Comic News Insider Episode 890 – NYCC Prep w/ Rachael Smith/Thought Bubble w/ Katie West!

Comic News Insider: Episode 890 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Heroes In Crisis #1, Man-Eaters #1, Peter Parker: Spectacular Spider-Man #310, Fear the Walking Dead s4 finale, Wynonna Earp s3 finale

Jimmy is joined in studio by one of his favorite cartoonists, Rachael Smith! She’s here for NYCC so he puts her to work co-hosting the podcast. They chat about what she’s got going on at NYCC and Jimmy’s massive interview schedule. And, you’ll hear another Thought Bubble interview with writer Katie West (Becoming Dangerous/Split)! News includes: Humanoids Publishing  hires John Cassaday as new CCO and Mark Waid as new Director of Creative Development, the BPRD comics will conclude soon, Netflix announces 3 new sci-fi 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 889 – Thought Bubble Special w/ Rachael Smith!

Comic News Insider: Episode 889 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Jimmy was over in the UK and attended Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds. He got 21 interviews total! In this episode, you’ll hear him have an intimate 1:1 chat with Rachael Smith. It was a pre-Thought Bubble interview in Rachael’s home over wine and cheese! They have a lengthy talk about her career in comics discussing more of her comics including Wired Up Wrong, House Party, Flimsy Kitten, Artificial Flowers, The Rabbit, Isabella & Blodwen, Stand In Your Power and more! Tune into this really great conversation with this rising cartoonist! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 863 – CNI Sizzler!

Comic News Insider: Episode 863 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Charlies Angels #1, Modern Fantasy #1, Multiple Man #1, Luke Cage s2

It’s a sizzling heatwave in NYC so everyone is staying home in their air conditioning. Jimmy gets friends Marta, Erica, Ashley and Emmy to send in their audio reviews. And frequent co-host Emily serves as news reader. Thanks to all! News includes: DC Universe will be a subscription streaming service that will include original content, A Halo TV series has gotten a 10 episode order at Showtime, CBS is releasing an official Star Trek-branded straight bourbon 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 860 – More Heroes Con w/ Bridgit Connell/Tom Akel!

Comic News Insider: Episode 860 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Tank Girl All Stars #1, 2000AD Sci-Fi Special, Preacher s3 premiere, Westworld s2 finale, Incredibles 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Jimmy is still recovering from Heroes Con and brings you more interviews! You’ll hear him talk with pal Bridgit Connell about her new book with Titan Comics called Brother Nash. Always super fun to catch up with Bridgit! And he has a great chat with Tom Akel (Head of Content at Line WebToon) about what comics they are producing, their mission statement, how to get in the webcomics game and more. Thanks to Rachael, Ashley, Karlin and Erica for their audio reviews! News includes: Sam Kieth is writing/illustrating a The Maxx/Batman mini-series, the recent rumors that the Star Wars spin-offs are cancelled may not be true, DC Comics is bringing back their Giant comics exclusively to Wal-Mart 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 855 – Book Expo America w/ Ngozi Ukazu!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 855 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Aquaman/Jabberjaw Special #1,  Blackwood #1, Black Lightning/Hong Kong Phooey Special #1, Flash/Speed Buggy Special #1, Man Of Steel Vol 2 #1, Star Wars Lando Double Or Nothing #1, Super Sons/Dynomutt Special #1 

Crazy schedules means a solo episodes with friends sending in their audio reviews! Thanks to Marta, Ashley, Jon, Rachael, Erica, Emily and Adam for those awesome reviews. Jimmy went to Book Expo America last week and sat down with cartoonist Ngozi Ukazu to talk about her webcomic Check, Please! that is being collected by First Second Books later this year. They have a great chat about how the project came to be, the characters, art, and of course, hockey. Jimmy also gives his thoughts on BEA and Book Con. News includes: a new scripted teen crime series podcast is coming from Alex Segura/Monica Gallagher,  Comixology is releasing creator owned titles, Archie 1941 will be a mini-series showing a more realistic look at the Riverdale gang back in the 40’s 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 846 – Training For TCAF!

