67 mins. Joined by our buddy Gianni we discuss the how, why and when of the coolness of comics and their popular acceptance. Also, the correct pronunciation of Ben Affleck, replacing beer with soda pop and the differing meanings of the word jocks. Plus, as an added bonus after the end song, hear some Skype shenanigans.
David Slade set to direct the Daredevil reboot
Australia’s Supanova convention is not far away
Batman: Arkham City game trailer
The wispy Conan teaser
14:40 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING
Mladen’s been reading Metabarons and likens it to Dune. It has nuns that fly in whales. So there.
Kris has been reading Superman/Batman #81. It has an armoured Superman, a bad future and Detective Chimp, who is a character who is exactly that. He also read Venom #1 starring a legless former Spider-Man bully.
Gianni saw Matt Damon and Emily Blunt run around in The Adjustment Bureau.
35:00 THEME-COMICS ARE NOW COOL. DISCUSS.
Which we do, despite me dropping off Skype occasionally.
70 mins. Good and bad horror flicks, Star Wars and our look at characters travelling to new worlds.
Frank Miller’s DKR art auction
Diane Lane is Superman’s earthly mother in the reboot film
Floyd Gotfredson’s collected Mickey Mouse
Kabbom’s Peanuts film adaptation
X-Men anime trailer
Aussie Oscar winners
Oni Press Mixtape by nerdcore rapper Adam Warrock
14:05 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING
Evil Dead II
The Making of The Empire Strikes Back book by J.W Rinzler
Brightest Day #21
The work of French artist Caza
The similarities between Image’s Carbon Grey #1 and Resident Evil: Afterlife
The excellent Ryan Reynolds stuck in a coffin film, Buried
37:50 THEME-STRANGERS IN A STRANGE LAND
We look at some of our fave comics in which characters discover new, and surreal, worlds.
Tintin, and Asterix and The Great Crossing
Air from G. Willow Wilson and M.K. Perker
Neil Gaiman’s The Books of Magic
Doug TenNapel’s Earthboy Jacobus
Guy Delisle’s Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea
49 mins. We both review the new Firebreather series debut, and the relaunch of classic fanged heroine Vampirella as well as the new Black Ops game, the funny and creepy El Borbah and manga Ooku.
Because WE demanded it! Two podcast episodes in one week! Actually, we’re just changing the day on which we record our show, so we can have more time to properly digest new comics. After our sweet sixteenth episode, comes our sour seventeenth episode. It’s not that sour really, but we do run the gamut of topics as usual. Apart from comics, films and manga news and reviews, we also discuss Mladen’s dodgy pronunciation of “news,” the Back to the Future game and unfunny Ricky Gervais films.
Pretty boy actor Matthew Goode as a possible Clark Kent/CGI Superman, the Locke and Key TV series based on the hugely popular horror comic, San Diego Comic-Con online registration crashes again and the film based on Daniel Clowes’ Wilson.
11:40 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING
Manga Ooku by Viz Media set in feudal Japan, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Star Trek II and III, El Borbah by Charles Burns, the fun, time travelling Rift Raiders OGN, Dynamite’s relaunch of Vampirella and Firebreather Vol.3 #1 from Image Comics.
68 mins. The DC Comics moves and the state of both the animated and live action Superman films. The French and slightly raunchy Peter Pan series, the sleeper hits of Sea Bear and Grizzly Shark and Skullkickers. We also chat about the new direction for Thor and Emi Lenox’s upcoming sketch diary EmiTown based on her daily life.
The eighth episode of our podcast is now online. Myself and my co-host Mladen chat about Spider-Man bedsheets and all manner of comic book-ery goodness. Hear it below, download it here or find us on iTunes or Mixcloud.
The big shake ups at DC Comics, the outrageous prices of floppies at Borders, the diverse list of possible directors for the upcoming Superman film and our opinion on the All Star Superman animated trailer. Also, Ghost Rider 2 and Fantastic Four Reborn.
18:58 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING
First up – video games, including Halo Reach and Scott Pilgrim.
Thor #615. The first issue from the new creative team of Matt Fraction and Pasqual Ferry.
Peter Pan by Regis Loisel. A French, and mature, prequel to the classic tale.
Skullkickers #1. The sleeper hit from Image by Jim Zubkavich, Chris Stevens and Edwin Huang. Lethal Weapon via Lord of the Rings.
Gon, “the little dinosuar with the heart of coal,” by Masashi Tanaka.
