Category: Commentary

Commentary: Michigan State University Comic Art and Graphic Novel Podcast

by Andy Kunka We mentioned this podcast on the show several months ago, but I want to encourage listeners of The Comics Alternative who haven’t done so to check out the Michigan State University Comic Art and Graphic Novel Podcast. Host Ryan

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Commentaries on the 2016 Eisner Award Nominations

For the third year in a row, the Two Guys with PhDs featured a special Eisner Award Nominations episode of the Comics Alternative podcast. This time they were joined by eminent comics scholar, Eisner nomination committee member, and friend of

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Commentary: Reactions to the 2015 Eisner Award Nominations

Last month the Two Guys with PhDs recorded a special episode of The Comics Alternative, one devoted to the 2015 Eisner Award nominations. The Comics Reporter himself, Tom Spurgeon, joined the guys on that show, and the three of them discussed the various

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Commentary: The Complete Peanuts – An Appreciation

by Andy Wolverton “Well! Here comes ol’ Charlie Brown! Good ol’ Charlie Brown… yes, sir! Good ol’ Charlie Brown… How I hate him!” Longtime fans of the newspaper strip Peanuts (which ran from October 1950 to February 2000) may not

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Commentary: Cosplay at the Dallas Comic Con

by Zoe Royal On May 18th I went to the Dallas Comic Con to check out the cosplay situation as a reporter for The Comics Alternative. Wandering around I saw several different cosplays, from comic books to anime to movies. I

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Commentary: Masterpiece Comics Theater

by Derek Royal Masterpiece Comics Theater Back in October, I interviewed R. Sikoryak about the publication of his self-published Masterpiece Mini-Comics, speaking with him about his work in comics adaptation, the art of parody, and his love of the classics and comics history.

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Commentary: Reactions to the 2014 Eisner Award Nominations

A couple of weeks ago, we recorded a special episode of The Comics Alternative, one devoted to the 2014 Eisner Award nominations. On that show, we discussed the various nominees, the composition of the various categories, the creators and titles that were conspicuously

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Commentary: An Appreciation of Terry and the Pirates

by Andy Wolverton The Complete Terry and the Pirates, Volumes 1-6 – Milton Caniff (IDW Publishing) When IDW decided in 2007 to launch its Library of American Comics imprint featuring collected editions of classic newspaper strips, its first choice of material

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Commentary: Eli Valley’s Halloween Comics

by Derek Royal “It Happened on Halloween,” by Eli Valley For the past few years, The Forward‘s Artist in Residence, Eli Valley, has been marking Halloween with his own special version of scary comics. He visits certain facets of current Jewish American culture

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Commentary: David B.’s Nocturnal Conspiracies

By Derek Royal Nocturnal Conspiracies: Nineteen Dreams from December 1979 to September 1994, by David B. (NBM/ComicsLit) Last week in Episode 55 of The Comics Alternative podcast, Tof Eklund and I discussed recent books by the French comics artist, David B. (AKA, Pierre-François

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Commentary: Omaha the Cat Dancer #1 & #4, Love and Capes: Ever After #4, and Flash Gordon #32

By Aaron Kashtan EDITOR’S NOTE: In addition to our regular “Review” and “Critical Review” features, comprising reviews takes on recently published titles, The Comics Alternative also offers a “Commentary” feature. Articles under this heading could be brief accounts of items in comics

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Commentary: Sergio Aragonés Funnies Returns

By Derek Royal After almost a year and a half hiatus, Sergio Aragonés Funnies returns with issue #8.  As he explained on his official website in February of last year, Aragonés had to take time off due to serious back problems

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