Hosted by Kris Bather and Mladen Luketin from Western Australia, ES is a weekly podcast filled with news, reviews and pop culture shenanigans. Kris (loyal superhero fan) and Mladen (manga, anime and indie defender) chat about their varying, and occasional overlapping, interests in the wonderful world of sequential art.

Films

ExSeq Ep.38-Body Image

67 mins. This week we talk about body image in superhero comics, plus the Spice Girls, the Royal Wedding and sagging shelves.

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2:45 NEWS

Dark Horse Comics’ Digital Store

Shannon Wheeler ‘s I Thought You Would Be Funnier can now be read for free online

Captain America and The Avengers film info

Free Comic Book Day on May 7

8: 28 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Portal 2

Brightest Day #24 – John Constantine and Swamp Thing travel from Vertigo to the DC Universe

Avengers #12.1 – Spider-Woman gets captured by the evil smarty pants team, The Intelligencia. The Avengers rescue her and meet Ultron, who then vanishes. Not for newbies but great art by Bryan Hitch.

Action Comics #900 – The controversial landmark issue in which Superman renounces his American citizenship, plus some other cool tales.

The Complete Peanuts Vol. 1 1950-52 – Charles Schulz’s classic and funny work with Charlie Brown and co.

A Lesson Is Learned But The Damage Is Irreversible – an experimental webcomic

34:15 FEATURE TOPIC – BODY IMAGE

We look at the sexy spandex brigade and how male and female characters are treated differently.

Avengers #12.1      Action Comics #900      The Complete Peanuts Vol 1
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ExSeq Ep. 37-Thor and Kingdom Come

70 mins. We talk about Thor and bicker about the classic superhero epic Kingdom Come. Also The Big Bang Theory, Star Trek: The Next Generation and hiding Easter eggs.

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1:20 NEWS

Stan Sakai, the creator of Usagi Yojimbo gets honoured

John Constantine, AKA Hellblazer come sto the mainstream DC Universe

6:25 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

The fun, all-ages debut of Super Dinosaur by Robert Kirkman and Jasonn Howard

The lukewarm return of the Dark Horse Presents anthology

Patrick McEown’s experimental No Escape

23:20 THOR MOVIE REVIEW

Kris saw the film in unnecessary 3D and was slightly underwhelmed by the god of thunder’s cinematic adventures. The action is loud, but the romance is well handled.

35:52 FEATURE REVIEW-KINGDOM COME

We pleasantly argue about this 1996 mini-series from DC Comics by Mark Waid and Alex Ross that features a retired Superman in the future returning to teach a careless younger generation of “heroes” a thing or two about justice. Dramatic art, biblical undertones and a massive cast of well known and new characters ensue.

  


ExSeq Ep. 36-Rombies and Peanuts

54 mins. Some DC reviews and a discussion about Rombies #1 and the new Peanuts OGN. Also Joss Whedon’s apparent foot fetish, Snoopy’s cousins and Mladen plays Kris’ former sidekick. It’ll make sense once you listen to the ep.

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1:50 NEWS

Green Lantern’s toes (yes, you read that correctly).

Batman Live World Arena Tour has a press day with costumes and video. And confetti.

Michael Shannon cast as General Zod.

Tokyopop closes.

14: 44 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Brightest Day #23. Swamp Thing returns to the DC Universe and a few characters get turned into elementals.

Fear Itself #7. The Red Skull’s daughter Sin picks up a Norse hammer and brings madness upon the earth!

Batman: Arkham City game.

Tron Legacy: Reconfigured soundtrack.

28:05 The return of Panel Plays (because we demanded it!)

30: 40 FEATURE REVIEWS

Happiness Is A Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown. A Peanuts OGN from BOOM! Studios. We both liked it and found it rather funny, with a consistent visual style. Peanuts purists and newbies will enjoy its charms.

Rombies #1, an awesome new series from Tom Taylor, Skye Ogden and Gestalt Publishing. Zombies in Old Testament times. A father’s love brings death. This promising start to the new series is a great looking and highly entertaining comic.

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Rombies #1

ExSeq Ep.35-Parodies

59 mins. We chat about some of our fave comic book parodies, including poking fun at superheroes. Also the Star Wars episode of That ’70s Show, the beauty of modern video games and Scream 4.

