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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.




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.


Episode 272: Reviews of Babylon Berlin, The True Death of Billy the Kid, and The Highest House #1

This week Gene and Derek discuss Arne Jysch and Volker Kutscher's Babylon Berlin, Rick Geary's The True Death of Billy the Kid, and Mike Carey and Peter Gross's The Highest House #1.


Comics Alternative Kickstarter: The Not So Golden Age #2

This weekend Derek talks with Joseph Freistuhler about his current Kickstarter project, The Not So Gold Age #2. This parody of the superhero genre is actually a webcomic, the first physical issue of which Joseph and his co-creator Phil Buck successfully Kickstarted back in 2016. How they're back to bring the second issue into paper existence. The Not So Golden Age is the story of several washed up, dysfunctional superheroes. They were once the premier heroes of their generation, but...


Webcomics: Reviews of Everblue, Handrava, and Warning Label

Time Codes: EverblueHandravaWarning Label For the month of March, Sean and Derek discuss three webcomics that are very different in terms of art style and storytelling technique. However, what all three have in common is a focus on relationships. They start off with Michael Sexton's Everblue, a fantastical tale about two young adventurers who want to explore their world while at the same time avoiding the threats that are in pursuit. After that the guys discuss Handrava, a more...


Episode 271: The March Previews Catalog

It's the first of the month, and that must mean that it's time once again to look at the latest Previews catalog. For the month of March, Gene and Derek step up to the plate to take a swing at the many solicitations, highlighting what they consider the most notable upcoming titles. In fact, there's so much to choose from, that this month's Previews episode is an extra-long show...running for almost three hours! Are the Two Guys up to the challenge? Do they heroically take on an unwieldy...


Comics Alternative Interviews: Ivy Noelle Weir and Steenz

Time Codes: Ivy Noelle WeirSteenz Derek talks with Ivy Noelle Weir and Christina "Steenz" Steward about their new book coming out this week from Oni Press, Archival Quality. It’s the story of a young woman who gets a job as a museum archivist, but who soon discovers that her new place of employment is haunted. As she investigates the mystery behind the spectral activity, she also confronts her struggles with mental health and the relationships that have sustained her in the past. Over...


Comics Alternative Interviews: Talking with Denis Kitchen for Will Eisner Week 2018

Time Codes: Denis Kitchen We're in the middle of Will Eisner Week 2018, and over the past several years The Comics Alternative has offered special episodes to celebrate the annual event. This year is no exception. On this episode, Derek is pleased to have back on the podcast Denis Kitchen, this time discussing his relationship with the comics legend, his history with him as a publisher and businessman, and his first-hand accounts of the various career moves Will Eisner experienced...


Comics Alternative Kickstarter: The North Star: The Emancipation of Frederick Douglass

On this weekend's Kickstarter episode, Derek talks with Barron Bell and Koi Turnbull about their campaign The North Star: The Emancipation of Frederick Douglass. It's a graphic adaptation of the memoir, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, and it's the first of three planned volumes on Douglass's life. The North Star is a dramatic retelling of three pivotal moments in Frederick Douglass's story, bringing to life the legendary figure's efforts as an abolitionist, a businessman, a...


Episode 270: A Publisher Spotlight on kuš!

Time Codes: Holly Englishkuš! This week Gene and Derek focus a critical spotlight on the Latvian publisher kuš! This is a press that the vast majority of listeners are probably unaware of -- indeed, neither of the Two Guys knew about kuš! until about three years ago -- and that's a shame. They produce incredible comics from artists that span the globe. And as Gene points out, there's really no such thing as a "kuš! style." The sheer variety of visual approaches that can be found in...


Manga: Reviews of Red Colored Elegy and The Promised Neverland, Vol. 1

Time Codes: Red Colored ElegyThe Promised Neverland, Vol. 1 Shea and Derek are back with their February manga episode. This month they look at two titles that, in many ways, are diametrically opposite in terms of style and audience. They begin with Seiichi Hayashi's Red Colored Elegy, the softcover edition of which has just been released from Drawn and Quarterly. This is the story of two young artists cohabiting and the struggles they endure with their families, they work, and their...


Comics Alternative Interviews: Gary Groth

Time Codes: Gary Groth On this interview episode Derek talks with Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth about his new book Sparring with Gil Kane: Debating the History and Aesthetics of Comics. It's a collection of thirteen interviews, conversations, and panel transcripts focusing on Kane and his aesthetics. The pieces that Groth collects highlight the legendary artist's thoughts on the potential and limitations of the medium, his relationship with other creators, and Kane's place within...


Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Corpus: A Comic Anthology of Bodily Ailments

This week talks with Nadia Shammas about her Kickstarter project Corpus: A Comic Anthology of Bodily Ailments. It's a collection of comics by various creators all focused on health issues, including physical ailments, mental illness, struggles with disease, and healthcare experiences. The anthology is in full color and will include over 200 pages of content by a wide variety of artists including Christopher SebelaHeartthrob) /Haley BorosThey Have IssuesRyan Cady(Magdalena)Phillip...


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

Derek is back at Heroes Aren't Hard to Find for the February on-location episode. As he usually does, he set up his mics on a Wednesday evening while customers were coming into the shop to pick up the weekly releases. And during this time a couple of Wednesday Warriors sat down with Derek to talk about what they were reading, what they were looking forward to in the coming months, and what about comics culture they currently find exciting. Both Zyg and Fadi shared the week's titles that...


Euro Comics: Reviews of Alone and Park Bench

Time Codes: AlonePark Bench For the February Euro Comics episode, Edward and Derek discuss two works from Christophe Chabouté, Alone and Park Bench, both published by Gallery 13, an imprint of Simon and Schuster. The first is a largely quiet meditation on solicitude, exile, and imagination. Because of physical deformities, the protagonist lives isolated in a lighthouse, with only a couple of fishermen to bring him supplies and serve as his link to the outside world. By contrast, Park...


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

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...


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

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,...


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