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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.


Jan 22, 2018

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:27 - Introduction
  • 00:03:14 - Contexts and caveats
  • 00:11:32 - Our favorite comics of 2017
  • 02:09:06 - Wrapping up our favorites, and honorable mentions
  • 02:13:52 - Contact us


Paul and Derek are back with The Comics Alternative's annual "Favorites" episode. This is where the Two Guys share what they...

Jan 15, 2018

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On this episode of the podcast Paul and Derek discuss The Best American Comics 2017, edited by Ben Katchor along with series editor Bill Kartalopoulos. The Two Guys...

Dec 28, 2016

Time Codes:

  • 00:01:50 - Introduction
  • 00:03:37 - Setting up our favorites
  • 00:07:16 - Year-end statistics
  • 00:15:54 - Our favorites of 2016
  • 01:43:22 - Wrapping up our favorites, and honorable mentions
  • 01:48:55 - Contact us


This is the last regular review episode of 2016, and as the Two Guys with PhDs do annually,...

Dec 30, 2015

It's the last regular review episode of the year, so that means that the Two Guys with PhDs are here to share what they consider to be the best comics of 2015! In this extra-long episode, Andy and Derek discuss their 10 favorite titles of the year. Neither knows what the other has chosen before the recording, giving...