Comics Alternative Interviews: Another Happy New Yoe with Craig Yoe

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Time Codes:

  • 00:00:25 – Introduction
  • 00:02:12 – Setup of interview
  • 00:03:56 – Interview with Craig Yoe
  • 02:01:22 – Wrap up
  • 02:02:17 – Contact us

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Welcome to 2018! And as The Comics Alternative has done for the past several years, they start off the new year with an interview of perennial   favorite of the podcast, Craig Yoe. These are called the annual Happy New Yoe shows. And this year, Derek talks with Craig about Yoe Books past, present, and future. They start off by discussing many of the books that Craig and his wife/partner, Clizia Gussoni, released in 2017. These include those published through Yoe Books/IDW Publishing — e.g., Mummies!: Classic Monsters of Pre-Code Horror ComicsBehaving Madly: Zany, Loco, Cockeyed, Rip-off, Satire MagazinesHaunted Love Vol. 1; The Complete Voodoo Vol. 3Jay Disbrow’s Monster Invasion; and volumes of both Haunted Horror and Weird Love — but also works that Craig published elsewhere, such as his book for younger readers, LOL: A Load of Laughs and Jokes for Kids, published through Little Simon. 

After that, Craig fields several questions asked by fans via Facebook…some sensible, others rather wacky. That eventually leads them into a discussion of books from Craig we have to look forward to in 2018. Among the various upcoming titles they discuss are We Spoke Out: Comic Books and the HolocaustSuper Weird Heroes: Preposterous but TrueLou Cameron’s Unsleeping DeadDrawing and Life Lessons from Master Cartoonists, Super Patriotic Heroes, and Reefer Madness. This is an extra long interview, running for almost two hours, and there’s a lot packed into the conversation. Plenty to help carry listeners comfortably into the new year!

Comics Alternative Interviews: Happy New Yoe!

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Time Codes:

  • 00:00:25 – Introduction
  • 00:02:13 – Setup of interview
  • 00:03:20 – Interview with Craig Yoe
  • 01:25:46 – Wrap up
  • 01:28:58 – Contact us

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It’s a new year, and what better way to bring it in than with another Craig Yoe interview! In what has become a Comics Alternative tradition, the Two Guys with PhDs use their very first episode of the year — not just their first interview, but their very first podcast release — to talk with Craig and find out what he’s been up to. It’s what has become known as the guys’ Happy New Yoe show!

The fun begins with Andy and Derek asking Craig about his 50th anniversary celebration. As he tells the guys, this year is the golden anniversary of Craig’s first contribution to comics culture, a fanzine he published as a kid. And from there, he never looked back. A big part of this celebration is a string of new releases that began late last year. In fact, most of the interview is devoted to a discussion of one of those books, Super Weird Heroes: Outrageous but Real! This is the first of a two-volume — and maybe a third? — collection of really strange heroes from comics’ Golden Age, written and drawn by some of the medium’s most obscure as well as some of its best-known creators. The guys ask Craig about the compilation of this enterprise and its place within the Yoe Books pantheon. They also do deep dives into some of the weirdest of the weird, including the superhero of the cloth The Deacon and his sidekick Mickey; the disembodied hand, The Hand; the crossdressing Madam Fatal; phallic-prone heroes such as Black Cobra, Nature Boy, and The Dart; Kangaroo Man and his Nazi-bashing marsupial pal Bingo; the inexplicable Jeep and Peep; and the nearly naked Phantasmo. Actually, there is a lot of bared flesh to go round in this book.

But the Two Guys also ask Craig about some of his other recent books, including The Return of the Zombies, The Complete Voodoo Vol. 2, Jay Disbrow’s Monster InvasionBehaving MadlyReefer Madness, and the next volume in his Weird Love series. It’s an understatement to say that there’s a lot to look forward to from Yoe Books in the coming year. Craig Yoe is still the most interviewed guest in Comics Alternative history, and you can rest assured that he’ll be back a couple of more times to talk about even more releases in the coming year.

And a special Happy New Year goes out to Clizia Gussoni, Craig’s partner and the engine that keeps Yoe Books running. Thank you for all of your help, Clizia!

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Once Again, It’s Time for Craig Yoe

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Happy New Yoe!

