We took a trip out to Oldham to the Oldham Comic Con 2018 held on Saturday 12th May. We had a great time and it really was a well ran event. We grabbed a load of interviews which you can hear on the show. These include chats with Lee Overton & Pete Davis, John Slater & Mike West, Tazio Battin, Yasmin Sheikh, Sam Chapman, Dan Whitehead and Nigel from Mayamada. We also look at the new free comic Jack and Lucy by Rachael Smith and Jacob Phillips which looks at two troubled teens trying to figure out their personal problems.
Mike also has a treat for us this episode and chats to Rob Burman from Mantic Games. Mantic has created a board game based on the Hellboy comics and its currently on kickstarter. Mike talks to Rob about the kickstarter, the game itself and of course Hellboy. Pete continues the Kirby profile, this time between the years 1966 and 1970 where Kirby leaves Marvel for DC.
In this episode we chat to Jerome Saincantin about his role as a translator for Cinebook. Cinebooks are publishers of best selling European books in the English language. There titles include Valerian, Lucky Luke and XIII to name but a few. Jerome talks about the success of comics in Europe and which comics in particular we should be enjoying. We also chat to Joel Meadows about Portsmouth Comic Con which is being held on 5th and 6th of May 2018.
We review the Cinebook comic Orbital and give our spoiler free verdict on Avengers Infinity War. Pete continues his look at Kirby this time focusing on the early years at Marvel… 1961 to 1966. Mike talks about all of the annual geek event days around May including Star Wars day and free comic day.
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 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’