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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.


Jan 23, 2013

This week Andy and Derek take on the herculean (or sisyphean, take your pick of Greek reference) task of discussing Chris Ware’s Building Stories.  And they do so, surprising, without pulling any important muscles!  There is a lot to talk about concerning Building Stories, and the Two Guys with PhDs are only able to scratch the surface in this episode.  But in their review, they nonetheless touch on a variety of important points and questions to consider.  In fact, one of the conclusions reached is that Ware’s project — would you really call this a “book”? — raises more questions that it actually answers.  And that’s a good thing. They also review the Hernandez brother’s latest issue of Love & Rockets: New Stories, although they don’t spend near as much time discussing this as they do Chris Ware’s book.  But don’t let the length of the review fool you.  Jaime and Gilbert’s recent installment of their New Stories is one of the strongest they’ve created so far.