Comic News Insider: Episode 846 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Avengers Vol 7 #1, Coda #1, DC Nation #0, Red Sonja/Tarzan #1 

TCAF is approaching and Jimmy is madly prepping for it. Due to that, he has to fly solo but recruits friends to send in some audio reviews. Thanks to Amy aka The Frog Queen, Ashley Lanni, Erica Schultz and Rachael Smith. News includes: Gina Gagliano will serve as Publishing Director for the new Random House Graphic, the 2000AD Sci-Fi Special will have an all-female creative team including Babs Tarr/Tula Lotay/Leah Moore/Emma Vieceli/ Alex De Campi/etc,  Bill & Ted 3 is happening 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 842 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Action Comics Vol 2 #1000, Marvel Super Hero Adventures #1, Skyward #1, Black Lightning s1 finale, Westworld s2 premiere

Jimmy’s got a super tight schedule today & none of the regular rotating co-hosts are available so it’s solo time! Fret not, he recruited pals to do some audio reviews. Thanks to Marta Balusek, Jonathan Baylis, Jon Hoche, Ashley Lanni and Heidi Martin for those awesome reviews! Also, Producer Joe went to Denver for DINK! (Denver Independent Comics & Art Expo). He chatted with old pal/show organizer Charlie LaGreca about the convention. He also got some great interviews with Jeff Lemire, Joe Kelly, Jeffrey Brown and Tyler Cannon. You’ll hear that DINK! special later this week. News this week includes: Marvel is relaunching The Punisher comic series, Barnes & Noble is creating a kids graphic novel section, Ash vs Evil Dead is cancelled 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 833 – Jaguar-ing in Jacksonville!

Comic News Insider: Episode 833 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Batman Sins Of The Father #1-2, Bloodborne #1, The Brave and The Bold #1, Hit-Girl Vol 2 #1, iZombie s4 premiere, The Walking Dead s8 second half premiere

Jimmy returns to his hometown of Jacksonville, FL for his annual trip. And as usual, good pals Ted Carruba and Ashley Lanni join him to co-host. They do a quick catch up and also send out some mad love to Kevin Smith. Hang in there! We’re all rooting for you! News includes: Joss Whedon is returning to the Buffy comics, Boom! is a publishing new Over the Garden Wall graphic novel,  Multiple Man is returning to Marvel Comics, Disney Junior is reimagining The Rocketeer 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 832 – Wakanda Forever!

Comic News Insider: Episode 832 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Death of Love #1, Kick-Ass Vol 4 #1, Sideways #1, Black Panther film

Emily Edwards returns to co-hosting! Jimmy talks about meeting 2 of the 3 hosts of one of his favorite podcasts, My Dad Wrote A Porno and how dark Star Wars: Rebels has gotten. News includes: Marvel is having a “fresh start”, Abrams Books is publishing Congressman John Lewis’s new graphic novel called Run, Frank Miller is writing/drawing a new comic series based on his previous series 300 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comics Alternative, Episode 188: A Publisher Spotlight on Avery Hill Publishing

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Gwen and Derek are back with another publisher spotlight episode, this one on the UK press, Avery Hill Publishing. They begin their spotlight with a short interview with the people behind Avery Hill: Ricky Miller, Dave White, and Katriona Chapman. Derek talks with them about the origins of the press, the kind of creators that have come to define Avery Hill, their distribution and publicity outside of the UK, and their plans for fall releases and beyond.

After that conversation, Gwen and Derek get into the nitty gritty of the publisher’s current offerings. They start by looking at the most recent issues of two ongoing series from Avery Hill, Reads #4 and Metroland #3. The former is an anthology periodical currently in its second volume, and the two discuss its various serialized storylines. Gwen is particularly fond of Owen D. Pomery’s “The Megatherium Club,” but they also discuss Reads‘ other historically based stories — Ricky Avery-HillMiller and Tim Bird’s “Hitchcock and Film” as well as Bird and Luke James Halsall’s “The Bullpen” (inspired by Marvel Comics in the early 1960s) — and the colorful, offbeat comics of EdieOP. The most recent issue of Metroland continues the drama behind Ricky Miller and Julia Scheele’s fictional 1980s band, Electric Dreams, and while discussing this evolving narrative, Derek and Gwen even wax nostalgic over their own musical histories growing up during that time.

Next, they discuss three new books released this spring. A City Inside is yet another work from Tillie Walden — she’s become a singular force at Avery Hill — and this one is a measured, meditative look at self-identity with an almost poetic tone. Rachael Smith’s Artificial Flowers does to the London art scene what Miller and Scheele’s Metroland does with the city post-punk. Both the artist’s unassuming premise and her clean, iconic art style easily draw Gwen and Derek into this fun story. And then finally, the cohosts wrap up with the latest book in Matthew Swan’s Parsley Girl series. Neither Derek nor Gwen had been familiar with Swan’s work previously, but Parsley Girl: Carrots proves to be a good introduction into his weird and almost psychedelic narrative world.

Overall, both Gwen and Derek find a lot of excitement behind this young press. Avery Hill may be just now getting a foothold in the US market — thanks to its recent distribution agreement with Retrofit/Big Planet — but as this episode demonstrates, it’s definitely a publisher worth watching.

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