We kick off into the new styled podcast with the first of Ian and Nicole’s episodes. They will be entitled The Interviews and will focus and continue our tradition of talking to the best names in comics. Mike and Pete will be back with their episodes of Yakapedia in the New Year.
We start with political cartoonist Martin Rowson. Martins cartoons have appeared in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday and The Daily Express. He has also had success with poetry books, comics such as the Communist Manifesto, and was appointed the Cartoonist Laurette for London in 2001.
Martin comes on the show to talk about his career, how he got into political cartooning and what exactly was in the cocktail, the Martin Rowson. There’s no introduction to the episode sadly as the podcast household has been struck with that virus. We want to wish all our listeners a Happy Christmas and here’s to 2022.
We have managed to hit 100 episodes on the Lakes International Comic Art Festival Podcast. To celebrate we invite Awesome Comics Podcast host Tony Esmond on to interview Nikki, Ian, Pete and Mike about the podcast and comics. He delves deep into our time as podcast hosts and asks some deep and not so deep questions. It was a blast to record and we hope you enjoy it.
We also talk about the move the Lakes Comic Art Festival is taking next year, moving from Kendal to Bowness on Windermere which is sounding very positive. Big thanks for the past 100 episodes goes to Pete and Mike for their help in running the show, the Lakes Festival team, Julie Tate and John Freeman for whom without their help the podcast wouldn’t be possible.
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On this episode we discuss our time at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2021 and what we got up to over the jam packed weekend.
We interviewed Joe Latham (Haru), Martin ‘SIMO’ Simpson (Nord), Matt Simmons (Bastard Galaxia), Norm Konyu (The Junction), Gustavo Vargas (Pilcuyo) and Daniel Christie (Breakthrough) whilst in the Clock Tower.
Its almost time for the 2021 event which is once again a physical event. Nicole, Pete, Mike and Ian wade through this years event programme and discuss what they are excited about and point out the vents that must not be missed. Check out all the events on the festival website and we will see everyone between the 15th to the 17th of October 2021 in sunny (quite possibly wet) Kendal.
We also discuss a new tabletop gaming club in Kendal which Mike & Ian have setup. Further information for that can be found at diceandbolter.Wordpress.com.
Nikki and Ian spend a little time talking about their favourite animated TV shows and movies from their childhood all the way through until now. This is due to the release of Masters of the Universe Revelation currently on Netflix, which they also discuss and review.
Mike and Pete return to Yak about the use of reference in comics plus we have all the latest on the festival.
On episode 96 we chat to comic creator Lyndon White. Lyndon has been creating comics for over 8 years and has produced a huge range of comics and graphic novels including Sparks, The Mind of James Svengal and his latest book Candles. Candles, a fantasy epic about a young girl trying to save her dying village by stealing magic from an evil witch. Lyndon also discusses his comic degree and has some great advice for creators starting out in the comic world. You can find his book which is published by Cast Iron Books on kickstarter now. Also enjoy as Ian surprises both Nikki & Lyndon with a quick Ghibli quiz. Who will take the Ghibli Fan Crown?
Pete and Mike are off this week however Pete has a kickstarter for a new project currently up and running. Back in the day, the determined funny book fan spent weekends and Summer holidays searching the shelves of every newsagent, paper shop and drug store for the fantastic thrill of discovering a full colour floppy bundle of joy that was a comic book. But occasionally, if you were lucky, you would hit the jackpot and find a sealed pack of childhood gold that was the comic pack. Not one, not two but three sensational stories for a bargain price, bagged and protected from the pawing of other collector’s clammy mitts. Check it out on Kickstarter here.
We are proud to have comic artist and writer Jeff Lemire on the podcast. Jeff has written some amazing books including Underwater Welder, Sweet Tooth and the Black Hammer series and has now had Netflix adapt Sweet Tooth into a full series produced by Robert Downey Jr. Jeff comes on the talk about his life within comics, goes in depth on a few of his titles and also discusses the new TV series as well.
