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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.


Oct 30, 2017

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Oct 16, 2017

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The monthly manga series is back, and on this episode -- the first of two manga shows in October -- Shea and Derek discuss a couple of...

Jun 30, 2017

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It's the end of the month, so that must mean that it's time for Shea and Derek to discuss their latest manga recommendations....

May 30, 2017

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  • 00:00:27 - Introduction
  • 00:02:21 - Listener mail!
  • 00:04:28 - Comments on the 2017 Eisner Award nominations
  • 00:09:26 - Scumbag Loser
  • 00:52:10 - Sweetness and Lightning
  • 01:21:25 - Wrap up
  • 01:22:14 - Contact us

For the month of May, Shea and Derek discuss two works of manga that, while not...

Apr 28, 2017

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  • 00:00:26 - Introduction
  • 00:03:19 - Listener mail!
  • 00:09:41 - Happiness
  • 00:48:25 - My Brother's Husband
  • 01:15:40 - Wrap up
  • 01:16:43 - Contact us

On the April manga episode, Shea and Derek discuss two very different series. They begin with Shuzo Oshimi's Happiness, the fourth volume of which has just been...