Comics Alternative, Episode 238: The May Previews Catalog

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Super Teams, Literature, and Headlights

It’s time for another look at the current Previews catalog, so this week Andy and Derek check out all of the interesting solicitations for May. First, though, they briefly discuss their plans (or lack thereof) for Free Comic Book Day this coming weekend, and then they share some listener mail. After that, they begin their deep dive into the May Previews..and it’s a good long dive this month. Among the many upcoming titles they highlight are:

 

Comics Alternative, Episode 234: The April Previews Catalog

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Marathon Men

It’s time to look at the current Previews catalog from Diamond, and for this month Derek is joined by Paul, the new cohost of the monthly Young Readers series. Paul has helped out on earlier Previews shows, and as Andy has jokingly pointed out, on those occasions the episodes have tended to clock in on the longish side. And indeed, that’s what happens this week! But the lengthiness of the April Previews show is filled not only with choice solicits, but also with critical commentary, astute observations, and even a couple of soapbox rants. In their highlights from this month’s catalog, the guys discuss offerings from:

 

Comics Alternative, Episode 230: The March Previews Catalog

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March Madness

It’s the first part of March, which means it must be time for the Two Guys with PhDs to look through the latest Previews catalog. Before they do that, though, they alert readers to this month’s #trypod social media campaign and encourage listeners to share their love of The Comics Alternative by using that hashtag along with #try2guys. Next, they give a big THANK YOU to Kristin and Thomas at the Secret Stacks podcast for their recent shout-out. Then they get into the March Previews catalog, highlighting a variety of upcoming titles from both large and small publishers alike. Among the upcoming comics they discuss are offerings from:

Comics Alternative, Episode 226: The February Previews Catalog

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Hobos!

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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Comics Alternative, Episode 221: The January Previews Catalog

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A Keillor-Free Zone

Happy New Year from the Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics! On this, their first regular episode of 2017, Andy and Derek take their monthly gander at the current Previews catalog. Before they do that, though, they welcome and thank a couple of new Patreon supporters to the Comics Alternative family, including Alla Rull, who becomes the latest of the guys’ official Podcast Patrons. Then they jump headlong into the January Previews, highlighting a variety of upcoming titles from both large and small publishers alike. Among the interesting fare found in this month’s catalog are offerings from:

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Comics Alternative, Episode 217: The December Previews Catalog

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Hobo Code

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The Two Guys with PhDs are back for their final Previews show of 2016. In this episode, Andy and Derek do what they usually do, going through the current catalog from not quite beginning to end, highlighting the offerings from the premiere publishers as well as from small presses. Among the solicitations they note are offerings from:

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Comics Alternative, Episode 212: The November Previews Catalog

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Spanish Invasion?

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Where did October go?! You mean the month is over, and it’s already time to look at the November Previews catalog?

YES!

And as usual the Two Guys with PhDs rise to the occasion, looking through the most interesting solicitations and making the kind of astute observations as only they can do. For example, Andy and Derek notice an unusually large number of Spanish comics making their way into this month’s listings. Is this a mere coincidence? Or might this be the kind of ethnic migratory crisis spouted by the likes of Donald J. Trump? Resisting any tendency to go batshit orange, the guys stick to the matter at hand, calmly and methodically going through the November Previews catalog and highlighting upcoming titles from publishers such as

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Comics Alternative, Episode 208: The October Previews Catalog

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He-Man Adjacent

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It’s the first week of October, the beginning of the month, so that must mean that it’s time once again for Andy and Derek to look through the latest Previews catalog. However, before they delve into the current solicits they take a few moments to thank two new Patreon supporters and welcome them to the noble ranks of Comics Alternative patrons. Then, after a few comments about the upcoming Comics Crossroads Columbus, the Two Guys get  into the meat of the episode. Among the many upcoming titles they highlight from the October Previews catalog are from publishers such as

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Comics Alternative, Episode 204: The September Previews Catalog

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Roller Derby and Crime Love

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It’s the beginning of September, the first of the month, so that must mean it’s time for the Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics to look at the latest Previews catalog. As they do every month, Andy and Derek carefully go through the the Diamond publication, highlighting upcoming titles they’re interested in, commenting on solicitations that sound interesting, and discussing creators they look forward to reading. Among the many comics they mention on this episode are from publishers such as

