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The Comics Alternative - The World's Smartest Comics and Graphic Novels Podcast

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.


Jul 19, 2018

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:23 - Introduction
  • 00:02:38 - Setup of interview
  • 00:04:02 - Interview with Nate Powell
  • 01:19:33 - Wrap up
  • 01:22:26 - Contact us


Paul and Derek are pleased to have Nate Powell back on the show. This time they talk with him about his new book Come Again, just released from Top Shelf Productions. They...

Jul 6, 2018

Michael and Derek are back at Heroes Aren't Hard to Find for the first of two July on-location episodes. They visit the shop on Independence Day, and they use the occasion to discuss current trends and titles in the comics industry. Mike explores recent manifestations of The Avengersand Justice League, focusing...

Jul 5, 2018

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:24 - Introduction
  • 00:02:18 - Setup of interview
  • 00:03:49 - Interview with Julian Hanshaw
  • 01:04:39 - Wrap up
  • 01:05:08 - Contact us


Many U.S. readers were introduced to Julian Hanshaw through his book Tim Ginger, released in 2015 from Top Shelf Productions, an imprint of IDW Publishing. It’s the...

Jul 4, 2018

Happy Independence Day! It's the beginning of the month, so it's time for another look at the latest Previewscatalog. On this episode, Paul and Derek highlight many of the upcoming titles solicited in July. And this is a long episode, running for just over 3 hours and 20 minutes, so strap in and get ready for a...

Jul 3, 2018

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:24 - Introduction
  • 00:02:25 - Setup of interview
  • 00:04:11 - Interview with Luke Healy
  • 01:04:50 - Wrap up
  • 01:05:30 - Contact us


Luke Healy was first on The Comics Alternative at Small Press Expo in 2016, where he briefly spoke with Derek about his provocative self-published minicomic The Unofficial...