Comics Alternative, Episode 266: Reviews of Red Winter, Motherlands #1, and The Archies # 4

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:30 – Introduction
  • 00:003:11 – We get significant listener responses!
  • 00:07:41 – Red Winter
  • 00:32:46 – Motherlands #1
  • 00:50:03 – The Archies #4
  • 01:14:34 – Wrap up
  • 01:15:39 – Contact us

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This week Gene and Derek discuss, yet again, three diverse titles. They begin with Anneli Furmark’s Red Winter (Drawn and Quarterly). It’s the the first in a trilogy of graphic novels, although this is Furmark’s first work translated into English. The narrative is set in the late 1970s and centers on two lovers struggling with complicating relationships, both marital and political. Each chapter focuses on a particular character involved in the drama, and Furmark’s presentation is both contemplative and tonally provocative. The guys eagerly await further Furmark translations coming from Drawn and Quarterly.

Next, the Two Guys check out the first issue of a new Vertigo Comics miniseries, Motherlands, written by Si Spurrier and with art by Rachel Stott. This is a sci-fi, futuristic story of a middle-age multi-dimensional bounty hunter, Tabitha Tubach, trying to earn a living, while at the same time struggling with her past and a mother who marked it (and not for the better). And as if familial matters couldn’t get more any more trying, the end of this inaugural issue brings additional complications with the emergence of Tabitha’s sibling, Bubbsa.

Gene and Derek wrap up this week’s show with Alex Segura, Matthew Rosenberg, and Joe Eisma’s The Archies #4. It’s unusual that the guys review an issue of a series beyond the first one or two issues, but this is a special case. The focus of The Archies #4 is a musical group near and dear to both Derek and Gene, The Monkees. That’s right, Davy, Mickey, Peter, and Mike meet The Archies…which is not as unusual as you might think. After all, both groups have been perceived as “fictions,” both have been categorized as bubblegum pop, both inadvertently find themselves in weird dilemmas, and both have a history with Don Kirshner. Hey hey…

Comic News Insider Episode 825 – The Best of 2017!

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Heidi MacDonald (The Beat) returns to join Jimmy in the annual “Best of 2017” podcast! While there were many amazing comic books, TV shows, films and more…these are the best picks that THEY happen to read/watch. They probably missed some of your favorites but hope you check out what they really enjoyed in 2017. I mean, just check out that picture above. They covered A LOT! They’re definitely more loquacious than laconic so buckle up for a long ride! So many great creators in comics this year and quite a few got multiple kudos throughout the podcast. Thanks to Penelope Bagieu, Emil Ferris, Tillie Walden, Tom King, Greg Pak, Sina Grace and many others for bringing us such amazing work last year. Looking forward to all of your future projects! Drop us a line and let us know what some of your favorites were so we can check them out. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 816 – Harakiri Kane w/ Dean Haspiel/Stoya!

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Reviews: Power Pack Vol 3 #63, Ragman Vol 3 #1, Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica #1 & 2, Batman White Knight #1 & 2, The Archies #1 & 2, Thor: Ragnarok

We are back! Well, Jimmy is back. Busy time of year so co-hosts are hard to find. He records solo but recruits some of the CNI correspondents to send in audio reviews for all of the above. Mad thanks to Erica, Emmy, Emily, Marta, and Heidi! Last week, Jimmy attended the new play Harakiri Kane written by cartoonist Dean Haspiel and starring Stoya. He sat down with them both after the show to discuss the play and you get to hear all about it! News includes: Brian Michael Bendis signs exclusive deal with DC Comics, Millarworld announces first Netflix comic, Tim Sale is developing new Batman projects, a Lord of the Rings TV series is in the works, Gotham is recasting Poison Ivy yet again and more! Also, come back later this week for the final  NYCC special episode starring Hulu’s Runaways cast and producers! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 805 – NYCC Recap! Ben Templesmith/Alex Segura/Frank Tieri/Dan Parent/Jen Vaughn/Lauren Wilson!

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Jimmy went to New York Comic Con and boy are his arms tired! He covered a bunch of press rooms and got a great amount of 1:1 interviews with some awesome cartoonists/writers/artists. No reviews or news in this episode as we wanted to bring you a bunch of the interviews. Here, you’ll hear Jimmy chat with Ben Templesmith (Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse), Alex Segura (The Archies), Frank Tieri (Jughead: The Hunger), Dan Parent (Your Pal Archie), Jen Vaughn (Deadwater) and Lauren Wilson (The Walking Dead: The Official Cookbook and Survival Guide). Check out their work. You will not be disappointed. I wouldn’t have talked to them otherwise! Come back later this week for more 1:1s and the Gotham press room. Then next week, even more press rooms from The Tick, Agents of SHIELD, The Walking Dead, The Shannara Chronicles, Carmilla, SuperMansion and Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 772 – Lost in the Speed Force!

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Reviews: The Archies One Shot, I Am Groot #1, Samaritan Veritas #1, Archer S8 finale, Arrow S5 finale, The Flash S3 finale, Lucifer S2 finale

Jon Hoche returns after a week away to the rotating co-host chair! Jimmy talks about a possible 1:1 interview with a Gotham star or 2. News includes: DC Comics will do some Metal midnight launches, Battle Angel Alita is now on Comixology, Dynamite Entertainment is publishing new Turok and Sheena comics, Neil Gaiman will read The Cheesecake Factory menu if $500k is raised for charity, an Animaniacs reboot may be in development and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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