Comic News Insider Episode 836 – Call the Kwong!

Comic News Insider: Episode 836 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Encounter #1, Eternity Girl #1, New Mutants: Dead Souls #1, Vampironica #1

By popular demand, Emmy Potter comes back 2 weeks in a row to co-host! She and Jimmy chat about that little Avengers: Infinity War trailer & the facial hair that lies within. News includes: Ava DuVernay is directing a New Gods film, Dark Horse Comics is publishing 2 Incredibles 2 comics. DC Comics will publish a bi-weekly Justice League comic starting in June and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!



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Top 5 Comics Podcast Ep. 108 Season 6

Comic book round table. This week, we have – Action Comics #999, X-Men Blue #23, Sea of Thieves #1, Death Bed #1, New Mutants Dead Souls #1 and more ………..

Run Times –

News In Comics…. – 2:03 – 13:48

Action Comics #999 – 13:52 – 25:15

X-Men Blue #23 – 25:15 – 32:10

Sea of Thieves #1 – 32:10 – 41:34

Death Bed #1 – 41:34 – 51:04

New Mutants Dead Souls #1 – 51:10 – 1:05:01


Books to watch – 1:05:10


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The Grawlix Podcast #59: Spunky D Breaks Jesse

On this episode the Grawlix Podcast wraps up their John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 1 discuss and take some spectacular audio feedback from a spunky listener. Oh yeah, Happy Holidays! Enjoy!

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00:00:00 – Intro/Greetings
00:05:32 – Next Month’s Poll List Pick: Paper Girls Vol. 1
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00:06:07 – Letters and audio feedback from Mathew Downs
00:19:14 – John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 1 Part 2
01:03:07 – Outro

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Comic News Insider Episode 746 – CNI Unleashed!

Comic News Insider: Episode 746 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Cougar And Cub #1, Curse Words #1, Dollface #1, Mighty Captain Marvel #1, Monsters Unleashed #1

Jimmy is joined in studio again by the Jon-uary co-host, Jon Hoche! The boys discuss the nerdy Oscar nominations and what of those they’ve seen/need to see. News includes: DC Comics is raising prices of select comics to $3.99, Star Wars Episode VIII will be titled The Last Jedi, Sony’s untitled animated Spider-Man film will feature Miles Morales, Harley Quinn will make an appearance in Gotham at the end of the current season, there will now be a Black Adam film (starring Dwayne Johnson) along with the previously announced Shazam! film, Witchblade will get a second shot at a TV series, M. Night Shyamalan has announced his next film will be a sequel to his 2000 superhero film Unbreakable and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!



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The Grawlix Podcast #34: Cinnamon Chicken

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This episode we discuss Preacher Vol. 1 (issues #1-7), The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere, and Jesse recounts his experiences at the recent Time Eddy II Doctor Who convention in Wichita Kansas including meeting Peter Davison. Enjoy!

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Top 5 Comics Podcast Episode 84 – Season 4

Comic book round table. This week, we have – Lost Boys #1, Shipwreck #1, Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #1, Seven To Eternity #1, Nights Dominion #2, and more ………..

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News In Comics…. – 2:28- 12:21

Lost Boys #1 – 12:21 – 25:31

Shipwreck #1 – 25:31 – 34:09

Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #1 – 34:30– 46:43

Seven To Eternity #1 – 46:43- 59:32

Nights Dominion #2  – 59:32- 1:12:48

Books to look for – 1:12:48

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Comics Alternative, Episode 205: Reviews of Angel Catbird, Vol. 1, Everafter #1, and Glitterbomb #1

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  • 00:00:30 – Introduction
  • 00:02:32 – Comics Alternative news
  • 00:05:57 – Angel Catbird, Vol. 1
  • 00:39:10 – Everafter #1
  • 00:52:07 – Glitterbomb #1
  • 01:05:39 – Wrap up
  • 01:06:41 – Contact us


On this week’s episode, the Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics look at three recent texts, each fantastical in its own way. They begin with Margaret Atwood and Johnnie Christmas’s Angel Catbird, Vol. 1 (Dark Horse Books), a unique amalgamation of Golden Age superhero comics, environmental awareness, and ailurophilia. This is the first mainstream comics foray for Atwood, a Canadian novelist, poet, and winner of the Man Booker Prize. Andy and Derek spend a good deal of time talking about the tone of this book as well as its intended, or perhaps inferred, readers. They also sense a faint whiff of “Omaha” the Cat Dancer.

