Webcomics: Reviews of Grass of Parnassus, Lavender Jack, and Take the A Train

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Platform Variety!

On the November webcomics episode — albeit a little late — Sean and Derek look at three very different webcomics…especially different when it comes their hosting platforms. They begin with Stuart and Kathryn Immonen’s Grass of Parnassus. This is a unique science fiction narrative that is relatively new, starting in September this year, with an intriguing storyline (what there is so far) and incredible art. But what is additionally notable about this webcomic is that it’s being hosted on Instagram. This is the first time the guys have discussed an Instagram-based webcomic, and Sean and Derek spend a bit of time discussing the pros and cons of this platform.

After that they focus on Lavender Jack, a webcomic hosted on Webtoon and written and illustrated by Dan Schkade. It’s an engaging crime/intrigue webcomic that reminds the guys of both The Scarlet Pimpernel and Batman. A unique combination! It’s the story of a wealthy socialite who dons a costume to cover his identity, and then goes about exposing the hidden crimes of prominent, powerful, and corrupt citizens in the city. This is also a relatively new webcomic, starting in June, and although there are already 24 episodes (as of this recording), there are still a number of mysteries that are yet to be answered.

Finally, the Two Guys wrap up with an already completed webcomic, M. Dean and Z. Akhmetova’s Take the A Train. This is a relatively short narrative, but what makes it stand out — in addition to the incredible art — is that each half of the story is hosted on Dean’s and Akhmetova’s sites, respectively. This is the first time the guys have discussed a webcomic that was a collaborative endeavor in this manner. The webcomic is based on Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s classic song, and both creators focus on young protagonists in the middle of the 20th century who are fascinated with Ellington and his historic relationship with The Savoy in Harlem.

Comic News Insider Episode 897 – NYCC: Caster w/ Common, Minky Woodcock w/ Cynthia Von Buhler/Pearls Daily/Charles Ardai!

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Jimmy attended New York Comic Con and boy are his arms tired. As usual, he got lots of 1:1 interviews and covered as many press rooms as he could. Producer Joe even got in on the interviewing action! In this episode, you’ll hear the press rooms for the Webtoon’s webcomic Caster with rapper/actor Common and Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini with Cynthia Von Buhler (creator/writer/artists), Pearls Daily (Minky Woodcock in the live interactive stage production) and Charles Ardai (Hard Case Crime Founder for Titan Comics). Be here all month to hear more interviews/press rooms from NYCC! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 865 – The Trek to San Diego Comic Con!

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Reviews: Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #1, Farmhand #1, Incredibles 2 #1, Superman Vol 6 #1, X-23 #1, Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters 

Jimmy leaves early Wednesday for San Diego Comic Con and is still madly organizing his schedule. Many thanks to pals Emily, Marta, Emmy, Jon and Heidi that sent in audio reviews. And big ups to old childhood friend Jessica for being this week’s newsreader. News includes: HBO picks up Joss Whedon’s sci-fi series The Nevers, Dark Horse Comics announced the release of three new titles in Mike Mignola’s Hellboy universe, DC Comics announced it’s next group of crossovers w/ Hanna-Barbera characters and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 863 – CNI Sizzler!

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Reviews: Charlies Angels #1, Modern Fantasy #1, Multiple Man #1, Luke Cage s2

It’s a sizzling heatwave in NYC so everyone is staying home in their air conditioning. Jimmy gets friends Marta, Erica, Ashley and Emmy to send in their audio reviews. And frequent co-host Emily serves as news reader. Thanks to all! News includes: DC Universe will be a subscription streaming service that will include original content, A Halo TV series has gotten a 10 episode order at Showtime, CBS is releasing an official Star Trek-branded straight bourbon and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 860 – More Heroes Con w/ Bridgit Connell/Tom Akel!

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Reviews: Tank Girl All Stars #1, 2000AD Sci-Fi Special, Preacher s3 premiere, Westworld s2 finale, Incredibles 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Jimmy is still recovering from Heroes Con and brings you more interviews! You’ll hear him talk with pal Bridgit Connell about her new book with Titan Comics called Brother Nash. Always super fun to catch up with Bridgit! And he has a great chat with Tom Akel (Head of Content at Line WebToon) about what comics they are producing, their mission statement, how to get in the webcomics game and more. Thanks to Rachael, Ashley, Karlin and Erica for their audio reviews! News includes: Sam Kieth is writing/illustrating a The Maxx/Batman mini-series, the recent rumors that the Star Wars spin-offs are cancelled may not be true, DC Comics is bringing back their Giant comics exclusively to Wal-Mart and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 857 – Heroes Con Recap w/ Monica Gallagher/Babs Tarr!

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Reviews: Magic Order #1, Plastic Man Vol. 5 #1, Thor Vol. 5 #1, Archer s9 finale, Legion s2 finale, Supergirl s3 finale

Jimmy is back from Heroes Con and all you get is this dumb podcast! He got about 10 interviews and moderated 3 panels. You’ll hear those interviews over the next 2 weeks as well as 2 of the panels. In this episode, you’ll get interviews with Monica Gallagher (Assassin Roommate) and Babs Tarr (Motor Crush)! At Heroes, Jimmy sat down with friends Ashley Lanni and Sarah Delaine to review 3 comics this week. He also got friend Megan Fischer to send in an audio review. Thanks to all! News includes: new The Maxx comics are coming from IDW, the Lucifer TV show gets saved by Netflix, Dark Horse will publish a Stranger Things comic mini-series and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comics Alternative, Webcomics: The 2018 Eisner Awards Nominees for Best Webcomic

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Getting It Right This Time?

After a month’s hiatus — and due to an accident that Sean suffered (although he’s recovering now!) — the Two Guys are back with their latest webcomics episode. And since it’s Eisner Awards season, Sean and Derek decided to discuss the nominees for this year’s Best Webcomic category. As listeners may remember, last year the guys were quite critical of the Eisner Awards judges. While they finally took the long-overdue step in separating webcomics from digital comics, they nonetheless seemed to have no clear understanding of what defined a webcomic. They included webcomics in the Best Digital Comic category, and digital comics in the Best Webcomic category. This year, the judges seemed to have correctly understood the distinctions, although Sean and Derek still have questions as to the parameters and qualifications as to the choices and decision-making process. Then again, theirs may not be to wonder why, but to discuss critically the webcomics under consideration. And the guys have a fruitful discussion concerning this year’s nominees: