Episode 77- Warhammer Special with Dan Abnett

On this special episode we go all grim dark as we look at the Warhammer comic universe. We have Dan Abnett on to talk about the work he has done within the Games Workshop Warhammer universe (hear how the company started when we chatted to co-creator Ian Livingstone back in 2017). Dan who started out working on 2000AD creating strips including Sinister Dexter and Kingdom as well as creating the line up of Guardians of the Galaxy as we know it now for Marvel, wrote many strips for the Warhammer Monthly Comic and continues to write novels based around the Warhammer 40k universe. Dan talks about his early work, his comics career and his work he’s done for the Warhammer brand over the years.

We also have Richard Sheaf on who is the creator of Boys Adventure Comics blog. Richard comes on to talk about the Warhammer Monthly Comic which ran from 1998 to 2004 and featured stories from all sides of the Warhammer universe from a wide range of creators.

We also have an extra episode this month, episode 77 and a half with Mike and Pete continuing their comic genre World Cup with group D, part 2. This is the final stage segment and will go on to the quarter finals next episode.

Episode 77- Warhammer Special with Dan Abnett

 

Episode 77.5 – Mutterdown’s Comic Genre World Cup Group D part Two

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Episode 76- Julie Tait and LICAF Live 2020

Its official, the virus has stopped this years Lakes International Comic Art Festival. We have the director of the festival Julie Tait on the show to talk about what’s taken its place this year as the festival goes online. Julie also talks about how she and her team go about organising the festival year on year as well as the challenges the team face in ensuring this wonderful event happens as smoothly as possible each year.

Tom reviews Midwinter (1982-1998) by Tim Bird and its Round D (Zombies vs Drama) in the Genre World Cup with Pete and Mike. Technical issues means there’s only half of the round this episode and the rest will appear in a future episode. Ian and Nikki talk about El Marvo (Ben Errington, Luke Kondor, Dan Butcher, Will Robson and Vincent Cyril), Reanimator Incorporated #1 (Andy Perry and Lyndon White) and Conon the Frost-Giants Daughter (Kurt Buiek and Cary Nord).

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Episode 75- Laurence Campbell discussing Old Haunts Plus Jordan Thomas.

On this weeks full episode Pete chats too 2000AD & BPRD artist Laurence Campbell. Laurence has been working on Old Haunts which is written by Ollie Masters and Rob Williams. Pete chats about this new comic, his work and processes.

Tom reviews All The Sad Songs by Summer Pierre and published by Retrofit Comics.  Ian and Nikki chat too Jordan Thomas about his new comic Quarantine which is currently funding on kickstarter. The comic has each page drawn by a different artist which includes our very own Pete Taylor plus many more.

Mike and Pete also continue their Lockdown Mutterdowns World Cup of Genres segment as well as a catch up from them, and a letters section. This group (group C) covers Fantasy, War, Sci Fi and Adult. We wish them luck! Please feel free to message letters in direct to Mike or Pete or via the website.

Links: Quarantine Comic / Walking Dead Humble Bundle / Comic Art Festival Colouring Fun

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Episode 75 – Show notes

Round C of the Genre World Cup was Sci-Fi (Pete) vs War (Mike) and Fantasy (Mike) vs Adult (Pete)

Mike has muttered about many of his fantasy picks before and here, as promised is the list of episodes you can find the extra info in:

  1. Conan
    The hard-hitting Hyborean is the epitome of the fantasy genre and his new lease of life under Marvel is faring well. Check out Mike’s Mutterings on
    Episode 45 for a Conan 101!
  2. Sláine
    Supported by some of the industries best writers and artists, the Celtic hero was the jewel in 2000AD’s crown. Find out all about the warpmeister in Mike’s Mutterings,
    Episode 11
  3. Rat Queens
    Fantasy fun with the most unprofessional, filthiest, drug-addled adventurer party to ever enter a tavern! Learn more about Rat Queens & other RPG-inspired comics in the third part of Dungeons & Dragons & Comics special
    Episode 55
  4. Monstress
    This Eisner Award winning high fantasy epic from Marjorie Liu & Asana Takeda is complex and challenging, just oozing imagination and originality. I reviewed it back in
    Episode 24
  5. Mouse Guard
    In an alternative medieval society, sans-humans, it is up to the brave mice of The Mouse Guard to defend the lands in David Peterson’s charming and strangely gritty anthropomorphic world. I will doing Mike’s Mutterings on this wonderful series soon!