We review Coma by Zara Slattery and Mukbang by Matt Simmons. Yakapedia’s back with Mike talking abut Presidents in Marvel comics and Pete does a short profile on cartoonist Leonard Starr. We do however also have sad news as Tom has decided to step down as contributor to the show. We thank Tom for all his hard work and please ensure you check him out on That Comic Smell podcast.
On todays episode we have not one, not two but three separate interviews with comic creators. Alex Paknadel comes on the podcast for the 2nd time to discuss how life has been since he was last on the show. He discusses his feelings on writing for Marvel as well as telling us all about his new Marvel comic, The Immortal Hulk Time of Monsters.
Following Alex we have Stu Taylor come and chat to discuss his current Kickstarter comic project Octobriana With Love: 50th Anniversary Special. Ocotbriana is a 64 page anthology comic on a cult underground Russian hero. Stu gives us the history of the character, talks about his work with Games Workshop and excites us with information on this new 50th anniversary special. Finally we chat to Fraser Campbell who’s currently kickstarting the first volume of Alex Automatic which he has written. The story follows the super spy adventures of Alex whom has been subjected to a series of illegal experiments to enhance his abilities.
We also have Tom on the show to review the latest in the brilliant Dunce series by Jens K Styve entitled Dunce Good Boy of the Year currently on Kickstarter. Finally we have a gander at the latest guests announced for the Lakes Festival. Tickets on sale soon.
Rachael Smith returns to the podcast to talk about her new upcoming web comic collection Quarantine Comix. Rachael released a strip over the first quarantine almost daily and this book collects all those in one handy volume. Racheal also talks about how she found the lock down, her work with Little LICAF at Abraham Moss school in Manchester recently and future plans with the Lakes Festival this year.
Tom reviews The Good Comics Reader Vol.2 from Good Comics and Mike and Pete return for another addition of Yakapedia. They have Mark Abnett back as a guest to discuss Easter eggs in comics.
On this episode we have the lovely Hannah Berry return to talk about her period as the UK Comic Laureate which as we chat had just come to an end. We discuss Hannah’s initial plans, how she ran with the role over covid and discuss her UK Comics Research Report which she gathered data from through a survey during the initial lock down period. The report can be found in full here.
Ian and Nikki talk all about the festival and the gusts that have been announced and exclusively announce two more on the show! Mike and Pete return with part 4 of their Yakapedia series and Tom reviews Blat! by Matt Greaves.
Exclusively announced guests on this episode include:
Jack is a freelance illustrator based in South West England who’s worked in a large variety of fields, including editorial, character design, storyboarding, poster/ product/ textile design, and worked as a cartoonist for Front magazine from 2010 to 2014. He also wrote tutorials and worked as a columnist for Digital Artist Magazine and other clients include The Economist, The Point Magazine, VW and many more.
A prolific self-publisher, with his comics translated into Polish, and Russian, Jack paints in his free time, and has exhibited his work worldwide.
Steve Yeowell’s first professional work was with Grant Morrison on licensed toy series “Zoids” in the pages of Marvel UK weekly “Spider Man And Zoids”, before moving on to draw 2000AD’s superhero character “Zenith”. For DC Comics he has pencilled “Sebastian O”, “The Invisibles”, “Starman”, “Legends Of The Dark Knight”, and “The Atom”. For Marvel Comics he pencilled “Skrull KIll Krew” and at 2000AD he has also drawn “Judge Dredd”, “DeMarco PI”, the long running Harryhausan-esque pirate adventure “The Red Seas”, dark ages lycanthrope fantasy “Black Shuck” and “Sinister Dexter”. He lives in north west England.
Also announced are American comic creator Greg Rucka, American comic artist Michael Lark, writer Chris Condon (That Texas Blood), Rachael Smith (Doctor Who, Quarantine Comix), and Guardian cartoonists Martin Rowson, Nicola Jennings and Lou McKeever (aka BluLou).Unfortunately after recording Canadian comics writer and artist Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer, Snow Angels) had to cancel his physical appearance at the Festival, due to upcoming filming commitments in the autumn, but will hopefully still be at the Festival virtually – and is lined up as the first guest for the 2022 event
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