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Two guys with PhDs talking about comics. A weekly podcast focusing on alternative, independent, and primarily non-superhero comics. There's nothing wrong with superhero comics. We just want to do something different.

Two guys with PhDs talking about comics. A weekly podcast focusing on alternative, independent, and primarily non-superhero comics. There's nothing wrong with superhero comics. We just want to do something different.
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Two guys with PhDs talking about comics. A weekly podcast focusing on alternative, independent, and primarily non-superhero comics. There's nothing wrong with superhero comics. We just want to do something different.




Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Life in Space: A Comic Book Anthology

This week on the Kickstarter series, Derek talks with Mike Emeritz and Marshall Couture about their current campaign, Life in Space: A Comic Book Anthology. Over the course of their conversation, Mike and Marshall reveal the genesis of this project, how they gathered a variety of creators together, and the process of decided on a particular anthology theme. This project is coordinated by Mike Emeritz, Marshall Lee, and Chris McQuinlan, with Emeritz designing and editing the book. Kevin...

Duration: 00:16:49

On Location: Starting off the New Year at Heroes Aren't Hard to Find

For years The Comics Alternative has held a monthly on-location episode where one or two cohosts go into -- physically or virtually -- one of their local comics shops and talk with customers and employees about the comics that their reading, what they're excited about and looking forward to, and what grumblings they may have in terms of comics culture. The last such episode was published last August, right before Derek moved to Charlotte, NC...and as things would turn out, in the final...

Duration: 00:56:25

Comics Alternative Interviews: Seth

Time Codes: The Man from Guelph On this interview episode, Derek is pleased to have as his guest one of his favorite creators, Seth. His latest volume of Palookaville was published last year by Drawn and Quarterly, and while every release of Seth's signature series is worth noting, this one is particularly significant. It wraps up his "Clyde Fans" storyline, one he began in 1997 in Palookaville #10. Derek asks Seth about the process of undertaking this ongoing narrative and the...

Duration: 01:55:01

Episode 263: Reviews of Now #2, The Strumpet #5, and Barbarella # 1 & #2

Time Codes: Now #2The Strumpet #5Barbarella #1 & #2 This week Gene and Derek discuss three recent titles, two of which are anthologies and one a blast from the past. They begin with the second issue of Fantagraphics' Now, edited by Eric Reynolds. As the guys mention, this one is comprised of various comics that run the gamut of art and narrative styles. While some of the contributions are more "traditional" in their storytelling presentation -- such as the pieces by Susan Jonaitis and...

Duration: 01:31:42

Comics Alternative Interviews: W. Maxwell Prince and Martín Morazzo

Time Codes: W. Maxwell PrinceMartín Morazzo On this episode of the interview series, Derek talks with W. Maxwell Prince and Martín Morazzo about their new series from Image Comics, Ice Cream Man. The first issue comes out on January 17, and Derek asks his guests about the genesis of this project and what to expect in its debut. As Will and Martín reveal, each issue of Ice Cream Man is a stand-alone story, with every release serving as a viable jumping on point into their uncanny world....

Duration: 01:02:05

Episode 262: Review of The Best American Comics 2017

Time Codes: The Best American Comics 2017 On this episode of the podcast Paul and Derek discuss The Best American Comics 2017, edited by Ben Katchor along with series editor Bill Kartalopoulos. The Two Guys usually discuss Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's annual contribution to comicsdom in the penultimate episode of every year, but this time around life got in the way -- and Paul, everyone's heart goes out to you -- so they had to postpone slightly the current show. But better late than...

Duration: 01:34:44

Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Loan from the Girl Zone

For this week's Kickstarter episode, Derek talks with Ari S. Mulch about her project Loan from the Girl Zone. This a collection of the various minicomics that Ari has published over the past couple of years while studying in the comics program of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She talks with Derek about the various short works collected in this volume, the project's genesis, and the various reward levels for backing her campaign. But Ari also discusses the long-form comic that...

Duration: 00:16:53

Episode 261: Reviews of Generation Gone, Vol. 1, Assassinistas #1, and Love and Rockets IV #4

Time Codes: Generation Gone, Vol. 1Assassinistas #1Love and Rockets IV #4 This week Gwen and Derek take a look at three recent and exciting titles. They begin with the first trade collection of Aleš Kot and André Lima Araújo's Generation Gone (Image Comics). This initial volume establishes the premise of the intriguing series. The story focuses on three hackers who attempt to get into government systems, are discovered, and "infected" with genetic codes that give them supernatural...

Duration: 01:24:03

Webcomics: Reviews of The Shaderunners, Binary Star, and Nautilus

Time Codes: The ShaderunnersBinary StarNautilus For their first webcomics episode of 2018, Sean and Derek discuss three fascinating and diverse titles. They begin with The Shaderunners, written by Lin with art by Capp (AKA Anna Assan). This Prohibition era-tinged webcomic concerns a group of rag-tag bohemians who attempt to bring color into their sepia-toned world. While this looks like a narrative set in early twentieth-century America, the storyworld that Capp and Lin create is...

Duration: 01:29:12

Episode 260: The January Previews Catalog

Happy New Year from The Comics Alternative! To help bring in 2018, Gwen and Derek are back to meticulously go through the January Previews catalog, providing recommendations and insights on a variety of upcoming titles. This month's catalog is jam-packed with great solicits, so many, in fact, that this becomes an extra-long episode. They begin by looking at the various offerings announced for this year's Free Comic Book Day, and then they move on to the catalog proper. Among the many comic...

