Category: Education

Young Readers: Reviews of Compass South, Secret Coders: Paths and Portals, and Level Up

Pairings This month, Andy and Gwen discuss a three graphic novels for young readers that are written by pairs of comics creators. Compass South (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) brings together Hope Larson (Chiggers; A Wrinkle in Time) with Rebecca Mock,

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On Location: The Comics Canon: Reloaded!!!! Fire!!!! Panel at HeroesCon 2016

Canon Fodder In the last of The Comics Alternative‘s four episodes created while at HeroesCon 2016, the Two Guys present a recording of panel discussion on which they participated, “The Comics Canon: Reloaded!!!! Fire!!!!” This event took place on the afternoon

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Episode 185: A Publisher Spotlight on Alternative Comics and Its Small Press Co-op

Listen to the podcast! [powerpress] Inversion This week the Two Guys with PhDs focus a critical spotlight on the spring releases coming out from Alternative Comics and the other small presses that are part of its distribution co-operative, Floating World Comics,

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Interview: Nick Sousanis

Conducted by Pedro Moura Ever since Unflattening was published it has triggered much discussion. Nick Sousanis’ book, a result of his PhD dissertation in comics form, is one of those projects that deserves less an epidermal response in the form

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Young Readers: Reviews of Rust: The Boy Soldier, Sweaterweather and Other Short Stories, and Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers

Listen to the podcast! [powerpress] Healthy Reading This month, both Gwen and Andy are battling colds, so it’s “Two sick people with PhDs talking about comics for young readers!” But there’s nothing unhealthy about the three comics Gwen and Andy

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Episode 179: Reviews of Patience and Visual Storytelling: An Illustrated Reader

Listen to the podcast! [powerpress] Lesson Plans This week on the review show, Andy and Derek focus on two notable titles, one that has been greatly publicized and the other that has come in under the radar. The former is

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Episode 172: Reviews of My Degeneration, Aliceheimer’s, Pencil Head #1, and The Cask of Amontillado

Listen to the podcast! [powerpress] Monsters and Diseases It’s time for another round of insightful reviews, and this week Gwen and Derek have just what the doctored ordered. In fact, the first two books they discuss are part of Penn State University Press’

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Tom Hart

Listen to the podcast! [powerpress] Circles Gene and Derek start off the week presenting a powerful interview with Tom Hart. His new book, Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir, is being released this week from St. Martin’s Press, and it’s an honest and heartrending work.

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Comics Alternative Special: A Roundtable Discussion on Religion and Comics

Listen to the podcast! [powerpress] Like a Prayer On this special episode of the podcast, Derek moderates a roundtable discussion on religion and comics. Joining him on the panel are Elizabeth Coody (teaching at the Iliff School of Theology), Jeff

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Episode 158: A Publisher Spotlight on First Second Books

Listen to the podcast! [powerpress] “Ruining series since 2015” This week on the podcast, Derek is joined by Gwen for a rollicking good time with First Second books. This is another Publisher Spotlight episode for The Comics Alternative — the sixth

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Young Readers: Reviews of Veda: Assembly Required and Little Robot

Listen to the podcast! [powerpress] Robots Gone Wild! On this episode of The Comics Alternative‘s “Young Readers” series, Gwen and Andy are back to take a look at two books about robots. (They didn’t plan it that way, really.) Both

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Jessica Abel

Listen to the podcast! [powerpress] Story Time On this episode of the interview series, Andy W. and Derek have as their guest Jessica Abel, whose latest book, Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio, was recently

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