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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.


Jun 30, 2017

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It's the end of the month, so that must mean that it's time for Shea and Derek to discuss their latest manga recommendations....

Jun 28, 2017

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  • 00:00:29 - Introduction
  • 00:02:36 - Listener messages!
  • 00:08:24 - HeroesCon, podcast fans, and self-published comics
  • 00:14:58 - Greek Diary
  • 00:37:36 - Paper Pencil Life
  • 00:59:42 - KatZine
  • 01:16:04 - Wrap up
  • 01:17:17 - Contact us

This week on The Comics Alternative, Andy and Derek do something they've never...

Jun 26, 2017

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  • 00:25 - Introduction
  • 02:31 - Setup of interview
  • 03:11 - Interview with Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock
  • 54:00 - Wrap up
  • 57:40- Contact us

On this interview episode, Gwen and Derek are pleased to have as their guest the creators behind the Four Points books, Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock. The second (and...

Jun 23, 2017

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  • 00:00:27 - Introduction
  • 00:02:57 - Context of the 2017 Eisner Awards
  • 00:06:14 - Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)
  • 00:57:02 - Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12)
  • 01:49:53 - Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)
  • 02:52:17 - Wrap up
  • 02:53:05 - Contact us

This month, Gwen and Paul discuss...

Jun 21, 2017


Last weekend was HeroesCon, and as they have for the past few years, Andy and Derek are on the scene in Artists Alley reporting the event from the floor. On this episode, you'll hear the Two Guys sharing their varied experiences at the con. Among other topics they discuss the vendors they visited and the comics they...