Comic News Insider Episode 785 – SDCC: Sina Grace/BSG Reunion w/ Tricia Helfer/Tahmoh Penikett!

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The first of many San Diego Comic Con specials! Jimmy sat down with good friend Sina Grace to discuss his work on Marvel’s Iceman, his Image autobio comic Nothing Lasts Forever, his web series Self-Obsessed and more! Also, while at SDCC, Jimmy did the press room for the Battlestar Galactica reunion. It was a very busy room so his table only got 2 of the actors. You’ll hear from Tricia Helfer (Caprica 6) and Tahmoh Penikett (Helo).

Starting this week and the following few weeks after, there will be no regular format shows. Only SDCC press room specials. Jimmy needs that long just to recover from all of the craziness that is Comic Con International. You will hear roundtables for Inhumans, Wynonna Earp, Doctor Who, Legends of Tomorrow, Batman and Harley Quinn, Dirk Gently, Supergirl, Dark Matter, Gotham, iZombie, Justice League Action, Lucifer and Teen Titans Go!He missed some rooms that he wanted to cover but boy howdy did he still cover a lot!

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Comics Alternative, Episode 244: Reviews of Nothing Lasts Forever, What Is a Glacier?,and Revenger and the Fog

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This week the Two Guys with PhDs review three recent releases, two of which are autobiographical in nature. They begin with Sina Grace’s Nothing Lasts Forever (Image Comics). This follows a couple of other autobiographical works from Grace including Not My Bag (2012) and Self-Obsessed (2015), but this latest work has a looser feel to it. Written in diary form when the author was suffering from a rare esophageal condition, the book reveals Grace’s struggles with his health, his romantic/sexual relationships, and his art. Indeed, as both Andy and Derek point out, it’s his emphasis on the latter, along with the pencil art, that makes this such an intimate text.

Next, the guys turn to What Is a Glacier?, a short autobiographical piece from Sophie Yanow (Retrofit Comics/Big Planet Comics). In this work, the author uses a trip to Iceland, and a visitation to a glacier, to explore the nature of life changes, feelings of uncertainty, and grief over loss. In terms of the latter, Yanow deftly associates the end of a relationship with our treatment of the environment, contextualizing climate change in dire, yet not completely hopeless, terms.

After that Derek and Andy look at a completely different kind of comic. Charles Forsman’s Revenger and the Fog (Bergen Street Press) is the follow-up (and prequel) to his first Revenger volume, Children of the Damned. Originally appearing as four-issue miniseries, and including a one-shot, Revenger and the Fog is a 1970s-/1980s-inspired action narrative of a vigilante, Reggie (AKA, Revenger), enacting retribution against the victimized. In this case, the victims are other members of her team, The Fog, specifically her lover Jenny (AKA, Dynarat). There’s a lot of extreme violence in this story, along with a premise that is sure to gross you out. But as the guys point out, Forsman’s over-the-top handling of his subject matter adds a touch of humor that helps to mitigate the discomfort.

Comic News Insider Episode 755 – Grande MoCCA Prep!

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Reviews: Anno Dracula #1, Helena Crash #1, Iron Fist Vol 5 #1, Magdalena Vol 4 #1

Jon Hoche is back in the co-host chair! He and Jimmy discuss the Justice League and Spider-Man: Homecoming trailers, The Flash musical  episode, and this weekend’s MoCCA Festival. They are off to a Gotham press event directly after so the episode goes quite briskly! News includes: The Pro is getting a live action adaptation, Mighty Mouse is getting a new comic book series, Silver Sable/Black Cat will team up for a Spider-verse movie, Greg Pak is writing his first prose novel based on his Planet Hulk storyline, Disney CEO Bob Iger suggest that Han Solo may not be the character’s real name, Marvel’s Generations comic series will pair up old and new heroes 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 541 – Sina Grace Burns the Orphanage!

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Reviews: MPH #1, Nailbiter #1, X-Men: Days of Future Past

Jimmy is joined in studio by cartoonist Sina Grace (Burn the Orphanage, Self-Obsessed). They haven’t seen one another since NYCC in October and had A LOT to catch up on! It’s a lengthy episode but chock full of informative and fun Sina Grace goodness. They chat about the Hannibal Season 2 finale and serendipitously meeting famous folks. In the official interview section with Sina, they talk about Burn the Orphanage, Not My Bag, Self-Obsessed, Li’l Depressed Boy, his time working in a comic shop, when he was a Top Cow intern, their mutual love of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and more. News includes: Edgar Wright departs Ant-Man, bone marrow drive for Seth Kushner and the Hang Dai Studios signing, March: Book One becomes the first graphic novel to win the RFK Book Award, Battle Royale continues in manga one-shot and a man sues a stripper for his Harry Potter DVDs. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 531 – MoCCA Merriment w/ Dean Haspiel/Simon Fraser/Danica Novgorodoff/Michelle Mozes

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Reviews: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Walking Dead season finale, Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, Lost Girl season finale, Being Human series finale

Producer Joe  returns to recap MoCCA Festival with Jimmy. It was an awesome time full of comic goodness. Lots of great interviews with Emmy winner Dean Haspiel (Fear, My Dear), Simon Fraser (Dare2Draw), Danica Novgorodoff (The Undertaking of Lily Chen) and Michelle Mozes (The Hero of Avaryn). News includes: Archie will die in Life With Archie, SyFy shuffles on to the zombie bandwagon wth Z Nation, Xbox to debut original humanoid robot drama Humans and Comic Sans gets a facelift. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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