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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 17, 2015

Derek is back at his local shop, Collected Comics and Games in Plano, TX, for the monthly Comics Alternative on-location recording. This time he talks with folks about summer reading and the recent San Diego Comic-Con. Two of the customers there, Krystle and Craig, just got back from San Diego and share their experiences and the fun they had. They do a great job of describing the excitement, and the chaos, to be had at SDCC, complete with cosplaying, fireworks, brushes with greatness, and near-jail-cell adventures. Another participant on this episode, Mike, wasn't able to get to the con, so both he and Derek had to experience the events vicariously. But everyone at the table was able to share their reading lists for the summer. Both Craig and Mike -- and even an absent guest, Matthew, who shared his list before the recording -- will be reading new Secret Wars, Spider-man, and Inhumans titles in the coming weeks, but there are also a number of long and novel-like narratives that are on the table, as well, including Saga, Fables, Chew, and Invincible. As always, the conversation can be unpredictable during on-location recordings at the shop, going into strange and unexpected areas, G-rated, explicit, and otherwise.