Next, the guys turn their attention to the new addition to the Fables world, Everafter #1 (Vertigo Comics). Written by David Justus and Matthew Sturges, and with art by Travis Moore, this new title picks up where Bill Willingham’s long-running series left off. Several of the old Fables make their ways into this first issue, but what appears to distinguish Everafter from the original run is its emphasis on adventure, similar to Chris Roberson’s Cinderella stories.

Finally, Andy and Derek discuss the first issue in the new Image Comics series, Glitterbomb. This is Jim Zubb’s look at the exploitative nature of Hollywood culture, but with a healthy dose of horror thrown in. The guys wonder if this series will adopt a polemical tone similar to Bitch Planet. And they are especially taken by the art of newcomer Djibril Morissette-Phan.



ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 78: Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta

V FOR VENDETTA was a personal podcast for me. As the resident anarchist in ComicsVerse’s stable of commentators, I was both one of the people advocating for an episode about it and one of the most well-prepared on the panel to discuss its political inspiration.

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Justin jokes early on that our open discussion is “the strangest of all podcasts,” but to me, as an academic, this discussion felt familiar. V FOR VENDETTA is a sprawling, intellectually dense work that has to be engaged with from a scholarly perspective to be fully appreciated. It’s packed with allusions, political theory, and musings on human nature. We tried our best to meet it on its own terms. Therefore, what makes for one of our most heady podcasts is also one of our most interesting. Those of you who’ve got near the end of your BA or past it will probably find it similar to a seminar in which the professor has an even more dry sense of humor— Justin’s sense of humor —than professors tend to have.  Connor, as a Princeton graduate, is able to seamlessly move into our seminar-style discussion. Naturally, ComicsVerse editor Jake Grubman’s post-graduate education in law prepared him well for such a discussion, and of course, Gabby Beans’ reputation as a thinker precedes her, so her thoughtful contributions come as no surprise.

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Part of why I hoped that we would do a podcast on V FOR VENDETTA is simply that I love Alan Moore’s work, but I also thought that it was doubly relevant in the present US political climate. It’s relevant to a topic that’s been making the rounds in the news for years: the hacktivist organization Anonymous. And it’s relevant to a much newer topic: the accusation that Donald Trump and his rise are fascistic. Especially with some small degree of confrontation between Anonymous’ and Trumps’ organizations themselves, the questions of whether Trump is a fascist and of whence Anonymous’ inspiration comes are worth asking and discussing. We touch on these topics, and I hope the groundwork that I lay for them myself by attempting to define fascism and anarchism is helpful to listeners. In this way, we hope this podcast allows you to continue these discussions yourselves!

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Episode 191: Reviews of Dark Night: A True Batman Story, Midnight of the Soul #1, and The Experts

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Buckle up, because Andy and Derek are back behind the wheel. On this week’s trip, they’re taking you down a road that includes three very different titles. They begin with Paul Dini and Eduardo Risso’s Dark Night: A True Batman Story (Vertigo Comics)…and yes, you did read correctly, the guys are discussing a book with “Batman” in its title. But while the Caped Crusader is a prominent part of the story, this isn’t a standard superhero narrative, but an autobiographical account of a traumatic event in Dini’s life. The guys discuss the manner of Dini’s narration, especially as it’s represented by Risso’s art. In fact, it’s the latter that consumes much of the conversation, as they highlight Risso’s diversity of style to reflect shifts in the storytelling.

Next they look at the first in a five-issue limited series from Howard Chaykin, Midnight of the Soul (Image Comics). This is a story that Chaykin has been wanting to tell for some time, and the guys are happy to see it MidnightOfTheSoul-interiorfinally coming to fruition. It’s the tale of Joel, a wannabe writer who is emotionally scarred from the fighting in Germany during the closing days of World War II. In this first issue, Joel discovers that his wife is living a double life, and both Derek and Andy comment on the signature Chaykin elements in the story, including someone getting shot in the head in the middle of a blowjob. But there’s more than just sex and violence in this comic. As the guys reveal, they’re impressed by the tightly woven elements within the premise, the visual patterns and rhythms that Chaykin establishes at the outset, and in anticipation (they hope) of big narrative payoff.

Finally, the Two Guys wrap up with a recent publication from Retrofit/Big Planet Comics, Sophie Franz’s The Experts. This is a short one-shot that blends horror with the fantastic. In the story, a group of individuals, the experts, are studying a mysterious group of aquatic humanoids while their experiences doing so are slowly pulling them apart. This is the first time either Derek or Andy have encountered Franz’s art, but they like what they see and call it one of the most notable titles they’ve read this year. But then again, this is the kind of comic they have come to expect from Retrofit/Big Planet.


