Comics Alternative, Episode 205: Reviews of Angel Catbird, Vol. 1, Everafter #1, and Glitterbomb #1

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Time Codes:

  • 00:00:30 – Introduction
  • 00:02:32 – Comics Alternative news
  • 00:05:57 – Angel Catbird, Vol. 1
  • 00:39:10 – Everafter #1
  • 00:52:07 – Glitterbomb #1
  • 01:05:39 – Wrap up
  • 01:06:41 – Contact us


On this week’s episode, the Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics look at three recent texts, each fantastical in its own way. They begin with Margaret Atwood and Johnnie Christmas’s Angel Catbird, Vol. 1 (Dark Horse Books), a unique amalgamation of Golden Age superhero comics, environmental awareness, and ailurophilia. This is the first mainstream comics foray for Atwood, a Canadian novelist, poet, and winner of the Man Booker Prize. Andy and Derek spend a good deal of time talking about the tone of this book as well as its intended, or perhaps inferred, readers. They also sense a faint whiff of “Omaha” the Cat Dancer.

Next, the guys turn their attention to the new addition to the Fables world, Everafter #1 (Vertigo Comics). Written by David Justus and Matthew Sturges, and with art by Travis Moore, this new title picks up where Bill Willingham’s long-running series left off. Several of the old Fables make their ways into this first issue, but what appears to distinguish Everafter from the original run is its emphasis on adventure, similar to Chris Roberson’s Cinderella stories.

Finally, Andy and Derek discuss the first issue in the new Image Comics series, Glitterbomb. This is Jim Zubb’s look at the exploitative nature of Hollywood culture, but with a healthy dose of horror thrown in. The guys wonder if this series will adopt a polemical tone similar to Bitch Planet. And they are especially taken by the art of newcomer Djibril Morissette-Phan.



Comics Alternative, Episode 149: A Retrospective on Fables

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Happily Ever After?

This is a bittersweet episode of The Comics Alternative, because Andy and Derek are both highlighting and saying goodbye to a title that has been one of their favorites these past thirteen years, Bill Willingham’s Fables (Vertigo). The series finale was just recently released — issue #150, which also doubles at volume 22 of the trade paperbacks — and the guys go into detail about the wrap-up of the main storyline, the final confrontation between Snow White and Rose Red that has been building over the past several narrative arcs. They also discuss the collection of “Last” stories that round out Fables150this volume, short pieces illustrated by a variety of artists that give us a final (?) glimpse at some of Fables most important characters. In fact, this episode of the podcast is very spoiler-heavy, in that Derek and Andy couldn’t figure out how to do justice to the series without giving away a few important concluding plot elements. (So if you haven’t yet read this last installment of Fables, then perhaps you should do so before listening to this week’s show. Go ahead. The guys don’t  mind. They’ll still be here waiting for you.) But this episode is also a retrospective on the entire run of Fables, its many twists and turns, as well as the many spin-offs it engendered. As such, the Two Guys also touch upon Jack of Fables, the Cinderella miniseries, The LiteralsFairest, the current series Fables: The Wolf among Us, and the standalone volumes 1001 Nights of Snowfall and Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland. (Unfortunately, they don’t get around to discussing the prose novel, Peter and Max. There’s only just so much time in a podcast episode.) It’s obvious that both Andy and Derek appreciate Fables and see it as one of the most important titles of the past decade, but being the discerning scholars that they are, the guys don’t shy away from critiquing the long-running series and pointing out some of the narrative elements they found “thin” or potentially problematic. But to paraphrase a common adage, we criticize those we love the most, and the guys make it clear what kind of respect,  admiration, and outright affection they have for Fables. This episode is fond, heartfelt farewell to the team of Willingham (writer), Mark Buckingham (penciller), Steve Leialoha (inker), Todd Klein (letterer), James Jean and João Ruas (cover artists), Shelly Bond (editor), and an unparalleled community of collaborators.



Arc Reactions – 35.3 – Denver Comiccon 2015 Part 2

Denver Comiccon 2015 was amazing. Dylan and John were able to interview 8 writers and artists for DC comics as well as 2 bands that were at the convention. We had so many interviews that we had to breakup this coverage into 2 episodes. In this episode, Dylan and John talk to the rest of the creators and give their final thoughts about the convention.

