Comics Alternative Podcast Episode 40: June Previews

“Constantly in Danger of Scurvy”

JunePreviewsThis week on the podcast Andy and Derek flip through the pages of the June Previews catalog, and there they find a whole slew of great upcoming titles. In fact, this month they find solicits on an exciting lineup of new alternative/indie books, including Adrian Tomine’s Optic Nerve #13 and Seth’s Palookaville  #21 (both from Drawn & Quarterly), the Hernandez brothers’ Love & Rockets: New Stories No. 6 (Fantagraphics), John Lewis & Andrew Aydin’s March, Book 1 (Top Shelf), Zak Sally’s Sammy the Mouse Vol. 2 (Uncivilized Books), Ben Acker & Ben Blacker’s The Thrilling Adventure Hour (Archaia Entertainment), Jack Katz’s The First Kingdom, Vol. 1: The Birth of Tundran (Titan Comics), P. Craig Russell’s Opera Adaptations (NBM), Classics Illustrated Deluxe, Vol. 10: The Murder in the Rue Morgue and Other Tales (Papercutz), as well as Howard Chaykin’s Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and Walt Kelly’s Pogo: The Complete Dell Comics, Vol. 1 (both from Hermes Press). Other highlights of this episode include:

  • Derek’s grumblings about the “Muppet Babies” phenomenon and the annoying juvenilization of Hellboy, Kiss, Mad magazine, and other “mature” properties
  • Lessons on name pronunciations
  • Andy’s upcoming appearance at HeroesCon and his need of fresh fruit
  • And the Two Guys with PhDs’ new caricatures (thanks to Benjamin Birdie)!


Also, Derek and Andy remind listeners about their June giveaway (in conjunction with Lone Star Comics in Plano, TX), an official Star Trek Klingon disruptor. Listen! Enter! Love!

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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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