Extra Sequential Podcast #90-Grand Finale!

57 mins. Yes, it’s the big finish, our fond farewell, our last hurrah. In our most rambling episode yet, we talk about a bunch of comics, Turok, the master of sit-com theme songs, an awkward Italian song contest, David Bowie’s wife, Michael Jackson as Spider-Man, alternate cinematic realities, and much more! Fare thee well and thanks so much for listening!

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2:10 NEWS

Joss Whedon’s film Cabin in the Woods will actually get a limited theatrical run in Sydney and Melbourne

The Dark Knight Rises, and The Amazing Spider-Man trailers

Mark Waid’s comics website, Thrillbent launches

Charles Burns’ upcoming The Hive

Free Comic Book Day thoughts

14:33 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Buffy Season 8 motion comic. A must for fans of the TV series.

Perfect Strangers: The Video Game. “Nothing’s gonna stop me now!”

Road to Perdition. Featuring a baddie Daniel Craig.

Archaia’s great Hard Cover freebie.

The Strange Talent of Luther Strode. Blood, and stuff.

Daredevil Volume 1. Mark Waid, Marcos Martin and Paolo Rivera bring the fun back to superhero stories.

The Cartoon Crier. Depressing, but free!

Showcase Presents The Spectre. 620 pages of righteous vengeance and criminals getting their gruesome comeuppance!

Extra Sequential Podcast #89-Fave Comic Book Films

70 mins. How many movies based on comic books have there been in the last few years? Heaps. How many of them have been awesome? Far less. We offer our ten fave films, and not many of our selections feature superheroes! Also, Katrina and the Waves, and a dancing Emperor Palpatine.

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WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Eric Powell’s The Goon #39. Funniest superhero pardoy. Ever.

Star Wars: Blood Ties-Boba Fett is Dead #1 from Tom Taylor and Chris Scalf. A cool whodunit in space.

Joe Sacco’s journalistic comic Footnotes in Gaza.

Seizure magazine writing competition.

China Mieville’s Embassytown.

11:30 NEWS

Fox announced an Axe Cop animated series! Oh yeah.

Carla Speed McNeill’s Finder: Voice becomes LA Times’ Best Graphic Novel

Free Comic Book Day on Saturday May 5

15:28 THEME – BEST COMIC BOOK FILMS

We choose our 5 fave films each and offer a few surprises, as well as some that almost made our lists, guilty pleasures, and the worst comic films.

The Avengers. A fun, and funny superhero epic.

American Splendor. Curmudgeon Harvey Pekar’s life.

Scott Pilgrim vs The World. A charming video game aesthetic, and many pop culture references.

Blueberry. Based on Moebius’ Wild West adventure. Also known as Renegade, and also featuring great trippy sequences.

X-Men: First Class. Groovy baby.

Ghost in the Shell anime. A Sci-fi classic. Perty too.

30 Days of Night. Thrilling, and with truly scary vampires.

Ghost World. Two girls befriend a sad Steve Buscemi.

Justice League: Doom. Animated film in which Batman betrays the Justice League. Accidentally.

Persepolis. French animated film about coming of age in Tehran.

 

 

Extra Sequential Podcast #88-Are Superheroes Relevant?

58 mins. We examine the role superheroes play, what stories they can tell, and how far they’ve come since their roots from the pulp era. Also, multiple Boba Fetts, and Jean-Claude Van Damme vs a pinata.

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WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

The Shadow #1

Alabaster: Wolves #1

America’s Got Powers #1

Marathon OGN

Supanova haul, and Milk Shadow Books

The end of this very podcast as of episode 90 : (

10:12 NEWS

Comiczone moving

Free Comic Book Day

Chris Roberson quits/get fired from DC Comics

16:13 THEME-THE RELEVANCE OF SUPERHEROES

We look at how superheroes have changed from their pulp roots and talk about how superheroes are viewed, and the kinds of stories that can be told with the genre.

Extra Sequential Podcast #87-Long Lost Characters

64 mins. We dedicate this show to supporting cast members who had their day in the sun, but haven’t been seen for some time.  It’s time for misty eyed fondness as we remember some of our favourite characters who never had their own series, but fulfilled a special role.  Also Dr Marvin Monroe as Batman, the importance of butlers, and crotch sniffing.

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WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

The Shadow. Alec Baldwin as a superhero.

Robert Crumb’s respectful adaptation, The Book of Genesis.

