Episode 83- Comic Art Festival LIVE 2020 in Review

Well 2020 has been a bit, well average to say the least, however the Lakes International Comic Art Festival managed to put smiles on every comic lovers face with a wonderful online festival of comics. In this episode Ian and Nikki are joined by contributors Mike and Pete to discuss the weekend and the events that took place.

You can catch up on all the videos from the weekend at www.comicartfestival.com. Also in this episode hear our new sound as we prepare for 2021’s festival, so get prepared and pop the 15th to 17th October 2021 in your diary.

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Contributions by Mike Williams (@CthulhuPunk) Pete Taylor (@thismanthispete) and Tom Stewart (@thatcomicsmell).
Music used with permission by Alfie Rackley

Episode 82- The Lakes International Comic Art Festival Live 2020 Preview

Ian and Nikki are back after a hiatus which we discuss in this episode. The main feature however is a preview of the upcoming Comic Art Festival Live, hitting the internet on the 10th and 11th October 2020. Find out more about the free online comic event at www.comicartfestival.com.

Tom is also on the episode looking at a load of kick starters currently ongoing and reviews Murder Vol.1 by the ever amazing John Tucker. We also review on the podcast Blackwood by Hannah Eaton and Back, Sack & Crack (& Brain) by Robert Wells who can be found on the LICAF Virtual Comics Clock Tower.

We also have an extra episode which sees Mike and Pete give their thoughts and what they’re looking forward too in a Mutterdowns preview.

Comic Art Festival Live 2020 Preview

Comic Art Festival Live Mutterdowns Preview

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Lakes International Comic Arts Festival Homepage

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Title Music used with permission: Don’t Fool Yourself by Pop Noir

Episode 81- Bootleg Episode 2

It’s a review juggernaut of an episode in which I brought in the rest of the TCS crew to join me. So it’s just over 2 hours long.
We review everything from the latest Avery Hill Publishing releases, a Tribute Press title, Russel Mark Olson Art books & more. To V for Vendetta, Buck Rogers, Firepower and our personal reads. There is also chat on That Comics Smell’s recent comic anthology announcement and some of our personal projects.
Hope they just keep the place tidy before we get back! Unruly boys!

Brought to you by:
Tom Stewart Fernando Pons – @thatcomicsmell David Robertson – @fredeggcomics Mike Sedakat – @MikeSedakat

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Logo designed by Pete Taylor at http://www.thismanthispete.com
Contributions by Mike Williams (@CthulhuPunk) Pete Taylor (@thismanthispete) and Tom Stewart(@uramyx).
Title Music used with permission: Don’t Fool Yourself by Pop Noir

Episode 80- Bootleg Episode 1

Well Ian and Nikki are sorting out ‘real life’ things so Mike and Pete have taken over the episode and continue the Comic Genre World Cup quarter finals. This time it’s Post Apocalyptic comics versus Horror comics and they have brought in a guest to help in the form of the gentleman that is Tony Esmond.

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Contributions by Mike Williams (@CthulhuPunk) Pete Taylor (@thismanthispete) and Tom Stewart(@uramyx).
Title Music used with permission: Don’t Fool Yourself by Pop Noir

We will be back soon

Hello all, just a quick note to say Nikki & Ian are taking a short break to deal with real life issues however there will be shoes coming from Mike, Pete & Tom. They may not be on the normal release schedule but they are incoming.

We will be back to normal hopefully within the next 6 weeks.

Thank you as always fir listening. Ian & Nikki

Episode 79- A right old comic ramble episode

On this episode we talk comics followed by comics. Nikki and Ian discuss their engagement which happened recently on the top of Kendal Castle. We discuss a piece of art Ian had commissioned which is by the wonderful itsnotaboutwork.  They also discuss a wide range of books including Breaks Volume 2 by Emma Vieceli and Malin Ryden,  The Flood that did Come By by Patrick Wray, Victory Point by Owen D. Pomery and finally Tony Osmond is a Movie Star by Tony Esmond, Cliff Cumber and Ken Reynolds.

Tom returns with a good old comic ramble and he also joins Pete and Mike for the Comic Genre World Cup Quarter Finals. This time its Crime vs Romance. You can vote for your favourite genre here.

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Commission done for Nikki and Ian’s engagement

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Contributions by Mike Williams (@CthulhuPunk) Pete Taylor (@thismanthispete) and Tom Stewart(@uramyx).
Title Music used with permission: Don’t Fool Yourself by Pop Noir

Creator Spotlight: Carlos Trillo

Thanks to SkrawlLord Gustaffo Vargas for sending another dive into South American comic culture. This time it’s a profile of his favourite Argentinian writer, Carlos Trillo.

