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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.


Jul 5, 2017

It's the first week of the month, so that must mean that it's time once again for Andy and Derek to check out the latest Previews catalog. As they go through the July solicitations, they highlight a variety of upcoming titles from publishers such as:

  • Dark Horse Comics - Legacy: An Off-Color Novella for You to Color and Best Wishes
  • DC/Vertigo - House of Secrets: The Bronze Age Omnibus and Sebastian O/The Mystery Play Deluxe Edition
  • IDW Publishing/Top Shelf - Elenora Mandragora: Daughter of MerlinAlex Toth's The Case of the Curious Classic Artist's Edition PortfolioStar Hawks Vol. 2The Man from the Great NorthArchie: A Celebration of America's Favorite Teenagers, The Limbo LoungeI Am a Number, and Super Tokyoland
  • Image Comics - Angelic #1, Glitterbomb: The Fame Game #1, Rat Queens Special: Orc Dave #1, The Realm #1, and Son of Shaolin
  • Aardvark-Vanaheim - Aardvark Comics #1
  • AC Comics - The Charlton Arrow #1
  • AdHouse - Pope Hats #5
  • Aftershock Comics - Dark Ark #1 and Fu Jitsu #1
  • Alterna Comics - Mr. Crypt #1
  • Black Mask Studios - Black, Vol. 1
  • Big Planet/Retrofit Comics - What Is a Glacier?
  • BOOM! Studios - Lazaretto #1, Bolivar, and Bad Mask
  • Conundrum Press - Dreams in Thin AirDuran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me, and Morton: A Cross-Country Rail Journey
  • Dynamite Entertainment - John Wick #1 and James Bond: Casino Royale
  • Dial Books - All's Faire in Middle School
  • Drawn and Quarterly - Berlin #21, The Poppies of Iraq, and Present
  • Fantagraphics Books - Now #1, Peppy in the Wild WestFred the Clown In..."The Iron Duchess", Beirut Won't Cry
  • Firefly Books - Escape from Syria and Flight of the Grizzly
  • First Second - Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1969The Hunting AccidentMighty Jack and the Goblin King, and Spinning
  • Gallery 13 - Park Bench
  • Humanoids - Halloween Tales and The Retreat 
  • Knockabout Comics - Fifty Freakin' Years of the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers
  • Lion Forge - Lighter Than My ShadowTaproot, and Generations
  • NBM - Pride of the Decent Man
  • Oni Press - Made Men #1
  • SelfMadeHero - Nick Cave: Mercy on Me
  • Seven Stories Press - At War with War
  • Titan Comics - Hammer Comics: Captain Kronos #1 and The Beautiful Death #1
  • TwoMorrows Publishing - Groovy: When Flower Power Bloomed in Pop Culture
  • VIZ Media - Death Note: All-in-One EditionSweet Blue Flowers Vol. 1, and Goodnight Punpun Vol. 7
  • Rizzoli - Chris Ware: Monograph