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Two guys with PhDs talking about comics. The Comics Alternative is weekly podcast focusing on the world of alternative, independent, and primarily non-superhero comics.

Two guys with PhDs talking about comics. The Comics Alternative is weekly podcast focusing on the world of alternative, independent, and primarily non-superhero comics.
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Two guys with PhDs talking about comics. The Comics Alternative is weekly podcast focusing on the world of alternative, independent, and primarily non-superhero comics.




Comics Alternative Interviews: Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden

Time Codes: Paul KarasikMark Newgarden Gene and Derek are happy to have on the podcast Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden. Their book How to Read Nancy: The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panelswas released last fall from Fantagraphics Books. The authors are back on the circuit discussing their close reading of Ernie Bushmiller, but they took time to talk with the Two Guys about their landmark work. Over the course of the conversation, Mark and Paul reveal their history reading the...


Episode 276: Reviews of Milk Wars, Motor Girl Omnibus, and Strangers in Paradise XXV #1 & #2

Time Codes: Milk WarsMotor Girl OmnibusStrangers in Paradise XXV#1 & #2 Paul is back on the podcast, fresh from working on his dissertation. On this episode, he updates Derek on his dissertating progress, and then the Two Guys plunge into the show proper. They begin by looking at the five issues that make up the DC Universe/Young Animal crossover Milk Wars(DC Comics). Both Paul and Derek share their experiences reading JLA/Doom Patrol Special#1, Mother Panic/Batman Special#1, Shade,...


Comics Alternative Interviews: Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle

Time Codes: Grace EllisShae Beagle Mythical figures, anthropomorphic characters, and heavy dose of magic, all set in a contemporary urban landscape complete with coffeehouses, mobile devices, and garage bands. This is the world of Moonstruck, a series that began last year and coming out from Image Comics. The writer and artist of this series, Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle, were kind enough to come on The Comics Alternativeto talk about the completion of the first narrative arc and what...


Euro Comics: Reviews of Brazen and Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures

Time Codes: Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures This month Pascal and Derek look at two recent books that, while strikingly different in their storytelling approaches, are both insightful examinations of the socio-historical forces that shape individuals' lives. They begin with Pénélope Bagieu's Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World(First Second), a collection of 29 short biographies profiling women throughout history who have...


Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Retrofit Comics 2018

Lately on The Comics Alternative's Kickstarter series, Derek has been focusing more on small presses that are currently crowdfunding their seasonal releases. (See previous shows devoted to Kilgore Booksand Nix Comics.) And this weekend's show is similar, highlighting the latest Kickstarter campaign from Retrofit Comics. On this episode, Derek talks with Jared Smith about efforts for funding their diverse array of 2018 titles. This current Kickstarter campaign revolves around the 12 books...


Comics Alternative Interviews: Suzy Hopkins and Hallie Bateman

Time Codes: Suzy HopkinsHallie Bateman On this episode of The Comics Alternative's interview series, Derek welcomes Kristin LaLonde. She is one of the cohost of The Secret Stackspodcast, and she has a particular interest in graphic medicine and comics that deal with health and end-of-life issues. Together, the two of them talk with Suzy Hopkins and Hallie Bateman, the writer and illustrator of What to Do When I'm Gone: A Mother's Wisdom to Her Daughter(Bloomsbury Publishing). This is a...


Comics Alternative Interviews: Gerry Duggan and David O'Sullivan

Time Codes: Gerry DugganDavid O'Sullivan Set in the not-too-distant year of 2024, Analog (Image Comics) is a not-too-far-fetched look at what can come of information technology when it has fallen into the wrong hands. Its protagonist, Jack McGinnis, is a leger man, an armed courier working freelance for individuals and businesses who need to transfer information in the old-fashioned analog manner. This is a world where the cloud has come crashing down, and the "security" of the...


Episode 275: The April Previews Catalog

Gene and Derek are back for another look at the current month's Previews catalog. This one may not be as long an episode as last month's Previewshow -- which clocked in at just under three hours -- but it's nonetheless hefty. (Well...actually, it is almost as long as the March show.) They begin this week by discussing the new changes appearing in Previewsbeginning in April. They point out the additions of BOOM! Studios and Dynamite Entertainment in the premiere publishers section,...


Comics Alternative Interviews: Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl

Time Codes: Brenden FletcherKarl Kerschl On April 4 you’ll find in your comic shops the first issue of Isola, Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl’s brand new series from Image Comics that combines nuanced storytelling with Kerschl’s magnificent artwork. In this inaugural issue, we find a captain of the Royal Guard fleeing her capital city with the realm’s queen, on their way to a mythical land called Isola. But appearances can be deceiving, and the initial journey unfolds under the cloud...


