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The Comics Alternative - Smart Discussions on Comic Books and Graphic Novels

The Comics Alternative is weekly podcast focusing on the world of alternative, independent, and primarily non-superhero comics. (There's nothing wrong with superhero comics. We just want to do something different.) New podcast episodes become available every Wednesday and include 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, and spotlights on various creators and publishers. The Comics Alternative also produces "special feature" programs, such as shows specifically dedicated to creator interviews, webcomics, on-location events, and special non-weekly themes and topics.


May 26, 2017

Time Codes:

  • 01:22 - Introduction
  • 03:19 - Setup of the episode
  • 04:00 - Volcano Trash
  • 23:10 - Real Friends
  • 48:57 – Wrap up
  • 50:00 – Contact us

For the May Young Readers show, Paul and Gwen discuss two highly anticipated graphic novels: Ben Sears’s Volcano Trash (Koyama Press) and Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham’s

May 24, 2017

Time Codes:

  • 00:01:23 - Introduction
  • 00:05:11 - Welcome new Patreon supporters!
  • 00:08:34 - Boundless
  • 00:44:55 - User
  • 01:16:41 - Wrap up
  • 01:17:43 - Contact us

This week on the review show Paul joins Derek in discussing two new recent releases. They begin with Jillian Tamaki's Boundless, published by Drawn and...

May 22, 2017

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:24 - Introduction
  • 00:02:31 - Setup of interview
  • 00:03:48 - Interview with Dave Chisholm
  • 01:03:55 - Wrap up
  • 01:05:04- Contact us


On this interview episode, Derek talks with Dave Chisholm, whose new book Instrumental comes out soon from Z2 Comics. This is the story of a musician who comes upon a...

May 19, 2017

On this special episode of The Comics Alternative, Gwen and Derek moderate a roundtable discussion on comics for children and young adults. Joining them in the conversation are Karly Marie Grice and Joe Sutliff Sanders, both contributors to the brand new book coedited by Gwen, Graphic Novels for Children and Young...

May 17, 2017

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