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We’re back to normal shows! And Jon Hoche returns to co-host! The boys talk about the new Tomb Raider and Black Widow…I mean Red Sparrow trailers and Jimmy thanks everyone for the awesome 800th episode recording. Producer Joe sat down with author Dan Poblocki to chat about the release of his 3rd book in his Shadow House trilogy. News includes: Ed Piskor is creating X-Men: Grand Design remixing years of X-Men continuity, Daniel Dae Kim replaces Ed Skrein in Hellboy, Terry Moore’s Strangers in Paradise is coming to the big screen, DC’s Ragman is getting an upgrade, and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
This month Sean and Derek offer a genre buffet of webcomics goodness. They begin with Jay D’Ici and Matt G. Gagnon’s Conceptual Heist, a heist narrative with a unique science fiction twist. As the guys reveal, the story is solid, and the black-and-white art, accentuated with a monochromatic blue, suggests a noir tone. After that they discuss a highly popular webcomic that has been around since 2008, Gisele Lagace and David Lumsdon’s Ménage à 3. Derek and Sean describe this as a cross among Strangers in Paradise, Archie, and the TV series Three’s Company…but more suggestive and explicit than the latter. While the guys can see the appeal of this thrice-weekly strip, they nonetheless feel that reading its various narrative arcs over a more concentrated time period — as opposed to experiencing this story as its pages are released — doesn’t necessarily work in the webcomic’s favor. Finally, the guys wrap up with fun completed webcomic from Chris A. Bolton and Kyle Bolton, Monstrous. This is a mini-story within their Smash world, one that the Bolton brothers completed between their earlier work, Smash: Trial by Fire, and the next Smash book that will be published through Candlewick Press.
This past weekend Derek attended Dallas Fan Expo 2017, and there he was able to talk with several creators and publishers for the podcast. Some of his guests are individuals who have been on the podcast before — either while at conventions or on regular interview episodes — although some are appearing on The Comics Alternative for the first time. Those talking with Derek on this on-location show include Robert Wilson IV, Terry Moore, Raechel Alexis Gasparac, Ed Brisson, Joe Eisma, and Matt Hawkins. Enjoy, won’t you?
On May 25, the final issue of Rachel Rising will be released. This has been a landmark horror/gothic series, an intelligent and multifaceted narrative exploring the parameters of history, gender, community, morality, and the nature of violence…and doing so without following the usual generic conventions and formulas. To mark this publishing event, Derek has the pleasure of talking with the series creator Terry Moore. What began in August 2011 as an undead murder mystery will now come full circle as we learn in the final issue, according to Terry, the identity of Rachel’s killer and the connections that inextricably bind the two. In their conversation, Terry talks with Derek about the genesis of Rachel Rising, the functions of its various actors, the philosophies that propel the narrative, and how his organic style of storytelling has come to define the series. Terry also places the title within the context of his other work, most notably Strangers in Paradise and Echo, and discusses his evolution as a writer within the comics medium. Derek also asks him about his plans regarding other media and the possibility of bringing Rachel Rising to television. This isn’t the first time that Derek has talked with Terry — he spoke with him briefly at the Dallas Comic Con in 2013, and he conducted a longer interview with him for the blog in 2014 — but this is the only time he has had him on the podcast for a substantive one-on-one interview.
This week on your favourite LIVE comics radio program, we welcome comic creator Terry Moore to the Monster Cave.
You are familiar with Terry’s work on his creator owned series’ “Strangers In Paradise”, “Echo”, and “Rachel Rising”. We’ll be chatting with Terry about his work, the importance of creating strong female characters and, of course Monster Mike will be itching to talk ‘process’. As always, If you have a question for Terry Moore, feel free to post it on our Facebook wall or give us a call at 506-453-4949.
Part relationship story, part science fiction, Terry Moore’s Echo crosses traditional boundaries. The series includes some fascinating characters, and a frustrating main character whose life isn’t moving forward. Are the characters too reminiscent of those in Moore’s popular Strangers in Paradise? Will there be an Echo movie, with the relationship parts cut out? Tim and newcomer Alberto review.
The final part of our Emerald City ComiCon series: Greg interviews Alan J. Porter from Cars, Pete interviews John Layman from Chew, and Greg interviews Terry Moore from Strangers in Paradise. If you have comments, please stop by our site and share them with us.
Pete interviews Alexander Harris, author of Team of Heroes, a new comic oriented theatrical production, currently running in Seattle. Kevin and Greg discuss some of their favorite comic relationships in honor of Valentine’s Day. If you would like to leave comments please head over to the show’s page at http://BackroomPodcast.com/48.
This week I call for a little help. Friend and co-host Joe Aulisio stops by the “studio” and converses with me about our Top 10 favorite comic book stories. Our personal picks make the cutting room floor, and a l0t of diversity finds its way into our chat. Listen in and see if you agree with what we highlight.