Comic books can be confusing. It’s unfortunate, but true. The medium has been around in its current form for almost a century, but once superheroes arrived, thanks to Superman’s debut in 1938’s Action Comics #1, everything changed. To say that superheroes are all that comic books are about is a gross understatement, but they are what the art form is primarily known for. Like film, TV or theatre, comics present every genre imaginable. The diversity is staggering, from crime, to romance, to horror, to fantasy, to genres that can only be told in the glorious world of sequential art (to give comic books their fancy name). Extra Sequential is a free, weekly podcast focusing on Graphic Novels, Comics, Manga, Bande Dessinee, and everything inbetween. Our aim is to open the door to this world with no budgets, no actor’s demands, and no limits, to ease you into its captivating splendour. We will endeavour to break misconceptions and banish comic book confusion. We firmly believe that there is a comic book series out there for everyone. All it takes are a few recommendations, and a little searching. With Extra Sequential that search will become not only easier, but also rewarding. Basically, we’re just two guys with a passion for art and storytelling and a desire to let the world know what we’ve found. And who are we exactly?
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After studying Digital Film Making at SAE College in Perth and Creative Arts at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, Kris took the role of Comics Department Editor for pop culture site Infuze in 2007. After the closure of that site he began his blog, Comic Book Jesus, and has been writing for popular comics website Broken Frontier, and their digital fortnightly magazine, The Frontiersman.
Kris also co-created the Extra Sequential online magazine in 2009, reaching over 17,000 subscribers on Scribd.com and wrote an article for the 2008 Souvenir Book of the San Diego Comic-Con celebrating 75 years of comics, for the 125,000 attendees.
In the past four years Kris has interviewed over 120 writers, artists, editors and film makers and has been quoted by publishers such as Marvel, BOOM! Studios and Image Comics in both printed publications and online press releases.
Now 35, he has a Superman tattoo, and an ever expanding comic book collection.
Mladen’s graphic novel experience is flavoured by a passion for the story telling and artistic potential of the medium. His knowledge covers a very broad range of styles and periods, from classic strips, 1940s pulp, ‘60s and ‘70s European new wave, Japanese manga across every style, modern independent and literary graphic novels and a love for hard science fiction.
His previous experience in broadcasting includes conceiving, producing and presenting Organic Chemistry, a successful specialist music radio program for Perth’s 89.7 Twin Cities FM throughout 2009.
Mladen has a Masters degree in Architecture with the University of Western Australia, with associated training in art appreciation. As well as having written for the pop-culture website Infuze, he has co-ordinated several international music projects for hip hop music site Musical Schizophrenia, and now writes and creates mixes for The Find Magazine.
Now 25, he currently produces original music and DJs with Perth-based The Collective and Pineapple Lounge Records.
Kris Bather is the former editor of the comics department at the now defunct Infuze and current contributor to comics site, Broken Frontier. Kris has been a fanboy since he can remember, and has a Superman tattoo to prove it.Dave Lapsley is everything Kris isn’t. A recent convert to the beauty of sequential art, Dave is a family man, avid surfer and technical go-to guy. He also devours cool novels and music with reckless glee.