The Eisner Awards, News, Reviews, Podcasts… Somebody Stop Me!


If we weren’t before, we’re definitely in full comics and graphic novel mode here at the blog. Recently, Derek and I recorded our June Webcomics episode, where we discussed Hans Rickheit’s Ectopiary, Jen Lee’s Thunderpaw, and several horror short stories from Split Lip. I hope you’ll check out our discussion of these titles, then check out the webcomics themselves.

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New Titles, Podcasts, and Staying Busy

I haven’t posted much this week, mainly because I’m reading a lot of books from Conundrum Press, preparing for a publisher spotlight over at The Comics Alternative. That show (due to go up on May 20) should be a lot of fun, focusing on five graphic novels from Canadian publisher Conundrum.

Speaking of The Comics Alternative, later today Derek will post a show we recorded a couple of days ago, a show which features discussions of three new titles:


Operation Nemesis: A Story of Genocide and Revenge by Josh Blaylock and Hoyt Silva (Devil’s Due Entertainment)


Exquisite Corpse by Pénélope Bagieu (First Second)


Palookaville 22 by Seth (Drawn & Quarterly)

Nominate The Comics Alternative Podcast


The 10th Annual People’s Podcast Awards show is coming up soon and you can nominate your favorite podcasts right now. (As you can see, you can nominate in several categories.) I know that some of the readers of Journeys in Darkness and Light also either read The Comics Alternative blog, listen to the podcast, or both, so if you enjoy the podcast, I hope you’ll consider nominating us. Just select the category you think best fits the podcast (Entertainment, Cultural/Arts, etc.) and cast your nomination. We certainly appreciate it!

And speaking of the podcast, Derek and I will be recording February’s webcomics episode this weekend, so keep an eye out for it and other upcoming episodes on our calendar! 

News from The Comics Alternative Podcast

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Yesterday Derek and I recorded a podcast that is now up at The Comics Alternative Podcast covering the new graphic novel Vapor by Max (from Fantagraphics), as well as two new titles, Feathers #1, an all-ages title by Jorge Corona (Boom! Studios), and The Dying and the Dead #1, a 60-page issue with writing by Jonathan Hickman, art by Ryan Bodenheim, and colors by Michael Garland (Image). If you’re a comics fan, all three of these titles – while all very different – are definitely worth your consideration. We hope you’ll give us a listen, then join in the discussion on our forum.

Also our interview with Ian Edginton (The Kingdom of the Wicked) is up now.

If you haven’t checked us out for awhile, you should know that The Comics Alternative Podcast also discusses webcomics. On each webcomics podcast, we cover two current ongoing webcomics and one completed webcomic. You can check out our first show from December, 2014 as well as our most recent show from earlier this month. Derek and I will be recording the February webcomics podcast very soon, so stay tuned.

The January Webcomics Show Coming Soon on The Comics Alternative Podcast




Be sure to join Derek Royal and me this week at The Comics Alternative Podcast as we discuss three webcomics: Evan Dahm’s Vattu, Minna Sundberg’s Stand Still, Stay Silent, and Scott McCloud’s The Right Number. The show is scheduled to go up on Friday, January 9, 2015. Hope you’ll give us a listen! Update – The podcast is up and you can find it here.