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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 17, 2013

This week on the podcast, Andy and Derek review two recent projects from the archival powerhouse that is Craig Yoe, Comics about Cartoonists: Stories about the World’s Oddest Profession, and the recent comic-book series Haunted Horror (both published through IDW Publishing). The first is a collection of strips and stories from around the turn of the century until the 1950s, drawn by a who’s who in the comics pantheon, and all taking on comics creators themselves as the subject matter. It’s a great work where you get to see artists poking fun at themselves, ridiculing their publishers and editors, and generally just having a good time with the comics industry as a whole. Next, the Two Guys with PhDs turn their attention to the first three issues of Haunted Horror.  This is another archival project from Yoe Studios!, but one that takes the form of an ongoing bimonthly series.  In each issue, Yoe presents several classic horror comics from the days before the Comics Code Authority, which means there’re plenty of monsters, undead creatures, gruesome murders, gross-out metamorphoses, and women in compromised and revealing poses (i.e., “headlight” drawings). In the midsts of all of this Yoe talk, Andy and Derek also find the time to discuss recent news from Podcastland, read mail from fans of the show, and wax nostalgic over post conference experiences. What you are about to listen to is yet another effort in the Two Guys with PhDs’ ongoing mission to educate, entertain, and amaze! That, as well as to use the podcast as an excuse to read more comics and talk about them.