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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 4, 2018

Gene and Derek are back for another look at the current month's Previews catalog. This one may not be as long an episode as last month's Previewshow -- which clocked in at just under three hours -- but it's nonetheless hefty. (Well...actually, it is almost as long as the March show.) They begin this week by discussing the new changes appearing in Previewsbeginning in April. They point out the additions of BOOM! Studios and Dynamite Entertainment in the premiere publishers section, prominently displayed in the front of the catalog; the reorganizations of solicits in a new manga section; the shake-up of what had been the book section; the flip arrangement with the toy and merchandise sections; and next month's departure of DC Comics' solicitations into their own supplemental catalog. After that, and several cynical comments (primarily from Derek), they get into the nitty gritty of the April Previewscatalog, highlighting a variety of titles from such publishers as:

  • Dark Horse Comics - Sword Daughter#1, Likely Stories, Gantz Omnibus Vol. 1, Hercules: Adventures of the Man-God, and EC Archives: War Against Crime Vol. 1
  • DC Comics/Vertigo - Plastic Man#1 and American Vampire Omnibus Vol. 1
  • IDW Publishing/Top Shelf - The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest#1, Look Back and Laugh, Comic Book History of Comics: Comics for All, The Unknown Anti-War Comics, and Burmese Moon
  • Image Comics - The Magic Order #1, The Weatherman#1, Proxima Centuri#1, Shanghai Red#1, and The Red Hook Vol. 1
  • Dynamite Entertainment - Nancy Drew#1
  • BOOM! Studios - By Night#1, Planet of the Apes Visionaries: Rod Serling, and Sanpaku
  • Arcade Publishing - Broken Glory: The Final Years of Robert F. Kennedy
  • Archie Comics - Cosmo: The Complete Merry Martian
  • Bongo Comics/United Plankton Pictures - Spongebob Comics Annual Giant Swimtacular#6
  • Conundrum Press - The Curse of Charley Buttersand Feast of Fields
  • Drawn and Quarterly - A Bubble, Shit Is Real, and The Strange
  • Fantagraphics Books - Poochytown, Dumb, Death Stand and Other Stories, Fab 4 Mania, and Dull Margaret
  • First Second - Science Comics: Rockets
  • Humanoids - Luisa: Now and Thenand Moon Face Deluxe
  • Knopf Books for Young Readers - Rickety Stitch and Gelatinous Goo, Vol. 2: The Middle-Route Run
  • Lion Forge - Mae Vol. 1, Mae Vol. 2#1, and Green Almonds: Letters from Palestine
  • NBM - A Tale of a Thousand and One Nights: Hasib and the Queen of Serpents
  • Nobrow - Nobrow Vol. 10: Studio Dreams
  • Oni Press - Shadow Roads#1
  • Rebellion/2000Ad - Jinty Vol. 1: The Land of No Tears and The Future Zoo
  • Secret Acres - Entropy
  • SelfMadeHero - Apollo
  • Silver Sprocket - Catboy
  • Titan Comics - Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer #1 and Tyler Cross: Black Rock
  • Twomorrows Publishing - Comic Book Implosion
  • Z2 Comics - The Sweetness
  • Kodansha Comics - Tokyo Tarareba Girls Vol. 1and Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku
  • Seven Seas Entertainment - Cutie Honey: The Classic Collection