5:07 NEWS

Kevin Eastman’s original TMNT art auction

Marvel’s meeting of their two Spider-Men

Jeffrey Brown’s Darth Vader and Son

National Comics revival for DC Comics

Alan Moore on TV

Painter Alex Ross does Star Trek and Jimmy Corrigan

15:44 LONG LOST CHARACTERS

Or characters who have vanished. Whatever happened to such and such, and why? Why?!

Peanuts’ Shermy, Violet, and Patty (not of the Peppermint variety)

Mickey Mouse’s pal Horace Horsecollar

Green Arrow’s grizzled buddy Eddie Fyers

Lex Luthor’s bodyguard Mercy Graves

Superman’s science advisor Emil Hamilton

Dubbilex, Rex and Roxy Leach from Superboy’s Hawaiian days

The troubled lives of Clark Kent’s old friends, Lucy Lane’s, Lana Lang, Pete Ross and Chloe Sullivan

Betty Brant and Robbie Robertson from The Daily Bugle

Batman characters such as Harold, Leslie Thompkins, Matches Malone, Sasha Bordeaux and Orpheus

Extra Sequential Podcast #86-Image Comics

62 mins. It’s the 20th anniversary of Image Comics this year, so in honour of the young upstart publishing company, we look at our fave Image tales covering drama, comedy, adventure and more. Also, the wonder of ’90s fashion, and Aussie TV actresses.

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2:06 NEWS

Eisner Award nominations

April Fools’ Day shenanigans including Stephanie Brown, Mars Attacks!, and George Takei

Triplets (the Twins sequel), and He-Man at DC Comics

11:10 THEME – IMAGE COMICS

A brief history of the Marvel walkout that led to one of the most successful indie publishers and the giant steps they’ve made in the last two decades.

Broken Frontier’s Image Month

Sequart’s upcoming Image doco

San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum’s Image exhibition

Casanova

Underground

Flight anthologies

Chew

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 3

Girls

Orc Stain

Ratfist

The Nightly News

Term Life

Extra Sequential Podcast #85-Race Relations

65 mins. We finally get to this topic! The history of minority characters within comics, superheroes who are replaced by minority characters, or changed when adapted to other media. We also throw a few gnarly questions at one another.

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1:05 NEWS

Marsupilami film

Katsuhiro Otomo returns to long form manga

Ralp McQuarrie’s He-Man film sketches

Warner Bros. vs the Superman creators’ heirs. Again.

Perth’s Swancon, featuring Extra Sequential’s own Kris Bather speaking at 2 panels!

WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING/ WATCHING

Hilarious Little League webcomic

Atomic Robo’s new series

2 foreign films – Cell 211, and Tais Toi

Hobbes and Bacon webcomic

IDW’s Locke and Key

David Boring

15:16 THEME – RACE RELATIONS

Replacement characters including:

War Machine

Steel

Ryan Choi as Atom

Miles Morales as Ultimate Spider-Man

History of minority superheroes including:

Black Panther and his wife Storm

Luke Cage

Falcon

Static Shock

The use of Black in character names, such as:

Black Manta, Black Lightning, Black Racer (he’s on skis!), and Black Vulcan

Asian characters like Amadeus Cho, James Woo, Green Arrow Connor Hawke, Batgirl Cassandra Cain, Katana, Lady Shiva and Nico Minoru from Marvel’s Runaways.

and many more characters.

As an added bonus, here’s the “Bruce Lee” film from 1977 that Mladen mentions.

Extra Sequential Podcast #84-Strange Team-Ups

57 mins.  Strange x-overs you never knew existed! Unusual team-ups you tried to forget! Dodgy pronunciations of ‘moustache’ and ‘oeuvre.’ This one has it all, including a detour involving celebrity cameos and Jeff Goldblum movies.

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WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

R.E.B.E.L.S Vol. 1: The Coming of Starro. Vril Dox is one manipulative, green skinned leader.

Killeroo: Gangwar. A cool Aussie comic starring a tough roo/human hybrid.

David Mack’s Kabuki: Metamorphosis. Read it slowly to get the full effect.

Justice: League: Doom. A fitting, action packed tribute to the late, great writer Dwayne McDuffie.

10: 35 NEWS

Teenage Mutant (or Alien?) Ninja Turtles!

Mark Waid’s new digital comic

15: 37 THEME – STRANGE TEAM-UPS

Lobo/ The Mask. Highly detailed scenes of ultra violence and lovely insanity.

Tarzan vs Predator: At Earth’s Core.

Muggsy Bogues vs Mothra. Um, I mean Charles Barkley vs Godzilla.

Superman/ Tarzan: Sons of the Jungle.

