On Location: Starting off the New Year at Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find

New Shop, New Conversations

For years The Comics Alternative has held a monthly on-location episode where one or two cohosts go into — physically or virtually — one of their local comics shops and talk with customers and employees about the comics that their reading, what they’re excited about and looking forward to, and what grumblings they may have in terms of comics culture. The last such episode was published last August, right before Derek moved to Charlotte, NC…and as things would turn out, in the final days of Valhalla Games and Comics.

But now that Derek has settled in his new environs, he heads over to Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find, his new local shop in Charlotte (at 417 Pecan Avenue), to begin once again the monthly series. So January’s show kicks things off, with Derek introducing customers and shop employees to the podcast and beginning what, we hope, will be a fun and informative monthly visit. Snowy weather hit Charlotte this week, so the ice and cold cut down on traffic in the shop over the past couple of days. But several did come in and take the time to talk on show, sharing what titles they’re currently reading and what they’re finding exciting, and frustrating, in comics and comics-related media. For example, Isaiah, coming in for his weekly comics, shares his thoughts on recent DC Rebirth storylines and the shenanigans he sees going on at Marvel. Shop employees, Karla and Eli, talk about the some of the comics that are currently or soon-to-be adapted for television — and Eli is particularly interested in the upcoming series based on Rick Remender’s Deadly Class. And shop owner Shelton Drum comes on to discuss their recent move to a new location, next week’s Charlotte Mini-Con (taking place on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Gary Cole Center), and when we can expect to hear announcements about this summer’s HeroesCon.

A big THANK YOU to Karla and Shelton for helping to make this on-location show happen. And if you’re in the Charlotte area, be sure to come by the shop on Wednesday, February 21, for next month’s on-location recording!

Zone 4 #404: New Avengers?

This episode we discuss the Disney/Fox buyout, the state of the comics industry and more before getting into our main topic.

Topic Time: What Happens to the Marvel Cinematic Universe When All the Original Actors’ Contracts Are Up?

All this and more in this brand new episode of… ZONE 4!

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Super Hero Speak – #227: Ethan Van Sciver

This week the guys sit down with the one and only Ethan Van Sciver! Ethan talks to the guys about his career and how he stays passionate about the work. Plus he explains the importance of smiling both for yourself and for your characters. Plus his passion and love for the medium will guaranteed inspire you as well! All this and much more on this Super Hero Speak!

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Super Hero Speak – #206: J.D. Oliva

This week the guys sit down with a stray creator they picked up off the internet. J.D. Oliva is the independent comic creator of Deluge and Shunned and he tells the guys all about his new project Red Sunrise. So sit back and enjoy then go support his kickstarter!

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Wayne’s Comics Podcast #263: Dave Romeo

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Ready to visit the front lines of the comics industry? In this week’s episode, #263, I talk with Dave Romeo, the owner and operator of Comics on the Green, a high-power comics shop that’s been a standard setter for the industry since Dave opened it over two decades ago! Dave understands both the business and fan aspects of comics, so we talk about everything from how 2016 went in his shop to what he envisions taking place in 2017. We discuss comics companies including Marvel, DC, Image and AfterShock, as well as the impact of comics-related moves and TV shows on local stores, among other fascinating things! The store’s website is at this link, and you can also find out more by checking out their Facebook page and keeping up with them on Twitter. Don’t miss this entertaining and informative interview!

 

Top 5 Comics Podcast Episode 86 – Season 4 – 2016 Year End Thing

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Comic book round table. This week, we have – Complete Nonsense, Book we liked in 2016 and more…..

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Run Times –
Just Nonsense …. – 2:14- 14:58
2016 Books We Liked – 14:59 – 1:07:41
Books to look for – 1:08:50 Happy New Everyone
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The Comics Noob EP 29 Flashy vs Death

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This week we wrap a couple of story arcs and start a couple of new ones. Also… Happy Holidays.

02:42 The Flash 12
12:27 Justice League vs Suicide Squad Prelude
19:15 The Punisher 06
26:47 Namesake 01

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The Comics Noob EP 28 Letters From Bats

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This week we get some deep Batman feelings/ass-kicking and our crossovers are as fun as ever. Get into them. Enjoy.

02:51 Batman 12
13:54 Big Trouble in Little China Escape From NY 03
22:21 Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Alien 03
34:39 You Should Read
37:19 Spider-Man Homecoming Trailer

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The Comics Noob EP 27 Last Stand + Wacky Beetles

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This week we get a some finality to some arcs and the Beetle starts to get good. Enjoy.

01:50 Blue Beetle 03
10:03 Wacky Raceland 06
18:57 Lucas Stand 06
31:29 You Should Read

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The Comics Noob EP 26 There Be Monsters + No Man’s Sky Update

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Another great week for comics. Tons of monster is this one, in one form or another. Plus, we breifly mention the new Foundations Update for No Man’s Sky. Is anyone still playing this game?
Enjoy.

02:28 The Flash 11
12:58 Batman Beyond 02
22:47 Kingsway West 03
33:29 You Should Read
39:17 No Man’s Sky Update

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The Comics Noob Ep 25 Sorry we’re late, it was the Turkey’s fault

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Happy Turkey Day! Apologies for the late upload.
Three great books this week, guys. Let us know what you thought.

02:00 Batman 11
12:56 Trinity 03
22:39 Kill or be Killed 04
33:02 You Should Read
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Comics Alternative, On Location: The November Visit to Valhalla Games and Comics

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“Lucifer is a comic?”

Once again, Derek visits his local shop, Valhalla Games and Comics in Plano, TX, to talk with customers and employees about the various titles they’ve been reading. And he has a large number of people joining him for this month’s on-location episode, including the owner of Valhalla, Dave Larson. Derek begins the episode by talking with Dave about the changes he’s bringing to the shop and his experiences in gaming retail. But others join in on the discussion soon enough, including the shop manager, Sabrina, one of her associates, Stephanie, and several of Valhalla’s regulars, Craig, Matt, and Chris. This month, the topic is open-ended, so the conversation freely flows from one subject matter to another. Along the way they cover the DC’s new Young Animal series, the changes wrought by Rebirth, the current state of various Marvel titles, the growing number of superhero-based films and TV shows, the narrative worlds of Matt Kindt and Jeff Lemire, and, for at least one of the interlocutors, the discovery that Lucifer is actually a comic-book series.

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Ep 23 It’s Strange in here + Doctor Strange Movie Review

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Welcome back, guys! This week we escape with Batman and Jack Burton, fight for the honor of Hydra, and see a movie. Doctor Strange was awesome so we talk about it. Enjoy.

01:52 Batman 10
12:00 SR: Captain America 06
20:25 Big Trouble/Escape NY 02
Doctor Strange Review: Spoiler-free 27:25
Doctor Strange Review: Spoilers 33:56

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The Comics Noob Ep 22 Speeding Beyond the Grotesque + BF1

 

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A couple let downs this week, but some bright spots as well.

Plus, we pine over Battlefield 1 briefly. Thanks for listening.

 

02:13 The Flash 09

11:59 Batman Beyond 01

22:02 Blue Beetle 02

30:16 Lucas Stand 05

39:25 Battlefield 1

44:16 You Should Read

 

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The Comics Noob Ep 21- Getting the Band Back Together & Movie Trailers

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We have story arc setups and more in this weeks episode. We also review a couple of the newest movie trailers and a long awaited game trailer. Thanks for giving it a listen.

 

02:59 Batman 09

15:01 Trinty 02

23:52 Wacky Raceland 05

33:47 Logan Trailer

44:38 Assassin’s Creed Trailer

55:25 Red Redemption 2 Trailer

 

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