We have Vince Hunt and Tony Ezmond from the Awesome Comics Podcast on for a chat this episode. Vince is the Creator of The Red Mask from Mars and Tony has reviewed comics for Down The Tubes and Never Iron Anything. Along with the third host of the podcast Dan Butcher and artist Nick Prolix they have created the Awesome Comic, an anthology of stories. Issue one is out now. The boys discuss how the podcast came to be as well as the creation of the comic and the ideas behind it. We also review the comic and give our thoughts on it.
We also review the awesome Kill or Be Killed Volume Three and Artist Angst, a series of short funny stories about creating comics, created by Kev Brett. We talk about the oncoming comic con Macc Pow run by Marc Jackson which we will be attending. The event will be held in Macclesfield on June 23rd 2018.
Mike takes things all valentine as we release this on Valentines Day and looks at comic characters love stories across the whole comic world. Pete takes an episode off as he is busy working away on his comic Copperopolis.
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A different episode this time as rather than interviewing a creator we pick Pete Taylors brains on how to create a comic. We start from the beginning with thinking up ideas to writing and then drawing the comic. Finally we finish with what many creators believe is the hardest part and promotion. This was discussed to help us in our journey of creating our own comic but we hope it helps others as well.
We review Square #16 Summer Dairies by Ian M which as it says is a day to day comic of Ian’s life. We also look at The Smell of Starving Boys by Frederik Peters and Loo Hui Phang which follows an exploration into the territories of the west of Mississippi as a group of three map an area they hope one day will support a new civilisation.
Mike continues his look at TV series moving into comics with the wonderful Sons of Anarchy and we have news all about the 2018 Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Yes… the news has started. Time to get all excited.
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In this episode we speak to sisters Scarlett and Sophie Rickard who have created their own publishing company called Gluepot Books. So far they have released the fun Mann’s Best Friend which was in our top 10 books of 2017 but have plans for the future with another book due this year. In the interview they discuss how they work together, the process of creating a book to printing it and how it was to actually have people read and review their book.
We review Our Town by Tim Bird, Wired Up Wrong by Rachael Smith (who will be on the show later this year) plus two comics from the Comichaus app. White Noir from Matt Garvey & Divevez and The Red Mask from Mars by Vince Hunt.
We also announce a project that we intend to tackle this year… the creation of our very own comic. Ian will be writing and Nikki will be the artist. Follow our journey from by standers to hopeful publishers as we document our journey through 2018 on this podcast.
Mike starts a series of segments about comics created from TV shows. This episode he looks at Battlestar Galactica and the host of comics that have spawned from the older and more recent TV series. Pete interviews his friend and comic collaborator Mark Hughes who he has worked with on Copperopolis. They discuss Marks process of drawing comics and what he enjoys about creating comics. They also talk about who stands out for him as great artists plus a little bit about where they are up to on Copperopolis.
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Tillie Walden is our guest on the show today. Tillie has created so many amazing books in such a short time. We delve into her short but amazing career, how it came to be and what drives her talent. We also discuss her book Spinning and the use of colours plus why she felt now was the right time to write about her childhood.
We also look back at 2017 and talk about our top 10 graphic novels out this year. We then decide on our individual favourite which may surprise you all. The books we class as our personal top 10 (in no particular order) are:
Kill or Be Killed Volume 2 (Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips), The Facts of Life (Paula Knight), Spinning (Tillie Walden), A Thousand Coloured Castles (Gareth Brookes), Mann’s Best Friend (Scarlett & Sophie Rickard), Livestock (Hannah Berry), Breaks (Emma Vieceli & Malin Ryden), Graphic Science (Darryl Cunningham), Becoming Unbecoming (Una) and Collecting Sticks (Joe Decie).
Pete and Mike continue there look into the best of 2017 with TV and movies as we do at the end of the show. Subscribe to get the podcast on any podcast app a day early and please leave a review to make us smile.
We have an interview with the wonderful Etherington Brothers. Robin and Lorenzo create some amazing children’s comics as well as bringing the creation process to life for children in their stage show in this episode of the podcast. We talk to the pair about how they began creating comics, working with your brother, their process and how their creative shows came about. It truly is a great interview with both of them and we recommend you track them down next year and watch them perform if you can. If not look out for their kickstarter’s or grab a copy of their work.
We review Ismyre by B. Mure, It’s Hard Being a Girl by Bach and The Complete Adventures of Cholly & Flytrap by Arthur Suydam. We also have a spoilerfree review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi for you fresh from the cinema plus our thoughts on The Crisis on Earth X TV episodes which played over Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash and the Legends of Tomorrow shows and our thoughts of the Fox buy out by Disney.