Superman meets He-Man in Eternia, and Sgt. Rock in WWII.

Spawn #10 featuring Dave Sim’s Cerebus. Also, a meta-comic.

Batman vs Predator III: Blood Ties. Featuring two Seinfeld easter eggs, and Mr. Freeze denying children ice-cream.

Upcoming team-ups such as Star Trek: TNG/ Dr Who from IDW, and team-ups that didn’t happen such as Cerebus and X-Men, a resurrected Princess Di in X-Statix, and Dr Who and Sherlock.

As an added bonus, here’s an excellent fan-made Prognosis: Negative film trailer.

Extra Sequential Podcast #83-Female Creators

64 mins. It’s all about the ladies and the awesome comics they create. Mladen proves his immaturity and Kris reveals his love for Faith Erin Hicks. Also, missing Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt.

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WHAT WE’VE BEEN WATCHING

A hat trick of disappointing comic adaptations.

Dylan Dog. A Superman Returns reunion!

Gantz 2

Ghost Rider. Filmed in Melbourne!

7:12 NEWS

The death of legendary French creator Moebius

A Judge Dredd themed album from a producer of Portishead!

Bleeding Cool, and DC Nation Super Spectacular magazines on the way

Alan Moore’s thoughts on Before Watchmen

The Happytime Murders’ first look

18:58 THEME – FEMALE CREATORS

Posy Simmonds’ Tamare Drewe (also a film)

Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder

Colleen Doran’s A Distant Soil

Faith Erin Hicks’ Friend With Boys (read the first 20 pages here)

Also, Brain Camp, and The Wall at Ellsmere by Hicks

Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant

Karen Berger (Vertigo founder)

Sophie Crumb

Becky Cloonan

Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis (also a film)

Jill Thompson

Emi Lennox’s sketch diary EmiTown Volume 2

Naoko Takeuchi

Natsuki Takaya

Hiromu Arakawa

Australians:

Nicola Scott

Nicki Greenberg

Katie Houghton Ward

Sarah Howell

And a few more….

Extra Sequential Podcast #82-Jim Henson

55 mins. We look at recent work inspired by the late, great puppet pioneer Jim Henson including a Dark Crystal prequel, and a Storyteller anthology. Also, French midgets, VHS memories and the sentence,  “Oh my God! Stuff happens before he plays his flute in the forrest?!”

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WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Submarine. Quirky indie film set in Wales in 1986.

Hell Yeah #1 from Image Comics. Superpowered teen Ben Day’s mysterious parents, and a good cliffhanger. Oh, and it looks great too.

Conan #2 from Dark Horse. Young Conan teaches us the proper archery technique.

Saga #1 from Image Comics. An interesting, though not yet entirely captivating sci-fi/fantasy mashup.

He Died with a Felafel in His Hand comic

Rocky Balboa. Go Sly!

13: 10 NEWS

Concept artist Ralph McQuarrie dies

Webcomics based on classic video game properties at ShiftyLook

50 million downloads on comiXology

DC Comics’ new site

Wolverine’s next film next year

David Mazzucchelli’s unhappy about the new Batman: Year One TPB

Two new Perth comics podcasts! Panel2Panel, and How I Got My Boyfriend To Read Comics

21:02 FEATURE TOPIC – JIM HENSON

The man behind the creatures of The Muppets, Sesame Street, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth and more, and the recent Archaia OGNs inspired by his creations. See previews at the links below.

Jim Henson’s Storyteller. An anthology based on the first season of the TV show.

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 1. The first of a prequel trilogy to the 1982 film.

Fraggle Rock Classics Vol. 1. Recoloured tales of the original 1985 comics based on the TV series.

Jim Henson’s A Tale of Sand. A trippy, visually dazzling adaptation of an unproduced screenplay.

And keep your eye out on May 5 for Archaia’s sure to be popular Free Comic Book Day offering.

 

 


 

Extra Sequential Podcast #81-Meta-Comics

56 mins. We go high-brow and examine meta-comics. In other words, stories in which the writers appear as themselves, characters know that they’re in a comic, and more rule breaking craziness. Also, the best pirate joke you’ll ever hear.

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WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

The adventurous and entertaining Lord of the Jungle #2

The disappointing Danger 5 TV series, and Reading Comics book by Douglas Wolk

The erotic Lost Girls by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie

9:35 NEWS

The upcoming Image Comics doco

11: 30 THEME – META-COMICS

Characters and comics that break the fourth wall.

