54 mins. We focus on the sparse comic adaptations of the popular Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. We also discuss whether we should be offended by the possible embarrassment of Geek Day. Also, Mladen’s legs, Kris’ musical tastes and Spider-Man on American Idol.
Ninja Turtles relaunches at IDW
Smallville’s finale and the joyous response it has yielded
The award winning Changing Ways OGN from Justin Randall and Gestalt
The Penguin in the Arkham City videogame
WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING 11:00
54 mins. Our interview with two lovely gents from English publisher Com.x. Also wrestling, the fake apocalypse and yes, Arnie’s love child.
NEWS 1: 21
Tintin on the big screen
Supanova Pop Culture Convention in Perth and Sydney in June. Get your tix now.
Batman villain Bane as played by Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises is revealed. Well, some of him anyway.
EDDIE DEIGHTON AND ANDI EWINGTON INTERVIEW 9: 35
Our first ever interview via the wonders of Skype. English creators Eddie Deighton (co-publisher of Com.x and co-writer of BlueSpear) and Andi Ewington (co-writer of BlueSpear and writer of 45-whcih we talked about here) talk to us about the 45 spinoff one-shot BlueSpear, which comes out in July.
The chaps talk about the business behind publishing Original Graphic Novels rather than monthly issues, what they look for in a story pitch, how they find new talent, advice for new writers and publishers, and a lot of laughs.
72 mins. Our fave hallucinations and drug inspired, and induced, tales of sequential art. Also, attractive people in poor countries and more.
1: 36 NEWS
A doco for Alejandro Jodorowsky’s aborted Dune film
Rombies #0 free online
Sydney Opera House’s Graphic event in August
Fanboys rejoice in NBC’s decision to drop the Wonder Woman TV pilot
Spider-Man musical retool
Kevin Smith’s Six Million Dollar Man comic
Neil Gaiman gets picked on, and so does Batman
13: 20 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING
Locke and Key from Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
Mythbusters and Eurovision
Devil from the mind of M. Night Shyamalan. 5 strangers in a lift start dying.
Daytripper from Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba, about death and the beauty of life
Shaolin Cowboy by Geoff Darrow and its detailed art, a talking mule and a vengeful crab
27: 30 DRUGS!
Fictional drugs, hallucinations and superheroes who owe their existence to drugs, such as Captain America, Luke Cage, Cloak and Dagger and Karen Page.
Batman and Bane and their use of the drug Venom, and Scarecrow’s fear toxin.
Spice from Dune – the do-it all drug.
Drunkeness in Tintin and the surprising violence it brings, including an attempted decapitation of the lead character.
Tony Stark’s love of booze.
Pain pill hallucination in X’ed Out by Charles Burns.
Drugs in Marvel and DC Comics in the ‘70s.
The sordid, yet award winning, tale of Speedy/Arsenal.
Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing’s trippy potatoes, and Superman’s bad birthday dreams.
The Mask Strikes Back by John Arcudi and Doug Mahnke.
Preacher, and writer Grant Morrison.
67 mins. In honour of the awesome annual tradition of Free Comic Book Day around the world, we discuss some of our faves – what you should definitely pick up and what you should avoid. Also, our usual rambling shenanigans.
0: 32 NEWS
Green Lantern Animated Light Up Display is a fire hazard
More details about the Star Wars Blu-Ray
The new Conan trailer
Cobra: The Space Pirate film
8: 58 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING/WATCHING
Low budget, but great film Monsters by Gareth Edwards
Red starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, etc
The Punisher from 1989 starring Dolph Lundgren and a Ms. Pac Man mention
The Mighty Thor #1
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 video game
Alastair Graham’s Full Moon Soup picture book
Koren Shadmi’s The Abaddon webcomic
23: 08 FEATURE TOPIC – FREE COMIC BOOK DAY
FCBD is on Saturday May 8. Yay! We read a whole bunch of the many free comics on offer this year and give a rundown of what we like and don’t like this year.
SOME PRETTY GOOD FREEBIES
Bongo Comics’ Bongo Free-For-All, featuring a few The Simpsons stories, including cool ones by Evan Dorkin and Sergio Aragones
Dark Horse’s Avatar: The Last Airbender/ Star Wars: The Clone Wars flip book
Ape Entertainment’s Richie Rich/ Kung-Fu Panda flip book. This ain’t your daddy’s Richie Rich!
Drawn and Quarterly’s classic reprint collection, John Stanley’s Summer Fun
12 Gauge’s I.C.E/ Loose Ends crime tales
FREEBIES TO AVOID
Bluewater’s The Misadventures of Adam West (the actor who played Batman in the ‘60s TV series)
FREEBIES THAT ARE OK, BUT NOT AWESOME
2000AD. The classic U.K magazine style format with a bunch of sci-fi stories inside, including a great Judge Dredd tale
Marvel’s The Amazing Spider-Man is good for fans who may have been away from the web slinger for a while and want to know what he’s up to these days
DC Comics’ Green Lantern Special Edition. Same as above, except for Green Lantern AKA Hal Jordan
OUR TOP PICKS (GET THESE IF YOU SEE THEM!)
Fantagraphics’ Walt Disney Mickey Mouse. A dog walking a dog. Yes, that’s right. Floyd Gotfredson’s rascally Mickey.
Archaia’s Mouse Guard/ Dark Crystal flip book, with mature fantasy stories and also Season of the Dapper Men and A Tale of Sand by the legendary Jim Henson
Marvel’s Captain America/ Thor: The Mighty Fighting Avengers! A fun, time travelling adventure featuring the two cinematic superheroes in ye olde Camelot
Super Dinosaur Origin Special from Image. Another fun adventure for kids and adults with a kid, his heroic T-Rex, a secret base and evil mutant dinosaurs
Jake the Dreaming from Radical. An illustrated novel, not a comic. Like most Radical books, it looks superb. For fans of Narnia and Harry Potter
Red 5 bring us the always amusing Atomic Robo at the National Science Fair. Also previews of ’50s heroine Moon Girl, and Foster Broussard: Demons of the Gold Rush
Elric: The Balance Lost #1 from BOOM! Studios. Michael Moorcock’s pale swordsman returns to comic. I liked it much more than Mladen though