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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 10, 2013

This week on The Comics Alternative podcast, Andy and Derek review the first collected trade of Brian Wood, Kristian Donaldson, and Gary Brown’s The Massive (Dark Horse Comics) as well as issue #1 of Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray, by Frank J. Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham (Image Comics). The Two Guys with PhDs (who talk about comics) bring their critical acumen to the functions of narrative time in The Massive, the significance of its character makeup, and the book’s thematic place within Brian Wood’s oeuvre. Plus, they think The Massive is really cool! Then the two guys turn their attention to Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray, discussing the title’s “literary ghosts” (and curious as to how ghosts can be literary) and wondering if, in the next couple of issues of the comic, Barbiere will succumb to the traditional trappings of colonialist narrative. Stay tuned, dear listeners! Andy and Derek also talk about Kickstarter and ponder over the possibility of poor academics, needing money to do sustained research, getting in on the act.