On this fabulous episode we are joined by the delightful Hannah Berry who has now taken on the reigns as the UK Comic Laureate which she will hold onto for the next 2 years. Hannah talks about parenthood, the state of comics at the moment and her plans as the Laureate.
We review Labyrinth Coronation by Simon Spurrier and Daniel Bayliss and Is Something Amiss by Ian Summers. We also talk about the new comic book movie Shazam! Mike and Pete have part three of their discussion on swords vs sorcery in comics and Tom reviews Tim Birds Asleep in the Back.
On this episode we chat to Rob Williams who through his career has written on Dredd, Dr Who, Spiderman to name a few titles. He has also written the screen play for the pilot episode of the upcoming TV series Mega-City One. We talk to him about this and his career and he explains what makes a good writer as well.
Pete this episode chats to Joel Meadows. Joel was on the show last year and is back to discuss this years Portsmouth Comic Con. Find out more about that here. Mike is having an episode off however our new signing of Tom Stewart starts on this episode. Tom is on to review a few small press comics.
We review Slang Pictorial by Nick Prolix who’s new kickstarter is up and running. We also review the beautiful Blossoms in Autumn by Zidrou and Aimee de Jongh plus Follow Me In by Katriona Chapman.
On this episode we have Tim Pilcher on to talk all about the Break Through project that he is running with the Lakes International Comic Art Festival through 2019 and into 2020 resulting in the opportunity for new creators to have work published in an anthology. Check out more about the project here.
Ian and Nikki review Guantanamo Kid by Jerome Tubiana and Alkexadre Franc plus Sparks and the Fallen Star by Lyndon White. We also look at a huge range of kickstarters currently running. Links below for these. Finally we have some festival news and podcast news about a new contributor. Tom from That Comic Smell podcast will be joining the team and looking at small press comics in future episodes.
Mike and Pete continue there discussion on Sword vs Sorcery in comics which we had to cut in half it was so long. Part 3 of this discussion will be on the next episode.
We have Charlie Adlard back this episode who was initially on our first episode almost two years ago. He’s on the discuss his term as UK Comics Laureate which he started in 2017. He looks at the role and what it initially went leading to how he felt he has made a difference over the two years.
We review Batman TMNT Volume One and Mike looks at translated comics from around the world and starts with a French sci-fi fantasy. Pete’s off this episode, possibly shacking it up on the podcast love island.
Episode 45 features a chat with comic creator Nick Prolix. Nicks work includes the superb Slang Pictorial and his work on the Awesome Comic. He chats with Pete about his work, love of comics and his favourite creator.
Ian and Nikki review Reel Love by Owen Michael Johnson, The Awesome Comic Series by the guys behind the Awesome Comic Podcast plus Ether issue 2 by Matt Garvey. Mike looks at the world of Conan, a franchise he has loved, left and found again.
We go all graphic medicine in this episode as we have Ian Williams on the show. Ian created the Graphic Medicine website and following on from that has created two graphic novels The Bad Doctor and the upcoming The Lady Doctor. Ian came on to the show for a chat abut his career as a doctor and how this led to the creation of the website and his books. We also give a full review of The Lady Doctor in the show as well. We review Needleman by Martin ‘Simo’ Simpson, Plan A/ Plan B by John Tucker and 24 Panels by numerous artists. Please also check out the website for 24 Panels as its an important book created to help raise funds to support the survivors of the Grenfell fire disaster.
Pete has a chat with the creator of Needleman, Martin ‘Simo’ Simpson about comics, Kickstarter and his comic creation process and Mike talks all about The Boys comic series by Garth Ennis & Darick Robertson which is due to come out as a TV series in 2019.
Well a big Happy New Year to you all and a big welcome to 2019 (well Nikki brings in a cough and a cold so we apologise for the splutters). However 2018 was a great year in the world of comics and Ian & Nikki bring you their top 10 that they read during 2018. These include:
Mike & Pete have got together for another episode of Mutter Downs. Now when these two get together we know we have a marathon of comic talk coming our way and this is the same today with two hours of their favourite comics and movies from 2018. I cant even begin to list what they discussed so listen in and enjoy.
Thank you for listening in 2018 and here’s to another great year in comics and cons.
Yesterday (23rd December) was Ian’s 40th birthday and the ever wonderful Pete created him this amazing Dredd design which is now sat upon the walls of the podcast palace.
Pete is so generous with his art and we love him for it. This years been a joy both in terms of the podcast and our private lives. We are so thankful for the support we get from Pete & Mike, the festival and all the listeners to the show. Thank you so much.
So that just leaves me to say Merry Christmas and we wish you all a great New Year. We will be back on the 1st January with our best of the year episode.