Show notes

Intro – 0:00
Jorge Corona – 1:24
Steve Leialoha – 25:24
Van Jensen – 36:40

Upcoming Comicons:

The Stubby Shillelaghs Kickstarter – Critical Fail

Some pictures from the convention:

Chemistry Club

Women in Comics Panel


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He’s Got Issues #174: New Comics, 5/13/15

First Five:
1) Walking Dead #141
2) Saga #28
3) Secret Wars #2 (Of 8)
4) Thor #8
5) Darth Vader #5

Top Ten:
6) Spider-Man 2099 #12
7) Legendary Star-Lord #12
8) Convergence #6 (Of 8)
9) Howard The Duck #3
10) Chrononauts #3

Best of the Rest:

  • Astro City #23
  • Convergence Aquaman #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Batman Shadow Of The Bat #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Catwoman #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Green Arrow #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Green Lantern Parallax #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Justice League International #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Suicide Squad #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Superboy #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Supergirl Matrix #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Superman The Man Of Steel #2 (Of 2)
  • FBP Federal Bureau Of Physics #20


  • Angela Asgard’s Assassin #6
  • Captain America And The Mighty Avengers #8
  • Guardians 3000 #8
  • Ms Marvel #15
  • Silk #4
  • Storm #11
  • Uncanny Avengers #4


  • Bill And Ted’s Most Triumphant Return #3 (Of 6)


  • Lady Killer #5 (Of 5)


  • Solar Man Of The Atom #12


  • Star Trek New Visions Volume 6 Resistance


  • Imperium #4
  • Unity #18
  • X-O Manowar #36


  • Fables Deluxe Edition Volume 10 HC
  • Thor Volume 1 The Goddess Of Thunder Premiere HC (You Tube Channel) (Podcast) (Facebook)



He’s Got Issues #174.2: DC Comics, 5/13/15


  • Arrow Season 2.5 #8
  • Astro City #23
  • Batman Arkham Knight #4
  • Coffin Hill #18
  • Convergence #6 (Of 8)
  • Convergence Aquaman #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Batman Shadow Of The Bat #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Catwoman #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Green Arrow #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Green Lantern Parallax #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Justice League International #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Suicide Squad #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Superboy #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Supergirl Matrix #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Superman The Man Of Steel #2 (Of 2)
  • Fables The Wolf Among Us #5
  • FBP Federal Bureau Of Physics #20
  • Injustice Gods Among Us Year Four #1
  • Mortal Kombat X #6
  • Scooby-Doo Where Are You #57
  • Strange Sports Stories #3 (Of 4)


  • Batman Arkham The Riddler TP
  • Batman The Dark Knight Unwrapped By David Finch Deluxe Edition HC
  • Earth 2 World’s End Volume 1 TP
  • Fables Deluxe Edition Volume 10 HC
  • Forever Evil TP
  • Green Lantern Volume 5 Test Of Wills TP
  • Green Lantern Volume 6 The Life Equation HC
  • Robin The Boy Wonder A Celebration Of 75 Years HC (You Tube Channel) (Podcast) (Facebook)



He’s Got Issues #171.2: DC Comics, 4/29/15


  • Batman #40
  • Convergence #4 (Of 8)
  • Convergence Action Comics #1 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Blue Beetle #1 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Booster Gold #1 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Crime Syndicate #1 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Detective Comics #1 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Infinity Inc #1 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Justice Society Of America #1 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Plastic Man And The Freedom Fighters #1 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Shazam #1 (Of 2)
  • Convergence World’s Finest Comics #1 (Of 2)
  • He-Man The Eternity War #5
  • Injustice Gods Among Us Year Three Annual #1
  • Justice League #40
  • Multiversity #2
  • Superman #40
  • Vertigo Quarterly SFX #1


  • Batman Volume 5 Zero Year Dark City TP
  • Batman Volume 6 The Graveyard Shift HC
  • Fables Volume 21 Happily Ever After TP
  • Gotham City Sirens Volume 2 TP
  • Green Arrow Volume 6 Broken TP (You Tube Channel) (Podcast) (Facebook)



The Grawlix Podcast #15: Speed Pimp

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In this episode the Grawlix crew discusses Kevin Smith’s Green Arrow: Quiver, Fables Vol. I, Planet Comicon 2015, and more. The webcomic recommendation is Rain Dogs by Stephen McGee, CW’s The Flash is taken to task for it’s mustache twirling villains, and a speedy new superhero is born! Enjoy!