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1:00 NEWS

Swancon and Natcon convention in Perth

Next DC animated film based on Tower of Babel JLA storyline

DC’s Retro-Active series of one-shots

Supernatural: The Anime Series to be released in July

The 4 minutes of the Green Lantern film that have been officially released

13:43 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Kris - Action Comics #899 filled with Lex vs Braniac and madcap action

Who Is Jake Ellis? #3 by Nathan Edmondson and Tonci Zonjic

Undying Love #1 by Tomm Coker and Daniel Freedman. Another winner from Image Comics about a human in love with a Chinese vampire.

Mladen – Crossing Midnight Volume 1 from Mike Carey and Jim Fern about twins born just before and just after midnight. Strange abilities, greedy demons and more ensue.

Digested #4 by Bobby N.

27: 27 FEATURE TOPIC-PARODIES

Red 5′s Abyss mini-series

The classic Justice league International

Ape Entertainment’s Super Human Resources by Ken Marcus and Justin Bleep

Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E by Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen

Tank Girl: The Odyssey by Peter Milligan and Jamie Hewlett

James Turner’s Rex Libris

Plus, as an added extra, we answer some fanmail!

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ExSeq Ep.34-Elephantmen and Nonplayer

0 mins. Mladen and I occupy the same space once more as we talk about 2 new Image comics debuts we liked plus Ninja Turtles, April Fool’s Day office pranks, iPad 2 queues, and animated Plastic Man.

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00:56 NEWS

Writer Jonathan Hickman’s new creator owned series

Justice League film set for 2013

Amy Adams has been cast as Lois Lane in the Superman reboot

Wonder Woman’s TV costume changes. Now with less shininess!

6:40 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Kris - IDW’s Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters

FF #1, the new Fantastic Four relaunch. Spider-Man joins the team and it’s black and white costumes all round!

Mladen – Sequelcast film podcast

20:14 FEATURE REVIEWS

Elephantmen: Man and Elephantman by Richard Starkings and Axel Medellin. We find it to be a good intro for new readers, love the art and its effective colour palette and just the general noir vibe of the whole tale.

Nonplayer #1 by Nate Simpson. A very entertaining genre mash-up of a sci-fi world and a fantasy virtual world, with art that you’ll fall in love with. See a preview here and an interview with Simpson here.

Our rambling and amusing conclusion.

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ExSeq Ep. 33-Tie-in Comics

54 mins. We shall not let minor technical issues stop us from talking about comics! No sir! Gianni joins us again to form the geek trio in our special on comics related to video games and other pop culture products. We discuss all the below, plus Boston Legal, CSI guest stars, how to be a “pack leader” and more.

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1: 15 NEWS

Kevin Costner as Pa Kent in the Superman remake

Marvel’s deal with Starbucks

Wonder Woman’s shiny new TV costume

The new DC Nation TV show to be shown on the Cartoon Network

12: 05 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Kris watched Battle Los Angeles and read the TPB of Image’s fun fantasy series Skullkickers and Erik Larsen’s amusing Herculian one-shot.

Gianni’s been reading the Dead Space mini-series based on the game as well as the new Mass Effect.

Mladen has been watching The Dog Whisperer. Yes, we laughed at him too. He also read Asterix and the Falling Sky, and Price Valiant Volume 3.

25:30 THEME-TIE-IN COMICS

Phew. Tomb Raider, Sonic the Hedgehog and more have been produced over the years, and continue to be made, for video game fans to become comic book fans, and vice versa. There have been many more video game tie-ins recently too, such as Dante’s Inferno, Prototype, Infamous, Halo, God of War, Batman: Arkham City, World of Warcraft, Warhammer 40, 000 and more. Plus, anime and novel tie-ins and movie adaptations, including Tron.

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ExSeq Ep. 32-Comics Are Cool

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.

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2:00 NEWS

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.


ExSeq Ep. 31 – Buying Habits

70 mins. One of our most fun episodes yet, filled with rambling asides and pop culture recollections. Our brief theme this week is all about buying habits, ie, how, where and why we buy our comics. It’s more interesting than it sounds. Also – Jerry Maguire, singing actors and the street cred of How I Met Your Mother.

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3:13 NEWS

Charlie Sheen gets his own biographical comic.

Amazing Fantasy #15 solds for a record $1.1 million.

Not the Spider-Man musical again?! Yep, director Julie Taymor has left the show.

Rombies, from Perth publisher Gestalt, is just about to launch and your face can feature in its pages!

21:00 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Thorgal, and  The Chimpanzee Complex Volumes 1 and 2 from Cinebook

The disappointing All-Star Superman animated film

35:30THEME – BUYING HABITS

Mladen and I have different comic purchasing habits. We look at how ours, and others, have changed over the last few years and talk about digital distribution.


