Welcome to 2018! In Episode 311, high-power comics creator Jeff Kaufman returns, and he’s got new stories to tell! In the next few weeks, his moving book 9-11 will hit the stands, something we focus on quite a bit. Then we discuss Killing Mars as well as Scary Fails before we look forward to the other great stories he’s bringing our way soon! For more information, go to his website at this link! Jeff loves to talk comics, so I’m sure you’ll enjoy what he has to say as we kick off a brand new year!
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- 00:00:30 – Introduction
- 00:02:37 – Comments on the 2017 Eisner Award winners
- 00:14:49 – The Death of Stalin
- 00:41:52 – Moonstruck #1
- 01:02:16 – Kros: Hallowed Ground
- 01:33:14 – Wrap up
- 01:34:25 – Contact us
This week on The Comics Alternative‘s regular review show, the Two Guys discuss three recent titles, all of which involve monsters….or outsiders, depending on your perspective. They begin with The Death of Stalin, written by Fabien Nury and with art by Thierry Robin (Titan Comics). This is a translation of a French text that is soon to be released as a major motion picture in the UK, and then eventually coming to the US. It’s the semi-historical account of the death of Joseph Stalin and the unusual circumstances surrounding that event. As Andy and Derek point out, Nury’s dark sense of humor is apparent throughout, while Robin’s art captures the grittiness of the context.
Next, the guys move on to Grace Ellis, Shae Beagle, and Kate Leth’s Moonstruck #1 (Image Comics). The story takes place in an urban setting, with young people going about their daily, and sometimes wacky, lives…sort of like something out of Seinfeld or Friends. However, what marks this series is its fantastical nature: everyone is a mythical figure of some sort. While Leth provides a bit of the art, the lion’s share goes to newcomer Shae Beagle, which is a stand out. And although both guys had wondered when they read the original solicit if this series may be a bit too “cute,” they find Ellis’s story mature in a way they hadn’t expected.
Finally, Andy and Derek do something they haven’t really done before: review a title that is only available through a Kickerstarter campaign. Tom Mandrake and John Ostrander’s Kros: Hallowed Ground takes place during the horrific yet decisive Battle of Gettysburg, but it’s more than just a war story. This is a landscape populated by vampires. And what better feeding ground for bloodsuckers than this battlefield? On it’s own, this narrative leaves open a few questions, but the guys sense that this is the first in a series of Kros tales that will flesh out a larger storyworld. They hope that this, as well as other future installments, might find its way to print in the future.
Talk about comics creators! In Episode 242, it’s the return of Jeff Kaufman, who is bringing back Big City Comics to help fans get two of his books every month, He talks about several of his graphic novels, including Bayou Bound, Terminal Alice, Fallen Angel, Whore, Gabriel Tempest, and Tainted, as well as his ongoing title Scary Fails and his children’s book Chip & Gorro! We discuss why Big City Comics has returned and what that means for his future as a storyteller! For more information, go to his website at this link! Jeff loves to talk comics, so I’m sure you’ll enjoy what he has to say! Be sure to let your local comics shop know you want the latest offerings from Jeff by Thursday of this week so you’ll get the Scary Fails you should have!
JoshWill from Foshkos sits in this podcast as we talk C.R.O.T.C.H. #1, the Supergirl leak and The Flash season finale. Then it’s on to comics with reviews of Marvel Comics’ A-Force #1 and BOOM! Studios’ Oh, Killstrike #1. Listen in!
Dylan and John read a story from the Dark Horse staple, Hellboy. We chose the 1996 story Wake The Devil. Hellboy and the BPRD track down Giurescu and have some interesting adventures along the way. Join us as we discuss what this story did well and what things could have been done better.
Confusing story (19:53)
supernatural story (31:05)
Rasputin and the Dragon (42:36)
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On this podcast we review Justice League: War, the latest animated movie from DC Comics. Then we head over to Marvel Comics to talk a little Empire of the Dead: Act One. Yes, more Zombies. Listen in!
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By now you know that Chris is a HUGE fan of the vampire movie “Let The Right One In”. It is also no secret that he’s not a big fan of remakes, in fact he swore NEVER TO PAY MONEY to see the American re-do. Well, now it’s available on the internets for free, and the time has come to see if it lives up to the original masterpiece. Spoiler: it doesn’t. Joining Chris for the first time on Two True Freaks is fellow champion of the original film, Joe “Matt Reeves’ Worst Nightmare” Anthrax! FUR FLIES!
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The prequel to the month of horror. When we found out that a fellow f bomber, Kevin, had a weird quirk that could only be explained by extreme OCD, the rest of the f bomb crew did what we do best, Exploit the Fuck out of it. Kevin can only watch horror movies in october so now that is being done by everyone that is cool. The rules are laid out, and the judge is named, let the images began. After an extensive discussion of what is to come over the next month, Child’s Play and Diary of a Wimpy Kid are discussed. We learn what the boys would look like as Tranny superheroes and how tasty that first glass of adult juice was for them. Wildstorm is morned and Black Panther is laughed at. Regular comics discussed are Supergirl 55, Usagi Yojimbo 1, Goon 1, Hellblazer 269-270 (and tj’s new blog constantinesattitude.wordpress.com), Namor: First Mutant, X-23, Guarding the Globe, Superman: our World at War, Justice League, and Batgirl. Of course you get some Dr. Who and Star Trek References, why do you even ask. Enjoy this extra sized helping of geeky goodness.
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This is It folks, One of the greatest episode ever put out by the dynamic trio. (Stop your snickering, we have put out some good shows in the past). We learn about how people pee at a urinal. We learn Kevin’s obsession with bald men. We learn that Mike is awesome (really we learn nothing new about mike so We just keep assuming his awesomeness.) Kevin Becomes Master of his domain while watching a show about blood thirsty vampires. Yes folks we go sort of in depth about the greatness that is Dark Shadows. Music is big as TJ trumps Mike’s rock show with a song off the Brand Spankin’ new Rob Zombie Album. Kevin is the only comic reader this week so he Opines all by himself about Didio’s Doom Patrol, Brubaker’s Captain American 602, and Starman 81. The show is rounded off with a list of Top 5 Favorite Villains. Enjoy!
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-the comic bag
-retro review: action comics annual #1
-x-men motion comic ep.3 review
-one to watch
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