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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.

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English


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Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Madness in Crowds: The Teeming Mind of Harrison Cady

5/25/2018
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On the current Kickstarter episode, Derek talks with comics legend Denis Kitchen about Madness in Crowds: The Teeming Mind of Harrison Cady, the latest campaign from Beehive Books, in association with Denis. Madness in Crowdswill be a large-format hardcover art book -- a towering 10" x 14" and with 176+ pages-- collecting the works of the definitive early 20th-century illustrator and cartoonist Harrison Cady (1877–1970). So, who was Harrison Cady? As Denis and company describes the...

Duration:00:16:15

Euro Comics: Reviews of Lovecraft: The Myth of Cthulhu, Algeria Is Beautiful Like America, and Die Laughing

5/25/2018
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Time Codes: Lovecraft: The Myth of Cthulhu Algeria Is Beautiful Like AmericaDie Laughing For the May Euro Comics episode, Pascal and Derek discuss three very different works in translation...but all of which are primarily in black-and-white. They begin with Esteban Maroto's Lovecraft: The Myth of Cthulhu (IDW Publishing), an adaptation of three of H. P. Lovecraft's short stories: "The Nameless City," "The Festival," and "The Call of Cthulhu." All three are part of the writer's Cthulhu...

Duration:01:54:33

Comics Alternative Interviews: Peter Normanton

5/24/2018
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Time Codes: On past episodes of The Comics Alternative, the Two Guys have discussed comics fandom and zine culture quite often, although usually the context surrounds American fan activity. But as Derek points out in his conversation with Peter Normanton, he has little knowledge of fanzines outside of the states, particularly within the United Kingdom. That’s why Peter’s latest book, It Crept from the Tomb, was such an enlightening read. Normanton was the publisher and editor of the...

Duration:00:58:00

Episode 281: Reviews of James Joyce: Portrait of a Dubliner and NOW #3, as Well as a Look at the 2018 Eisner Award Nominations

5/23/2018
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Time Codes: James Joyce: Portrait of a Dubliner - A Graphic BiographyNOW#32018 Eisner Award nominations This week Paul and Derek review two recent releases, and they also take the time to discuss this year's Eisner Award nominations. They start off with Alfonso Zapico's James Joyce: Portrait of a Dubliner - A Graphic Biography (Arcade Publishing). Originally published in Spanish, this is a look at the life of the famous Irish modernist, covering not only his accomplishments as a...

Duration:02:04:14

Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Sock: The Comic Book

5/19/2018
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For this week's Kickstarter show, Derek talks Rickman about his current campaign Sock: The Comic Book. It's the (largely) wordless story of an unlikely hero displaced from his companion in the laundromat, and going at it on his own as a crimefighter. Sockwill be a 32-page black-and-white comic book, one that will be appropriate for all ages. Rickman describes the origins of Sockthis way: The idea came to me during the 1999 San Diego Comic Con while at the pool with friends after a day at...

Duration:00:14:02

Comics Alternative Interviews: Alison McCreesh

5/18/2018
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Time Codes: Alison McCreesh Readers of Alison McCreesh’s 2015 work, Ramshackle: A Yellowknife Story, know about the draw northern climates has on her and the love she has for pioneer-like exploration. In her new book, Norths: Two Suitcases and a Stroller around the Circumpolar World, released last month from Conundrum Press, Alison ramps up those affections. It’s an account of her six-month trip to circumpolar regions and her time in four art residencies in Finland, Russia, Greenland,...

Duration:01:06:50

Comics Alternative Interviews: Kriota Willberg

5/17/2018
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Time Codes: Kriota Willberg The Two Guys talk with a lot of comics creators about their craft, their ideas, and their passions. But they never really talk with them about their health. On this interview episode, Gene and Derek have as their guest an artist who is all about health and well-being. Kriota Willberg, whose new book Draw Stronger: Self-Care For Cartoonists and Other Visual Artists(Uncivilized Books) was released last month, discusses her experiences in health care, her years...

Duration:01:18:50

Episode 280: Reviews of The New World: Comics from Mauretania, Young Frances, and A Walk through Hell #1

5/15/2018
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Time Codes: The New World: Comics from MauretaniaYoung FrancesA Walk through Hell#1 On this episode of the podcast, Paul and Derek look at three new releases that, while all compelling readings, are vastly different in style and narrative approach. They begin with Chris Reynold's The New World: Comics fromMauretania, recently released from Gallery 13. This is a collection of Reynold's Mauretania comics published beginning in the 1980s. This volume was designed by Seth, and he also...

Duration:01:43:27

Comics Alternative Interviews: Michael Kupperman

5/14/2018
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Time Codes: Michael Kupperman On this interview episode, Gene and Derek are happy to have Michael Kupperman on the show to discuss his new book All the Answers, just out from Simon and Shuster's Gallery 13 imprint. Long-time fans of Kupperman will find a significant tonal shift from his earlier works such as Tales Designed to Thrizzle or Snake 'n' Bacon's Cartoon Cabaret. This new book is an emotional and probing look at his father, Joel Kupperman, and his time as one of the famous...

Duration:01:00:45

Webcomics: The 2018 Eisner Awards Nominees for Best Webcomic

5/14/2018
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Time Codes: Awaiting a WaveDispatch from a Sanctuary CityWelcome to the New WorldThe Tea Dragon SocietyBrothers Bond After a month's hiatus -- and due to an accident that Sean suffered (although he's recovering now!) -- the Two Guys are back with their latest webcomics episode. And since it's Eisner Awards season, Sean and Derek decided to discuss the nominees for this year's Best Webcomic category. As listeners may remember, last year the guys were quite critical of the Eisner Awards...