Grant Morrison’s work on Animal Man, and The Invisibles

Planetary by Warren Ellis and John Casasday, including the Batman cross-over one-shot featuring different versions of the superhero

Bat-Mite in TV’s Batman: Brave and the Bold

Ambush Bug

Deadpool. Here’s 10 of his best fourth wall breaking moments.

Dave Sim’s Cerbeus

Andrew Drilon’s Supermaker webcomic

 

 

 

Extra Sequential Podcast #80-Multi-discipline Writers

46 mins. These days there are more people writing comics from other disciplines than ever before. We discuss the whos and the whys, including examples of playwrights, TV and film writers, as well as novelists who spend their time writing comics too. Also, Darth Maul and why he was never cloned, and when celebrities embarrass themselves by thinking they know how to write comics.

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WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING/WATCHING

The Grey. Despite it’s minimal amount of wolf punching, it’s a good film.

Chronicle.

Archeologists of Shadows. A dazzling digital comic.

Road to Perdition, which became the film with a balding Jude Law.

4:57 NEWS

Bart Simpson’s pal Milhouse gets his own comic in April

2000AD turns 35 years old

The new, and free, Rations magazine

Trailer for the upcoming Comic-Con documentary

Nate Simpson’s Nonplayer goes to Hollywood

11:25 FEATURE TOPIC – MULTI-DISCIPLINE WRITERS

Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim

Kevin Smith

Joss Whedon

Jane Espenson

Writers of TV’s Lost  – Bran K Vaughan, Damon Lindelof, Drew Goddard and Jeph Loeb

Robert Aguirre-Sacasa

Tom Taylor

Celebrities behind comics such as Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Mark Hamill and Tyrese Gibson and good examples like Rashida Jones and Gerard Way

Brad Meltzer

David Liss

Stephen King and Joe Hill

Peter David

Clive Barker

As an added bonus here’s an ad for Admiral Ackbar’s cereal from Robot Chicken.

Extra Sequential Podcast #79-Unfinished Projects

51 mins. Advertised, but never released, or completed projects is this show’s focus, and there’s quite a few of them! We also present an unpopular viewpoint on the legal battles of Ghost Rider co-creator Gary Friedrich, and Mladen rails against Kevin Smith’s popular public persona. Also Oasis, Dolly Parton and Doctor Who.

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A brief return to What We’ve Been Reading including Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi, B.P.R.D: Hell on Earth-The Long Death, and Love and Rockets.

4:45 NEWS

The legal case between Ghost Rider co-creator Gary Friedrich and Marvel, and The Walking Dead battle

DC relaunch sales figures

Kevin Smith’s new Comic Book Men reality TV show

21:05 FEATURE TOPIC – UNFINISHED AND UNRELEASED PROJECTS

Barry Windsor-Smith’s Superman

Alan Moore and Bill Sienkiewicz’s Big Numbers
William S Burroughs’ Ah Pook Is Here!

All Star Wonder Woman by Adam Hughes

Batman: Europa

Kevin Smith’s mass of titles

Image United

Captain America: White by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, and Astonishing Captain America

Loeb’s and J. Scott Campbell’s Spider-Man

Bryan Singer’s Ultimate X-Men

Daredevil: End of Days

Extra Sequential Podcast #78-Creative Departures

39 mins. This show is dedicated to comics creators who offer us projects that surprise us, projects that show a different side to their creativity. From manga to all-ages to, um, Frank Miller we discuss a few unexpected career turns. Also, Superman pyjamas and Grant Morrison’s exercise video.

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1:53 NEWS
The controversial Before Watchmen prequel series
The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man trailers
7:19 THEME – CREATIVE DIFFERENCES
Chuck Dixon writing The Simpsons comics
Jeff Lemire, from The Essex County Trilogy to Superboy and Animal Man
Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan’s Conan the Barbarian
Frank Miller and Geoff Darrow’s Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot
Frank Miller’s unrealised JESUS! project
Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Avon Oeming’s Takio
Junji Ito’s Cat Diary
Katsuhiro Otomo’s Hipira: The Little Vampire

Extra Sequential Podcast #77-Habibi Review

45 mins. Our feature critique of Habibi, Craig Thompson’s long awaited follow-up to the critically acclaimed and widely adored Blankets. As well as exploring its intricately woven themes, we touch on the problems with writing Misery Porn, Orientalism, Religion, and whether or not Craig Thompson is a masochist. Also, Jurassic Park, and Robin Williams.

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From Pantheon, comes Craig Thompson’s Habibi. It’s black and white, it’s 672 pages, it looks great (even the ugly parts) and well, just listen to the show.

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