Mike and Pete both start their best of 2017 reviews looking at the comic books and games that have thrilled them this year. Mikes top comics include Kill or be Killed Vol 2, Freeway Fighter, Rasputin Voice of the Dragon and Extremity. Pete talks about a selection of comics including Kill or be Killed, Head Lopper and Harrow County.
Finally we give you a big Christmas treat as we have put a little song together for you. Enjoy. Subscribe to get the podcast on any podcast app a day early and please leave a review to make us smile.
Its time for another episode of the podcast and in this episode we interview the guys behind the Clockwork Watch series of comics. We feature a chat with Yoms and Corey Brotherson as we talk about creating a universe and how to really drive sales behind the table. We have a little bit of a bad reception so please ignore the blips. We review The Girl and the Glim, Ellerbisms and Becoming Unbecoming as well as looking at the new Netflix of comics Comichaus.
Mike has a feature on Cow boys In Space and Pete continues his look at Jack Kirby. We also start our pop culture section and talk about the new Avengers trailer, Stranger Things 2, Paddington 2 and the game Animal Crossing Pocket Camp.
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We have a lot of great books to talk about but we can’t fit them all in the podcast so occasionally we will do a review on the website. Please give us any feedback you have.
I started reading Ghost Stories of an Antiquary volume 1 and initially found it hard to get into. The book contains stories based on M.R James work who is often referred too as the master of the English ghost story. The Stories seemed hard to read and i found myself comparing it to horror films and couldn’t find any comparison what so ever. Not one for giving up I went to investigate who M. R James was. His first book of ghost Stories was published in 1904 and his idea of creating a good ghost story must put the reader into the position of saying to him self ‘if I’m not very careful, something of this kind may happen to me!’
After reading about his life and his aims and goals and then considering the time when this was written I went back to the book, cleared my mind of modern horror stories and let myself drift back 100 years ago to a different time.
This changed the whole dynamic of the book. I could see how these stories would be scary to the everyday person taking often basic objects and ideas and adding that scary twist which would make any think twice, especially in an old house crawling around them as they sat and read out the story.
The art is perfect with different artists taking on different stories. It’s very gothic and feels timely for the stories in question. It’s well worth a read but open your mind first and you will get a lot from it. Now… onto volume 2.
Ghost Stories of an Antiquary vol 1 is published by SelfMadeHero and was released in October 2016. The book is written by Leah Moore and John Reppion with artwork from Aneke, Kit Buss, Fouad Mezher, Alister Wood and Francesco Francavilla
A slightly different episode this week as we all take an episode off. We have a recording from panel Meet The Mighty One: A Celebration of 2000AD recorded at this years LICAF. It features Steve MacManus, Sean Phillips, Duncan Fegredo and Pete Doherty talking about their time at 2000AD. It was hosted by John McShane.
In this episode Ian and Nikki talk about their experiences at the awesome Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2017. We look at each of our days and the talks we went too as well as the evenings entertainment. We also managed to get loads of short interviews on the day so in this episode you will hear:
Part one of the interviews: Richard Skipworth of the Cartoonist’s Club of Great Britian, Chris Thompson from Titan Comics, Cinebook, Yoms from Clockwork Watch, Duncan Fregredo, The Etherington Brothers and Jean Paul of The London Horro Comic.
Part two of the interviews: Ivan Patraus, Metaphrog, Myfanwy Tristram, Phil Welch (a Red Shirt) , Robert Brown, Zoom Rockman & Michael and India of Dog & Swift
We also announce the winner of the #BeerShaman beer mat competition which loads of people got involved with. See some of the examples below. Pete talks to his daughter Daisy who was also at the festival about their weekend behind the table and Mike also rambles about his time at the festival.
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A different episode today as Nikki & Ian plus contributors Pete Taylor, Mike Williams and Chris Medcalf get together for a group discussion to talk about our favourite comics (see the podcast art for this show), drink a little festival ale and discuss what we are getting up to during the festival. Chris also discusses his role within the Clock Tower during the weekend and Pete talks about how he plans to run a table at comic events.
We review The Corbyn Comic book, Graphic Science by Darryl Cunningham and Myfanwy Tristram’s Comic about going to last years festival. We also look at the brand new Comic Art Festival App and talk about our tour of the art in the windows of Kendal. Recorded & edited on Saturday 7th October so sadly not all windows were put up.
Listen to hear how you can get free comics whilst at the event and take part in the #BeerShaman art competition.
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