Comics Alternative, On Location: The April Visit to Valhalla Games and Comics

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Catching Up

As he tries to do every month, Derek visits his local shop, Valhalla Games and Comics in Plano, TX, to talk with customers and employees about what they’re reading, what they’re looking forward to, and what interests them in current comics culture. For April the topic is open, so anything goes…and the resulting conversation is free-floating and casual. Among the topics that come up are local conventions, Bones of the Coast from Cloudscape Comics, getting caught up with the Marvel Universe on Netflix, Astro City, Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name, the return of Rat Queens, Kyle Starks’s Rock Candy Mountain, the convoluted world of Love and Rockets, the new Anne Hathaway movie Colossal, and speculations on how (and if) comics creators will eventually work Donald Trump into their stories.

Comics Alternative, Episode 231: Reviews of The Excavation, American Gods #1, and Rat Queens #1

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“This is not my first detachable penis rodeo”

This week’s episode is an exploration of surrealism and fantasy, and one guaranteed to both fascinate and disturb you. It begins with a discussion of Max Andersson’s The Excavation (Fantagraphics). As the Two Guys with PhDs point out, this is a book that has been years in the making, and parts of it had originally appeared in other outlets, including Andersson’s short-lived Death and Candy series. Derek enjoyed this book, as he does other works by Andersson, although Andy was less charitable in his assessment. He feels that the dream-like meandering of The Excavation ends up leading to nowhere, that there isn’t much in the way of overt themes, and that it’s too much like other indie comics discussed on the podcast.

Next, they delve into the first issue of American Gods, a series from Dark Horse Comics that’s adapted from Neil Gaiman’s popular novel. Scripted by P. Craig Russell, and with art by Scott Hampton, this inaugural issue does a good job at establishing the premise and making the story assessable to those who have never read Gaiman’s original novel (and both Derek and Andy have not). However, the guys do have a little problem with the heavy-handed and spoiler-filled synopsis inserted on the first page of the comic book.

And finally, the Two Guys wrap up with Kurtis J Wiehe and Owen Gieni’s Rat Queens #1 (Image Comics). This is the first issue in the series’ second volume, and while both of the guys see the economic logic of a new #1 issue, Derek wonders about the narrative necessity of this publishing move. Nonetheless, both Andy and Derek are fans of the first iteration of Rat Queens, and they both feel that the first issue in its second volume is an effective jumping on point that could satisfy new readers.

 

Comics Alternative, On Location: The January Visit to Valhalla Games and Comics

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Touch the Weird Love

It’s the beginning of a new year, and on this episode of the on-location series, Derek is back at Valhalla Games and Comics to talk with customers and employees about the comics they’re looking forward to in the coming months. He’s joined by a couple of the regulars, Craig and Nick, as well as employees Stephanie and Freddy. Among the titles folks are anticipating in 2017 are The Unstoppable WaspHighlander: The American DreamJustice League of America, Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern, Hatchet, more Head LopperBlack History in Its Own WordsPsychodrama Illustrated, and the new Rat Queens. But the guys at the shop don’t stop there. They also discuss other comics-related media, films and television series, that are planned for this year.

 

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He’s Got Issues #168.3: Independents, 4/8/15


BOOM! STUDIOS

  • Adventure Time Marceline Gone Adrift #4 (Of 6)
  • Bee And Puppycat #8
  • Bill And Ted’s Most Triumphant Return #2 (Of 6)
  • Bravest Warriors #31
  • Deep State #5
  • Escape From New York #5
  • Evil Empire #12
  • Help Us Great Warrior #3 (Of 8)
  • Mouse Guard Legends Of Guard Volume 3 #2 (Of 4)
  • Robocop #10
  • Sleepy Hollow Origins #1 (One Shot)
  • Teen Dog #8 (Of 8)

DARK HORSE COMICS

  • Abe Sapien #22
  • Itty Bitty Comics Grimmiss Island #2 (Of 4)
  • Rebels #1
  • X #24

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

  • Battlestar Galactica Six #2 (Of 5)
  • Evil Ernie #6
  • Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files Down Town #3 (Of 6)
  • Jungle Girl Season 3 #1 (Of 5)
  • Lady Demon #4
  • Legenderry Green Hornet #3 (Of 5)
  • Masks 2 #1 (Of 8)
  • Reanimator #1 (Of 4)
  • Red Sonja Vulture’s Circle #4
  • Vampirella #11

IDW PUBLISHING

  • Dead Squad #5
  • Edward Scissorhands #6
  • My Little Pony Fiendship Is Magic #2 (Of 5)(Tirek)
  • Star Trek Planet Of The Apes #5 (Of 5)
  • Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #39
  • Transformers Vs G.I. JOE #6

IMAGE COMICS

  • Big Man Plans #2 (Of 4)
  • Birthright #6
  • Copperhead #6
  • Danger Club #8
  • Descender #2
  • Elephantmen #63
  • Five Ghosts #16
  • IXth Generation Hidden Files #1
  • Jupiter’s Circle #1
  • Legacy Of Luther Strode #1
  • Nameless #3
  • ODY-C #4
  • One-Hit Wonder #5 (Of 5)
  • Rat Queens #10
  • Saga #27
  • Savior #1
  • Southern Cross #2
  • Surface #2
  • The Walking Dead #140

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

  • Imperium #3
  • Rai #8

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He’s Got Issues #163.3: Independents, 3/4/15