ExSeq Ep. 30-Strange Lands

70 mins. Good and bad horror flicks, Star Wars and our look at characters travelling to new worlds.

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1:07 NEWS

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

Killzone 3

The Making of The Empire Strikes Back book by J.W Rinzler

Digested by Bobby N

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

Asterix and the Great Crossing Air Vol 1
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ExSeq Ep.28-Romance

52 mins. It’s our look at romance comics, though we use the term “romance” loosely.

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1:20 NEWS

TV’s new Wonder Woman, Akira film cast, the Spider-Man reboot has a title,  Marvel vs Capcom 3, Shane Black to direct Iron Man 3, The Golden Age film adaptation, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah comic, Michel Gondry to adapt Philip K. Dick’s Ubik novel, a new venture from the stars of King of Kong.

14:05 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

The Lethal Weapon films, Art Spiegelman’s Breakdowns, hip hop magazine Find.

22:00  ROMANCE COMICS

Superhero lovers, Love The Way You Love, Blankets, Shortcomings, and Moving Pictures.

38:30 FEATURE REVIEW

Ivy from Sarah Oleksyk and Oni Press.

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ExSeq Ep. 27

63 mins. Another rambling, yet informative episode. We discuss a bunch of comics and film stuff, plus tedious fantasy movies, interstate travelling, water pistols and what Batman’s up to these days.

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1:13 NEWS

The upcoming Red Sonja film starring Amber Heard, Comic-Con 2011 is all sold out, the new Thor, Captain America, Cowboys & Aliens, and X-Men: First Class trailers, Lois Lane and Ursa in the Superman reboot, the most popular comics website, and theDreams Come True Disney exhibit in Melbourne.

25:35 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Weird zines such as Modern Gentlemen #3, and the far cuter Summer Tears#1, the disappointing Dinner for Schmucks film, Brightest Day #19, Thorgal by Jean van Hamme and Grzegorz Rosiński, the supporting cast spotlighting Superman 80 Page Giant 2011, Raymond Briggs’ nuclear drama When The Wind Blows, Batman and Robin #20 with the new creative team of Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason and finally Deus Ex: Human Revolution #1.

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Episode 25-1986

69 mins. It’s our 25th podcast and we celebrate the occasion by looking at the 25th anniversary of the year 1986, and what a year it was. We talk about the comics of the time plus power ballads, being born, multiple Sheens, the popularity of the high-five, and the shock of seeing Transformers dying.

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1:32 NEWS

Death of the Comics Code and the upcoming doco about it, death of the powerful comics magazine Wizard and Shaun Tan’s Oscar nomination.

11:22 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Arrested Development, and the whacky shenanigans of Axe Cop Vol. 1 TPB.

21:30 1986-THE YEAR THAT WAS

We kick off with the year’s Top Ten grossing films, talk about dying Transformers, Steve Guttenberg, and then get to comics of the time.

John Byrne’s Superman: Man of Steel that revamped and streamlined Clark and co.

Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, that showed an aged Bruce Wayne putting on the cowl once more in a mad future that put Batman back into the darkness, where he belongs.

Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.

The British Invasion that saw English creators (such as Grant Morrison and Neil Gaiman) getting huge success in America, particularly DC Comics.

The rise of the independent publisher such as Dark Horse Comics and Slave Labor Graphics.

Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize winning Maus.

The formation of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

A few long running characters debuted including Booster Gold, Kilowog, Sodam Yat, Apocalypse and Eddie Brock (Venom).

For non-superheroes, 1986 saw the debut of Dylan Dog, Tintin and Alph-Art, Golgo 13, Area 88, Lone Wolf and Cub, Crying Freeman and Spirit of Wonder.

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Episode 24-Talking Animals

75 mins. Our anthropomorphic special. That’s talking animals and we talk about  a wide variety of comics containing them. Also – Spock, corporate branding, bell bottoms and annoying movie scores.

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2:37 NEWS

Pics of the Spider-Man, and Captain America films. X-Men: First Class and Priest too. Also, the WAI-CON anime convention in Perth.

12:45 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Viking collection from Ivan Brandon and Nic Klein. Large format old timey action.

Casanova Vol. 1. Spies, multiple dimensions and hip zaniness from Matt Fraction and Gabriel Ba.

The Infinite Vacation #1 from Nick Spencer and Christian Ward.  Handy, though dangerous iPhone application that allows you to buy and sell alternate universe lives of yourself.

