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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.


Jun 23, 2017

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  • 00:00:27 - Introduction
  • 00:02:57 - Context of the 2017 Eisner Awards
  • 00:06:14 - Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)
  • 00:57:02 - Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12)
  • 01:49:53 - Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)
  • 02:52:17 - Wrap up
  • 02:53:05 - Contact us

This month, Gwen and Paul discuss...

Jun 21, 2017


Last weekend was HeroesCon, and as they have for the past few years, Andy and Derek are on the scene in Artists Alley reporting the event from the floor. On this episode, you'll hear the Two Guys sharing their varied experiences at the con. Among other topics they discuss the vendors they visited and the comics they...

Jun 20, 2017

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In the second of two on-location interview episodes...

Jun 19, 2017

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Jun 16, 2017

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  • 00:00:27 - Introduction
  • 00:02:55 - Webcomics news: The Library of Congress' Web Comics Web Archive
  • 00:11:24 - Trying to make sense of the Eisner Awards' "Best Web Comic" and "Best Digital Comic" categories
  • 00:30:37 - The Middle Age
  • 00:44:30 - On Beauty
  • 00:56:54 - Helm
  • 01:08:27 - On a Sunbeam
  • 01:32:41 - Wrap...