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It’s a brand new year, and for their very first podcast episode of 2016, the guys have as their guest the great Craig Yoe! This may become a tradition on The Comics Alternative, having Craig start off the new year, much as they did in 2015. In fact, this is the fifth interview appearance that Craig has made on the podcast (not counting the brief segment recorded at HeroesCon last year). Usually when the Yoemesiter comes on the show, he has one or two new books to discuss. But this time around there are a whopping six titles recently released from Yoe Books and IDW Publishing! It’s all that Gene and Derek can do to keep up with everything that Craig and his production editor/wife, Clizia Gussoni, are putting out.

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They begin with a discussion of the five year anniversary of Yoe Books, which Craig actually celebrated last year. When he appeared on the show back in January of 2015, Craig discussed the coming year and what he had in store for the anniversary celebration. So Derek and Gene talk with him about the success of the first five years and about plans for the next five. Then they jump into a discussion of the many Yoe Book releases we’ve experienced over the past couple of months, beginning with Walt Kelly’s Fairy Tales. This is a beautiful book, going above and beyond the usual standards we’ve come to expect from Yoe and IDW, and the guys begin by asking their guest about the production work that went into this volume. Craig also shares his love of Walt Kelly and his experiences collecting the material which originally appeared in Dell’s Fairy Tale Parade between 1942 and 1946. Next, the guys ask Craig about his latest additions in his Chilling Archives of Horror Comics series, Ghosts and Girls of Fiction House (curated and introduced by Michael H. Price) and The Complete Voodoo, Vol. 1 (which includes an introduction by Mike Howlett, who has previously appeared on the podcast). They discuss the sheer weirdness that was Voodoo, a pre-code horror title from Farrell Publications, and the fetishism apparent in the Fiction House volume. Craig points out that Jumbo Comics, part of the Fiction House line, was known for its buxom women in compromised positions, and that the selections from its “Ghost Gallery” sections (collected in the Fiction House book) provide plentiful examples of “headlight comics.” Gene and Derek also talk with Craig about the latest collected editions of his ongoing series, Haunted HorrorVol. 3: Pre-code Comics So Good, They’re Scary and Weird Love, Vol. 2: That’s the Way I Like It!, as well as his upcoming three-issue miniseries, Haunted Love. It just gets weirder and weirder with Craig Yoe…and that’s why the guys keep inviting him back on the podcast!

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Be sure to check out The Yoe Tube on YouTube for fun videos and music…the latter of which is included in this episode!

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BOOM! STUDIOS

  • Hexed #10
  • Lumberjanes #14
  • Oh Killstrike #1 (Of 4)
  • Peanuts #28
  • Sons Of Anarchy #21
  • UFOlogy #2

DARK HORSE COMICS

  • Archie Vs Predator #2 (Of 4)
  • B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth #131
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #15
  • Dark Horse Presents #10
  • EI8HT #4 (Of 5)
  • Goon Once Upon A Hard Time #3 (Of 4)
  • Groo Friends And Foes #5
  • Mind MGMT #33
  • Resident Alien The Sam Hain Mystery #1 (Of 3)
  • Shaper #3 (Of 5)
  • The Strain The Night Eternal #9
  • Usagi Yojimbo #145

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

  • Battlestar Galactica Six #5 (Of 5)
  • Django Zorro #7 (Of 7)
  • Jungle Girl Season 3 #2 (Of 4)
  • Legenderry Vampirella #4 (Of 5)
  • Shaft #6
  • Swords Of Sorrow Vampirella Jennifer Blood #1 (Of 4)
  • Vampirella #12

IDW PUBLISHING

  • Angry Birds Comics #11
  • Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency #1 (Of 5)
  • Donald Duck #1
  • Drones #2 (Of 5)
  • Empire Uprising #2
  • Insufferable #1
  • Jem And The Holograms #3
  • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #30
  • Popeye Classics #34
  • Skylanders #9
  • Transformers #41
  • WEIRD Love #7
  • Winterworld Frozen Fleet #1 (Of 3)
  • X-Files Season 10 #24

IMAGE COMICS

  • The Fade Out #6
  • Ghosted #20
  • Kaptara #2
  • Oddly Normal #7
  • Satellite Sam #14
  • Secret Identities #4
  • Shutter #12
  • Spawn #252
  • Stray Bullets Sunshine And Roses #4
  • Thrilling Adventure Hour Presents Sparks Nevada Marshal On Mars #3 (Of 4)
  • The Tithe #2 (Of 4)
  • Trees #9
  • Valhalla Mad #1
  • Wytches #6