Star Trek New Frontier Book One. A novel by prolific scribe Peter David.

30:15 ANTHROPOMORPHIC READING LIST

Early Mickey Mouse from Floyd Gottfredson

Lions, Tigers and Bears

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Cerebus

Elephantmen

Elmer

WE3

Maus

Blacksad

Sam and Max

and more!

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK (Yes, it’s been a while)

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Viking TPBCasanova Vol. 1

 

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Episode 23-Star Wars, Alan Moore and Stuff

59 mins. Our most rambling episode yet in which we hardly yak about comics, but do talk about all the different versions of Star Wars, and the good years of The Simpsons, plus wearing scarves, Johnny Mnemonic, Cheers, crying at Spock’s death, Liz Hurley and more ramblonic nonsense.

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1:45 NEWS

Star Wars on Blu-Ray in September, writer Neil Gaiman as himself on The Simpsons, the Batman teen toon that could’ve been in Gotham High, casting truth for Judge Dredd and casting rumours for Dark Knight Rises.

23:15 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Steel #1, zombies in the Wild West series Rotten, and the classic run on Swamp Thing from Alan Moore and Stephen Bissette.

41:50 FEATURE DISCUSSION

It’s the battle of the beards as writer Alan Moore vs writer Jason Aaron. Actually they don’t fight as such, but Aaron talks about a recent Moore interview and then we dissect it as only geeks can.

We finish by talking about Star Wars games and podcaster vanity.


Episode Twenty Two-Best Comics of 2010

68 mins. We have returned, with our best comics of 2010. Now before you groan about yet another list like this, you may be surprised by some of our choices. Also, George Clooney’s beard, Christmas presents and correct work attire.

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3:55 NEWS

Stan Lee’s Hollywood star, Neil Gaiman’s wedding, Carl Barks’ work finally collected, trouble at Borders bookstores, even more trouble in the land of the Spider-Man musical.

12: 15 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Viz Media’s Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind manga, unique spy caper Who is Jake Ellis? #1, 27 #1 from Image Comics, and Deadpool Team Up #886 written by local (to Perth anyway) Shane McCarthy.

21:00 OUR 2010 FAVES

Webcomics - Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton, and Axe Cop

Reprint - The Horror! The Horror! collection of pre-Comics Code horror comics

Film Adaptation - Scott Pilgrim vs The World

Breakout Talents – Writer Tom Taylor (The Authority, Star Wars) and Rafael Grampa (Mesmo Delivery, Strange Tales II)

Best OGN - Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour from Oni Press, 45 from Com.x and X’d Outfrom Pantheon Books

Honourable Mentions – The Last Days of American Crime, Action Comics, Batman and Robin, Strange Tales II, Scalped

Best Australian Comic - Changing Ways from Justin Randall. There’s also two new Aussie publishers - Black House Comics and Silver Fox Comics

Best Comic - The Light from Nathan Edmondson and Brett Weldele and the Billy Batmanga from Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki

As an added bonus, we also present our Worst of 2010!

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Episode Twenty One-Christmas Comics

35 mins. No news, and no what we’ve been reading. It’s our most streamlined, aerodynamic episode yet, and it’s all about Christmas themed comics. Also, singing cats, Angelina Jolie’s tattoos, Under Siege and a dodgy Christopher Walken impersonation.

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Fables #56 in which Santa Claus is a natural fit, and he explains just how he visits kids the world over all in one night!

1980′s DC Super Star Holiday Special. Large format, 5 stories.

Vertigo’s 3 issue Winter’s Edge mini-series. Now re-printed!

JLA #60 which shows Plastic Man recounting a tale in which Santa Claus joins the Justice League.

The classic Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special. Poor, poor Santa. And yes, there was a two issue Lobo/The Mask cross-over a decade ago.

The Tick Big Yule Log Special from 1997. Spoooon!

Batman Returns. Yes, it’s a festive superhero film, with lots of snow, nose biting and awkward speeches.

Dear Dracula. It’s a kids’ book showing young Sam writing to his hero Dracula instead of Santa. From Silverline Books.

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Episode Twenty-Tron Legacy

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70 mins. Our Tron: Legacy special in which we dissect the 3D sequel to the classic 1982 film and the latest comic news and reviews. Also, sexy angst, inner beauty and the Star Wars planet naming method.

