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.
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
10:40 OH, THE HORROR!
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
1:10:18 WEBSITE OF THE WEEK
Good Show Sir - only the worst sci-fi/fantasy book covers
70 mins. Joined by special guest Gianni from comics retailer Quality Comics we discuss the new Marvel TV series, Spider-Man’s next big screen villain, cheap Japanese comics, Iron Man’s variant armours, the crime tale The Outfit, Lady Mechanika, Superior, the latest mini series featuring Hellblazer and unique graphic novel 45.
This week we have a special guest as we’re joined by Gianni from comics retailer Quality Comics. We discuss all the below, plus drawing telephone poles, Mel Gibson’s revenge films, The Losers and thanks to Gianni, lots of cool insights about what’s selling and why and how the American dollar will effect comic prices in Australia.
Tom Hardy on Batman 3, possible Hulk and Cloak and Dagger TV series, who’s playing The Lizard in the next Spider-Man film and the final issue of the Extra Sequential magazine.
11:54 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING/WATCHING
Extremely affordable phonebook-sized comics direct from the streets of Japan, Darwyn Cooke’s gritty The Outfit based on Richard Stark’s crime novel, Scott Pilgrim Volume 1, the new and funky Outre art gallery in Perth, the diverse Iron Man by Design, the surprisingly enjoyable Lady Mechanika #0 from Aspen and Hellblazer: City of Demons #1.
45 by Andi Ewington and UK publisher Com.x, in which a journalist interviews 45 different superpowered individuals in an intriguing presentation.
1:00:15 COMIC SHOP INSIGHTS
What’s selling, how people find their local comics retailer, reactions of comic book newbies, ages of readers, The Phantom fans and more.
1:04:53 WEBSITE OF THE WEEK
She Has No Head-Ladies Comics Project – female readers, both new and not to comics, pick a comic of interest, read it and give commentary. A lot more interesting than it sounds.
NEXT WEEK – OUR FAVE HORROR COMICS!
It’s a long story. Actually, it’s not that long. Late in 2008 myself and Dave Lapsley, a mate from work decided to start an on-line magazine because we wanted a creative project to do together. Dave’s not a fanboy like me, but he does have an eye for good art and is a whiz with Adobe software.
We called the mag Extra Sequential and created our first issue mostly during our one hour lunch breaks from work. After 3 issues in 7 months, we helped an international comics publisher with the new mag they were launching. It was fun and a great opportunity. It did happen but in a different way than we expected.
Nevertheless we were happy we got those 3 issues out there and achieved Rising Star status onIssuu and over 17 000 subscribers on Scribd. We did look into self publishing, but working in a company facing downsizing meant it wasn’t a wise move.
We then received interest from another publisher and well, “circumstances beyond our control,” and all that, so 2 strikes was enough for us.
A lot has happened in the 18 months since we started the mag. Dave and no longer have the benefit of working at the same place, and we live 2 hours apart, so there won’t be any more issues of Extra Sequential. This is the last one, and it comes with a note: it ain’t perfect. Think of it as a Raw Edition. A collection of articles and interviews that were destined for print, some of these pages are unfinished, but not many. To be honest, our motivation to see this issue to its final version is pretty much non-existent, after a year of false starts into print. However, it’d be a shame to at least not put it online, so here it is.
Dave and I hope you enjoy it. Yes, some of the interviews are dated, but it’s certainly a nice way to say goodbye. We believe there’s still a place for an accessible, arty mag that reveals to the curious, and the dedicated reader, how awesome comics can be.
I still write for Broken Frontier and am a co-host of a new, weekly Extra Sequential podcast so I’m not, and probably never will be, out of the talking about comics “profession” though and I do recall fondly the hours and hours of creating Extra Sequential.
You can read our final issue below or here. Thanks for reading!
65 mins. The Wonder Woman TV show in the works, the director of Superman’s upcoming film, the comic adaptation of The Fountain film, new Thor and Uncanny X-Force debuts and we browse through the latest Previews catalogue for a world full of goodies.
We’re now in triumphant double digits! This is what we discuss in our tenth episode, as well as Phil Collins, angry badgers, why Hugh Jackman doesn’t fly economy class and so much more.
Wonder Woman on TV- the new series by Ally McBeal and Boston Legal creator David E. Kelley
Watchmen and 300 director Zack Snyder is now officially on the Superman reboot
Marvel and DC’s lower comics prices starting in January
Also the highest selling book this week in France is a comic, and good and bad comics trailers
16:30 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING
The Fountain by Darren Aronofsky and Kent Williams based on Aronofsky’s wild and arty film
Ultimate Thor #1 by Jonathan Hickman and Carlos Pacheco
Biomega Vol. 3 by Tsutomu Nihei
Uncanny X-Force #1 by Rick Remender and Jerome Opena
Winter World by Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino. Not a Kevin Costner film.
39:58 PANEL PLAY
We act out some dialogue from a recent comic. You guess which one it is, then we reveal the answer at the end of the show.
41:52 POTENTIAL PREVIEWS PURCHASES
Every month the Previews catalogue comes out letting retailers and consumers know what’s coming out in 2 month’s time. We pick our fave products from the October catalogue.
1:03:03 PANEL PLAY’S ANSWER
1:03:53 WEBSITE OF THE WEEK
Dark Horizons – the latest in a wide array of film news, trailers and interviews.
63 mins. Frank Castle says goodbye to his monster status and reclaims his skull chested vigilante status, more news from the shake ups within DC Comics, Chloe Sullivan and Death sort of team up with Lex Luthor in Action Comics, some wonderful and alien worlds from French masters and a 1980s animated epic.
Also, besides the topics below we talk about the future of Star Wars films in 3D, Captain Kirk’s alien romantic tendencies, Shrek’s snarkiness and more.
Updates on the DC shuffling/moving/retrenching, director Darren Aronofsky on the Preacher film, X-Men 3, Batman 3 and pensioners who read comics.
14:00 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING
The Punisher returns to his status quo in Franken-castle #21 by Rick Remender and Dan Brereton
Lex Luthor battles a spoon wielding Gorilla Grodd in Action Comics #893, and Smallville’s Chloe Sullivan shows up
Jean Giraud’s rich alien landscapes in Moebius 4: The Long Tomorrow & Other Stories
The Six Voyages of Lone Sloane by Phillipe Druilet
45:00 WHAT WE’VE BEEN WATCHING
The stop motion work of Coraline reminds us of the dark tales from our childhoods, the menace in David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence and the classic animated sword and sorcery film Fire and Ice.
55:00 WEBSITE OF THE WEEK
Guess which film these classic battles are from on The Great Showdowns.