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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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Frisco, TX

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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.

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English


Episodes

Episode 269: Reviews of The Lie and How We Told It, Abbott #1, and Punks Not Dead #1

2/21/2018
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Time Codes: Black PantherThe Lie and How We Told ItAbbott #1Punks Not Dead #1 This week Gene and Derek discuss three fascinating titles...and with a '70s twist! They begin with Tommi Parrish's The Lie and How We Told It (Fantagraphics). Both had encountered Parrish's work previously in the first two issues of the Now anthology, but this is the first long-form narrative from them that the guys have read. This is an intriguing work that begs for multiple readings and provides much...

Duration:01:26:05

Young Readers: Reviews of The Prince and the Dressmaker and Speak: The Graphic Novel

2/20/2018
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Time Codes: The Prince and the DressmakerSpeak: The Graphic Novel Art and Perceptions Gwen and Paul are back with another Young Readers episode. For February, they discuss two recent publications, both that explore how perceptions, for better or for worse, figure into our lives. They begin with Jen Wang's The Prince and the Dressmaker (First Second), a fairy tale-like narrative focusing on romance, identity, and creativity. Next, they look at Speak: The Graphic Novel (Farrar, Straus,...

Duration:01:05:38

Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Plaguers Int'l

2/17/2018
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On this weekend's Kickstarter episode, Derek talks with Max Huffman about his current campaign for Plaguers Int'l. As described on the Kickstarter page, Plaguers Int'l is a loud, fast comic-shaped comic, with elements of all three genres: madcap romp, slapdash genre pastiche and relationship disaster. A panel or two might be unsafe for work. And its plot? Swirving Wildley is the newest member of the world's most beloved extranational paramilitary death squad. Movement Salon is the...

Duration:00:17:02

Euro Comics: Reviews of Various IDW Translations from the Last Half of 2017

2/16/2018
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Time Codes: Alack Sinner: The Age of InnocenceCalamity Jane: The Calamitous Life of Martha Jane Cannary, 1852-1903Jerome K. Jerome Bloch, Vol. 1: The Shadow KillerCorto Maltese: Fable of VeniceA Story of MenThe Man from the Great North Welcome to the January episode of The Comics Alternative's monthly Euro Comics series. That's right, the January episode. As Derek explains during the opening of this show, he and Edward had planned on covering IDW Publishing works in translation that...

Duration:01:06:48

Episode 268: Reviews of Recent Romance Comics

2/14/2018
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Time Codes: Twisted Romance #1 and #2Death of Love #1Bingo LoveWeird Love, Vol. 6: So This Is Love!Young Monsters in Love It's Valentine's Day, and this week the Two Guys with PhDs are doing something they've never done before: devote an entire episode to recent romance comics. And this year, there are quite a number of new comics devoted to love and relationships...and with curious twists. And speaking of twists, they begin their show by discussing the first two issues of the new...

Duration:01:53:46

Comics Alternative Interviews: Bill Kartalopoulos and Ben Katchor

2/13/2018
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Time Codes: Bill KartalopoulosBen Katchor Derek talks with Bill Kartalopoulos and Ben Katchor about the 2017 volume of The Best American Comics (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). They are, respectively, the general editor of the series and last year's guest editor. Paul and Derek had wanted to interview the two back in December, but due to life complications, they weren't able to have them on the show. And although Paul wasn't able to join in on this interview, he was with everyone in...

Duration:01:39:15

Webcomics: Reviews of The Flying Ship, Next Town Over, and Yu+Me: Dreams

2/12/2018
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Time Codes: The Flying ShipNext Town OverYu+Me: Dream For February, Sean and Derek discuss three very different webcomics, each published by a single young female creator. They begin with two currently ongoing titles, Jess Milton's The Flying Ship and Erin Mehlos's Next Town Over. The first is webcomic inspired by a Russian fairytale, and despite its relatively short run so far, Milton does a great job at establishing a detailed premise. Mehlos's Next Town Over is a curious mix of...

Duration:01:39:44

Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Ada's Adventures in Science

2/10/2018
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This week Derek talks with Edward Gomez and Laura Sorvala about their Kickstarter campaign Ada's Adventures in Science. This project began as a three-comic-book series, starting with the idea, “There’s no such thing as a stupid question.” The ultimate goal of this Kickstarter is not only to excite children about science, but to empower them to pursue it. Edward and Laura's protagonist Ada is a believable, relatable character pursuing her interests in science. She functions as both as a...

Duration:00:17:30

Episode 267: The February Previews Catalog

2/7/2018
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Gwen and Derek are back with another Previews episode. And since February is Super Bowl time, in the super spirit of that super day they present a super long show. That's right, there were so many titles that the two wanted to highlight this month, that this episode inadvertently turned into (we think) the longest Previews show ever recorded on The Comics Alternative. History in the making, or an annoyingly long experience? You decide. Among the many comic books and graphic novels that...