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1:10 NEWS

Your chance to appear as an artist in Udon’s upcoming Mega Man tribute book, Japanses creators band together in protest against new ratings, Crossgen comics launch from Marvel in March, Mark Waid leaves BOOM! Studios, BOOM! to publish Michael Moorcock’s Elric series, the first Marvel TV series to focus on spy/mother Jessica Jones.

18:10 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

The bad Jonah Hex film, Dexter Season 5, Sandman: Book of Dreams short story collection, Magus #1 from 12 Gauge Comics and Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #513.

39:15 FEATURE REVIEW – TRON: LEGACY


Episode Nineteen-Christmas Gift Guide

61 mins. It’s Christmas time! Well, almost. Mladen and I throw out a few suggestions for present buying. Let’s call it our Generous Geek Goodies Giving Guidelines. Or something. We also yak about the manga 2001 Nights, two titles from GG studio and a lesser known character from the creator of Conan.

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1:35 NEWS

No Two-Face or Joker in The Dark Knight Rises, Tron: Legacy soundtrack is now available, the trailer for Transformers 3, Anthrax’s Scott Ian is writing The Demon for DC Comics, superheroes become samurai in Marvel’s 5 Ronin mini-series due in March.

17:20 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Twilight: Eclipse, Hard Candy, the original Spartacus film, Kull: The Hate Witch #1 from Robert E. Howard, manga 2001 Nights from Viz Media, A Skeleton Story and The One from Italian publisher GG Studio.

42:34 GEEK CHRISTMAS GIFTS

Mladen and I give you some guidelines for Christmas purchases. If you want to buy something for the fanboy/fangirl in your life, or if you’re a fanboy/girl who wants to get something for the comics curious person in your life, then have we got some great tips for you?! Yes, yes we do.


Episode Eighteen-Xenozoic, Marineman and Definitions

66 mins. Now old enough to vote, here’s our 18th podcast! We discuss the new all ages book Marineman, the visually striking Batwoman, a funny manga about an aspiring artist and talk about the terminology of comic books and graphic novels.

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1:05 NEWS

The continuing woes of the Spider-Man musical after it’s mixed debut performance, the death of director Irvin Kershner, Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons working together on a secret project.

6:44 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

I’ll Give It My All…Tomorrow by Shunji Aono, Secret Origin doco on the history of DC Comics, early vertigo one-shot Mercy, new all-ages series Marineman by Ian Churchill, Batwoman #0 by J.H Williams III (otherwise knwon as J.H Williams the 3rd), Flesk Publications’ new collection of Xenozoic tales by Mark Schultz and Arnie’s first film Hercules in New York.

38:20 THEME – DEFINITIONS

We attempt to define the difference in terminology between comics and graphic novels. Mladen and I have different thoughts on just what term should be used for what type of sequential art. Is it related to format? Theme? Who knows? We do, or so we think. Let the lively debate begin!

 


Episode Seventeen-Firebreather, Vampirella

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.

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2:25 NEWS

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.

45:38 CONCLUSION

 


Episode Sixteen-Detectives

78 mins. During the increasing heat, Mladen and I yak about a plethora of awesome Batman comics showing Bruce Wayne starting his crusade to build an army of international Batmen, the Green Lantern film trailer, our look at detectives in comics, how reading comics and novels differ and unusual eBay items.

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2:45: NEWS

Dennis Leary as Captain Stacy in the upcoming Spidey film, the Green Lantern film trailer, Ninja Turtle’s co-creator Kevin Eastman’s fire sale and the first photo of Karl Urban as Judge Dredd.

17:50: WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Batman Inc. #1, Batman: The Return, Batman #704, Superman/Batman #78. As for non-Bats titles, we discuss manga horror Parasyte, Assassin’s Creed, Dungeons and Dragons, Nikopol (videogame), and the huge collection Sundays with Walt & Skeezix.
36:05: FEATURE THEME: DETECTIVES

We talk about the different categories of detectives as seen in comics, including the private investigator, the supernatural detectives, and the quirky genius obsessive.
We mention Mammoth Book of Best Crime Comics, Batman in Hush, The Long Halloween and Dark Victory, classic Dick Tracy, Hairbutt the Hippo / Elephantmen, Dylan Dog, Hellboy, Image Comics’ hit Chew, Death Note, Naoki Urasawa’s Monster, new Aussie series The Dark Detective: Sherlock Holmes, the gorgeous looking Blacksad and Max Allan Collins’ intelligently written female detective Ms Tree.
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Episode Fifteen-Talking With Gods

77 mins. A whole bunch of stuff as usual including a first look at next year’s Tintin movie, our thoughts on the documentary focused on Scottish writer Grant Morrison involving his magic and drug use, some new all ages comics such as Toy Story and Atomic Robo, the weird and brutal 676 Apparitions, the power of stories in The Unwritten and more.

