Comics Alternative, Episode 273: Reviews of Bizarre Romance, The Ballad of Sang #1, and Gideon Falls #1

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“Good squishy sounds”

On this week’s review episode, Gene and Derek discuss three recent, and very different, titles. They begin with Bizarre Romance (Abrams ComicArt), an unusual “graphic novel” written by Audrey Niffenegger and with art from Eddie Campbell. The various stories that compose this collection are both comics and prose-centric pieces, and all of the selections have something to do with relationships in an off-kilter manner. Next, they look at Ed Brisson and Alessandro Micelli’s The Ballad of Sang #1 (Oni Press). Inspired by 1970s and 1980s kung fu and action films, this first issue in the series introduces us to a young mute street fighter who becomes a fugitive and must fend for himself. Finally, Gene and Derek wrap up with the latest comic from Jeff Lemire, Gideon Falls #1. With art by Lemire’s stalwart collaborator, Andrea Sorrentino — they had previously worked together on Green Arrow and Old Man Logan — this is a dark and moody narrative that points to what will become a fascinating monthly series. As Lemire writes in the brief essay that closes out this first issue, Gideon Falls is the realization of a couple of story ideas that the writer has contemplated since his days as a film student.

Also, as the Two Guys share during their “listener mail” segment, English professor and dedicated listener Meghan Sweeney has set up a GoFundMe campaign that aspires, in the aftermath of the Parkland massacre, to get copies of John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell’s March trilogy into the hands of teens who might not otherwise have access to them. Please go fund this idea, and help spread the word!

Comics Alternative, On Location: Talking with Creators at Fan Expo Dallas 2017

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Our Man in Dallas

This past weekend Derek attended Dallas Fan Expo 2017, and there he was able to talk with several creators and publishers for the podcast. Some of his guests are individuals who have been on the podcast before — either while at conventions or on regular interview episodes — although some are appearing on The Comics Alternative for the first time. Those talking with Derek on this on-location show include Robert Wilson IV, Terry Moore, Raechel Alexis Gasparac, Ed Brisson, Joe Eisma, and Matt Hawkins. Enjoy, won’t you?

Be sure to check out today’s companion on-location episode where Andy talks with a few creators at the Sumter Comic Arts Symposium!



Wayne’s Comics Podcast #207 With Lovern Kindzierski

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I have a great suggestion for a wonderful holiday gift – Underworld from Lovern Kindzierski and Renegade Arts Entertainment!  It’s a fascinating tale of a man who thinks he’s part of the classic Odyssey tale, but is living in modern-day Winnipeg, Canada. He’s on a mission to accomplish several important things, including returning to his family. The writer of the terrific Shame series of books, Mr. Kindzierski discusses his own journey in bringing Underworld to us readers, so you’ll want to hear what he has to say!

In order to get your copy of Underworld, you can ask your local comics shop to order this 130-page epic tale. If that’s not possible, starting Thursday, December 17, you can order it at! Or you can get it through this link at the Renegade Arts Entertainment website! It’s highly recommended, and something sure to add some much-needed variety to your reading! Don’t miss it!


Comics Alternative Interviews: Ed Brisson

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“I’ve got  no problem with hipsters”


In yet another of the Two Guys’ interview series, Derek is back to talk with one of the hardest working people in comics today, Ed Brisson. The first issue of his and Adam Gorham’s new series, The Violent, will be released tomorrow, and Ed shares with Derek the story behind this new ongoing title ViolentCoverfrom Image Comics. In fact, Ed reveals that the genesis of the narrative actually springs from his earlier webcomic (and later Dark Horse title), Murder Book. The protagonists, Mason and Becky, are a young working class couple with a checkered past trying to escape the drugs and crime that helped to get them where they are today. As Ed describes, their dilemma has very much a “Murder Book feel,” making The Violent an ongoing extension of that story collection. The two also talk about his and Lisandro Estherren’s upcoming four-issue miniseries from BOOM! Studios, The Last Contract, the story of a retired hitman who reluctantly finds himself forced back into the business. Along the way, they also bring in discussions of Ed’s previous series such as ComebackThe FieldThe Mantle, Cluster, and Sheltered. In fact, it’s all that Derek can do to contain a conversation that includes such prodigious output. Ed’s definitely a hard-working writer, but as he makes clear in the interview, he knows how to let loose, have a good time, and then let those experiences inform his art.


Wayne’s Comics Podcast #176 With Ed Brisson, Joelle Jones

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It’s a double feature week in Episode 176 of the Wayne’s Comics Podcast, featuring two creators with books that arrived in your local store on Wednesday, May 13!

First up is my interview with Ed Brisson, creator of The Mantle, a great book from Image Comics! We talk about how the series came into being as well as exploring his other creations, including Cluster from BOOM! Studios, Sheltered from Image and his self-published Murder Book, now collected at Dark Horse. Be sure to pick up The Mantle #1 this Wednesday!

Then comes Joelle Jones, co-writer and artist on Dark Horse’s Lady Killer. You can buy the fifth and final issue in this first miniseries this week as well! Joelle has provided artwork for Cullen Bunn’s several Helheim miniseries as well as the Oni Press crime story You Have Killed Me. Don’t miss the concluding issue for Lady Killer this week!


Where Monsters Dwell 252 with Ed Brisson and Johnnie Christmas

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This week on your favourite LIVE comics radio program, we welcome to the Monster Cave: Ed Brisson and Johnnie Christmas, the creative team behind ‘Sheltered’, a brand new ‘Pre-Apocalyptic’ comic series from Image comics

You’ve seen Ed’s writing on another excellent Image series; The Comeback and you have seen Jonnie’s work on the Ed Brisson written Murderbook webcomic anthology. Tune in LIVE, Wednesday night, July 3rd to listen in on our chat with these two hot creators. Heck, If you have a question for Ed Brisson and/or Johnnie Christmas, feel free to post it on our Facebook wall or give us a call at 506-453-4949.

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The Process – Episode 3

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The Process Podcast is back! This time with the original founding member, Kurtis Wiebe!

Kurtis, Ryan, and Jeremy have a long overdue catch up on all things process, progress, and plans for the future.


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Image Addiction – Episode 79: Talking with Ed Brisson and Michael Walsh

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DeWayne and Joe had the chance to talk to Ed Brisson and Michael Walsh about their new series from Image – COMEBACK!

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Comic Book Road Show Ed Brisson

In this episode we are joined by writer Ed Brisson writer of the upcoming Image/Shadowline comic book mini-series, Comeback, which premieres November 21st’. He also the writer of the online crime stories “Murder Book” We are now on Stitcher Radio This podcast is sponsored by Friendly Neighborhood Comics Discount Comic Book Services Instock Trades Join us on the forums at

Where Monsters Dwell 217 with Michael Walsh

This week on the most Canadian of all Canadian comic podcasts, we welcome Canadian comic artist Michael Walsh to the Monster Cave. Michael is best know for his art contribution on the Shuster nominated webcomic, Murderbook, and on the comic book The Brothers James with writer Ryan Ferrier from 215 ink. he joins us tonight to chat about all this as well as his new comic coming from Image/Shadowline: Comeback. If you have a question for Michael, feel free to post it on our Facebook wall or give us a call at 506-453-4949.

Also; ‘Shit Comics Reviewers Say’; This week we picked up The Flash #0 and Space: Punisher #3 from Strange Adventures.