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The Alternate Cover Comics Podcast – Episode 14.CANADA (May 2014)

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altcover14It’s the end of an era, as Alternate Cover co-host Rhys has left these shores to go and live in the land of Alpha Flight, Scott Pilgrim and the word “aboot”. To celebrate… sorry, commemorate his departure, we recorded a special “Point Canada” farewell episode before he got on his plane, which we are releasing to your ear-holes now that he’s safely out of the country.

So listen on for a discussion of the enduring appeal of Wolverine, a run-through our favourite ever comics-based departures, and a very special Canada-themed quiz that Rhys may or may not have to pass in order to get his entry visa, eh?

How will the back-to-a-duo team of Seb and James cope without their departed chum? We don’t yet know, but we might just spend all future episodes reading out lines from Rob Liefeld’s Icons movie script.

Download the MP3 directly here, listen to the episode in your browser with the player below, or get it for your preferred player via our iTunes and standard RSS feeds.

Seb Patrick | 27th May, 2014

The Alternate Cover Comics Podcast – Episode 14 (April 2014)

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podcast14-300Seb, James and Rhys are back once again, and as summer crossover season approaches, we’re taking the tried-and-tested comics method of teasing the future death of a cast member. But which one of the Alternate Cover gang will shortly be leaving for pastures new? Find out at the end of the episode.

Before then, we’ll be taking a look at Marvel’s Original Sin #0; discussing the past, present and future of digital comics (in a section that was, annoyingly, recorded before in-app purchases were removed from the Comixology app); and also the past, present and future of weekly comics in the wake of Batman Eternal and the other announced DC weeklies. And finally, we have what may go down as the Ultimate (in more ways than one) Obsessed With Marvel quiz. It’s better this way. Quick. Clean. Final.

Download the MP3 directly here, listen to the episode in your browser with the player below, or get it for your preferred player via our iTunes and standard RSS feeds.

Seb Patrick | 29th April, 2014

The Alternate Cover Comics Podcast – Episode 13 (March 2014)

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altcover13We are back! Finally! Hopefully you’ve had long enough to listen to our mammoth end-of-2013 special by now, so it’s about time for us to regroup and review the new Daredevil #1, along with a more general discussion of some of the recent All New Marvel Now! launches. We also, in the wake of James starting to do the whole parenting thing, have a chat about what comics we think we’d give to our firstborns, hypothetical or otherwise. And the Obsessed With Marvel quiz makes a return in possibly its longest instalment yet, as Seb takes on Rhys in an attempt to finally win one.

And if you’re wondering why the between-section stings are different this time around, it’s because I recently bought Spider-Man: Rock Reflections of a Superhero for the first time, and so have decided to inflict bits of it on you all. YOU’RE WELCOME.

As ever, you can download the MP3 directly here, listen to the episode in your browser with the player below, or get it for your preferred player via our iTunes and standard RSS feeds.

Seb Patrick | 25th March, 2014

The Alternate Cover Comics Podcast – Episode 12 (December 2013)

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altcover2013awardsTo celebrate the special occasioning of the end of 2013, we present the first ever Alternate Cover End-of-Year Awards! Which basically means that instead of doing an ordinary episode, we (Seb, James and Rhys) went to a central London pub in mid-December with a bunch of our comics-reading chums and sat around talking for nearly three hours. So please extend a hearty welcome to our guests Alex HernHazel RobinsonMichael Leader and Abigail Brady, who joined us to nominate their own picks for the most discussion-worthy titles of 2013.

Yes, it is a bit of a long episode, even with a few of the more digressionary sections chopped out – but we think it’s mostly entertaining chat, despite getting a bit more drunk and loud towards the end, so hopefully you will too. If you like your podcasts with a backing track, meanwhile, then you’re in luck (who’d have thought a pub would have background noise?) – so you can look forward to hearing the likes of Aretha Franklin, Shakin’ Stevens, Echo and the Bunnymen and the Arcade Fire underscoring our yammering. But, er, we haven’t got a PRS license for this podcast or anything, so don’t tell anyone.

Finally, just one more bit of housekeeping: in discussing Superior Spider-Man, I (Seb) managed to list most of the artists who’ve worked on the series, but forgot (I’m blaming beer) to mention Ryan Stegman, the series’ main artist. So, er, sorry about that, Ryan, but rest assured you’re one of the biggest reasons the series is excellent!

You can download the MP3 directly here, listen to the episode in your browser via the player below, or get it for your preferred player via our iTunes and RSS feeds. Hope you enjoy this unusual episode, and we’ll be back in the new year with some more conventional episodes. Although if this one goes down well, we might do some more group chats in the future, so do let us know what you reckon!

Seb Patrick | 31st December, 2013

The Alternate Cover Comics Podcast – Episode 11 (November 2013)

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altcover11We’re back! And sooner than usual! Well, it would have been, if technical problems hadn’t caused us to be releasing this episode a full week after we recorded it. Anyway, unless you think such topics are now horribly unfashionable, listen on to hear us talk about Sandman Overture #1, Thor: The Dark World, and the conclusion of the X-Men: Battle of the Atom crossover. And then finally, when Seb takes on James in the ongoing Obsessed With Marvel quiz, there can only be one winner. Clue: it’s probably not going to be Seb.

OR IS IT?

No, it’s probably not.

BUT IT MIGHT.

You can download the MP3 directly here, listen to the episode in your browser via the player below, or get it for your preferred player via our iTunes and standard RSS feeds.