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1:22 NEWS

The sale of the hugely popular San Diego Comic-Con tickets go live on Nov 22 for July 2011, writer JMS is off monthly comics to focus on the sequel to Superman: Earth One, the new DC Comics digital store, Spider-Man’s death, just released pics from the Tintin film, the success of the Walking Dead TV series, Batman Live World Arena Tour, a classic Fran Drescher and Robin Williams film and I also mistakenly credit Haley Joel Osment from The Sixth Sense instead of Freddie Highmore as the voice of Astro Boy. Phew, that’s a lot of news!

25:0 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING/WATCHING

The Nikita film, (in which I make one more film error and get Tcheky Karyo and Jurgen Prochnow and U-571 and Das Boot mixed up!), Russian flying car film Black Lightning, the new Predators, the latest season of Dexter.

And for comics we yak about the wild Mesmo Delivery from Rafael Grampa, the new Atomic Robo series, 676 Apparitions of Killoffer, Toy Story: Tales from the Toy Chest #2 from BOOM! Studios, Vertigo’s series The Unwritten, Image’s Halcyon #1.

And yes, I mix up the title of another film!

56:30 FEATURE REVIEW

The new doco Talking With Gods on writer Grant Morrison of JLA, We3, The Invisibles and more fame.

1:10:45 WEBSITE OF THE WEEK

Our Valued Customers – real things said by geeks and crazies in a comic book shop.

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Halcyon 1 Grant Morrison Talking With Gods

Episode Fourteen-Superman Earth One

74 mins. We’re joined again by Gianni from retailer Quality Comics, and the 3 of us yak on about a bunch of films and comics as well as evil transvestites, Lois Lane with a Tommy Gun and more.

An in depth discussion of the new look at the origin of the Man of Steel in the Superman Earth One graphic novel, horror series Abattoir, the weird dreamscape of X’ed Out, new British comics magazine Clint and the much delayed comic about a beloved Serenity character.

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1:00 NEWS

The new Thunder Cats cartoon, upcoming films including Mission Impossible 4, and the 3D Spider-Man and Tron: Legacy, Legendary Pictures launches Legendary Comics and the return of webcomic The Perry Bible Fellowship.

12:00 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING/WATCHING

Classic Van Damme, classic Arnie and classic Belushi, horror prequel Paranormal Activity 2 and the film everyone’s talking about, The Social Network.

As for comics, we review Abattoir #1 from Radical Publishing, Kick Ass 2 #1, the Viking era of Northlanders Volume 4, British comics magazine Clint, X’ed Out from Charles Burns, the whimsicalReturn of the Dapper Men, the great Fleischer Superman cartoons from the 1940s and the long awaited Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale.

51:30 TRADE/SWAP

We all moan about the updated Man of Steel as seen in graphic novel Superman: Earth One from DC Comics.

70: 00 WEBSITE OF THE WEEK

The very cool movie/music remixes of Perth’s own Pogo.

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Clint Magazine #1 X'ed Out
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Episode Thirteen-Superman and Captain America film costumes and more

69 mins. Could this be our funniest and most rambling episode ever? Why yes! Batman 3 details, zombies around the world, Star Wars memories, spooky vampire film Let The Right One In, our choices for January goodies and more. Also Medal of Honor, Judge Dredd from the 1990s and True Blood.

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1:27 NEWS

Batman 3 has a title and who won’t be the villain, world wide flashmobs to promote the just premiered Walking Dead TV series, The Essex County trilogy from Jeff Lemire wins Canada’s respect, the wild costumes from the thankfully-never-made Superman film involving Tim Burton and Nicolas Cage and Chris Evans’ buff physique and Captain America film costume.

19:00 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING/WATCHING

The unnecessary Nightmare on Elm Street remake, Let The One Right In, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, the short Medal of Honor game, the entertaining My Best Friend Is A Wookiee memoir, a Judge Dredd special from 1994, Spider-Man vs Vampires and the latest issue from Dark Horse’s Creepy series.

37:35 POTENTIAL PREVIEWS PURCHASES

We scan the pages of the new catalogue showing a whole bunch of January releasing goodies.

60:00 WEBSITE OF THE WEEK

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64:20 Rambling conclusion involving Jean Claude Van Damme.

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Spidey vs Vamps November Previews

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