Comic News Insider Episode 666 – Best of 2015!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 666 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

It’s our Best of 2015! Jimmy sits down with The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald and good pal Jon Hoche to go over their 2015 favorites in comic books, TV and film. They didn’t read or watch everything released that year, so it’s just the Best of what they did read/watch. Fun discussions on great comics, their creators, TV shows, films, actors and more. What were your favorites last year? Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 637 – Straight Outta CNI!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 637 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Americatown #1, Beauty #1, Boy-1 #1 

Jimmy is joined in the remote upper eastside studio by good pal Jon Hoche! They catch up on things over the past month, reminisce on their time on Disneyland last month, and marvel over the time Eazy-E showed up at one of Rob Liefeld’s signings back in the 90’s. News includes: a Star Wars land will be built simultaneously in Disney Land and Disney World, Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon are teaming up to work on a young Han Solo stand-alone feature, The Walking Dead season 6 will premiere during New York Super Week at NYCC, a DC Comics based workplace comedy called Powerless is coming to NBC, trading cards featuring top comic creators will benefit Seth Kushner’s family 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 148: A Publisher Spotlight on Hang Dai Editions

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On this episode of The Comics Alternative, Gene and Derek turn a critical spotlight on the upcoming releases from the small press, Hang Dai Editions. The guys begin with a brief conversation with Dean Haspiel and Gregory Benton, two of the founders of the Hang Dai Studio, a collective that they founded along with Josh Neufeld and the late Seth Kushner. In this interview, they describe the origins of their publishing line and share many of their experiences in getting it off the ground. Hang Dai Editions began as their studio imprint back in 2013, and up until recently the creators had limited their publications to smaller, personal projects available mainly through conventions and local events. But as announced earlier this year, Hang Dai became part of Marc Arsenault’s Alternative Comics publishing co-op, and with wider distribution, the Hang Dai folks wanted to up their game with longer and more ambitious projects. The first three releases since becoming part of the co-op, all being releases on September 15, are what Derek and Gene discuss for the remainder of the show. They begin with Haspiel’s Beef with Tomato, a collection of autobiographic shorts that reads as a sequel or follow-up to his 2001 comic, Opposable Thumbs. As with the earlier work, the stories in this new Hang Dai book are woven together by particular themes or gain cohesion through a shared tone. In the case of Beef with Tomato, that commonality is largely the risks and the unexpected occurrences of close urban living. The book also includes a variety of short prose pieces and HDE_dance-600x535previously published comics that, while similar in subject matter and tone to the first (and newer) twelve stories, stand apart in style yet provide a nice coda to the collection as a whole. Next, the Two Guys turn their attention to Gregory Benton’s Smoke. Much like last year’s B+F, this is a large-format wordless comic featuring Xolo, a large skull-faced dog based on Xolotl, the Aztec god associated with fire, sickness, and death. The story follows two brothers as they work on an industrial tobacco farm, and the hazardous conditions they work under spawn a surreal journey into another dimension, something dreamlike while at the same time darkly foreboding. Benton’s vibrant, beautiful art is front and center in this work, and Gene and Derek point out his strategic handling of art styles when straddling the book’s different narrative worlds. Finally, the guys look at Seth Kushner’s Schmuck, a collection of twenty-two autobiographic stories, all written by Kushner but each illustrated by a different artist. Derek and Gene recognize many of those whose art is featured in the book — e.g., Haspiel and Benton, but also Noah Van Sciver, Nick Bertozzi, and Josh Neufeld — but there are several illustrators who are new to the guys. All of this gives Schmuck a feeling of both fragmentation and cohesiveness. Each artist provides a unique visual lens through which to interpret the book’s protagonist, Adam Kessler, the fictional persona of Kushner. Yet at the same time, all of the stories unfold along one trajectory: Adam’s attempts to find a meaningful relationship with a woman. Seth Kushner passed away earlier this year, but Schmuck was a life labor, ambitious in scope, that becomes fully realized next month. It, along with Smoke and Beef with Tomato, marks a new beginning for Hang Dai Editions, and one that Gene and Derek are excited to discuss.

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Visit the Hang Dai Editions website for more lowdown on what Greg, Dean, and Josh are up to!

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Comic News Insider Episode 602 – Mighty MoCCA Merriment w/ Dean Haspiel/Seth Kushner/Barbara Stok!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 602 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Convergence #1, Rebels #1, Savior #1, Daredevil, Game of Thrones