Duration:02:41:19

Comics Alternative Interviews: Back with Box Brown

2/6/2018
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Time Codes: Box Brown Box Brown returns to The Comics Alternative, this time discussing his new book Is This Guy for Real?: The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman, just out this week from First Second. Similar to his previous Andre the Giant, this is a graphic biography of a colorful celebrity with a complicated life story...and involving wrestling. Box talks with Derek about his ideas for beginning this project, his appreciation of stand-up comedy, the challenges he faced in constructing...

Duration:01:10:36

Comics Alternative Interviews: Dave Calver

2/4/2018
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Derek talks with Dave Calver about his new book Limbo Lounge. This is his first graphic novel, and it's a first for IDW Publishing, a joint effort between two of its imprints, Yoe Books and Top Shelf Productions. Over the course of their conversation, the two discuss the origins of this project, the author's effective use of coloring as a narrative tool, the surreal and tonally ambiguous nature of the work, how Dave's background as an illustrator informed his storytelling, and where his...

Duration:01:04:38

Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Birdcage Bottom Books 2018 Publications

2/3/2018
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On this Kickstarter episode, Derek talks with J.T. Yost about his current crowdfunding campaign for Birdcage Bottom Books' 2018 publications. This year, Birdcage Bottom Books is hoping to introduce to a wider audience a variety of cartoonists currently flying under many readers' radar. By pre-ordering through this Kickstarter campaign, you'll both ensure these publications see the light of day and save money. As J.T. points out, this is also your chance to get custom artwork, original...

Duration:00:20:31

Comics Alternative Interviews: Clifford V. Johnson

2/2/2018
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Time Codes: Clifford V. Johnson On this interview episode Derek has as his guest Clifford V. Johnson. He is a professor of physics at the University of Southern California, and his new book The Dialogues: Conversations about the Nature of the Universe was released last fall by the MIT Press. Clifford talks with Derek about the genesis of this project, his choice of the dialogue form in structuring his text, and the challenges -- as well as the appropriateness -- of representing complex...

Duration:01:31:39

Episode 266: Reviews of Red Winter, Motherlands #1, and The Archies # 4

1/31/2018
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Time Codes: Red WinterMotherlands #1The Archies #4 This week Gene and Derek discuss, yet again, three diverse titles. They begin with Anneli Furmark's Red Winter (Drawn and Quarterly). It's the the first in a trilogy of graphic novels, although this is Furmark's first work translated into English. The narrative is set in the late 1970s and centers on two lovers struggling with complicating relationships, both marital and political. Each chapter focuses on a particular character...

Duration:01:18:30

Manga: Reviews of Five Kitaro Volumes and Mangasia: The Definitive Guide to Asian Comics

1/30/2018
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On the January manga episode, Shea and Derek discuss the first five volumes in Drawn and Quarterly's recent Kitaro series, created by Shigeru Mizuki, and Paul Gravett's Mangasia: The Definitive Guide to Asian Comics (Thames and Hudson).

Duration:01:26:49

Comics Alternative Kickstarter: The Middle Age

1/27/2018
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This week Derek talks with Steve Conley about his Kickstarter campaign The Middle Age, based on his Eisner Award-nominated webcomic and offering both enamel pins and print versions of his comic. Sean and Derek discussed The Middle Age on their webcomics series last year. It's an old-school and fun kind of adventure comic, a fantasy featuring a slightly older knight, Sir Quimp, who lost his love, his sword, and his job. And he is on a quest to win them all back, and "aiding" Sir Quimp on...

Duration:00:19:00

Comics Alternative Interviews: Karen Berger

1/25/2018
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Time Codes: Karen Berger Paul and Derek are excited to have Karen Berger on The Comics Alternative. The first release from her new Dark Horse Comics imprint, Berger Books, occurs next week, and the guys talk with Karen on the cusp of this event. The Two Guys ask their guest about the genesis of Berger Books as well as her efforts in launching new titles -- such as Hungry Ghosts, Incognegro: Rennaisance, Mata Hari, and The Seeds -- and securing impressive talent. But they also talk with...

Duration:01:19:34

Episode 265: Reviews of The Three Rooms in Valerie's Head, Days of Hate #1, and Vinegar Teeth # 1

1/24/2018
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Time Codes: The Three Rooms in Valerie's HeadDays of Hate #1Vinegar Teeth #1 On this week's review episode, Gene and Derek discuss recent titles that are quite varied in tone and narrative approach. They begin with David Gaffney and Dan Berry's The Three Rooms in Valerie's Head (Top Shelf/IDW Publishing). This is a somewhat surreal, and dark, look at a young woman and her various relationships with men. The memories of these encounters are something she apparently cannot let go of, and...

Duration:01:02:08

Episode 264: Our Favorite Comics of 2017

1/22/2018
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Time Codes: Paul and Derek are back with The Comics Alternative's annual "Favorites" episode. This is where the Two Guys share what they consider to be the best comics of the past year. Usually this year-end show is released as the very last regular review episode of each year, but this time around the guys had to postpone the recording due to family issues. But we're not far from the end of 2017, and Paul and Derek wanted to get the show out in as timely a manner as possible. So here...

Duration:02:16:23

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

1/20/2018
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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

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