Emergency Podcast: The Good, Bad and Ugly of the New 52 — Listener Picks

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It’s time for the Listeners to speak out on The Good, Bad and Ugly of the New 52 and they do just that!  Jim, Eric and Reggie read your picks and boy, did it take a long time.  That’s okay though, we have nothing better to do for hours and hours on a Friday Night.  Actually it ran deep into Saturday Morning, but who is counting?!?!  Actually, they have a great time with it and loved the huge response. Enjoy!

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Episode 73: Investigating Mat Johnson’s INCOGNEGRO – Race in America

INCOGNEGRO is one of the most entertaining and important graphic novels I have had the pleasure of reading, and during this podcast, I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by brilliant and beautiful people who shared my enthusiasm for this book.Written by Mat Johnson, INCOGNEGRO is about a black reporter in the early 1930’s using his light skin and Eurocentric features to impersonate a white man as he investigates lynchings in the south. This panel was immaculately hosted by Gabby Beans, she kept the conversation going as Malia Knight, Bintu Conte, Travelle Barksdale, and myself gave our shiny two cents on race relations in America, systematic oppression, and of course this hilarious, entertaining, and important comic.

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Written by Mat Johnson, INCOGNEGRO is about a black reporter in the early 1930’s using his light skin and Eurocentric features to impersonate a white man as he investigates lynchings in the south. The podcast panel was immaculately hosted by Gabby Beans, she kept the conversation going as Malia Knight, Bintu Conte, Travelle Barksdale, and myself gave our shiny two cents on race relations in America, systematic oppression, and of course this hilarious, entertaining, and important comic. The current social landscape is occupied by dangerous Trump rallies and the Black Lives Matter movement means there couldn’t have been a better time for this comic to be analyzed and discussed. This book would be relevant at most times in American history, but with themes of race and gender being central to the narrative, our current social climate seemed like a perfect coincidence. An even greater coincidence was that we were able to record this podcast in February, which is considered Black History month (in some parts of this country).

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Mat Johnson managed to craft a refreshing noir filled with analysis on racial and gender politics while still finding time for colorful characters and an intriguing murder mystery.  INCOGNEGRO truly represents some of the best work in the medium we at ComicsVerse love to analyze deeply. British artist Warren Pleece provided the artwork. In terms of character design, it seemed that Warren Pleece intentionally made the physical differences between black and white characters close to non-existent, and white a black and white color scheme (keeping with the noir theme) the race of the characters is almost impossible to decipher without context. Johnson and Pleece have brought the world and the awesome medium of graphic novels a spectacular, funny, uncomfortable, important book. We hope you enjoy all that we have to say.

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Comics Alternative, Episode 170: A Publisher Spotlight on Vertigo

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For their first publisher spotlight of 2016, Andy and Derek focus on the new wave of titles from Vertigo, those being launched between October and December of last year. As you might expect, this is an extra long episode of the podcast because the guys discuss twelve new series, and some of them already with three and four issues released. These include:

Both Derek and Andy enjoy almost all of these titles, but there are a few that really stand out for them — and they spend a disproportionate time discussing — including The Twilight ChildrenUnfollowJacked, and Sheriff of Babylon. They also use their analysis of Lucifer to segue into a brief coverage of The Sandman: Overture, Deluxe Edition. The first of that six-issues miniseries was part of the guys’ earlier Vertigo spotlight back in November 2013, and a central component of that publisher’s previous wave of new titles, but the collected edition was just released late last year. Although it had an unusually long incubation period, The Sandman: Overture does help Andy and Derek juxtapose Vertigo’s two big release efforts, leading them into a discussion of possible new directions the publisher may be going.



Wayne’s Comics Podcast #202 With Russell Nohelty, Ben Caldwell, Mark Russell, Lauren Beukes, Dale Halvorsen, And Jeff King

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This week, Russell Nohelty from Katrina Hates the Dead introduces us to his new book and discusses how you can access his great product at and his upcoming crowdfunding instruction site, so he’s up first in episode #202! Then my coverage of this year’s New York Comic Con concludes with three special interviews. You’ll hear me talk with Ben Caldwell and Mark Russell from Prez, followed by my interview with Vertigo’s Survivors’ Club creators Lauren Beukes and Dale Halvorsen. Then everything concludes with my interview with Convergence and Telos scripter Jeff King, an accomplished TV creator now getting into comics. Again, special thanks to Charlotte Sandler from BH Impact and the folks at DC Comics’ publicity! You’ll find the sequence and times you can hear each interview during the podcast below:

  1. Katrina Hates the Dead: Russell Nohelty 1:25
  2. Prez: Ben Caldwell, Mark Russell                                 33:20
  3. Survivors’ Club: Lauren Beukes, Dale Halvorsen 42:22
  4. Convergence, Telos: Jeff King                                                 50:48