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.
Its Christmas and we are here with a very special guest. Aaron Rackley is the founder of Little Heroes Comics, a charity comic bringing joy through sending comic kits to children in hospitals as well as the publisher Fair Spark Books. Aaron discusses his love of comics, why he set up the charity and the future plans. Aaron has also just won a Points of Light award as well which is superb, all for his voluntary work on the Little Heroes project. Have a listen then please do go and support the cause in any way you can.
We review a trio of great comics, Captain Cosmic No 2 by Andy W Clift, Killtopia by Dave Cook & Craig Paton and the Tut & Groan Collection by Tom Nash. Mike talks all about the comic Fight Club 2 and Pete looks at some great gift ideas for those last minute purchasers. We also talk about our new audio drama coming in 2019 entitled the Cosplays.
We are planning an audio comedy drama for 2019 and we have created a small introduction to work out characters and so forth.
This has come from Ian doing a comedy writing course which gave him the confidence to start writing. One comic in the folder waiting for Nikki to draw and another in planning stages which is where this project has come from. I have the idea of The Cosplayas and want to do this drama and a comic down the line too.
Anyway have a listen to this 3 minute segment and then please feed it back to us your thoughts (good or constructive improvements please). Thank you.
We have a special guest interviewer on episode 41 as John Freeman chats to Lizzie Kaye about the publisher Unbound and her career in the comics industry. We review Barking by Lucy Sullivan, Death or Glory by Rick Remender & Bengal and One in Four Naming the Beast by Francesco Mafrici. We also give our thoughts on the new She Ra Netflix TV series and Mary and the Witches Flower.
Pete looks at the life of the marvellous Stan Lee and Mike discusses some of his purchases from the years festival.
This episode we have loads more content from the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2018 including interviews with Guy Delisle, Una, Ben Dickson and John Wager. We also feature part of the Crime Lords panel from the weekend. This chat features Ian Rankin, John Wager and hosted by Alex Fitch.
Here we are again reporting on the big comic event of the year. The festival has not long finished and we chat about how the show was for us, what we enjoyed and what we saw. We discuss the opening night which saw Hannah Berry crowned the next Comics Laureate taking over from Charlie Adlard and Hunt Emmerson winning the Sergio Aragones International Award for Excellence in Comic Art 2018 as well as all the happenings of the weekend. We also review the stunning Traces of the Great War which was co-commissioned by the festival.
Pete and his daughter Daisy talk about their festival and how it was selling behind the table this year and Mike also has a report on his time at the lakes as well.
Its been a busy weekend at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2018 and we got loads of content including this panel. We had planned to do a full episode discussing the show but time has got in the way so enjoy this in the mean time and we will be back on the 1st November to talk all about how the festival went.
This panel from the festival sees I Kill Giants writer Joe Kelly, creator of Nicolai Dante Robbie Morrison and for the first time on a panel, (potty mouth) festival director Julie Tate discuss their favourite comic book movie with the audience choosing their favourite at the end. The panel was hosted by Peter Kessler.
Another packed episode as we prepare for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2018. This episode we chat to Yomi & Corey about their Clockwork Watch event at this years festival. The event which leads up to a live immersive event on Saturday night features students from Kendal college and we have two of them on the show to discuss their involvement too. Ryan Cooke and Honor Short talk about their characters and how they worked with Yomi to develop this event. Check out the stories the students have created at the Clockwork Watch website.
We review Wolf by Rachael Ball and My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips & Jacob Phillips plus discuss the new Netflix animation Hilda based on Luke Pearson’s comics.
Finally we all discuss the festivals opening event. Ian and Nikki discuss their opinions on Marvel vs DC then Pete and Mike join forces again for an extra long special and delve into their choices for which is the best. The cover art for this episode has been done by Pete too.
In this bumper episode we chat to Andrew Mark Sewel and Richard Kurti of B7 Media about the new audio drama based on the comic book Dan Dare which has been aired on BBC Radio 4. The gentlemen discuss their careers, B7 Media itself and the process of bringing Dan Dare to life via audio.
We spend the rest of the episode discussing our top comic book based movie as this year at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival they are discussing this in a panel and showing the favourite choice on the big screen. Ian and Nikki blast through their choices with as do Mike and Pete who join forces this episode to do an extra long special about their favourite movies too. This was a blast to record for all involved and we hope you enjoy it too. Listen out for Pete’s shocking guilty pleasure…
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