Links Mentioned:

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He’s Got Issues #160.2: DC Comics, 2/11/15


  • Arrow Season 2.5 #5
  • Astro City #20
  • Batman Eternal #45
  • Coffin Hill #15
  • Constantine #22
  • Earth 2 World’s End #19
  • Fables The Wolf Among Us #2
  • FBP Federal Bureau Of Physics #18
  • Green Lantern Corps #39
  • Harley Quinn Valentine’s Day Special #1
  • Injustice Gods Among Us Year Three #9
  • Justice League 3000 #14
  • Justice League United #9
  • Klarion #5
  • Mortal Kombat X #2
  • New 52 Futures End #41
  • New Suicide Squad #7
  • Scooby-Doo Where Are You #54
  • Secret Six #2
  • Smallville Season 11 Continuity #3 (Of 4)
  • Worlds’ Finest #31


  • Batman Dark Knight Dark City TP
  • Batman The Dark Knight Volume 4 Clay TP
  • Coffin Hill Volume 2 Dark Endeavors TP
  • DC The New Frontier Deluxe Edition HC
  • Fables Covers The Complete Covers By James Jean HC (New Edition)
  • Hellblazer Volume 10 In The Line Of Fire TP
  • Scribblenauts Unmasked A DC Comics Adventure TP
  • Secret Origins Volume 1 TP
  • Secret Six Volume 1 Villains United TP
  • Superman Krypton Returns HC (You Tube Channel) (Podcast) (Facebook)



Comic News Insider Episode 590 – CNI Incursion!


Comic News Insider: Episode 590 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Boom Box 2014 Mix Tape #1, Holy F*ck #1, Star Wars Vol 4 #1, 12 Monkeys, The Venture Bros. (All This And Gargantua-2)

Jimmy is joined in studio by the podcast wife Erica Schultz! They chat about the rumored Spider-Man appearances in upcoming Avengers films and all of the problems the Fantastic Four film is having. News includes: Marvel announces the end of it all with Secret Wars, Image Comics offers a subscription service, Atomic Robo converts to web comic, Chew card game coming in May, Jane Goldman is working on the Fables movie script, the live-action Powers TV series will debut March 10, Best Animated Feature Films for the Oscars and Gotham gets renewed for a 2nd season. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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He’s Got Issues #157.2: DC Comics, 1/21/15


  • Batman And Robin #38
  • Batman Eternal #42
  • Batman Superman #18
  • Batwoman #38
  • Earth 2 World’s End #16
  • Fables #148
  • Green Lantern New Guardians #38
  • Infinite Crisis The Fight For The Multiverse #7
  • Justice League #38
  • The Kitchen #3 (Of 8)
  • New 52 Futures End #38
  • Red Hood And The Outlaws #38
  • Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #6
  • Supergirl #38
  • Teen Titans #6
  • Trinity Of Sin #4
  • Wonder Woman #38


  • Aquaman And The Others Volume 1 Legacy Of Gold TP
  • Beware The Batman Volume 1 TP
  • Birds Of Prey Volume 5 Soul Crisis TP
  • Ex Machina Volume 4 TP
  • JLA Volume 6 TP
  • North 40 TP (New Edition) (You Tube Channel) (Podcast) (Facebook)



ComicsVerse Episode 21: 25 Most Iconic and Influential Couples in Comic Books #19 – #13

ComicsVerse has ranked the Top 25 Most Iconic and Influential Characters in Comic Books. In this episode:

#19 – Invincible and Atom Eve

#18 – Magneto and Rogue from X-MEN

#17 – Marko and Alana from SAGA

#16 – Hawkman and Hawkgirl

#15 – Midnighter and Apollo from AUTHORITY

#14 – Daredevil and Elektra

#13 – Bigby Wolf and Snow White from Fables

Special Podcast Co-Hosts include: Karen Hernandez, Josh Cui, Derek Yang, Dale Church, Eryn Roberts, Travis Czap, Andrew Benson, Steve DiMaria, Gabrielle Beans, and Brandon Lewis.




