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The Comics Alternative

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.


Apr 7, 2018

Lately on The Comics Alternative's Kickstarter series, Derek has been focusing more on small presses that are currently crowdfunding their seasonal releases. (See previous shows devoted to Kilgore Booksand Nix Comics.) And this weekend's show is similar, highlighting the latest Kickstarter campaign from Retrofit Comics. On this episode, Derek talks with Jared Smith about efforts for funding their diverse array of 2018 titles.

This current Kickstarter campaign revolves around the 12 books they plan on releasing this year. Backers of this project can look forward to:

  • All the Sad Songs- Summer Pierre
  • Fashion Forecasts- Yumi Sakugawa
  • I Love You- Sara Lautman
  • John, Dear- Laura Lannes
  • Our Wretched Town Hall- Eric Kostiuk Williams
  • The Prince- Liam Cobb
  • Survive 300 Million 1- Pat Aulisio
  • Survive 300 Million 2: Serpentine Captives- Pat Aulisio
  • The Troublemakers- Baron Yoshimoto
  • TRUMPTRUMP vol. 2: Modern Day Presidential- Warren Craghead III
  • Understanding- Becca Tobin
  • The Winner- Karl Stevens

In their conversation, Derek talks with Jared about some of the history of Retrofit Comics and its relationship with Big Planet Comics -- in both its publishing and brick-and-mortar manifestations --  their more recent efforts in manga, and, of course, the impressive roster of this year's creators. As listeners of The Comics Alternativeknow, Retrofit/Big Planet is one of the Two Guys' absolute favorite publishers...small press or otherwise. If you don't already know about this publisher, then shame on you! All the more reason to back this campaignand get the 2018 releases from Retrofit Comics!

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