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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 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

Comics Alternative Kickstarter: What Now, Bruno?

On this week's Kickstarter episode, Derek talks with Bruno Oliveira about his project What Now, Bruno? This is an autobiographical work exploring what can happen to a comics artist once he's established himself in the industry. Bruno has broken into the field, illustrating for such publishers as IDW (Drones), Arcana (Space, MN), and, most recently, Marvel Comics (Amazing Spider-Man Annual, Gwenpool Holiday Special, and Mosaic, among other titles). But now that he's on his way, how does he...

Duration: 00:17:57

Episode 257: A Publisher Spotlight on Conundrum Press

Time Codes: Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and MeDreams in Thin AirMorton: A Cross-Country Rail JourneyGetting Out of HopeMister MorgenThe Collected Neil the Horse This week on The Comics Alternative Andy and Derek return to one of their favorite publishers, Conundrum Press, for their next publisher spotlight. They had previously released a similar episode on Conundrum two and a half years ago, and they wanted to do so again with their fall 2017 releases. The six titles under discussion...

Duration: 02:06:35

Comics Alternative Interviews: Mark Voger

Time Codes: Mark Voger On this interview episode, Derek talks with Mark Voger about his latest work, Groovy: When Flower Power Bloomed in Pop Culture. The book comes out this week from TwoMorrows Publishing, and during their conversation Mark discusses the roots of groovy culture that reach back to early twentieth-century modernism and jazz, and are even apparent in discoveries during nineteenth century. But most of the interview is spent talking about the flowering, so to speak, of...

Duration: 01:10:06

Euro Comics: Reviews of Billie Holiday, Josephine Baker, and The Green Hand and Other Stories

Time Codes: Billie HolidayJosephine BakerThe Green Hand and Other Stories After having to readjust for a few major life changes -- including a new baby for first-time parents! -- Edward and Derek are back with the monthly Euro Comics series. For November they discuss two graphic biographies devoted to early twentieth-century artists as well as a collection of surreal and experimental fiction. They start with Carlos Sampayo and Jose Muñoz's Billie Holiday (NBM Publishing), a text that...

Duration: 01:26:57

Comics Alternative Kickstarter: LAAB Magazine #0: Dark Matter

This week Derek talks with Ronald Wimberly, Josh O'Neill, and Maëlle Doliveux about their Kickstarter project LAAB Magazine #0: Dark Matter. Published by Beehive Books, this will be a tabloid-sized newspaper annual filled with comics, interviews, artwork, cultural criticism, and writings on identity as played out in popular culture. This inaugural #0 issue will include Saul Williams Trenton Doyle HancockJames RombergerJean-Michel BasquiatAlexandra BellTHX 1138Ronald Wimberly'sSun...

Duration: 00:19:33

Episode 256: Reviews of Kid Lobotomy #1 and #2, Carnival of Contagion, and Monograph

Time Codes: Kickstarter seriesSlack channelKid Lobotomy #1 and #2Carnival of ContagionMonograph This week Paul and Derek review three new titles that are all quite different in content and audience. They begin with the first two issues of Peter Milligan and Tess Fowler's Kid Lobotomy, the first series in IDW's new Black Crown imprint. The guys start their discussion by referencing Shelly Bond and her stated intentions behind the new creator-owned line. But while they're certainly...

Duration: 01:25:35

Comics Alternative Interviews: Joseph Remnant

Time Codes: Joseph Remnant Derek is pleased to have Joseph Remnant on the podcast. His new book, Cartoon Clouds, was released last month from Fantagraphics. This is a graphic novel in the truest sense, a work of fiction that explores the nuances of relationships, defining yourself, and growing apart from those with whom you were once close. As Joseph reveals, this is a narrative that began in serial installments on a website he once maintained with Noah Van Sciver, but it soon...

Duration: 01:22:00

Webcomics: Reviews of Blindsprings, Albert the Alien, and A Fire Story

Time Codes: BlindspringsAlbert the AlienA Fire Story On the November webcomics episode, Sean and Derek look at three very different titles. They begin with Kadi Fedoruk's Blindsprings, a fantasy filled with magic and spirits, but one whose philosophical foundations are deeper than you may at first think. As the guys point out, the meticulous art is one of the highlights of this webcomic. After that, Sean and Derek turn to a lighthearted all-age series by Trevor Mueller and Gabo, Albert...

Duration: 01:28:14

Comics Alternative Kickstarter: SCI: The Jewish Comics Anthology, Vol. 2

For the second episode of The Comics Alternative's new Kickstarter series, Derek talks with Andy Stanleigh and Steven Bergson about their project, SCI: The Jewish Comics Anthology, Vol. 2. This book will be released by Alternate History Comics (of which Andy is the publisher), and it will follow Steven's first volume of The Jewish Comics Anthology, also published by AH Comics. What will distinguish this second collection is that each of the retellings from Jewish history, legend, and myth...

