Hosted by Kris Bather and Mladen Luketin from Western Australia, ES is a weekly podcast filled with news, reviews and pop culture shenanigans. Kris (loyal superhero fan) and Mladen (manga, anime and indie defender) chat about their varying, and occasional overlapping, interests in the wonderful world of sequential art.

Episode Twelve-Halloween Special

77 mins. We present a brief history of horror comics in the last few decades and we look at some of our scary and disturbing favourites including books such as the funny The Goon, weird manga like Domu and Spirals, Strange Embrace by David Hine, the genre bending Hotwire and new Australian book Changing Ways.

As it’s Halloween this weekend (not that we even care here in Australia) we thought we’d mention our fave horror comics. We go through the history of Japanese and American comics (including burning comics!), I sing Cher and of course, we discuss some truly frightening things that only comics can get away with.


1:40 NEWS

A new Asterix animated film in 3D

A new film on the dark manga Pluto to be made by the studio behind Despicable Me

The new Lynd Ward comics prize

Anime characters go on the European stage and sing and dance or something

Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti set to star in a film adaptation of cult novel John Dies at the End to be helmed by the director of cult fave Bubba Ho-tep


Four Colour Fear from Fantagraphics which reprints some crazy tales from the ’50s

Senate hearings, Frederic Wertham’s book Seduction of the Innocent and the link between reading violent comics and juvenile delinquency

How Frankenstein inspired Stan Lee’s creation of Hulk

The Drifting Classroom

Marvel’s black and white Tomb of Terror one-shot

The once lost Batman: Hidden Treasures from DC Comics

Swamp Thing, Hellblazer, Sandman and the birth of DC’s Vertigo imprint

Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, Eric Powell’s hilarious The Goon, Pinnochio The Vampire Slayer from Slave Labor Graphics

The creepy manga Spirals, the collaborative and surprising Pixu and Katsuhiro Otomo’s Domu

Strange Embrace and FVZA by David Hine

The gorgeous Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead

Justin Randall’s very moody and effective Changing Ways


Good Show Sir – only the worst sci-fi/fantasy book covers


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