Reviews: Blood Bowl: More Guts More Glory #1, Cable Vol 4 #1, Judge Dredd Funko Universe One-Shot, Class S1 finale, Fear the Walking Dead S3 premiere, Wonder Woman
Jon Hoche returns to the rotating co-host chair. Jimmy went to Book Expo America and tells all about it! He made some great new contacts, saw some amazing books and hung with old pals. BEA is always an awesome show! News includes: the creative team for the new Runaways comic is announced, SpongeBob SquarePants the musical is coming to Broadway, Tala Ashe is joining Legends of Tomorrow as a series regular, Cowboy Bebop is going to be a live action series and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
For this interview episode, the Two Guys with PhDs talk with Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt, the creators behind The Damned, from Oni Press. This is a series with some history, beginning back in 2006 with the five-issues run, “Three Days Dead,” and then the three-issue miniseries from 2008, “Prodigal Sons.” Soon after that, Cullen and Brian began The Sixth Gun, but now that that long-running series is behind them, they decided to revisit and revitalize their first creative project together. Over the course of their conversation, Cullen and Brian talk about their efforts to reprint the original comics in color — and with the help of the new series’ colorist, Bill Crabtree — the impetus behind the new on-going series, their work together on The Sixth Gun, and their process of collaboration on The Damned. Andy and Derek also ask them about some of their other projects, including Cullen’s Harrow County (with Tyler Crook) and Brian’s Poppy! and the Lost Lagoon (with Matt Kindt).
This past weekend Derek attended Dallas Fan Expo 2017, and there he was able to talk with several creators and publishers for the podcast. Some of his guests are individuals who have been on the podcast before — either while at conventions or on regular interview episodes — although some are appearing on The Comics Alternative for the first time. Those talking with Derek on this on-location show include Robert Wilson IV, Terry Moore, Raechel Alexis Gasparac, Ed Brisson, Joe Eisma, and Matt Hawkins. Enjoy, won’t you?
WARNING! In this episode we talk about a sexual assault scene in Issue 4 of this story. We will provide a trigger warning before we begin talking about it and our show notes will have the time stamps of when we start talking about it and when we finish talking about it.
Kaijumax is a story about giant monsters (Kaiju) that are imprisoned on an island with guards who can grow into giant superheros. We talk about the world building, the tone of the book, the humor, and more.
Made up curse words and slurs (14:16)
Electrogar’s rape scene (17:29)
Aftermath of Jeung Killing a Kaiju (22:20)
World Building (26:35)
Tone of the book (36:46)
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The Two Guys with PhDs are happy to have Kyle Starks back on the show. This time, they talk with him about his new Image Comics series Rock Candy Mountain, the first issue of which comes out next week. In their conversation, the guys ask Kyle about the genesis of this project, his collaboration with Chris Schweizer, the fascination with hobos, and his decision to set the narrative in post-war America. Andy and Derek also spend a good deal of time talking with their guest about the demands of writing and drawing for an ongoing monthly series and how that dynamic might have changed his storytelling style, previously exemplified by the original graphic novels Sexcastle and Kill Them All. Along the way, they discuss his ongoing writing for Rick and Morty, other projects in the works, and possibilities for Kyle’s hobo name.
It’s time for my annual tradition of looking back at the previous year of comic books and talking about my favorites. In this episode I talk about my favorite books from the various publishers. Please listen the next episode for the rest of my Favorites of 2016.
It’s a double-header episode again this week, as #269 features my interview with writer Charles Soule and artist Alberto Alburqueque, who are bringing their excellent Oni Press series Letter 44 to a conclusion soon! We go behind the scenes to talk about how this book came to be, how they’ve been bringing individual issues our way, and what we can expect as the comic comes to what I’m sure will be a shocking ending in the next couple of months ahead. For more on this book, go to this link. To follow Charles, go here on Twitter, and to keep up with Alberto, here’s the place to go!
Then everything concludes with the return of Sam Johnson, who updates us on his Geek-Girl comic, among other things! The third issue is now available, and we talk about how this is the perfect time to jump on board because Sam’s included a recap for new fans! We also preview the upcoming fourth and concluding issue in this miniseries as well as what the future holds for Sam and this most “human” of super-human comics! For more about Geek-Girl, go to this link! You can follow Sam here to keep up with what he’s creating!
Reviews: Punisher Vol 10 #1, Renato Jones: One Percent #1, Smosh #1, 3 Floyds Alpha King #1, Weavers #1, Captain America: Civil War
Emmy Potter returns to the studio to co-host with Jimmy after a short absence. They chat about those Tom Hardy in Star Wars VIII and John Barrowman returning to Doctor Who rumors (but not the Fleetwood Mac ones). News includes: Gene Yuen Lang returns to comics with Dragon Hoops, Oni Press is launching a pro-erotica/sex education imprint, Ryan North/Derek Charm will take over the Jughead series, Van Jensen named first ever Comic Book Ambassador of the United States, CBS will stream the new Star Trek series weekly, Disney will no longer self-publish platform games, Locke & Key is again in development for a TV series, SyFy has ordered Krypton to series and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
Reviews: Haunted Love #1, Gingerdead Man #1, Wynonna Earp Vol 2 #1, Gotham mid-season premiere, X-Files season finale
Jimmy returns to Gotham and gets Emmy Potter to come co-host again. Jimmy talks about his time away, the alien bug bite and seeing Michonne. Plus, Emmy reveals her new alter ego! News includes: George RR Martin will have a twist in his next book that wont appear on the TV show, Marvel is relaunching Timely Comics, Maisie Williams will NOT be returning to Doctor Who, the live action Archie TV show has cast most of the leads including Luke Perry as Fred Andrews (Archie’s father), the original anime series Perfect Bones will premiere on Netflix, and Tank Girl returns with a new series at Titan Comics this May. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
I always go to my local comics shop looking for a great story! This week, during episode 213, I talk with Brahm Revel, creator of a series of graphic novels from Oni Press called Guerillas, which is an all-time favorite of mine! The third volume is scheduled for release in May, so I appreciated the chance to discuss these books with Brahm, including where the idea for this series came from, who the characters are, and what we can expect from the third book. You’ll also want to listen because Brahm has a special announcement about the future of Guerillas, one that, if you’re a fan like me, you won’t want to miss! Be sure to listen to this great interview about a terrific comic you should be reading if you haven’t picked it up already! Really!
Invader Zim is one of the most creative, off-beat animated shows I’ve ever seen! This week, I chat with two of the people who made it that way, Aaron Alexovich and Eric Trueheart, who are helping keep the new Oni Press comic based on the program as enjoyable as the series itself!
During episode 193, we have a fun chat about their involvement with the cartoon as well as the comic, discussing the characters, how their creative processes work and what the future might hold for them and the show itself. Don’t miss this entertaining interview!
This episode Ed, Peter, and Chris discuss their thoughts on DC’s CONVERGENCE ending, what does it mean for the upcoming stories to be told, and how does Marvel’s post-SECRET WARS compare. Peter gets us caught up on the most recent episode of GAME OF THRONES without spoiling too much.