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A weekly podcast focusing on the world of alternative, independent, and primarily non-superhero comics. (There's nothing wrong with superhero comics. We just want to do something different.) New podcast episodes become available every Wednesday and include reviews of graphic novels and current ongoing series, discussions of upcoming comics, examinations of collected editions, in-depth analyses of a variety of comics texts, and spotlights on various creators and publishers. The Comics Alternative also produces "special feature" programs, such as shows specifically dedicated to creator interviews, webcomics, on-location events, and special non-weekly themes and topics.

The Comics Alternativ‪e‬ Stergios Botzakis & Derek Royal

    • Visual Arts
    • 4.8 • 49 Ratings

A weekly podcast focusing on the world of alternative, independent, and primarily non-superhero comics. (There's nothing wrong with superhero comics. We just want to do something different.) New podcast episodes become available every Wednesday and include reviews of graphic novels and current ongoing series, discussions of upcoming comics, examinations of collected editions, in-depth analyses of a variety of comics texts, and spotlights on various creators and publishers. The Comics Alternative also produces "special feature" programs, such as shows specifically dedicated to creator interviews, webcomics, on-location events, and special non-weekly themes and topics.

    A Publisher Spotlight on Glom Press

    A Publisher Spotlight on Glom Press

    Sterg and Derek focus a spotlight on Glom Press and their 2018 releases.

    • 1 hr 46 min
    Reviews of Now #5, Criminal #1, and Scratcher #1-3

    Reviews of Now #5, Criminal #1, and Scratcher #1-3

    Sterg and Derek discuss Fantagraphic's anthology Now #5, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips's Criminal #1, and John Ward and Juan Romera's Scratcher #1-3.

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Reviews of The Unknown Anti-War Comics, Love and Rockets IV #6, and LaGuardia #1 & #2

    Reviews of The Unknown Anti-War Comics, Love and Rockets IV #6, and LaGuardia #1 & #2

    Sterg and Derek discuss The Unknown Anti-War Comics from Yoe Books, the Hernandez brothers' Love and Rockets IV #6, and Nnedi Okorafor and Tana Ford's LaGuardia #1 & #2.

    • 2 hr
    An Interview with Keith Dallas and Jason Sacks

    An Interview with Keith Dallas and Jason Sacks

    Derek talks with Keith Dallas and Jason Sacks about their new book American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1990s, recently released from TwoMorrows Publishing.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    A Discussion of the January Previews Catalog

    A Discussion of the January Previews Catalog

    For their first review show of the new year, Sterg and Derek are joined by PREVIEWSworld's Troy-Jeffrey Allen to discuss the January Previews catalog.

    • 2 hr 47 min
    Another Happy New Yoe Interview with Craig Yoe

    Another Happy New Yoe Interview with Craig Yoe

    It's a new year, so it's time again to talk with Craig Yoe for the annual Happy New Yoe show!

    • 2 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

Pfrtta ,

Great, interesting comics podcast

I am glad to hear information and analysis of comics that aren't superheroes. I agree with the 2Guys + others assessment that the alternative comics get less attention than their superhero counterparts. I love that the Comics Alternative fills that niche. I always try to keep up with all of the wonderful content they provide. You can choose to only listen to the regular episodes, the special interest episodes, or do what I do and listen to everything! I cannot recommend this podcast highly enough!

Stinky Whizzleteats, Jr. ,

Smart Talk about Comics

This is perhaps the most insightful comics-related podcasts out there. Fanboy/girl podcasts with “geek this” or “nerd that” are a dime a dozen, and those almost always focus on superheroes and mainstream comics ad infinitum. The hosts of this podcast make an effort to discuss small press and indie comics, regardless of style and genre. I’ve discovered so many great titles by listening to these guys. Their insightful, democratic, and humorous analysis should be a model for other podcasters. They’re the Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert of comics talk!

cartoonM!ke ,

Good, Deep Commentary on Alt/Indy Comics

This is a great podcast for the deep and thoughtful commentary on the comics reviewed and it's not pretentious or too high-brow to enjoy. There's a good rapport between the co-hosts. They're smart and knowledgeable but very down-to-earth. The interview with Hickman is a definite highpoint and I still have two more eps to listen to. If capes and cowls bore you, then this is your relief.

Update: late in 2015 I unsubscribed to this podcast. While it was all that I said it was, it became more of an advert to the Patreon campaign than anything else. I just began to feel too guilty about not being able to afford to pay a monthly amt. to the two guys. And, to be honest, the rotating "anchors" became more of a distraction and the chemistry just wasn't there. And the tipping point was the first podcast about webcomics -- it was wrong, poorly researched and was opinions dressed up as "fact." I wish the 2 (or 3 or 4 or whatever it is now) guys all the best. They just aren't in my ears anymore.

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