Always read the comic books as your doctor tells you to. Your doctor will tell you when and how much to read and what to think.
– Grant Morrison, The Filth
The Comics Alternative is a weekly podcast and blog focused on the world of alternative, independent, and primarily non-superhero comics. (There’s nothing wrong with the superhero genre…we just want to do something different.) New podcast episodes become available every Wednesday, much like the comic books you get, with occasional supplemental added-bonus episodes, such as our monthly on-location shows at Collected Comics in Plano, TX. The podcasts feature 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, spotlights on various creators and their oeuvre, and roundtable discussions with prominent critics and scholars in the field. The guys also present a special “Comics Alternative Interviews” series where they talk with a variety of creators and publishers who make all of this possible. Along the way, Andy and Derek will talk about the various books that they are reading; the many pop cultural references that, for better or worse, inform their lives; and the unpredictable (and inexplicable) weirdness that seems to creep into each episode.
The Comics Alternative blog features a variety of reviews of recent releases, commentary on comics and comics-related topics, discussions of scholarly and critical works, and interviews with some of the leading artists and writers in the field. Derek and Andy contribute many of the reviews and essays, but they also proudly include the work of other critics who write specifically for the blog. For information on how you might be able to write for The Comics Alternative blog, contact the Two Guys.
In essence, The Comics Alternative is brilliantly simple: Two guys with PhDs talking about comics.
The podcast’s official theme song, and most other music featured on the show, is created and performed by DJ Copely, who can be found on Twitter @Webpuppy45.
Much thanks to Benjamin Birdie for the wonderful caricatures — they look better than we do in real life — and to Shane Bailey for the great Comics Alternative logo!