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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: February, 2014
Feb 24, 2014

In this episode of The Comics Alternative, Derek and Andy Wolverton discuss three new titles. They begin with the new book from R. J. Ryan and David Marquez, The Joyners in 3D (Archaia). They discuss the 3D aspect of the text and wonder if the special visual effects are really necessary. The story, though, is something worth reading, and the Two Guys recommend it on those grounds. You you don’t mind putting on cardboard glasses with red and blue plastic lenses, this book is definitely for you. Next they turn to #1 issues of two new series. With Steve Orlando and Artyom Trakhanov’s Undertow (Image Comics), they focus on the eye-capturing art and this first issue’s attempts at world-building. And while they still have a few questions about the series’ premise, they nonetheless feel that this title has a lot of promise and will continue on with subsequent issues. Next, Andy W. and Derek look at White Suits #1 (Dark Horse Comics), by Frank Barbiere and Tony Cypress. Again, they are taken by the art, especially Cypress’s use of a simple black-white-red pallet.  Also, the guys note that the comic’s Cold War setting is something that will interest not only readers of noir narrative, but spy and espionage fans as well.

Feb 21, 2014

In this episode of The Comics Alternative, Derek and Andy Wolverton discuss three new titles. They begin with the new book from R. J. Ryan and David Marquez, The Joyners in 3D (Archaia). They discuss the 3D aspect of the text and wonder if the special visual effects are really necessary. The story, though, is something worth reading, and the Two Guys recommend it on those grounds. You you don’t mind putting on cardboard glasses with red and blue plastic lenses, this book is definitely for you. Next they turn to #1 issues of two new series. With Steve Orlando and Artyom Trakhanov’s Undertow (Image Comics), they focus on the eye-capturing art and this first issue’s attempts at world-building. And while they still have a few questions about the series’ premise, they nonetheless feel that this title has a lot of promise and will continue on with subsequent issues. Next, Andy W. and Derek look at White Suits #1 (Dark Horse Comics), by Frank Barbiere and Tony Cypress. Again, they are taken by the art, especially Cypress’s use of a simple black-white-red pallet.  Also, the guys note that the comic’s Cold War setting is something that will interest not only readers of noir narrative, but spy and espionage fans as well.

Feb 19, 2014

This week on the podcast Derek is joined by Andy Wolverton, yet another doctor who talks about comics…and a regular reviewer on The Comics Alternative blog. They review two new titles: Dan Goldman’s Red Light Properties (IDW Publishing) and issue #1 of Antony Johnston and Justin Greenwood’s new Image series, The Fuse. First, the Two Guys jump into Goldman’s latest work, which originally appeared in digital format through MonkeyBrain Comics. They discuss one of the book’s greatest strengths, the author’s handling of the human drama underlying this “horror” story — what Andy calls a mix between Ghostbusters and American Beauty – as well as Goldman’s digital art and his unique approach to visual storytelling. Next, Derek and Andy turn to the first issue of The Fuse, focusing on the title’s mash-up of procedural and science fiction narratives. While mixing detective stories with other genres is nothing new — Brubaker and Phillips’s Fatale is perhaps the best recent example here of another such comic — Johnston and Greenword present The Fuse as something fresh, making it one of the promising new series from Image Comics.

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