Western Comics – Richard Sheaf

Many thanks to Richard for responding to Mike & Pete’s first round of the Comics Genre World Cup where Western was beaten by Crime.
https://comicartpodcast.wordpress.com/2020/04/02/episode-73-steve-macmanus/

Trying to realise just how popular the Western genre was in the 1950s is increasingly hard to do these days without the aid of an aged relative, and yet the ‘50s was the decade when the cowboy reigned supreme – whether in movies, books or comics . While in comics he might not have been at the very top of the popularity charts (a space reserved for Dan Dare and the weekly multi-million selling Beano) the cowboy certainly seemed top in terms of the quantity of material produced.

Take for instance this reference work above – this is an A5 sized guide to some of the Westerns comic produced by one publisher. Some of the comics. From one publisher.The photo on the left shows you the number of characters that had their own titles. The book is 250+ pages long, on many pages there are 9 images of different comics, on many pages there are 6-9 images of particular issues. Even allowing for their being only an average of 4 comics per page you’d still have 1000+ comics included in this book. Which is an incomplete guide to the western material that a single publisher produced. Amazing stuff. Below is a typical double-page spread from the book.

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While most of the material that Miller produced was American reprints there were ‘homegrown’ Western strips being produced in the UK. Foremost, and longest running, among these was the strip ‘Riders of the Range’ that ran in Eagle from 1950-62. Written by Charles Chilton the strip was an adaptation of his radio programme of the same name. When the strip began the main characters, Jeff Arnold and Luke, are cowboys associated with the 6T6 ranch and the stories are based around that range, however over time the stories expanded to see Jeff & Co. leave the range and travel all over the old west and become embroiled in adventures that featured real-life characters (Billy the Kid) and situations (The war with the Sioux).

Riders had 3 main artists – Jack Daniel, Angus Scott and Frank Humphris. Daniel’s style (below, left) was particularly distinctive with its thick black lines, big hats and an impressionistic style that was not to everyone’s taste.

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Artist Jack Daniel

Angus Scott succeeded Daniel and his style was more in keeping with what the readers might have expected a comic strip to look like, however Scott was only at the helm for a short while before the strip became the purview of artist Frank Humphris. Humprhris (like writer Charles Chilton) was a Wild West aficionado and his pages not only screamed historical authenticity (which wasn’t always the case with the stories) but they also looked gloriously bright (below). The clever use of red for Jeff Arnold’s shirt always helped him stand out amongst the brown hues of the men, the tents, the scenery and the native Americans.

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Artist Frank Humphris

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High-res sketch from one of Frank Humphris sketchbooks

Note not all western strips in Eagle were a triumph – the early strip ‘Seth and Shorty – cowboys’ features some particularly clunky dialogue…

Seth – Shorty! The redskins have broken out of the reservation. Come on!! Let’s find the boss!

Shorty – Gosh!! Won’t he rage!

…and didn’t last long in Eagle

Humphris would return to Eagle to illustrate the other long-running Western strip, Blackbow the Cheyenne, from the early 1960s to the end of the comic in 1969

Richard Sheaf – http://boysadventurecomics.blogspot.com/

Episode 74- Rees Finlay

On this episode we chat to Reaffirmation creator Rees Finlay. Rees was diagnosed with autism in his early twenties. We chat to him about how this afffected him and how it was the create the book Reaffirmation. We also deleve into how hes dealing with the lock down via his twitter feed as well as his other work which got him into creating comics.

We review Bluebeard (to be released on May 5th 2020) by Metaphrog and Dunce: Brego Early Dog Years by Jens K Styve which is soon to be on kickstarter. Tom also reviews Ellerbisms by Marc Ellerby. Ian and Nikki looked at this a few years back and loved it so we hope you enjoy Toms thoughts on the book as well.

