Junko Mizuno has created the logo for the 2019 Comic Art Festival and we proudly chatted to her for this episode. Junko was originally born in Tokyo and her self taught style is based mainly on 70’s and 80’s Japanese pop culture. We discuss her upbringing and life in Japan and how she got her break into the world of comics.
We review Junko’s book Ravina the Witch as well as Rachael Smiths Stand in Your Power and Sarah Lightman’s The Book of Sarah. Mike continues his look into Dungeons and Dragons in comics and Tom reviews Russell Mark Olsen’s The Black Iris. Pete interviews Adam Smith for the 2nd time from Mixam.com about printing in the USA and the services they now offer to creators.
Ensure your work will fit with what they publish. Read their submission guidelines thoroughly but don’t apply immediately. Find out what they want and then take the time to do a bit of research on the process.
On this episode we chat to writer Simon Spurrier. Simon has written for a wide range of comics from 2000AD to the Sandman to one of our favourites, The Labyrinth. He has also worked on TV scripts which is one of the topics we discuss with him. Simon talks openly about being a writer and the challenges of putting your work out there.
Pete talks about his pitching experience which is a valuable insight into comic creators challenges, Mike starts a 3 part series looking at the history of Dungeons and Dragons… and comics. The Lakes Festival this year will include an RPG style event so this fits perfectly with that. Tom reviews David Coopers panel a day comic The Price.
Ian and Nikki have a look at the new aka Fanzine which is Scotland’s longest running fanzine. Finally we look at the next lot of announced European guests coming to the festival in October. Find out more here.
(Please note there’s slight distortion to the sound in the first minute. It soon passes)
In this episode we discuss our recent trip to Oldham Comic Con 3 held on Saturday May 11th. Nikki tabled on the day and Ian went off interviewing a range of comic creators. These included 2000AD artist David ‘Max’ Millgate, Kevin from Deadstar Publishing, Rok of the Reds artist Dan Cornwell, Zenith artist Steve Yeowell, Oldham Comic Con organiser Dennis Whittle, Asa Wheatley, Kat Willott & Sammy Ward, 2000AD and The Immortal Hulk writer Al Ewing and Phantom legend Keith Williams. We had a great day and intend to return next year.
We review Cannabis An American History by Box Brown and Untitled Generic Space Comedy #1 by Matt Garvey, John Mcfarlane, Allison Hu and Rob Guillory plus Prey for Us by Garvey and J Francis Totti. Tom reviews Hello Dolly by John Tucker. We also give our thoughts on Spider-man Into the Spider-verse and Detective Pikachu.
Finally we take a look at the newly announced exhibitors in the Clock Tower at the Lakes Festival this year.
In episode 51 of the podcast I chatted with Brad Brooks, cartoonist, comic scholar and & co-author of ‘The Essential Guide to World Comics’. It was a pretty wide ranging conversation covering Harvey Kurtzman, what makes comics so special and the pros and cons of digital drawing. I also asked Brad for some World comic recommendations and as well as the ones mentioned on the podcast he sent through a list of some other favourites:
by Hector German Oesterheld and Francisco Solano Lopez
by Hector German Oesterheld and Alberto Breccia
The Arab of the Future
by Riad Sattouf (Two Roads)
Imbattable (Invincible in English) by Pascal Jousselin
The Golden Age
by Roxanne Moreil and Cyril Pedrosa
A slightly different episode today. Pete chats to creator Brad Brooks about EC and MAD creator Harvey Kurtzman, the comic making process, digital comics and World comics (he wrote the book on it after all).
We have Tom join us as we spend the final segment of the show talking all about the giant Avengers Endgame. This is a spoiler filled chat however its not until the end of the episode so fear not… we give you warnings if you haven’t seen the movie. We also review John Tuckers CYDO and Ian goes all gooey over his new favourite writer Jeff Lemire and reviews Underwater Welder and Black Hammer (art by Dean Ormston and Dave Stewart).
Mike goes Hellboy crazy and reviews the Hellboy Omnibus editions, the new Hellboy film and plays Hellboy: The Board Game! Tom reviews Alan Henderson’s Penned Guin: Don’t Judge Me.
Preorder Nikki’s new comic Leaf published by Fairspark Books.
The story follows a fox on his journey to find a friend. It’s been created using just watercolours similar to Anxiety Me but this one is suitable for all ages. Find out more in the trailer below and then go buy the comic here 😊
On this fabulous episode we are joined by the delightful Hannah Berry who has now taken on the reigns as the UK Comic Laureate which she will hold onto for the next 2 years. Hannah talks about parenthood, the state of comics at the moment and her plans as the Laureate.
We review Labyrinth Coronation by Simon Spurrier and Daniel Bayliss and Is Something Amiss by Ian Summers. We also talk about the new comic book movie Shazam! Mike and Pete have part three of their discussion on swords vs sorcery in comics and Tom reviews Tim Birds Asleep in the Back.
On this episode we chat to Rob Williams who through his career has written on Dredd, Dr Who, Spiderman to name a few titles. He has also written the screen play for the pilot episode of the upcoming TV series Mega-City One. We talk to him about this and his career and he explains what makes a good writer as well.
Pete this episode chats to Joel Meadows. Joel was on the show last year and is back to discuss this years Portsmouth Comic Con. Find out more about that here. Mike is having an episode off however our new signing of Tom Stewart starts on this episode. Tom is on to review a few small press comics.
We review Slang Pictorial by Nick Prolix who’s new kickstarter is up and running. We also review the beautiful Blossoms in Autumn by Zidrou and Aimee de Jongh plus Follow Me In by Katriona Chapman.
On this episode we have Tim Pilcher on to talk all about the Break Through project that he is running with the Lakes International Comic Art Festival through 2019 and into 2020 resulting in the opportunity for new creators to have work published in an anthology. Check out more about the project here.
Ian and Nikki review Guantanamo Kid by Jerome Tubiana and Alkexadre Franc plus Sparks and the Fallen Star by Lyndon White. We also look at a huge range of kickstarters currently running. Links below for these. Finally we have some festival news and podcast news about a new contributor. Tom from That Comic Smell podcast will be joining the team and looking at small press comics in future episodes.
Mike and Pete continue there discussion on Sword vs Sorcery in comics which we had to cut in half it was so long. Part 3 of this discussion will be on the next episode.