BOOM! STUDIOS

  • Amazing World Of Gumball #8
  • Cluster #2
  • Day Men #6
  • Feathers #3 (Of 6)
  • Fiction Squad #6 (Of 6)
  • Garfield #35
  • HaloGen #1 (Of 4)
  • Palmiotti And Brady’s The Big Con Job #1 (Of 4)
  • Robocop #9
  • Steven Universe #8
  • The Woods #11

DARK HORSE COMICS

  • Angel And Faith Season 10 #12
  • Hellboy And The B.P.R.D. 1952 #4 (Of 5)
  • Lady Killer #3 (Of 5)
  • Neverboy #1 (Of 6)
  • Rat God #2 (Of 5)

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

  • Altered States Vampirella #1 (One Shot)
  • Army Of Darkness Volume 4 #4
  • Battlestar Galactica Death Of Apollo #4 (Of 6)
  • Blackcross #1 (Of 6)
  • Blood Queen Vs Dracula #1 (Of 4)

IDW PUBLISHING

  • G.I. JOE #6
  • Godzilla Rulers Of Earth #21
  • Monster Motors The Curse Of Minivan Helsing #1 (Of 2)
  • My Little Pony Friends Forever #14
  • Powerpuff Girls Super Smash-Up #2 (Of 6)
  • Robert Heinlein’s Citizen Of The Galaxy #1 (Of 3)
  • Shadow Show #4 (Of 5)
  • Star Trek New Visions Volume 5 A Scent Of Ghosts
  • Star Trek Planet Of The Apes #3 (Of 5)
  • Transformers #38
  • Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #38
  • Winterworld #0

IMAGE COMICS

  • 68 Jungle Jim Guts N Glory #1 (One Shot)
  • Big Man Plans #1 (Of 4)
  • Black Science #12
  • Dark Engine #5
  • Descender #1
  • Egos #6
  • God Hates Astronauts #6
  • Nailbiter Hack Slash Hack Slash Nailbiter #1 (One Shot)
  • Nameless #2
  • Rat Queens #9
  • Revival #28
  • Saga #26
  • Supreme Blue Rose #7

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

  • Imperium #2
  • X-O Manowar #34

Trades:

  • Alex + Ada Volume 2 TP

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He’s Got Issues #156.3: Independents, 1/14/15


BOOM! STUDIOS

  • Adventure Time Marceline Gone Adrift #1 (Of 6)
  • BOOM Box 2014 Mix Tape #1
  • Bravest Warriors #28
  • Deep State #3
  • Fraggle Rock Journey To The Everspring #4 (Of 4)
  • Hexed #6
  • Regular Show #19
  • Steven Universe #6
  • Teen Dog #5
  • Thomas Alsop #8 (Of 8)
  • Wild’s End #5 (Of 6)

DARK HORSE COMICS

  • Abe Sapien #19
  • Alien Vs Predator Fire And Stone #4 (Of 4)
  • Conan Red Sonja #1 (Of 4)
  • Itty Bitty Comics The Mask #3
  • Resurrectionists #3
  • X #21

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

  • Alice Cooper #5
  • Battlestar Galactica Death Of Apollo #2 (Of 6)
  • Doodle Jump Comics #5
  • Evil Ernie #3
  • Ex-Con #5 (Of 5)
  • Lone Ranger Vindicated #3 (Of 4)
  • Mercy Thompson #4 (Of 6)
  • Sherlock Holmes Vs Harry Houdini #3 (Of 5)
  • Twilight Zone #11
  • Vampirella #100

IDW PUBLISHING

  • Star Trek #40

IMAGE COMICS

  • A Voice In The Dark Barrel Of A Gun #2 (Of 5)
  • Copperhead #5
  • Fuse #9
  • Ghosted #16
  • Jupiter’s Legacy #5
  • Lazarus #14
  • Rat Queens Special Braga #1
  • Savage Dragon #201
  • Shutter #8
  • Superannuated Man #5 (Of 6)
  • Supreme Blue Rose #6
  • Ten Grand #12
  • Walking Dead #136

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

  • Death-Defying Doctor Mirage #5 (Of 5)
  • Q2 The Return Of Quantum And Woody #4 (Of 5)
  • Rai #6

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EMP Presents: B.Y.O.B. Episode 2

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Bring Your Own Book!  Alex, Corwin and Viet are joined by the Melanie J Starchilde of Nerd Goggles Podcast and Nerdcore Rapper Tribe One to talk about what we’ve been reading (Non Avengers and X-Men that is…).

Books covered:

Alex + Ada  – Image Comics

The Bunker  – Oni Press

Rat Queens  – Image Comics

Avatar: The Last Air Bender – Dark Horse Comics

Fear Agent – Dark Horse Comics

Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird  – Marvel

Comics Cross Game – Viz Media

Samuari Jack – IDW Skyward  – Action Comics

Revival  – Image Comics Snapshot – Image Comics

Prophet  – Image Comics

The Fifth Beatle  – Dark Horse Comics

Sex Criminals  – Image Comics

Black Science  – Image Comics

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The Next Issue 111 – Of Gods Men and TV Shows

 

In this issue, Aitch, Elden and special guest Sterling from Gamers United cover:

– The Baltimore Book Fair
– The Announcements of Gordon and Constantine

We also have an interview with Rat Queens writer Kurt Wiebe and Roc Upchurch

In our Pull List we look at:

Reality Check #2
Detective Comics#24
Mighty Avengers #2

And we review:

7th Voyage
March
Superior Spiderman 18
Uncanny X-men 12

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