Seb Patrick | 12th November, 2013

The Alternate Cover Comics Podcast – Episode 10 (October 2013)

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altcover-shieldIt’s our landmark, double-figures, tenth episode! Hurrah! Well, it’s technically our eleventh, if you include episode 7.1, but we’re not Marvel, so we’re not going to resort to such shameless issue-counting tactics.

Anyway, this time around, we’re going CROSS-MEDIA in order to discuss the first three episodes of Marvel’s Joss Whedon’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Assemble, before taking an in-depth look at issue #1 of Kieron Gillen and Ryan Kelly’s Three, and finally making some wild predictions about possible NYCC announcements that will probably already be out of date and wrong by the time you listen to them. There’s also just time to squeeze in another round of the Obsessed With Marvel quiz, as James returns to try and take the crown back from two-time reigning champion Rhys.

You can download the MP3 directly here, listen to the episode in your browser via the player below, or get it for your preferred player via our iTunes and standard RSS feeds.

Seb Patrick | 11th October, 2013

The Alternate Cover Comics Podcast – Episode 9 (August 2013)

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altcover-infinityOkay, so we have a couple of apologies, here. Firstly, we’ve only just noticed that in the post for last month’s All New Style Podcast Episode, we actually managed to, er… link to the previous one. So if you’re the kind of listener who clicks through to the site and tries to listen to the episodes from there, you won’t actually have heard our July episode yet. Whoops. Sorry about that. It is, however, something you could avoid by subscribing to one of our pod feeds – either on iTunes, or via good old regular RSS.

Secondly, we actually recorded this episode a week ago (on the day that both Infinity and Kick-Ass 2 were actually released), but due to James and Seb being snowed under with work and Rhys leaving the country almost immediately afterwards, we’ve only just managed to get around to editing it.

After all of these clusterfucks, if you still want to listen to us, you can do so at the link below, which WILL ACTUALLY BE CORRECT this time (and if you go back to the July entry, it’s now been corrected, so you can hear Rhys’ debut). In it, we discuss issue #1 of Marvel’s summer crossover event Infinity, the new movie adaptation of Mark Millar’s Kick-Ass 2, and what exactly is wrong with DC comics and what the three of us presumptuously say we’d do to try and make it better. Then, as reigning Obsessed With Marvel quiz champion, Rhys gets to take on Seb this time around in an attempt to defend his crown.

The Alternate Cover Comics Podcast – Episode 9

Seb Patrick | 21st August, 2013

The Alternate Cover Comics Podcast – Episode 8 (July 2013)

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Avengers_16-674x1024We’re back! Bigger, and better than ever! Well, maybe not better but definitely bigger, in that we’re welcoming new team-member Rhys Williamson as a regular and ongoing member of the Alternate Cover crew. We’ve also got a slightly new format: rather than the usual set of reviews backed with more reviews, the podcast will now cover three discussion topics (one each) from all corners of the industry, before ending with a winner-stays-on head-to-head using questions from the “Obsessed with Marvel” quiz book so memorably introduced in the previous episode.

In this month’s instalment, Seb asks us to read the first two issues of Superman Unchained, James noses through the Harvey Award nominations (aka the Saga Vs. Hawkeye awards), and Rhys makes the case for Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers run based on the events of Avengers #16. After that, it’s upstart Rhys versus reining champeen James in the battle for the Alternate Cover Obsessed with Marvel crown. Who is Sam Smithers? Why did Jane Foster and Thor break up? And what WAS Ben Reilly’s true nature? Only the true victor can answer these questions and more!

As usual, you can get us on iTunes here, or via the RSS feed here. Or you can even listen directly on the site via the link below.

The Alternate Cover Comics Podcast – Episode 8

James Hunt | 21st July, 2013

The Alternate Cover Comics Podcast – Episode 7.1 (April 2013)

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Obsessed_With_Marvel_book_cover-sixhundredFor various reasons, we’ve been unable to get a proper episode of the podcast recorded and edited in March or April – so to fill in the gap, we’re putting out this special “Point One” issue, because we really wanted to get around to recommending and discussing Brian K Vaughan and Marcos Martin’s The Private Eye. Having done that, to pad out a bit more time we subjected ourselves to a SPECIAL CONTEST, courtesy of the quiz book Obsessed With Marvel, to determine once and for all which of the two of us knows more about Marvel Comics. Would noted Marvel expert James, or not a noted Marvel expert Seb, be the champion? LISTEN AND FIND OUT.

As usual, you can get us on iTunes here, or via the RSS feed here. Or you can even listen directly on the site via the link below. We’ll be back in May with a full, proper episode to get us back on schedule!

The Alternate Cover Comics Podcast – Episode 7.1

Seb Patrick | 10th April, 2013

The Alternate Cover Comics Podcast – Episode 7 (February 2013)

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altcover7It’s a Brian Michael Bendis-fest for this month’s podcast, as we feature-review the first issue of Powers Bureau (or, if you will, Powers: The Bureau). In addition, in a slightly off-format capsule reviews section James compares and contrasts Bendis’ All-New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men, while Seb does the same with Scott Snyder’s Batman and Grant Morrison’s Batman Inc. We also dust off John Byrne’s Spectacular She-Hulk #1 from 1989, and count down our top five Superhero Day Jobs. Why aren’t there any superheroes who double as comics blogger/podcasters, anyway?

As usual, iTunes listeners can subscribe here, while the plain old RSS feed is here. And you can listen to the ep right here on the site in most browsers, by clicking the link at the bottom of this very post.

The Alternate Cover Comics Podcast – Episode 7

Seb Patrick | 23rd February, 2013

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