We do treat you all so well as this episode we have two interviews. First we have a chat with Leonard Sultana from the website An Englishman in San Diego. We discuss his love of comics, the future of DC movies, the San Diego Comic Con and the UK con scene. We also have a chat with Chris Butcher and Andrew Butcher about the Toronto Comic Con and scene over there. We recorded this in October 2017 just before the LICAF at a joyful pub so ignore the background noise.
We talk about two new kick starters, one from The Etherington Brothers and the other Nick Prolix. We also shout out about the first lot of announced guests to the 2018 Lakes International Comic Art Festival… and its good. Keep an eye out too for a brand new show from us… called My Neighbour, it will be a monthly Ghibli based review show.
Mike talks about how his comic tastes have changed and how he’s reading more. In particular he looks at Monstrous. Pete continues with part 5 of Jack Kirby’s life looking at the years 1955 to 1958. A short time frame but a very important one in Jacks career. We close the show with some music from a local band based in Lancaster called Promethium. Some would say you need to bow to the god of metal but I say just rock. The track’s called Shell Shock from their new album Faces of War.
A slightly different episode this week as we all take an episode off. We have a recording from panel Meet The Mighty One: A Celebration of 2000AD recorded at this years LICAF. It features Steve MacManus, Sean Phillips, Duncan Fegredo and Pete Doherty talking about their time at 2000AD. It was hosted by John McShane.
In this episode Ian and Nikki talk about their experiences at the awesome Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2017. We look at each of our days and the talks we went too as well as the evenings entertainment. We also managed to get loads of short interviews on the day so in this episode you will hear:
Part one of the interviews: Richard Skipworth of the Cartoonist’s Club of Great Britian, Chris Thompson from Titan Comics, Cinebook, Yoms from Clockwork Watch, Duncan Fregredo, The Etherington Brothers and Jean Paul of The London Horro Comic.
Part two of the interviews: Ivan Patraus, Metaphrog, Myfanwy Tristram, Phil Welch (a Red Shirt) , Robert Brown, Zoom Rockman & Michael and India of Dog & Swift
We also announce the winner of the #BeerShaman beer mat competition which loads of people got involved with. See some of the examples below. Pete talks to his daughter Daisy who was also at the festival about their weekend behind the table and Mike also rambles about his time at the festival.
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We interview The Facts of Life creator Paula Knight who discusses the book and her life. Its a really interesting chat and we can’t wait to meet her in person at the festival. We also talk to Jonathan Edwards and Louise Evans (Felt Mistress) about their brand new exhibition Archipelagogo which has opened for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2017. We were lucky enough to visit the opening of the event and talk about that here too.
We review Breaks, Talking to Gina and Victory Children and preview the festival broadsheet comic The Spirit put together by Sean Phillips with involvement from a host of comic artists and writers. We also give our thoughts on Star Trek Discovery.
Mike talks all about the League of Extraordinary Gentleman (this was meant to be on a previous episode but Ian messed it up) & Pete Continues his look at Kirby. Don’t forget to get involved with the Copperopolis kickstarter too.
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The past few months have been fun and through the podcast and the Comic Art Festival we have chatted to people who we would never had of done before. Because of this and the amount of interviews we have planned we have decided to release an episode twice a month on the 1st and the 15th of every month starting May 1st.
We hope we can give you listeners more of the content you want and be more on the ball with comic news. Our next episode should also feature an interview with the author of the amazing Fighting Fantasy books, co-creator of Games Workshop & Eidos president Ian Livingstone.
The big news today is the release of the above art work by Michael Cho for the festival. Find out more about the piece plus an interview with Michael on the Down The Tubes website.
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival recently announced that this years festival will mark the centennial of Will Eisner’s birth with three exciting projects to celebrate the work and impact he had on the comic industry.
Eisner started supplying strips to comic publishers in 1936, encouraged by his school friend and future Batman creator Bob Kane. He set up a studio with former editor Jerry Iger, employing a staff of comic artists to draw strips for a range of early comic book publishers. The Spirit, Eisner’s most famous and lasting creation premiered in a weekly syndicated Sunday newspaper supplement in June, 1940. Eisner was able to deliver stories to his more mature audience using innovative storytelling techniques, drawing inspiration from cinema and film noir in particular.
After, a stint in the Army during World War II, Eisner continued The Spirit and set up a company producing educational comics, particularly used for training purposes. He produced a number of autobiographical long form comics, helping to popularise the term ‘graphic novel’. He created one of the first major works on comics theory with the publication of ‘Comics & Sequential Art’ in 1985. He continued to produce comics right up to his death in 2005.
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is commemorating 100 years since Will Eisner’s birth in the following ways:
A broad sheet sized centennial comic, with contributions from contemporary comic greats such as Sean Philips, Ed Brubaker, Jason Latour and many more.
An exhibition at the Brewery Arts Centre of Eisner’s comic artwork from throughout his long career with rare pages and several complete Spirit stories.
A competition for students to illustrate ‘The Spirit of the Lake District’
The line up for the 2017 Lakes International Comic Art Festival has been announced. Find the full line-up at DownTheTubes.net. The Festival will open with a “Quick on The Draw” Gala Night, as talents such as Sergio Aragonés and Tom Richmond compete (in a friendly way) to deliver a fully interactive feast of fast-paced cartooning – and will include the awarding of the first ever Sergio Aragonés Award for International Excellence in Comic Art. We both can not wait to watch how this unfolds on the night.
The festival website has also had a make over and ticket’s are also now on sale. The ticket’s are now purchased in a pass format with one day or weekend passes available. These allow access to all the events held during the day at the event.
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival has won two awards at the Cumbria Life Culture Awards 2017 held on Friday 3rd January 2017. The festival itself won Best Festival fighting off many superb events held during 2017. All in all there were 75 finalists at the awards.
They also won Event of the Year for the premier of Dave McKean’s Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash.
The graphic novel, which pulls together the work of Paul Nash who created pieces of art from his experiences in World War 1, was launched at the 2016 festival.
It’s a well deserved set of awards and we give huge congratulations to everyone involved in the festival. Here’s to 2017.