Comics Alternative, Webcomics: Reviews of The Great McGonagall, Sufficiently Remarkable, and The Boston Metaphysical Society

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An Historic(al) Episode

For March, Sean and Derek check out three very different webcomics. They begin with Roger Langridge’s The Great McGonagall, a biographical treatment of William “Topaz” McGonagall, known historically as the worst poet in the world. This is a very new webcomic, having begun in January 2017, and in it Langridge takes an already cartoonish figure and plays it up for even more humor. As the guys point out, the artist’s style is perfect for this kind of send up.

Next, Sean and Derek turn their attention to Sufficiently Remarkable, Maki Naro’s ongoing look at the struggles of a young artist trying to get by in New York City. Naro is one of the former contestants of Strip Search — much like Abby Howard, whom the guys discussed back in October — and, in fact, is how he first gained Sean’s attention. As Derek reveals, this is a reality-based drama of interpersonal relationships, but one that struggles at times with the occasional pull into gag-strip formulas.

Finally, and after a brief check in with Jim McClain about the progress of his and Paul Schultz’s Poe and the Mysteriads, the guys round out the episode with a discussion of The Boston Metaphorical Society. Written by Madeleine Holly-Rosing and with art by Emily Hu, this is a steampunk-inspired narrative surrounding the paranormal investigations of a former Pinkerton agent, his uniquely talented colleagues, and the scientific exploits of Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and Harry Houdini. This is the second webcomic of the month that mines history for its content, although unlike Roger Langridge’s cartoon biography, this one uses the past as a springboard for its fantastical flourishes.

Comics Alternative, Episode 211: Halloween Comics 2016

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It’s the Wednesday before Halloween, so it’s time once again for the Two Guys with PhDs to look at this season’s spooky, horror-filled offerings. This year, Andy and Derek discuss 10 individual titles, some of which were specifically published for Halloween 2016 and others with particular themes and release dates that nicely coincide with the holiday. They begin with four all-age anthology titles and then move on to works that, while not specifically intended as Halloween specials, capture the spirit of the season  in one form or another. In total, they discuss:


Comics Alternative, Episode 181: Reviews of Paracuellos, The Baker Street Peculiars #1, and Power Lines #1

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Fascism, Sleuths, and Race


This week on the podcast, Gwen and Derek look at three very different recent titles. They begin with Carlos Giménez’s Paracuellos. The original first two volumes of this comic, published in Spain in 1977 and 1982, have now been collected into a single-volume English translation (by Sonya Jones) and published by IDW’s EuroComics imprint. The Paracuellos strips are Giménez’s autobiographical look at his time in several of the Social Aid “homes” that were a part of Francisco BSP-sampleFranco’s fascist Spain. As Gwen and Derek reveal, the stories are stark and heartbreaking, and Giménez presents a difficult environment where oppression and apathy (at least in the context of the adults) shape young and vulnerable lives. They discuss not only the socio-political atmosphere of Paracuellos, but also Giménez’s stylistic strategies for rendering this world. Next, the Guy and Gal with PhDs Talking about Comics look at two #1 issues just released this month: Roger Langridge and Andy Hirsch’s The Baker Street Peculiars (KaBOOM! Studios) and Jimmie Robinson’s Power Lines (Image Comics). The former is of particular interest to them, since Andy Hirsch is a friend of the show. This is the first of a four-issue series about a group of young outsiders who team up with whom appears to be Sherlock Holmes in 1930s London. The setup to this story is action-packed and exudes adventure, and Hirsch’s art brings out both the dynamism and the fun that this narrative has to offer. Power Lines is a different take on race relations in the United States, and, in many ways, it’s a very timely premise. A young African American male goes with his tagger friends into a white middle-class neighborhood, only to find himself a embroiled in some mysterious centuries-old power from which he cannot extricate himself. (Sort of like race in America?) Both Gwen and Derek like where Robinson seems to be going with the story, but they nonetheless wonder if he may be unexpectedly stepping into some ethnically tinged traps. However, the ambition is clearly there, and both cohosts are curious where Robinson’s story will eventually lead.


Also, the guys announce that The Comics Alternative is now available through Spotify! So if you consume your audio through that service, then definitely listen to the podcast that way!


