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.
76 mins. Nostalgia reigns supreme as comics from the 1970s to the 90s are discussed and we laugh at some extremely amusing ads. Superman vs Muhammad Ali, Beavis and Butthead, X-Factor, X-Men and X-Babies show up as does Spidey and his fake face.
We get all misty eyed in this week’s podcast when, amongst a bevy of other things, we discuss our fave comics from our past or as my co-host Mladen describes it:
We show each other the comics from our childhood. We also find time to talk about gay men’s interests magazines, Juggernaut’s Butt, and envelopes filled with hair.
1:10 – NEWS
A forgotten graphic novel from beat writer William S. Burroughs, a possible new Vertigo TV series, next year’s Comic Con tickets and more.
10:15 – WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING/WATCHING
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo film, disappointing sci-fi flick Pandorum, Oishinbo (a food focused manga), love-Indian style in Viminarama, Blazing Combat classic war tales, the sketchbook story of Joshua Cotter’s Driven by Lemons, documentaries on classic Spider-Man artist and current recluse Steve Ditko and French artist Moebius. We also yak about the luscious looking Thor: For Asgard mini-series, Wolverine’s relaunch, and finally a new paranormal/spy series from Archaia called Lucid.
30:54 - COMICS FROM OUR CHILDHOOD
First up we hear voices from the past when classic Marvel creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby before we move onto comics from the ’70s to the ’90s. Classic Spider-Man adventure, hilarious ads involving facial hair, and cheap triangles. Also – Mladen as Gwen Stacy. The geographical education from Asterix, dodgy covers, expensive jackets, licensed comics, passing fads, X-Babies, Beavis and Butthead’s juvenile comedy, the confusion of time-travelling superheroes, and an unlikely Superman team-up with Muhammad Ali.
68:55 – MISCELLANEOUS
The teaser trailer for The Avengers film, and my Thor impression.
72:00 – WEB-COMIC OF THE WEEK
71 mins. This ep is all about the variety of dads in comics from superheroes such as Hulk, Batman, Wolverine and Superman to bad dads like Lex Luthor and Norman Osborn and those in indie and manga books as seen in Jimmy Corrigan and Lone Wolf and Cub. We also chat about the Batman Brave and the Bold cartoon and the French series XIII.
In our introduction, we briefly discuss the zombie craze, Poland and The Rolling Stones.
4:38 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING/WATCHING
The zany animated adventures of Batman: The Brave and the Bold including The Drew Carey Show, jazz, glow in the dark covers, the number of stretchy comics characters, Lost in Translation. We also chat about Lethal Weapon, stuntwomen, Eric Clapton and Doc Savage. The French series XIII and its similarities to the Jason Bourne novels and the reality of Ghostbusters’ Stay Puft marshmallows are also mentioned.
22:42 FATHER’S DAY
There sure are a lot of dads in comics, so we break them down into 4 categories.
Absent Dads – Superman’s Kryptonian father Jor-El, the various Phantoms and their exclusive mating policies, the Image series Invincible, Bruce Banner’s son Skaar and Jimmy Corrigan.
Bad Dads – Lex Luthor, David Cain (father of the mute Batgirl), Norman Osborn (Green Goblin) and his son Harry, Jango Fett and Boba in the new Blood Ties series and the Lone Wolf and Club manga.
Surrogate Dads – Alfred and Bruce Wayne, Chris Kent, 20th Century Boys, Maus.
Great Dads – Commissioner Gordon, The Flash Wally West, Three Shadows, Road to Perdition and Preacher.
Miscellaneous – Cable and Cyclops, Wolverine and Daken.
1:08:35 WEBSITE OF THE WEEK - Coolvibe – daily great art from comics, video games and more with a healthy focus on sci-fi and fantasy.