On Saturday 22nd June 2019 we nipped off for a day at Marc Jacksons Macc Pow comic con. This was the 2nd time we went to this small con and we had a wonderful time behind the table. In this episode you will hear our thoughts on the event, interviews with Tony Esmond and Rachel Smith as well as one of the panels from the event. The panel was titled Self Publishing with Sultana hosted by Leonard Sultana who chatted to David Leach, Hannah Berry and Rachael Smith on self publishing and the comic scene.
Pete chats too Raechel Leigh Carter and Vince Hunt about the upcoming Bam comic & zine fair whilst Mike completes his three part look at D&D and comics. Tom reviews Sararara by Olivia Hicks and we review Kingdom by Jon McNaught and Maggy Garrisson by Lewis Trondheim and Stephane Oiry.
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)