Comics Alternative Interviews: Marcus Sedgwick and Thomas Taylor

Time Codes: Marcus SedgwickThomas Taylor On this interview episode, Gwen and Derek talk with the creative team behind Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter, a new book out from First Second. Both Marcus Sedgwick and Thomas Taylor share their experiences conceiving the premise, their process of collaboration, and their hopes to further explore this fantastical world. Scarlett Hartis the story of the titular protagonist who carries on in her deceased parents' footsteps, keeping her city free of...


Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Nix Comics' 2018 Comic Book and Record Releases

This weekend Derek talks with Ken Eppsteinabout his latest Kickstarter campaign, backing for Nix Comics' 2018 comic book and record releases. Listeners of the podcast might recognize this publisher, as they've discussed Nix releases in the past. Nix Comics' productions are inspired by the kind of mythos surrounding pre-MTV garage rock. The comics are informed by Ken's years of love for punk rock bands, record stores, and b-movies. For this kickstarter he is offering two subscription...


Comics Alternative Interviews: Magdalene Visaggio and Sonny Liew

Time Codes: Magdalene VisaggioSonny Liew A couple of weeks ago the first issue of Eternity Girl, the latest title in DC’s Young Animal line, was released. Written by Magdalene Visaggio and with art by Sonny Liew, this is a title that combines parts of Element Girl with a dash of Kid Eternity, and mixes things up in an offbeat way that fits perfectly in the Young Animal world. On this interview episode, Derek talks with both Mags and Sonny about this new series, and both kindly agreed...


Episode 274: Reviews of Why Art?, Infidel #1, and Vampironica #1

Time Codes: Why Art?Infidel #1Vampironica #1 This week Gene and Derek discuss three different titles that may or may not be connected (you'll have to ask Gene). They begin with Eleanor Davis's Why Art? (Fantagraphics Books). Going into this reading, the guys thought that the book might be more on the expository or critical side. However, they quickly discovered Davis's unique approach in combining humor, storytelling, and aesthetic analysis. After that they check out the first issue of...


Comics Alternative Interviews: Back with John Porcellino

Time Codes: John Porcellino Gene and Derek are excited to have John Porcellino back on the podcast. His new book From Lone Mountain has just been released by Drawn and Quarterly, and John talks in depth about the time in his life covered in this collection, as well as the process of pulling all of these experiences together. The book collects King-Cat Comics & Stories #62-#68, released between 2003-2007. The Two Guys ask John about the evolution of his compositional strategies, the...


Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Slang Pictorial

On this week's Kickstarter show, Derek talks with Nick Prolix about his campaign for Slang Pictorial #3. This will be a 24-page black-and-white comic, following up on on the already published first two hardcopy issues. Nick is using his first-ever Kickstarter in order to cover the comic's printing and shipping. Plus, he has a really cool promotional video! Slang Pictorial is Nick's one-person anthology comic, and it includes his serialized retro comedy-drama The Sheep And The Wolves. This...


On Location: The March Visit to Heroes Aren't Hard to Find

For the March on-location recording at Heroes Aren't Hard to Find in Charlotte, NC, the topic of discussion is comics adapted into movies and television series (especially superhero properties), and if we're about to reach the point of oversaturation. Joining Derek in the conversation are shop customers Zyg, Jack, Jesse, Erica, and Christian. All of them are fans of superhero film and TV, and each brings a unique perspective to the discussion. And, as expected, everyone varies in their...


Episode 273: Reviews of Bizarre Romance, The Ballad of Sang #1, and Gideon Falls #1

Time Codes: Bizarre RomanceThe Ballad of Sang #1Gideon Falls #1 On this week's review episode, Gene and Derek discuss three recent, and very different, titles. They begin with Bizarre Romance (Abrams ComicArt), an unusual "graphic novel" written by Audrey Niffenegger and with art from Eddie Campbell. The various stories that compose this collection are both comics and prose-centric pieces, and all of the selections have something to do with relationships in an off-kilter manner. Next,...


Euro Comics: Reviews of The Initiates and Satania

Time Codes: The Initiates: A Comic Artist and a Wine Artisan Exchange JobsSatania For the March episode of the Euro Comics series, Pascal Hamon joins Derek to discuss two recent books from NBM Graphic Novels. They begin with Étienne Davodeau's The Initiates: A Comic Artist and a Wine Artisan Exchange Jobs, an autobiographical account of the artist and his friend's mutual education on what the other does. As Pascal points out, the majority of this narrative concerns Davodeau learning...


Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Kilgore Books and Comics' 2018 Releases

This week's Kickstarter episode is brought to you by the great folks at Kilgore Books and Comics. If that publisher sounds familiar, that's because the Two Guys have discussed a variety of Kilgore publications in the past...including a publisher spotlight episode back in 2016! Its current Kickstarter campaign is all about their 2018 releases. Dan Stafford, Kilgore's head honcho, talks with Derek about the various titles scheduled for this year, and there are a lot. Backers can look...


Comics Alternative Interviews: Ho Che Anderson

Gene and Derek talk with Ho Che Anderson about his new book, Godhead, as well as his larger body of work.


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