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Comics Alternative, Episode 199: The August Previews Catalog

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You Say It’s Your Birthday

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This week on the podcast, Andy and Derek discuss the August Previews catalog. Even more importantly, the Two Guys celebrate the four-year anniversary of the podcast! That’s right, The Comics Alternative is now four years old, having its first episode published on August 1, 2012. So this episode begins with a brief assessment of the many episodes they’ve done over the years. But the core of this week’s show is a discussing of the solicitations in the latest Previews…and there are a lot of them worth mentioning. So many, in fact, that this is another extra long episode. Among the many upcoming title Derek and Andy highlight are from publishers such as

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Comics Alternative, Episode 195: The July Previews Catalog

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YEE-ro or GEE-ro?

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It’s the first of the month, and that must mean that it’s time for the Two Guys with PhDs to take a deep dive into the latest Previews catalog. For the month of July, there’s a lot for Andy and Derek to discuss. And in between speculations on solicitation-writing strategies, Andy’s post-apocalyptic burnout, and disagreements on how to pronounce “gyros,” the guys pack as much as they can into this almost-two-hour episode. Among the many solicits they highlight are from publishers such as

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Longbox Review Podcast Episode 99: July 2016 Solicitations w/ George Hanna

I talk with George Hanna of the George and Tony Entertainment Show about the July 2016 advanced solicitations. Along the way, we discuss Free Comic Book Day 2016, DC Rebirth, the upcoming LBR Episode 100, and so much more.

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Comics Alternative, Episode 186: The May Previews Catalog

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Big Heads

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Hold on to your butts! It’s another substantive, jam-packed episode where the Two Guys look through the latest Previews catalog. And for May, Andy W. and Derek see a lot of good stuff, enough to make this a longer-than-average episode. (Yes, the guys are going into 2+ hours territory again, but only slightly.) Among the many solicits Andy and Derek highlight are of titles from publishers such as

In addition, Derek and Andy discuss other matters, including a correction from last week’s publisher spotlight — Melissa Mendes’s Lou is actually an Alternative Comics publication, not from Hic + Hoc — and an email of appreciation they received from Jon Allen whose book, Ohio Is for Sale, was discussed in that same episode. They also talk a little bit about this coming weekend’s Free Comic Book Day, wonder over the new Image+ insert magazine (and Andy is pissed that he didn’t get one with his copy of Previews), poke fun at Millarworld, and point out the truly freaky and absolutely unnecessary Big Head Walking Dead figures they saw in the catalog.

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Comics Alternative, Episode 182: The April Previews Catalog

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“Magic balls”

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It’s the first week of April, so that must mean that it’s time for the Two Guys with PhDs to look through the latest Previews catalog. This month, Andy Kunka is back for his first Previews show of 2016 — where has the time gone? — so Derek helps him to shake off the cobwebs and get down to deep solicitation-reading business. Among the many upcoming releases they highlight are titles from publishers such as

The guys also discuss the pros and cons of DC and Image doing their own mini-catalogs, the mixed bag of publisher crossovers, and the weirdness surrounding recent book that have been repurposed as limited series. Derek also shares news about how a recent on-location episode of the podcast became a Steve Lieber boon for the manager of Collected Comics in Plano. It’s apparently true: there is such a thing as The Comics Alternative bump and the success it can bring you!

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Comics Alternative, Episode 177: The March Previews Catalog

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“I’ll own up to the curmudgeonliness”

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It’s time, once again, to take a look at the current month’s Previews catalog. This time around, Derek is joined by Paul Lai, the editor of The Comics Alternative‘s blog. Although he’s been working with the Two Guys since late last year, this is the first time that Paul has cohosted a podcast episode. And his first time out is a doozie! He and Derek take an extra-long, two-and-a-half-hour stroll through the March Previews solicits, highlighting upcoming releases from publishers such as

Along the way, the guys discuss recent comics news — such as DC’s questionable “rebirth” and Image’ new Previews catalog magazine, Image+ — and even go off on a couple of rants. Derek, in particular, rags on both Marvel corporate practices and mindless Donald Trump supporters, and with a couple of “amens” from Paul. And what the hell is Smosh…and why should the guys care? But it’s the kind of jovial, curmudgeonly goodness that has come to mark The Comics Alternative brand. Accept no substitutes!
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