Duration: 02:03:14

Manga: Reviews of Battle Angel Alita: Deluxe Edition, Vol. 1 and Children of the Whales, Vol. 1

Time Codes: Battle Angel Alita: Deluxe Edition, Vol. 1Children of the Whales, Vol. 1 On this episode of The Comics Alternative's manga series, Shea and Derek discuss two recent publications that, in one way or another, explore a post-apocalyptic world. They begin with a classic, the first volume of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita. Kodansha Comics has recently started to release this legendary cyberpunk series in nice deluxe hardbound editions -- the second deluxe volume is due for...

Duration: 01:30:34

Comics Alternative Interviews: Another Happy New Yoe with Craig Yoe

Time Codes: Craig Yoe Welcome to 2018! And as The Comics Alternative has done for the past several years, they start off the new year with an interview of perennial favorite of the podcast, Craig Yoe. These are called the annual Happy New Yoe shows. And this year, Derek talks with Craig about Yoe Books past, present, and future. They start off by discussing many of the books that Craig and his wife/partner, Clizia Gussoni, released in 2017. These include those published through Yoe...

Duration: 02:04:37

Young Readers: Reviews of Good Night, Planet, The Dam Keeper, and Misfit City, as Well as a Look Back at 2017

Time Codes: Good Night, PlanetThe Dam KeeperMisfit City It's the end of the year, and for their December episode of the Young Readers series, Gwen and Paul discuss three exciting titles as well look back at the past year's releases. They begin by discussing Liniers's Good Night, Planet, part of Françoise Mouly's TOON Books series. After that they look at Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi's The Dam Keeper, recently released from First Second. Then they wrap up with a comic-book series,...

Duration: 01:00:17

Webcomics: Reviews of Cookies, All Along the Wall, and Holiday Wars

Time Codes: CookiesAll Along the WallHoliday Wars It's the holiday season, and for December Sean and Derek discuss three holiday-related webcomics. The start off by looking at two shorter works, Kate Beaton's Cookies (available on her Hark! A Vagrant website) and Emily Carroll's creepy All Along the Wall. After that they look at the much more substantial Holiday Wars, written by Scott King and with art by Michael Odom. So sit back, plug in your earphones, and enjoy the holiday goodness...

Duration: 01:05:52

Episode 259: Reviews of Bad Mask, Evolution #1, and Doctor Radar #1

Time Codes: Bad MaskEvolution #1Doctor Radar #1 On this week's episode Gwen and Derek discuss three recent releases that, while all being quite different, nonetheless share a common theme of mystery. They start off with Jon Chad's Bad Mask (BOOM! Box), a multimedia project that explores perspective and interpretation. With its various components in multiple print formats -- comic book, trading cards, newspaper tabloid, mainstream news magazine, business reports, etc. -- it's an...

Duration: 01:06:53

Comics Alternative Interviews: Tim Lane

Time Codes: Tim Lane On this interview episode Derek talks with Tim Lane about his series Happy Hour in America, Vol. 2, the first issue of which is just being released from Fantagraphics Books. This isn't the first time that Tim has been interviewed on The Comics Alternative. In January 2015, Derek published on the blog a text-based conversation with him that he had conducted via email. That was a insightful and substantive interview, but the current one goes even further, allowing...

Duration: 02:18:49

Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Swan Song: The Musical Anthology

For this week's Kickstarter spotlight, Derek focuses on Swan Song: The Musical Anthology, a campaign underway from Cloudscape Comics. Discussing this project with him are Jeffrey Ellis and Oliver McTavish-Wisden, the assistant director/founder and the executive director, respectively, of the small Vancouver publisher and collective. Swan Song is an anthology including contributions from a wide variety of (mostly) British Columbia-based creators, all of which engage with music in one way or...

Duration: 00:18:10

Episode 258: Our Fifth Annual Thanksgiving Show

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and the folks at The Comics Alternative all gather around the virtual table to share what they are thankful for in terms of comics and comics culture. Pulling up a seat this year are Gwen, Paul, Sean, Gene, Edward, and Derek. Among the many things that they're thankful for are Science ComicsSecret CodersComix RevolutionHeroes Aren't Hard to FindCAKEGary PanterTrina RobbinsGoodnight PunpunNowHow to Read NancyResist!Craig YoeGilbert Hernandez What more could one...

Duration: 01:20:01

Comics Alternative Interviews: Mitch Maglio

Time Codes: On this interview episode, Derek talks with Mitch Maglio about his new book, Fiction House: From Pulps to Panels, from Jungles to Space, just out from IDW/Yoe Books. Mitch is an aficionado on Fiction House (as well as on the jungle girl genre), so he's the perfect writer/collector to discuss this historic publisher. He talks with Derek about the origins of Fiction House, its colorful founder, the publisher's major role in the pulps, its mostly forgotten stature during the...

Duration: 01:01:59

Comics Alternative Interviews: Ryan O'Sullivan and Plaid Klaus

Time Codes: Ryan O'SullivanPlaid Klaus Sean joins Derek to interview a creative team that the two have discussed previously, Ryan O'Sullivan and Plaid Klaus. Last year the guys reviewed Ryan and Klaus's webcomic Turncoat (now available in softcover), but this time they talk with the creators about a new print publication, their Image Comics limited series Void Trip. The first of its five issues comes out this week, and the Two Guys talk with Ryan and Klaus about the genesis of this...

Duration: 01:05:39

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