Duration:01:46:20

Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Skullduggery, Issue 2

5/11/2018
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This week on the Kickstarter show, Derek talks with Jason Beirens about his current campaign for the second issue of his series, Skullduggery. Jason calls Skullduggery a "legal fiction," a Disney-inspired crime narrative that is less police procedural and more based in the courtroom. His previously Kickstarted first issue of Skullduggery is described as the beginning of a look into a double homicide of two known criminals by Judge Stewie Sponte, his assistant Maggie P.I. (a magpie) and...

Duration:00:17:24

Manga: Finishing Up Monster, Othereworld Barbara, and Other Manga Series

5/11/2018
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Time Codes: MonsterOtherworld Barbara On this episode of the monthly manga series -- the April show, actually, albeit late -- Shea and Derek revisit some of the titles that they had previously discussed. They talk about these series now that they have more volumes under their belts, and in some cases, have completed the entire series. The first of these that they discuss is Naoki Urasawa's Monster(VIZ Media), a title that they first discussed in their July 2015 episode. The last volume...

Duration:01:30:15

Comics Alternative Interviews: Another Conversation with Bill Schelly

5/10/2018
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Time Codes: Bill Schelly There’s perhaps no better historian on American comics fandom than Bill Schelly. Having been a part of the zine scene in the 1960s and early 1970s, and starting when he was a teenager, Schelly worked with many of the movers and shakers within the fan community and published several fanzines of his own. In the early 1990s he returned to comics as a chronicler and as a historian, writing various overviews of comic fandom, and then later making his mark as a...

Duration:01:08:47

Comics Alternative Interviews: Back with Zach Worton

5/10/2018
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Time Codes: Zach Worton Zach Worton was last on the podcastabout two years ago, around the time of the publication of the second volume in his Charley Butters series, The Search for Charley Butters. On that interview show, Zach discussed the development of his storyline and what to expect in the third and final volume of the series, The Death of Charley Butters. As fate would have it, Zach and his publisher, Conundrum Press, decided to hold off on publishing the third stand-alone...

Duration:01:04:17

Episode 279: The May Previews Catalog

5/9/2018
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This week, Paul and Derek take an extensive look at the May Previews catalog. In fact, their look is so extensive that their discussion evolves into an extra-long episode, spanning almost three hours! (Then again, listeners of the podcast probably are used to these long Previews episodes.) The Two Guys begin by sharing listener mail, and then they make a few comments about some of the changes Diamond has made to their catalog over the past couple of months. After that, they jump into the...

Duration:02:54:01

Comics Alternative Interviews: Pat Palermo

5/8/2018
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Time Codes: Pat Palermo Pat Palermo is an artist and Xeric Award-winning cartoonist living and working in Brooklyn. In fact, the intersection of “living and working” is the subject matter of his new series coming out from AdHouse Books, LIVE/WORK. The first issue of this magazine-sized comic came out last month, and it’s an ensemble narrative concerning the exploits of New York artists as they try to make their marks in the art world, while at the same time worrying about their living...

Duration:01:09:38

On Location: FCBD at Heroes Aren't Hard to Find

5/7/2018
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For the May on-location episode, Derek is back at Heroes Aren't Hard to Find for Free Comic Book Day. This is a big occasion, and business at Heroes was bustling and crowded, with customers lining up to get in as early as 5:30 am. In fact, this show was recorded outside of the shop where things were less chaotic. Joining Derek was Zyg (who has become a regular at these on-location shows), David, Adam, Jake, and Emily. Everyone talks about the various FCBD titles and which ones they're...

Duration:01:05:49

Comics Alternative Kickstarter: The Secret Voice, Vol. 1

5/5/2018
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Derek talks with Zack Sot0 about his Kickstarter project The Secret Voice, Vol. 1. Zack describes it as "as psychedelic fantasy epic" filled with psychic warrior monks, wild kung fu magic battles, monsters, and even a bit of romance. Over the coals of their conversation, Zack discusses the origins of The Secret Voice in a minicomic, its development as a webcomic and then a comic book, and its maturation as a book-length narrative. The creator describes the premise this way: Doctor...

Duration:00:20:32

Comics Alternative Interviews: Hazel Newlevant

5/4/2018
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Time Codes: Hazel Newlevant Hazel Newlevant is an artist and editor, known for their graphic novella Sugar Town, which they call “a queer poly rom-com,” as well as Tender-Hearted, winner of the 2017 Ignatz Award for outstanding minicomic. In 2016 the Two Guys discussed Hazel’s edited collection, Chainmail Bikini, an anthology of comics by and about women games released in 2016, and for which Hazel served as editor. Earlier this year they have had two other collections where they served...

Duration:00:55:36

Comics Alternative Interviews: Mairghread Scott and Robin Robinson

5/2/2018
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Time Codes: Mairghread ScottRobin Robinson First Second has recently published The City on the Other Side, a historically based fantasy written by Mairghread Scott and with art by Robin Robinson. Gwen and Derek talk with the creators about their new book, the genesis behind the concept, and their decision to base their narrative in San Francisco. This is a compelling story that should have wide appeal, and not only with younger readers. Over the course of the conversation, Mairghread...

Duration:01:07:01

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