Comics Alternative, Episode 244: Reviews of Nothing Lasts Forever, What Is a Glacier?,and Revenger and the Fog

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This week the Two Guys with PhDs review three recent releases, two of which are autobiographical in nature. They begin with Sina Grace’s Nothing Lasts Forever (Image Comics). This follows a couple of other autobiographical works from Grace including Not My Bag (2012) and Self-Obsessed (2015), but this latest work has a looser feel to it. Written in diary form when the author was suffering from a rare esophageal condition, the book reveals Grace’s struggles with his health, his romantic/sexual relationships, and his art. Indeed, as both Andy and Derek point out, it’s his emphasis on the latter, along with the pencil art, that makes this such an intimate text.

Next, the guys turn to What Is a Glacier?, a short autobiographical piece from Sophie Yanow (Retrofit Comics/Big Planet Comics). In this work, the author uses a trip to Iceland, and a visitation to a glacier, to explore the nature of life changes, feelings of uncertainty, and grief over loss. In terms of the latter, Yanow deftly associates the end of a relationship with our treatment of the environment, contextualizing climate change in dire, yet not completely hopeless, terms.

After that Derek and Andy look at a completely different kind of comic. Charles Forsman’s Revenger and the Fog (Bergen Street Press) is the follow-up (and prequel) to his first Revenger volume, Children of the Damned. Originally appearing as four-issue miniseries, and including a one-shot, Revenger and the Fog is a 1970s-/1980s-inspired action narrative of a vigilante, Reggie (AKA, Revenger), enacting retribution against the victimized. In this case, the victims are other members of her team, The Fog, specifically her lover Jenny (AKA, Dynarat). There’s a lot of extreme violence in this story, along with a premise that is sure to gross you out. But as the guys point out, Forsman’s over-the-top handling of his subject matter adds a touch of humor that helps to mitigate the discomfort.

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Jimmy is joined in studio by cartoonist Sina Grace (Burn the Orphanage, Self-Obsessed). They haven’t seen one another since NYCC in October and had A LOT to catch up on! It’s a lengthy episode but chock full of informative and fun Sina Grace goodness. They chat about the Hannibal Season 2 finale and serendipitously meeting famous folks. In the official interview section with Sina, they talk about Burn the Orphanage, Not My Bag, Self-Obsessed, Li’l Depressed Boy, his time working in a comic shop, when he was a Top Cow intern, their mutual love of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and more. News includes: Edgar Wright departs Ant-Man, bone marrow drive for Seth Kushner and the Hang Dai Studios signing, March: Book One becomes the first graphic novel to win the RFK Book Award, Battle Royale continues in manga one-shot and a man sues a stripper for his Harry Potter DVDs. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Me & Sina post-recording at dinner.