It’s the MoCCA recap and Jimmy is joined in studio by Producer Joe and pal Jon Hoche. Jimmy and Joe attended MoCCA Festival over the weekend and experienced some amazing small press comic book goodness! Jimmy interviewed Monica Gallagher, Dean Haspiel, Seth Kushner, Barbara Stok and Jamie Tanner. You’ll hear Dean, Seth and Barbara in this episode and Monica and Jamie in next week’s episode. Jimmy also cheated on CNI by appearing on 2 other podcasts last week. He was part of the annual Jay and Jack charity podcast for Autism Speaks and a guest on his friend Amber’s Vodka O’Clock podcast (available next week). Jimmy and Joe gave their recap and thoughts on this year’s MoCCA. Hint: It rocked! News includes: New Lego Dimensions game from Warner Bros., DC Comics leaves NYC for good, you can relive Superman 2 with Margot Kidder, Agents of SHIELD gets a spin-off, Olivia Munn is cast as Psylocke in upcoming X:Men film, new Spider-Man film will have teenage Spidey/no origin re-telling/new costume with “classic Spidey” feel, Brad Bird is working on The Incredibles 2, Lucy Griffiths joins AMC’s Preacher cast and director Michelle McLaren leaves Wonder Woman film over “creative differences”. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 564 – A Podcast to Kill For

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Comic News Insider: Episode 564 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: The Fade Out #1, Justice Inc Vol 3 #1, Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland #1, Multiversity #1, Steampunk Battlestar Galactica 1880 #1, Doctor Who season premiere, Intruders season premiere, True Blood series finale, Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For

Jimmy is joined in studio by frequent co-host Emily Edwards and boy do they have a lot to chat about. SO many reviews! They briefly talk about the Emmys, CNI gets covered on The Beat and a reminder to give to Seth Kushner’s GoFundMe campaign. News includes: Donald Glover is finally Spider-Man, Dancing Groot toy grooving towards market, Action Comics #1 goes for over $3 million in auction, Lois Lane gets into the YA game and NYCC debuts Eastern Championships of Cosplay. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 541 – Sina Grace Burns the Orphanage!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 541 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

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 468 – Boston Love

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Comic News Insider: Episode 468 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Batman & Red Robin #19, Colonized #1, The Steam Engines of Oz , X Vol 2 #0, Defiance

Jimmy is joined in studio by frequent co-host Gretchen Souerwine! They send their love to all in Boston and discuss the upcoming Boston Comic Con that Jimmy is attending on Sunday. Jimmy was on Jay & Jack’s marathon podcast for Autism Speaks again and attended the New York Comic Book Marketplace show as well. As Gretchen is a big Doctor Who fan, they briefly discuss the new season. News includes: Comixology comes out as culprit in the Saga #12 ban, Eisner Awards announced, Greg Pak and Jonathan Coulton successfully fund Kickstarter campaign in one day for new comic based on Coulton’s songs, Man of Steel will kick off DC Universe movies and Adri Cowan collects kids comics for Boston Children’s Hospital.  As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 442 – Even More NYCC with Blair Butler/Seth Kushner/Tera Patrick


Comic News Insider: Episode 442 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Cyberforce Vol 4 #1, Ex Sanguine #1, Ultimate Comics Iron Man #1, Zaucer Of Zilk #1

Jimmy flies solo again to bring you some more great interviews from New York Comic Con with Blair Butler (G4TV),  Seth Kushner (Culture POP Photocomix) and Tera Patrick (Sinner Takes All). News includes: CW’s Arrow gets full season pick up, Warner Bros beats The Shusters, Penguin launches kids line, and Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat named one of 2012’s best blogs. As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Come back on Saturday for a post-NYCC late night bar special with Michael Avon Oeming, Taki Soma and Emma Vieceli! 

Comic News Insider Episode 439 – New York Comic Con w/ Cliff Chiang/JM DeMatteis/Greg Pak/Ben Templesmith/Dan Parent/Michelle Mozes

Comic News Insider: Episode 439 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Ame-Comic Girls Featuring Wonder Woman #1, Evil Ernie #1, Uncanny Avengers #1

Jimmy flies solo to bring you this massive NYCC special! Tons of interviews from amazing creators like Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), JM DeMatteis (The Adventures of Augusta Wind), Greg Pak (X-Treme X-Men), Ben Templesmith (Lust), Dan Parent (Archie) and Michelle Mozes (BlueStreak). Jimmy gives us blow by blow recap full of whom he saw, interviewed, drank with and more. Expect lots of name dropping and friend worship. News includes: Cartoon Network pulls DC Nation block, DC cancels titles, David S. Goyer to write a DC series, Scott Snyder will write The Wake, Jeff Lemire will write/paint Trillium: The Last Love Story Ever Told, Dynamite Entertainment brings big creators (Rick Remender, Mark Waid, Fred Van Lente) to their fold, Image announces multiple titles with big creators, Super Spider-Man to replace Amazing Spider-Man, Marvel gets cosmic with Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy, Agent Coulson lives in The SHIELD TV series and in comic book form, Scott Snyder teams wth Jim Lee for new Superman title Man of Steel, and The Goon film seeks your help. As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Come back on Thursday for a NYCC interview special with Caleb Monroe (Steed and Mrs. Peel), David Phillips/Sarah Braly (Hi-Fructose Zombies), JT Petty (Bloody Chester), Josh O’Neil/Andrew Carl (Once Upon A Time Machine), Neil Dvorak (Easy Pieces), Peter Tomassi (Red Bubble Chief Community Officer). And then again on Saturday for a NYCC movie special featuring roundtable interviews with Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead), Julianne Moore (Carrie) and Chloe Grace Moretz (Carrie).