrome, and the guys are particularly struck by by Wijngaard’s neon palette and his occasional metafictional page layouts.

And while Limbo injects more than enough weirdness into its noir, it’s easily rivaled by the Lovecraftian flair of Fred Van Lent and Guiu Vilanova’s Weird Detective #1 (Dark Horse Comics). The first issue in this miniseries introduces us to Detective Sebastian Greene, a heretofore mundane investigator whose recent display of uncanny abilities at detecting confound his partner, Sana Fayez, and their superiors. The strangeness is compounded by a string of unusual crimes that are sure to appeal to fans of the Great Old Ones.

Finally, Derek and Andy wrap up with a more conventional noir narrative, Andy Diggle, Angela Cruickshank, and Andrea Mutti’s Control #1 (Dynamite Entertainment). While this one doesn’t have the genre-bending, otherworldly twists of this week’s other titles, it nonetheless concerns an unfathomable dark region. Not electric voodoo or Cthulhu, but Washington, D.C. politics. At least that’s what the guys gather from this first installment in this six-issue series. As Andy and Derek point out, Diggle is an old hat at this kind of storytelling, and this helps explain why Control is perhaps the most tightly woven narrative they look at this week. And from the information found on the copyright page, this looks like a series with a promise of multiple volumes, something akin to Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’s Criminal. At least the Two Guys hope.

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Arc Reactions – 41.2 – Netflix’s Jessica Jones

SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS!

Tobiah Panshin of View From The Gutters joins Dylan and John to discuss what we enjoyed and what we found lacking from Netflix’s Jessica Jones tv show.

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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Check out our Star Wars: The Force Awakens coverage also released today.

Our next episode will be Flashpoint on January 3rd.

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Airship 27 Podcast #10: The Amazing Harry Houdini

Captain Ron & Chief Engineer Rob talk about their many con appearances this year, what’s new on the market, what’s up coming up next and explain the creation of Pulp Radio.

All in a fun-filled fast hour of New Pulp News.

 

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Airship 27 Podcast #9: Secrets of the Dead

Ron and Rob are back with a brand new episode talking the latest and greatest from Airship 27 Productions and the world of New Pulp!

  • Sherlock Holmes: Secrets of the Dead
  • Radio Archives
  • Black Bat Mystery, Volume 3
  • Black Bat Anthology
  • Faces of Fear
  • Legends of New Pulp Fiction Benefit Book
  • Bass Reeves: Frontier Marshal
  • Upcoming Appearance: Akron Comicon
  • All-Star Pulp Comics #3
  • Listener Questions

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Critiquing Comics #072: Lifehacks

LifehacksLifehacks, by Ovi Demetrian Jr and Jen Hickman, is “a modern noir detective story about a hacker turned private investigator.” While the story idea and the art seem solid, Tim and Mulele have to put in some on-mic detective work to understand just where it is our main character works…

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