Comics Alternative Podcast Episode 36.1: FCBD Panel Discussion at Lone Star Comics

Are We Currently In a “Golden Age” of Comics?

FCBD Panel
This past Saturday, Free Comic Book Day, Lone Star Comics in Plano, TX, sponsored a panel discussion on the current state of American comics.  He invited a variety of individuals from different backgrounds and with different perspectives, but all participating in the field of comics in some form or another. The Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics were invited to take part in this event. Unfortunately, Andy couldn’t make it, but Derek was able to be there and provide his two or three cents. Joining Derek on the panel were Scott Fane, one of the writers from the blog Comical Musings; Chris Danger from live pop culture broadcast SCNS:Live; Brent Erwin, the Chief Operating Officer and one of the founders of Ape Entertainment; and Hunter S. Zombie, the writer of the indy title, Stillborn: The First Zombie.  Introducing the panel was Shea Hennum, the scheduling manager of Lone Star Comics in Plano and a friend of the show.  Shea got the ball rolling by asking the question, “Are we currently in a ‘golden age’ of comics?”  What followed was a series of responses to that questions, insights and observations that led down several interesting paths.

Much thanks to Rick Cromack, the manager of Lone Star Comics in Plano, for organizing this event.  And a big thank you as well to Jason Dilworth of SCNS:Live, who helped us with the recording and who captured the panel discussion on video. If you would like to see the panelists in action, in addition to listening to them, be sure to check out the SCNS:Live recording.

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About Derek Royal

The Comics Alternative is a weekly podcast focused on the world of alternative, independent, and primarily non-superhero comics. (There’s nothing wrong with the superhero genre…we just want to do something different.) New shows become available every Wednesday…much like the comic books you get. Episodes feature reviews of graphic novels and current ongoing series, discussions of upcoming comics, examinations of collected editions, in-depth analyses of a variety of comics texts, spotlights on various creators and their oeuvre, roundtable discussions with prominent critics and scholars in the field, and interviews with the artists and writers who make all of this possible. Along the way, Andy and Derek will talk about the various books that they are reading; the many pop cultural references that, for better or worse, inform their lives; and the unpredictable (and inexplicable) weirdness that seems to creep into each episode. In essence,The Comics Alternative podcast is brilliantly simple: Two guys with PhDs talking about comics.

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