41:41 Trade Swap
Sea Bear and Grizzly Shark. A one-shot Image story that is insane and entertaining.
EmiTown by Emi Lenox. A cute and largely amusing visual diary.
1:00:40 WEBSITE OF THE WEEK
Kick Starter. If you have an arty idea and need funding, or would like to fund others’ ideas, this is the place for you.
76 mins. Comics without words and without boundaries. From comedy such as Spy vs Spy and Perry Bible Fellowship to the weird like the time travelling whale in Leviathan and the Japanese New Engineering to deep themes in Aussie books Vowels and The Arrival. Also the new Daredevil, Sherlock Holmes via The Muppets and Watchmen writer Alan Moore leaves a message for aliens.
Wordless wonders is the name of the game in the seventh episode of the new Extra Sequential podcast by myself and my mate Mladen Luketin. Besides the below topics we ramble onto subjects as diverse as Buster Keaton, Garfield, annoying dinosaurs and superhero evidence in court.
Black Panther is the new Daredevil, cheap comics from publishers Top Shelf and Drawn and Quarterly, and retailer Mile High, Back to the Future game, Atlas Comics returns, Watchmen writer Alan Moore talks to aliens (or at least leaves them a message), the possible return of cinematic slackers Bill and Ted, 24 Hour Comics Day and Australia’s Reel Anime festival.
13:54 Panel Plays
We re-enact a scene from a classic comic. You guess which one, and we’ll tell you at the end!
16:07 What We’ve Been Reading/Watching
Transformers: Drift from Perth writer Shane McCarthy, Wilson from Daniel Clowes, Thor: First Thunder by Bryan J.L Glass and Tan Eng Huat, Muppet Sherlock Holmes, ’60s TV series The Prisoner and Smallville Season 8.
36:55 Wordless Wonders
Comics without words? Insanity!
The Graphic Witness collection of pioneers of wordless storytelling, anthology World War 3 Illustrated from Top Shelf, Chris Ware’s Acme Novelty Library, The Arrival by Aussie writer/artist Shaun Tan, Vowels by Skye Ogden and Gestalt Comics, Moebius’ Arzach, Matotti’s Chimera, German Jens Harder’s weird large whale tale, Leviathan and New Engineering by Yuichi Yokoyama.
On the comedic side of things we discuss Spy vs Spy, Mad magazine, Perry Bible Fellowship, the little dinosaur Gon by Masashi Tanaka and Andy Runton’s cute Owly. As an added bonus, G.I Joe #22 and Marvel’s ‘Nuff Said issues from 2002.
70:25 Website of the week and the Panel Play answer
Cereal Geek – a PDF and print magazine all about the wonders of ’80s cartoons.
63 mins. We talk about The Darkness: Four Horsemen, Superman/Batman #75, French action films, Catwoman, James Bond and Monkey Island 2. We also get to Nathan Schreiber’s indie drama Power Out original graphic novel and the life and works of legendary creator Winsor McCay including his Little Nemo in Slumberland. Of course, our usual pop culture ramblings pop up too!
My buddy Mladen and I have now released our fantastic fourth episode focused on comic books and pop culture. Listen to it below or download it right here.
We yak about the possible closure of famed Japanese anime production company Studio Ghibli and the latest updates for a few Marvel films including Iron Fist and X-Men: First Class. Kevin Bacon, Halle Berry, Vin Diesel and bland rom-coms are also mentioned for some reason.
20:15 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING/WATCHING
The Darkness: Four Horsemen #1, Gaston Lagaffe, the American Splendor film, Superman/Batman 75th Anniversary issue, cartoon series King of the Hill, action film From Paris With Love, District B13, James Bond new and old, and the Monkey Island 2 Special Edition and Killzone 2 games. As an added bonus the term “lazy doofus” is mentioned twice and the Fantastic Four are compared to a ’70s rock band.
42:40 TRADE SWAP
Indie black and white OGN Power Out, and Winsor McCay’s groundbreaking Little Nemo in Slumberland from early last century.
57:50 WEBSITE OF THE WEEK www.io9.com
It’s been ages since I’ve been excited about a game, but I’ve been following this one ever since it was announced. I picked up the first ish last week of the Wildstorm comic and it wasn’t too bad. Written by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti and with gruesome, bloody art by Darick Robertson and Matt Jacobs, it serves as a backdrop to the game, going from the Vietnam War to today’s Manhattan. The violent trailer for the game, which is released in June by Radical Entertainment, is below.