X-Men Back Issues Ep. 5: X-23 “Don’t Look Back” (2010)

We take a look back at the time Laura Kinney was working to better herself and finding her spiritual calling. Kevin Costner would be proud. Thanks for listening!

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Comics Alternative for Young Readers: A Discussion of the Nominees for the 2018 Eisner Awards for the Early Readers, Kids, and Teens Categories

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:31 – Introduction
  • 00:03:19 – Setup of the discussion
  • 00:05:04 – Nominees in the Best Publication for Early Readers category 
  • 00:51:47 – Nominees in the Best Publication for Kids category
  • 01:31:45 – Nominees in the Best Publication for Teens category
  • 02:20:32 – Wrap up
  • 02:26:03 – Contact us

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Putting on the Evening Gown and Tuxedo

On this episode of the Comics Alternative Young Readers Show, Gwen and Paul detail the three categories of the Eisner Awards that focus on children and teens:

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 9–12)

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)

  • The Dam Keeperby Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi (First Second/Tonko House)
  • Jane, by Aline Brosh McKenna and Ramón K. Pérez (Archaia)
  • Louis Undercover, by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault, translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi)
  • Monstressby Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image)
  • Spinningby Tillie Walden (First Second)

In addition to reviewing each nominated text, the duo refers listeners to The Comics Alternative archives for the shows that reference these nominees: Good Night, Planet by Liniers; Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez; The Dam Keeper by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi; and Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda.

Paul and Gwen use this episode to launch a general discussion of age designations and categorization of children’s and YA comics, and they reference the art of Bolivian painter and lithographer Graciela Rodo Boulanger, whose depiction of children resembles that found in Campbell Whyte’s Home Time. So, won’t you pour yourself a chilly beverage, kick back, and give a listen to the two PhDs — more on Paul’s recent doctoral graduation from University of California-Berkeley will appear in the June podcast — for a rundown of this year’s Eisner nominees.

Comics Alternative for Young Readers: The Eisner Award Nominations for Early Readers, Kids, and Teens

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Time Codes:

  • 00:00:27 – Introduction
  • 00:02:57 – Context of the 2017 Eisner Awards
  • 00:06:14 – Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)
  • 00:57:02 – Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12)
  • 01:49:53 – Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)
  • 02:52:17 – Wrap up
  • 02:53:05 – Contact us

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Jam-Packed

This month, Gwen and Paul discuss the three Eisner Award categories that focus on comics for young readers. And this is a jam-packed, extra-long episode! As they work through each set of nominees, Paul and Gwen discuss the value of prizing in general and the challenges faced by the judges when they must cull such a small number of texts from a pool that is increasingly deep. Inevitably, they mention many other texts that felt were strong contenders for recognition, making this episode a great resource for any parent, child, teen, or teacher who is eager to learn about this year’s great comics.


Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12)

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)

View from the Gutters #175 — Monstress

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Monstress

Story by . . . . . . Marjorie Liu
Art by . . . . . . . . Sana Takeda

From Image.com:

Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steampunk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both.

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Eddy, Joe Preti, and Tobiah Panshin. Our next episode will be a bonus episode featuring never before released content cut from our first 50 episodes. In two weeks we will be reading Brass Sun.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Tony Queretaro, Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Addison Appleby, and Kerfy Gonzo.

Comic News Insider Episode 657 – The Trailer!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 657 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Citizen Jack #1, Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor #1, Extraordinary X-Men #1, Hangman #1, James Bond #1, Klaus #1

Emily Edwards returns to co-host and this time at a more reasonable hour! They chat about the Japanese trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and if they prefer stars over hearts. News includes: Disney may be retiring all Star Wars “Slave Leia” merchandise, JK Rowling reveals the American term for “muggles” in the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off, 2000AD dropped from 2016 Free Comic Book Day, DC Comics based shows may take years to appear on Netflix/Hulu, Mark Dacascos to join Agents of SHIELD while Ken Marino joins Agent Carter, George RR Martin promises bittersweet ending to Game of Thrones series, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan is cast as “Negan” in The Walking Dead. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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