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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.


Mar 24, 2017

On this month’s episode of the Comics Alternative’s Young Readers series, Gwen and Paul discuss two new releases: Lorena Alvarez’s Nightlights from Nobrow Press, geared toward younger readers, and Thi Bui’s graphic novel The Best We Could Do, from Abrams ComicArts, an all-ages comic that will be of...

Feb 20, 2017

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:27 - Introduction
  • 00:03:08 - Introducing Paul Lai as new YR cohost
  • 00:04:50 - A farewell message from Andy Wolverton
  • 00:07:12 - Bats: Learning to Fly
  • 00:31:39 - NewsPrints
  • 01:00:37 - Wrap up
  • 01:01:11 - Contact us




The Comics Alternative extends a warm welcome to Paul Lai, who has...

Dec 15, 2016

Gwen and Andy both are astounded that the end of the year is almost upon them, and with that in mind, they’ve picked their favorite books of 2016 for young readers. The Two People with PhDs each picked five books in the children’s category and five books in the intermediate/young adult (YA) category, but...

Nov 11, 2016


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Gwen and Andy are...

Oct 3, 2016


Time Codes:

  • 00:27 - Introduction
  • 03:22 - Context for listeners
  • 06:02 - The controversy surrounding Ghosts
  • 30:26 - The Backstagers #1
  • 40:12 - Show White
  • 59:04 - Wrap up
  • 59:28 - Contact us


This episode of the Young Readers show begins with a special feature: Andy and Gwen return to a comic that they reviewed...