Pete and Mike share another extended length Ramshakle Lockdown Mutterdowns as they face off comic types with two topics. Horror vs Non Fiction comics and Post-Apocalyptic vs TV Adapatations. Get ready for a good old chat.

LINKS:  Nick Prolix NHS Images#QuarantineComix / Little Heroes charity / Boys Adventure Comics / #Creators4Comics

There’s an important message right at the end of the podcast and if your struggling at all please know we are here to chat too or UK based listeners can check out helplines here.


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Images of some of the NHS frontline workers who have sadly lost their lives to Coronavirus. They must not be forgotten. Created by Nick Prolix.

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Episode 74 – Show notes

Ace Cyberpunk Comics Auteur Gusaffo Vargas sent the following info on Selva Misteriosa  (Mysterious Jungle) by Javier Flores del Águila, thanks Gustaffo!

This is Selva Misteriosa, Mysterious Jungle by Javier Flores del Águila, it was published by the biggest Peruvian Newspaper El Comercio as a daily comic strip, from 1971 till 1974. The cartoonist would draw his pages in between the time he’d made while he was studying medicine, he’s a neurologist now.
The strip was cancelled after the military Coupe by General Velasco and never saw print, it was one of the greatest Peruvian comics ever made that people would speak about but that nobody saw again.
2 years ago it was collected in this beautiful book, the art is breathtaking. There were some original pages that got lost and the author willingly to help redrew those missing pages from the newspaper clips.

Here are some some pics and the lambiek link.
https://www.lambiek.net/artists/f/florez-del-aguila_javier.htm

Check out Gustaffo’s comics at:
https://gustaffovargas.bigcartel.com/

Episode 73- Steve MacManus

On this housebound recorded episode we chat to The Mighty One himself, ex-2000AD editor Steve MacManus. Steve’s comic career spans from 1973 to 2011, in particular he spent from 1979 to 1986 as editor of 2000AD. This era is classed as the golden era of the comic and Steve explains why he felt this was plus he discusses all aspects of his career. You can read more about his career and working for 2000AD in his book The Mighty One.

Tom reviews Wild Lives by Claire Hubbard. Mike and Pete have part one of their ‘Comic Genre World Cup’ in what they’re calling a Lockdown Mutterdown. Ian and Nikki discuss the Comichaus Comic Book Club, Atomic Hercules by Tony Esmond and Adam Falp and Mikel by Mark Bellido and Judith Vanistendael.

Find loads of free comics, links found on ComicScene.

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Episode 72- Dan Butcher

Dan Butcher is interviewed this episode by Pete. He talks about his webcomic Vanguard and his comic processes. Dan is also a host of the Awesome Comics Podcast which Pete was a guest on recently. Hear on this episode the challenge we set for Pete whilst being interviewed and if he completed it.

Tom continues the Dan Butcher theme and reviews Vanguard Book 3 which is the third collection of his web comics. Mike talks about some big and small screen comic book adaptations we can look forward too, such as The Last Days of American Crime and Snowpiecer. Nikki and Ian also review Reaffirmation: Coming to Terms with an Autism Diagnosis by Rees Finlay now available on Comichaus (along with Vanguard).


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Episode 71- Alex Paknadel and Mayamada

We have the brilliant Alex Paknadel on todays episode. Alex is the writer of the highly acclaimed series Friendo, Arcadia and Turncoat and has just announced he’s working on some comics for Marvel which are coming soon. Alex discusses his love of comics, how he got into creating comics and his process.

Pete chats too Nigel from Mayamada about his comic creating process and Mike reviews Williams Gibsons Alien 3 screenplay adaptation from Dark Horse comics and tells the curious story of the other lost scripts.

We also review Gamayun Tales 1 by Alexander Utkin and Canopus issues 1-4 by Dave Chisholm. Ian and Nikki also discuss the small strip entitled Talking to Dad by Jamie Smart which will have most people in tears.

 

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Comic by Jamie Smart

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