Best of the Rest

Best of the Rest, An Indie Comics Podcast, is a reflective but not pedantic look at Alternative/independent comics both current and past. Hosts Dennis Chandler and Jay Loving delve into works from publishers such as Vault, Scout, Lion Forge, Fantagraphics, Oni Press, Hard Case Crime, Drawn and Quarterly and others. The cast is for everyone, whether you’re a reader of alternative comics, want to get started or just a curious onlooker. Listen in for Dennis and Jay’s lively discussion mixed with humor (they hope) about the wide-ranging world of Independent comics. 

Best of the Rest is hosted by Dennis Chandler and Jay Loving and produced by Jay Loving. Get in touch with us via Twitter, @botrcomics, by sending us an e-mail.

Best of the Rest has released 69 episodes since launching on Jul 07, 2017

Dennis and Jay are joined by Eric Helwig of Kowabunga Comics in Wisconsin.  The discussion ranges from how Kowabunga weathered the shutdown of the store during the early days of Covid-19, the shutdown of Diamond Distribution,  DC comics decision to use other distribution channels than Diamond, and the workings of Kowabunga's mail order and FOC services.  Eric also announces the soon to be available new website for doing business with his store.   Eric can be reached at

Tbe guys discuss comics, coon dogs and collecting among other topics.

Dennis and Jay discuss the at last return of baseball, current comic readings, Dennis and his pulp mag collecting and his Battlestar Galactica collectibles along with a variety of other quick hit topics.

Best Of the Rest  expands to video streaming on Youtube with this episode.  We talk about comics we're reading share some original comic art and variant covers and talk about the gradual ramping back up of comics publishing and distribution.  If you want to watch the video, click HERE -->

As if we've not had enough changes in life so far this 2020, DC has now ended it's business relationship with Diamond Distribution. Dennis and Jay discuss the possible outcomes of this decision along with a few other comic book topics.

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