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

Two guys with PhDs talking about comics! 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.
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Now displaying: April, 2013
Apr 24, 2013

This week on The Comics Alternative Andy and Derek interview Jamal Igle about his new project, Molly Danger. This is just in time for next week’s Free Comic Book Day, when Action Lab will include a preview of the first story arc in one of their FCBD issues. In their conversation, the Two Guys with PhDs talk with Jamal about the genesis of Molly Danger, the need for more all-ages hero comics, the importance of strong and positive female role models in the medium, and the runaway success of the book’s Kickstarter campaign, which helped to make Molly Danger a reality. Jamal also talks with the guys about the format he’s chosen for the title, releasing Molly Danger in a multi-volume hardbound album format in the Franco-Belgian tradition, and he speculates on his future plans for the enigmatic Molly. Be sure to listen to this fascinating conversation and get the scoop on this new comic. This is one of those FBCD releases you’ll want to grab first as you make your way to your comics shop on May 4th!

Apr 17, 2013

This week on the podcast, Andy and Derek review two recent projects from the archival powerhouse that is Craig Yoe, Comics about Cartoonists: Stories about the World’s Oddest Profession, and the recent comic-book series Haunted Horror (both published through IDW Publishing). The first is a collection of strips and stories from around the turn of the century until the 1950s, drawn by a who’s who in the comics pantheon, and all taking on comics creators themselves as the subject matter. It’s a great work where you get to see artists poking fun at themselves, ridiculing their publishers and editors, and generally just having a good time with the comics industry as a whole. Next, the Two Guys with PhDs turn their attention to the first three issues of Haunted Horror.  This is another archival project from Yoe Studios!, but one that takes the form of an ongoing bimonthly series.  In each issue, Yoe presents several classic horror comics from the days before the Comics Code Authority, which means there’re plenty of monsters, undead creatures, gruesome murders, gross-out metamorphoses, and women in compromised and revealing poses (i.e., “headlight” drawings). In the midsts of all of this Yoe talk, Andy and Derek also find the time to discuss recent news from Podcastland, read mail from fans of the show, and wax nostalgic over post conference experiences. What you are about to listen to is yet another effort in the Two Guys with PhDs’ ongoing mission to educate, entertain, and amaze! That, as well as to use the podcast as an excuse to read more comics and talk about them.

Apr 10, 2013

This week on The Comics Alternative podcast, Andy and Derek review the first collected trade of Brian Wood, Kristian Donaldson, and Gary Brown’s The Massive (Dark Horse Comics) as well as issue #1 of Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray, by Frank J. Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham (Image Comics). The Two Guys with PhDs (who talk about comics) bring their critical acumen to the functions of narrative time in The Massive, the significance of its character makeup, and the book’s thematic place within Brian Wood’s oeuvre. Plus, they think The Massive is really cool! Then the two guys turn their attention to Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray, discussing the title’s “literary ghosts” (and curious as to how ghosts can be literary) and wondering if, in the next couple of issues of the comic, Barbiere will succumb to the traditional trappings of colonialist narrative. Stay tuned, dear listeners! Andy and Derek also talk about Kickstarter and ponder over the possibility of poor academics, needing money to do sustained research, getting in on the act.

Apr 3, 2013

This week Andy and Derek flip through the April Previews catalog, highlighting the various comic books, collections, and original graphic novels solicited this month.  They point out a variety of upcoming titles such as Dark Horse’s The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys and Battlepug, DC/Vertigo’s 100 Bullets: Brother Lono and The Sandman Omnibus Volume 1,  IDW’s Edison Rex, Image Comic’s Lazarus and Infinite Vacation, Archaia’s Rubicon, Boom! Studio’s Six-Gun Gorilla, Dynamite’s Uncanny, and new collections on the works of Steve Ditko (two of them!), Jack Cole, and Al Feldstein. As what usually happens, their discussions of the comics takes them down curious and sundry avenues, some on-topic, some tangential, and some way the hell off course.  But keen insights and fun pop culture talk is guaranteed for all!

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