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

  • Bloodshot Reborn #2
  • Ninjak #3

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Back Again with Craig Yoe

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MiltGrossNYCraig Yoe is back for his fourth interview appearance on The Comics Alternative, and this time he has two wacky new books to share with everyone, both from IDW Publishing and Yoe! Books. First, he talks with Derek and Andy about Milt Gross’ New York, a “lost” graphic novel that was originally published in 1939 to capitalize on that year’s New York World’s Fair. Copies of the original paperback are very difficult to find, but Craig was able to get his hands on one — thanks to eBay — and then work his wonders in what he does best: restoring and reproducing in beautiful editions classic, often obscure, comics from our past. The result is a sturdy hardback volume that PopYoeshowcases the wild and breakneck style of Milt Gross. Originally published by Bystander Press and titled That’s My Pop! Goes Nuts for Fair: A Cartoon Tour of New York, it features Gross’s famous (at the time) character Pop, a proto-Homer Simpson, and his admiring son as they tour New York City, it’s neighborhoods, its nightlife, its culture, its food, its busy streets, and then finally ending up at the World’s Fair. Craig discusses the significance of Milt Gross to comics history and how his work is often overlooked. More to the point, much of the conversation centers on this new edition and how it could be read as a defining example of the cartoonist, who Craig sees as one of America’s funniest artists. Next, Derek and Andy talk with their guest about a second new publication from Yoe! Books, Weird Love, Vol. 1: You Know You Want It. It was almost a year ago that the Two Guys interviewed Craig about the WeirdLoveCoverinaugural issue of his semi-monthly series, Weird Love, and now that the first collected volume is out, they wanted to talk with him about his further adventures in finding strange stories masquerading as romance comics. Over the course of their conversation, the guys talk about hippy love, misogyny, spanking, communism, escorts, molls, Ronald Reagan, wayward girls, body image, and perhaps most disturbing of all (at least for Derek), clown love. As with every interview with Craig, the conversation never flags, is filled with fun and unlikely topics, and you’re not entirely sure where things will end up. The guys also talk with Craig about the fifth anniversary of Yoe! Books, a topic they discussed back in January, and how that year-long celebration is going. All in all, it’s a fun conversation…as it usually is with this guest. Craig’s been on the show so many times that he’s almost becoming an honorary cohost of The Comics Alternative. But that’s fine with Andy and Derek, and they plan to have him back for more conversation in the months to come.

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Be sure to check out The Yoe Tube on YouTube for fun videos and music!

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Comics Alternative Interviews: More Craig Yoe

“You can’t go wrong with booty”

YoeFB1For this interview show, Andy and Derek go down the rabbit hole in another conversation with the ever-talented, ever-entertaining Craig Yoe. They primarily discuss Craig’s latest projects, Alice in Comicland and the new Weird Love series (both from IDW Publishing), but they also bring up his other books (such as Comics about CartoonistsHaunted HorrorThe Best of Sexology, and Little Penis: Oh, the Places You’ll Grow!). AliceComiclandThey spend a lot of time talking about the various comics in the new Alice book, highlighting the more straight-laced adaptations, such as Chad Grothkoph’s “Alice Through the Looking-Glass,” classic parodies like Harvey Kurtzman and Jack Davis’s “Alice in Wonderland!”, as well as the truly bizarre and borderline-disturbing translations, e.g., Warren Kremer’s “Little Max Meets Alice in Wonderland” and Serge S. Sabarsky and George O. Muhlfield’s “Alice on Monkey Island.” After that things get a bit weird…with Weird Love! Craig discusses his new bimonthly series, compiled with his wife, Clizia Gussoni, and the inherently strange nature of classic romance comics. With titles such as “I Fell for a Commie,” “Love of a Lunatic,” and “You Also Snore Darling,” the guys have no problem in generating — and degenerating — WeirdLove31offbeat and irreverent conversation. The several Golden and Silver Age stories collected in this first issue of Weird Love cover such topics as sexual politics, misogyny, the women’s liberation movement, Joe Gill’s cultural conservatism, bald creepy guys, and spanking. So get ready to step through the podcasting looking-glass with this sick, kinky, and bizarro conversation with one of comics’ inimitable figures.

And remember: Just say “Yo!” to Yoe! 

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