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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 20, 2014

It’s time for another on-location show at Derek’s comic shop, Collected Comics and Games in Plano, TX. For the June visit, he is joined by a variety of shop employees and customers for a comics discussion free-for-all. This month the store manager, Jennifer Wait, arranged the shop’s monthly “Collected Talks” meeting — where customers come in and talk about the kind of comics they are reading and would like to recommend to others — to take place along with The Comics Alternative‘s monthly visit. Taking part in the discussion is Jennifer, the store’s assistant manager, Freddy Ruiz, and two of Collected’s loyal customers, Craig and John. Also joining in on the talk is former Collected employee and friend of the show, Shea Hennum. Shea used to be a regular on the podcast’s on-location episodes, but since leaving Collected in January, he hasn’t been able to be a part of things. He makes up for the absence, and with a vengeance, with a barrage of insights, manifestos, and bizarre commentary. Despite the detours into weirdness, and an occasion off-topic conversation here and there, everyone has a good time sharing their recent reading lists and observations about contemporary comics.