Duration: 00:18:32

Comics Alternative Interviews: Deb Olin Unferth and Elizabeth Haidle

Time Codes: Deb Olin UnferthElizabeth Haidle On this interview episode, Derek talks with Deb Olin Unferth and Elizabeth Haidle on the publication of their new book, I, Parrot (Black Balloon-Catapult). This is a graphic novel in the truest sense, a work of fiction, about a middle-aged woman who's prone to bad luck. She stumbles upon a bird-sitting job, caring for an aviary of exotic, rare, and very expensive parrots, and despite the help of her boyfriend and her young son, falls prey to...

Duration: 00:54:42

Comics Alternative Interviews: Katie Green

Time Codes: Katie Green On this interview episode, Paul and Derek talk with Katie Green about her recent graphic memoir Lighter Than My Shadow, released last month from Lion Forge's Roar imprint. The Two Guys reviewed the book a couple of weeks ago, but they were so moved by Green's story that they wanted to have her on the podcast to talk about her work. This insightful conversation adds more context and texture to Katie's memoir, and she shares her struggles in narrating her various...

Duration: 01:00:20

Episode 255: The November Previews Catalog

On this month's Previews episode, Gwen and Derek join forces to highlight the various November solicits that strike their fancy. In fact, this is Gwen's first time doing a Previews show, but she comes across as an old hand and suggests some wonderful upcoming titles that are sure to resonate with listeners. But first, the Two Academics Talking about Comics send out a BIG thank you to two dedicated -- and two very talented -- listeners, Holly English and Marc Casilli. Both have recently...

Duration: 01:35:56

Comics Alternative Interviews: Julia Wertz

Time Codes: Julia Wertz On this interview episode, Paul and Derek are pleased to have Julia Wertz on the podcast. Her new book, Tenements, Towers and Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City, came out earlier this month from Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers. As the subtitle suggests, this is a different kind of history, a guide to the Big Apple's present as well as its past, investigating its architecture, its businesses, its facades, its entertainment venues,...

Duration: 01:14:55

Manga: A Discussion of Horror Manga 2017

Time Codes: Domu: A Child's DreamPanorama of HellMailDissolving ClassroomH.P. Lovecraft's The Hound and Other StoriesNeo Parasyte M Shea and Derek are back with their second manga episode of the month! On this show, they discuss several horror manga that will get you in the mood for Halloween tomorrow. As they did last year, the Two Manga Guys are both thrilled and chilled with by introducing listeners to a variety creepy titles, some older and some brand new. They begin with Katsuhiro...

Duration: 02:07:20

Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Wayward Sisters

The Comics Alternative is launching a brand new weekly series devoted to independent, small-press, and creator-owned Kickstarter campaigns that are comics-related. Every Saturday morning you'll hear a brief conversation with a creator, or creative team, with a Kickstarter campaign underway, where Derek talks with them about their project, the story behind their ideas, the various levels of support, and why listeners should back their efforts. Since the vast majority of creators on...

Duration: 00:17:24

Comics Alternative Interviews: Back with Andy Hirsch

Time Codes: Andy Hirsch Andy Hirsch is back on the podcast, and this time he talks with Gwen and Derek about his new book, Science Comics: Dogs: From Predator to Protector. This is the next volume in First Second's important Science Comics series, one that uses comics to educate both younger readers and adults. In fact, Gwen and Derek spend a lot of time asking Andy his illustrative strategies for taking complex concepts and making them understandable to a broader audience. There is a...

Duration: 01:02:14

Comics Alternative Interviews: R. Sikoryak

Time Codes: R. Sikoryak On this interview episode, Derek talks with R. Sikoryak about his latest work, The Unquotable Trump, just released this week by Drawn and Quarterly. The conversation begins with Bob's apologies for having to write the book and his distaste for the subject matter. But as he makes clear in the interview, these cartoons are his way of dealing with what he feels is a malignant force unleashed by last year's election. In fact, Bob reveals that the genesis of The...

Duration: 01:15:42

Episode 254: Halloween Comics 2017

Time Codes: Halloween Tales, Vol. 1Adventure Time Spoooktacular 2017Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of EvilMr. Higgins Comes HomeJughead: The HungerArchie Halloween SpectacularDC House of HorrorSpooky and the Strange Tales: Monster InnBehind You: One-Shot Horror StoriesHigh Moon: Bullet Holes and Bite Marks Once again, it's that creepy time of the year: the Wednesday before Halloween. And as the Two Guys have done for the past several years, they're using this occasion to...

Duration: 01:41:44

Comics Alternative Interviews: Roz Chast

Time Codes: Roz Chast Paul and Derek are pleased to have on The Comics Alternative the great cartoonist, Roz Chast. Her new book, Going into Town: A Love Letter to New York, was recently released by Bloomsbury Publishing. The Two Guys have been longtime fans of Chast's offbeat and hilarious New Yorker strips for years, and they spend a good bit of time talking with their guest about how she has translated that sense of humor into a long-form narrative. They also talk with Chast about...

Duration: 01:16:23

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