This week Andy and Derek conclude their two-part holiday and end-of-the-year series, this time sharing what they consider to be some of their favorite comics of the year. Each has narrowed down his list to 10 comics series, trades, collections, and graphic novels, and in many ways it was difficult to limit the number to just 10. As a result, the Two Guys are including in the show notes some of the Honorable Mentioned titles that could have also made it onto their best-of lists. Also in this week’s podcast episode, Andy and Derek briefly discuss some of the comic-book series that ended in 2012, and that they’re sorry to see go, as well as some of their notable disappointments for the year.
This week Andy and Derek present the first of two special year-end, holiday season, best of episodes of The Comics Alternative. In this week’s show, the Two Guys with PhDs discuss two comics anthologies, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s The Best American Comics 2012, edited by Françoise Mouly, and Eureka Production’s 19th volume in their Graphic Classics series, Christmas Classics. They begin with Mouly’s collection and, while appreciating the comics included in this year's volume, speculate on the selection process and wonder about the kind of democratic inclusion that a series with “Best American Comics” in its title necessitates. The Two Guys then turn their attention to the holidays and discuss the various selections found in Christmas Classics. They point out that much like this year’s Graphic Classics holiday volume, Halloween Classics, the Christmas one delivers clever and well-crafted versions of classic literature that are sure to please both comics fans and literary aficionados.
The Two Guys with PhDs Look at the December Previews Catalog</itunes:subtitle>
<itunes:summary>In this week’s episode, The Two Guys with PhDs rummage through the December issue of Previews, and fun and mayhem ensue! Derek and Andy highlight upcoming comics from Dark Horse, DC, IDW, Image, Marvel, Archaia, Bongo, Fantagraphics, :01 First Second, Pantheon Books, and others. Some of the comics and graphic novels discussed include Dark Horse Presents, The Answer!, Before Watchman: Dollar Bill, Mind MGMT, Marshall Law: Deluxe Edition, Snapshot, Son of Merlin, Road to Oz, World War 3 Illustrated, The Sixth Gun: Sons of the Gun, The Daniel Clowes Reader, Ben Katchor’s Hand-Drying in America, and many others.
In this episode, the Two Guys with PhDs who talk about comics turn their attention to the two Lovecraft Anthology volumes, discussing not only the merits of the various adapted Lovecraft stories, but the very act of comics adaptation. Along with this, Andy and Derek emphasize the medium itself and how comics artists use the image to carry the tone and whatever message there may be. Then the Two Guys with PhDs turn their attention to several recent #1 issues from Image Comics, including Bedlam, Clone, Comeback, Nowhere Men, Great Pacific, and Blackacre. It becomes a comics smorgasbord, as Andy and Derek discuss the pros and cons, the strengths and weaknesses, the sacredness and profanity, the best of times and the worst of times, the yin and yang, of Image’s recent new offerings.