Comics Alternative Podcast Episode 51: Discussing Rocketeer Comics


RocketeerThis week on The Comics Alternative the Two Guys with PhDs discuss Rocketeer comics. In fact, it’s an all-Rocketeer episode, from the Dave Stevens material to the most recent manifestation with The Spirit. So come put on your jodhpurs, strap on your jet pack, and get ready to take off as Andy and Derek try their best to cover the full range of Rocketeer titles – a formidable task, indeed – RocketeerBettybeginning at the beginning with Dave Steven’s groundbreaking Rocketeer stories, the mulit-creator collections Rocketeer Adventures vol. 1 and Rocketeer Adventures vol. 2, Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s The Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom, Roger Langridge and J. Bone’s The Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror, and Mark Waid and Paul Smith’s most recent Rocketeer story, The Rocketeer and The Spirit: Pulp Friction (all published by IDW). This episode it chocked full of that nougaty goodness we have come to know as Cliff Secord and his posse. Plus, lots of Betty talk. What’s not to like?

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Where Monsters Dwell 243 with J. Bone and Mark Millar

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This week at the only LIVE comics radio show that burns the candle at all three ends, we welcome J. Bone and Mark Millar to the Monster Cave. It’s only our second week with the new hour long format but we’re already switching it up (for this week, anyway).

We’ve been lucky enough to book two fantastic guests so you get TWO great comic creator interviews for the same low, low price of $FREE.99.

First we’ll be chatting with J. Bone about his latest book with Roger Langridge from IDW, Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror. If you haven’t checked it out, run don’t walk to your local retailer and hope they have a copy left for you because it’s great fun!

WMD 243.1Next, we are presenting our interview with Mark Millar. He will be filling us in on his latest project with Frank Quitely, Jupiter’s Legacy as well as chatting a bit about his career and what else he has coming up.

As always, if you have a question or just want to let us know your thoughts on what we talk about, feel free to post on our Facebook wall or tweet your question to @monstersdwell.

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Where Monsters Dwell 242 with Roger Langridge

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This week on the most high-flying LIVE comics radio show, we welcome Roger Langridge into the Monster Cave. You know Rogers work from such great books as Thor: The Mighty Avenger, The Muppets and Snarked. He joins us to chat about all this as well as his latest book ‘The Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror’ from IDW. If you have a question for Roger Langridge, feel free to post it on our Facebook wall.

This week, we will also be presenting our new 1 hour format. The regular WMD show will begin 30 minutes later than usual going forward and will be ending 30 minutes early. We will retain our 2 hour time slot with which we will be presenting some nifty-keen old-timer radio dramas. This week you can tune in at 8 pm EST to hear the old sci-fi series ‘X Minus 1’

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Event: On the Road from SPX 2010 Part 1

The journey back from SPX 2010 was a long one, but more information than can fit on a floppy disk was shared and absorbed on a trek that felt like traveling the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs.  Straight to the point: interviews with Roger LangridgeEd Piskor, and the Full Sanction guys – our thoughts – how to buy books – how to sell – how to survive SPX.

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The Fourth Wall Comics Podcast Episode 99

Is the 22 page story told within the ninth issue of Daytripper better than the 148 minute long story told in the film Inception? Listen and find out.


  • [00:50] Daytripper #9 (of 10)
  • [06:21] Northlanders #31
  • [10:12] The Walking Dead #76
  • [15:02] Buzzard #3 (of 3)
  • [18:11] Morning Glories #1


  • [23:21] Superman #702
  • [26:36] Thor: Mighty Avenger #3
  • [29:07] Incredible Hulk #611
  • [33:42] Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #13

HeroesCon 2010 Panel: Family Friendly Comics

     Years ago comics used to be labeled as “just for kids”, but these days the industry often struggles with being “too mature” for young readers. What about comics designed for everyone? Join Brian Eison from the Dollar Bin with Chris Schweitzer (Crogan’s Revenge), Mark Waid (BOOM!), Roger Langridge (Muppet Show), Chris Giarusso (G Man) and Franco Aureliano (Tiny Titans as they have a  family friendly discussion about how they make their books for “all-ages”: interesting and appropriate for kids while staying entertaining and intelligent enough for adults!

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HeroesCon Panel 2010: Craft and Process in Comics

With the increasing prevalence of technology, there are more ways to approach making comics than ever before, from good old fashion inks and brushes all the way to 100% digital comics. Join Jim Rugg (Afrodisiac), Roger Langridge (Muppet Show), and Drew Weing (Set To Sea) as they discuss their varying approaches to pen and ink and pixels, moderated by HeroesCon Creative Director (and cartoonist) Dustin Harbin.

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