The Undecideables have much to discuss this week including:  Jill’s Journey to FableTown!  The Fluctuation in quality between DC and Marvel!  Unity!  Forever Evil!  Gather All Ye of Little Faith and Open Your Ears!


Comics Alternative Podcast Episode 61: A Publisher Spotlight on Vertigo

A “Sorta Vertigo-y” Show

This week Andy and Derek return with another special Publisher Spotlight episode, this one devoted to Vertigo. Although the Two Guys with PhDs demonstrate superhuman abilities when tackling a variety of titles, it’s obvious that they cannot cover all of Vertigo’s history and output. Instead, they have decided to focus on the most recent wave of comics coming out from the imprint. This includes the many titles that have been released VertigoNewsince the summer and in the wake of Karen Berger’s departure. Derek and Andy discuss the significance of these latest releases, what they suggest about the possible direction of the imprint, and how these comics fit within the larger history of Vertigo. The recent series that the Two Guys discuss include:

They also focus on the narrative trajectories of some of Vertigo’s more established series, including the current run of The Unwritten, Fables, and Fairest. Here, they look at The Unwritten/Fables crossover and recent original graphic novels and collections such as The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank TwiceFables: Werewolves of the Heartland, and the upcoming Fairest in All the Land. As this episode aptly shows, Vertigo is still one of the most exciting places to find cutting-edge comics!

This week’s incidental music is brought to you by
The Who’s Tommy (Super Deluxe Edition)

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Comic News Insider Episode 509 – Spider-Max!

Comic News Insider: Episode 509 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Damian: Son of Batman #1, The Fox #1, Sandman Overture #1

Jimmy heads out to the Garden State (New Jersey, if ya didn’t know) to visit his sister and family. His awesome 5 year old nephew, Maximus, chats on mic to Jimmy about his love of superheroes and Star Wars in the most adorable stream of conscious way. Jimmy talks about seeing Gravity, the new X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer and his love of the Thor comic. News includes: DC Comics is moving out west, Fables will end with issue 150, Daredevil coming back in digital form, ol pulp series The Avenger is being reimagined for the CW, The Addams Family animated is on the way, a 5 year old boy with leukemia will be Batman for a day, Ben Kingsley’s secret Marvel project just may be a short film with him reprising his “The Mandarin” role, Marvel brings back Ms. Marvel in the form of a teen character from New Jersey of Muslim heritage named Kamala Khan, First Second announces fantasy graphic novel series called The Nameless City from Faith Erin Hicks and Hourman TV series is in the works at the CW. As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Special guest John Robertson, DC’s 3D covers and Hayden Panettiere: Mars bar thief

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Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hello! We have a wild, rockin’ ride for you’re here!

C Bomb apologizes profusely for the fact he sounds like he’s recording in another room (when in fact he was sitting right next to the other guys).



John Robertson joins us as our very first guest on the show!

He regales his tales of starting out, gigs, The Dark Room, Supanova, Echo the Dolphin, defending the French and future shows.



There is no Chinese equivalent to “Teddy Bear”

Hayden Panettiere steals ALL the Mars bars

John’s arguable levels of success on other podcasts

Throwing offal into the crowd WILL brand you a genius

“You’re gonna be a big star the minute you cut that sh*t out….”

The Dark Room is coming to Edinburgh and London

We discuss porn…. Yeah, sorry….



UFP Crew Questions

–          Addressing where the light switch is

–          What Australian comedians we should be listening to


NERD NEWS! (@ 1 hour 5 mins)


The Game of Thrones internet sh*tstorm debacle

Benicio Del Toro signed with Marvel for a 4 picture deal

Fables from DC now entering TV development

Venture Brothers returns!

DC’s 3D covers! HOORAY!

The Purge Preview

G Money does not like the new Avengers Assemble Cartoon

X Men #1

Catwoman’s demise and then resurrection

Latest E3 appearances

Game releases for the week:

Class of Heroes 2           

Eve Online: Odyssey    


Marvel Heroes

Remember Me

The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim: Legendary Edition  

State of Decay 

Early reviews of Remember Me