Carlos Trillo was a very prolific writer, mastering all kinds of writing, humour, drama, documentary, crime, fantasy, scifi, etcs.
The first time I discovered his work was with Marco Mono, a comic drawn by Enrique Breccia that intrigued me a lot, when I saw it I might have been 11 years old, it was of my dad. I didn’t get it, it’s quite sarcastic, with dark humor and talks about politics and the intrinsic of human nature and behaviour. It’s a brilliant book, basically a collection of short stories. I found my copy some years after when I was 16, read it, understood it and left me marvelled by Trillo’s mastery of telling a story and Breccia’s fantastic inks.
MarcoMono-Cover
**it’s humour even played by breaking the fourth wall in a way. There’s a story where you can see that Marco Mono, the main character dies and then you see Trillo and Breccia saying, shit man, I think that was too much, we shouldn’t kill our heroes, they are a symbol to follow, a necessary allegory, what brings us purpose…they are… they are…the one’s that will bring food on the plate!!! — and they revive him 😄
***In the picture below the guy writing non-stopping on his typing machine is Trillo himself, and in the 5th panel, the horizontal one, –the main character is going to enter a very dangerous castle– and you see Alberto Breccia on the far left saying: hijo mio! (my son!), it’s a veery cheeky and smart comic.
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During those times I was able to find some copies of Scorpio, an anthology Argentinian comic that lasted all the 80’s decade, there were several and very interesting artists and writers there, but the one that caught my eye was by the same brough Marco Mono, Trillo and Breccia, this time the story was Alvar Mayor.
Alvar Mayor is a story that takes place in post conquest in early colonial cities in the deepest parts of South America, they mention Peru and the Incas a lot. Alvar Mayor is a man of adventure, a ranger-tracer that is looking for the next adventure to try to rescue somebody, to try to find an incan hidden treasure or just to run away his own past/ghosts. Similar to Marco Mono it’s 8-10 pages short stories.
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There were no comic libraries in those times 80s-90s, so the best way to find this comics was to go in some streets in Lima Center and go deep into the informal tables set up in the street or small shops that would sell second hand magazines. You’d have to dig up through loads and loads of magazines and if you were lucky you might find something interesting. It feel really good go ‘hunting’ for comics and when you found something good it felt like a cold beer after a long walk. beautiful.
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In those searches I also found Las Puertitas del Señor Lopez (The doors of Mr Lopez) by Trillo and Horacio Altuna. The same, short stories of 8-10 pages, I think most of Las puertitas, Marco Mono and Alvar Mayor would appear in different publications & magazines (there were numerous different types in ARgentina) and later if they were lucky they would be collected in one edition.
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Las Puertitas tells the story of Lopez, a burocrat middle age man who is trapped in his world, undermined by his wife, co-workers and absolutely anybody near him. He escapes all the time when he goes to the bathroom, every time he opens a door the bathroom is a doorway to a different world, it can be any world, western, noir, sci fi, etc where he can be what he is not in real life: brave, adventorus, seductive, courageous, creative, oppinionated, etcs. It’s a fantastic book.
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I lost a bit of track of Trillo and of comics in general for some years until in the late 2000’s, I went to Argentina for some days and bought comics like a madman, I discovered and rediscovered loads and loads of comics. There’s a very important magazine that was big in the 70s-80s and gas back on during that time called FIERRO, a very interesting anthology magazine with very different Argentinian talent. I bought all I could find, around 10 copies (to my shame I sold my copies when leaving Peru thinking I was never going to be able to hold a place to save my comics!) and in one of them I found a newer story written by Trillo and Lucas Varela: El Codigo Guastavino.
***FIERRO was an anthology magazine, one of the most important ones in Argentina. Its name wa a bit of a pun on Heavy Metal. Fierro is a synonym of Hierro (Iron) in Spanish. Also the mythical and most famous series of poems about the Argentinian Gaucho world is a gaucho named Martin Fierro, hence the extra purpose on FIERRO.
 
I had no idea what the story was about, but to my luck I found (now in a library, new era In Peru with comics in book shops and libraries!!) And I saw El Codigo Guastavino in book format, I bought it immediately. It was Trillo but also featured this new artist to me that looked very interesting, with a very graphic style and a mastery to construct different characters. Guastavino is a story that is like the rabbit’s hole. Starts funny and not very significant, funny and a bit odd, but all the time Trillo was playing tricks on you, making you think you were just to be entertained, but the truth is that it’s an essential book that shows you the horrors of bad politics and militarised governments, it’s an open critic to the Dictatorship they had in the 70s and to all the Argentinians that still think that it was a good rule with honest values.
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The story is about Guastavino, a middle age bureaucrat that has a very boring work, son of a general that played an important part during the Dictatorship years and who is in love with a old vintage porcelain dog. He’s obsessed with the doll and will make very silly and irresponsible things in order to get her, in his imagination (madness) the doll talks to him and also loves him back.
There was a very dramatic letter he wrote on FIERRO magazine where it was first published before it was collected in single book. Where he said to the public that this was a story about the horrors that happened in the past and that needed to be addressed and criticised, that it was a horrible thing that happend and that still to many Argentinians praised very wrongly this hard times, he finished the letter saying: No te vamos a extrañar una mierda Guastavino. (We’re not going to miss you one shit Guastavino). Which said loads about what Trillo was trying to say and to leave as a legacy with this story.
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Episode 78- The Skrawllordz

After a short break we return with not just one guest to interview, but 6. Today features the Skrawllordz, a bunch of creators who got together whilst tabling at LICAF. The full story is explained within this interview as we chat too Martin Simpson, Nick Prolix , Russel Mark Olson, Mark Hughes, Gustaffo Vargas, and our very own Pete Taylor. Hear about what they have been up to during lockdown, their work and the project that they are all working on together.

Ian and Nikki do a run down on the new LICAF Virtual Comics Clocktower and have a chat about just how awesome it is. They also chat about a few comic book movies and TV series as well. Mike and Pete return with the continuation of the Comics Genre World Cup. They have reached the quarter finals but before that kicks off they have a run down of the previous discussions.

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Contributions by Mike Williams (@CthulhuPunk) Pete Taylor (@thismanthispete) and Tom Stewart(@uramyx).
Title Music used with permission: Don’t Fool Yourself by Pop Noir

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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Contributions by Mike Williams (@CthulhuPunk) Pete Taylor (@thismanthispete) and Tom Stewart(@uramyx).
Title Music used with permission: Don’t Fool Yourself by Pop Noir

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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