Pete and Mike return for their first episode in 2022 as they yak all about comics. This episode features a chat with Jordan Thomas on his new comic Metallic Dynamite. The three also discuss his Kickstarter history and due to recent announcements they delve into blockchain chat as well.
Also hear all the latest news on the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.
In our first episode of 2022 we chat to a new creator who is based up near Cumbria and the home of the festival Mollie Ray. Mollie is a creator who’s first graphic novel Giant, is to be published by Faber Books. The book is about her family’s life dealing with her brothers diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and the journey they all go through.
We also look at the latest news of the Lakes Comic Art Festival including the latest announced guests for the new home of the lakes in Bowness. You can also hear our brand new advert for this years event.
We kick off into the new styled podcast with the first of Ian and Nicole’s episodes. They will be entitled The Interviews and will focus and continue our tradition of talking to the best names in comics. Mike and Pete will be back with their episodes of Yakapedia in the New Year.
We start with political cartoonist Martin Rowson. Martins cartoons have appeared in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday and The Daily Express. He has also had success with poetry books, comics such as the Communist Manifesto, and was appointed the Cartoonist Laurette for London in 2001.
Martin comes on the show to talk about his career, how he got into political cartooning and what exactly was in the cocktail, the Martin Rowson. There’s no introduction to the episode sadly as the podcast household has been struck with that virus. We want to wish all our listeners a Happy Christmas and here’s to 2022.
We have managed to hit 100 episodes on the Lakes International Comic Art Festival Podcast. To celebrate we invite Awesome Comics Podcast host Tony Esmond on to interview Nikki, Ian, Pete and Mike about the podcast and comics. He delves deep into our time as podcast hosts and asks some deep and not so deep questions. It was a blast to record and we hope you enjoy it.
We also talk about the move the Lakes Comic Art Festival is taking next year, moving from Kendal to Bowness on Windermere which is sounding very positive. Big thanks for the past 100 episodes goes to Pete and Mike for their help in running the show, the Lakes Festival team, Julie Tate and John Freeman for whom without their help the podcast wouldn’t be possible.
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On this episode we discuss our time at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2021 and what we got up to over the jam packed weekend.
We interviewed Joe Latham (Haru), Martin ‘SIMO’ Simpson (Nord), Matt Simmons (Bastard Galaxia), Norm Konyu (The Junction), Gustavo Vargas (Pilcuyo) and Daniel Christie (Breakthrough) whilst in the Clock Tower.
Its almost time for the 2021 event which is once again a physical event. Nicole, Pete, Mike and Ian wade through this years event programme and discuss what they are excited about and point out the vents that must not be missed. Check out all the events on the festival website and we will see everyone between the 15th to the 17th of October 2021 in sunny (quite possibly wet) Kendal.
We also discuss a new tabletop gaming club in Kendal which Mike & Ian have setup. Further information for that can be found at diceandbolter.Wordpress.com.
Nikki and Ian spend a little time talking about their favourite animated TV shows and movies from their childhood all the way through until now. This is due to the release of Masters of the Universe Revelation currently on Netflix, which they also discuss and review.
Mike and Pete return to Yak about the use of reference in comics plus we have all the latest on the festival.
On episode 96 we chat to comic creator Lyndon White. Lyndon has been creating comics for over 8 years and has produced a huge range of comics and graphic novels including Sparks, The Mind of James Svengal and his latest book Candles. Candles, a fantasy epic about a young girl trying to save her dying village by stealing magic from an evil witch. Lyndon also discusses his comic degree and has some great advice for creators starting out in the comic world. You can find his book which is published by Cast Iron Books on kickstarter now. Also enjoy as Ian surprises both Nikki & Lyndon with a quick Ghibli quiz. Who will take the Ghibli Fan Crown?
Pete and Mike are off this week however Pete has a kickstarter for a new project currently up and running. Back in the day, the determined funny book fan spent weekends and Summer holidays searching the shelves of every newsagent, paper shop and drug store for the fantastic thrill of discovering a full colour floppy bundle of joy that was a comic book. But occasionally, if you were lucky, you would hit the jackpot and find a sealed pack of childhood gold that was the comic pack. Not one, not two but three sensational stories for a bargain price, bagged and protected from the pawing of other collector’s clammy mitts. Check it out on Kickstarter here.
We are proud to have comic artist and writer Jeff Lemire on the podcast. Jeff has written some amazing books including Underwater Welder, Sweet Tooth and the Black Hammer series and has now had Netflix adapt Sweet Tooth into a full series produced by Robert Downey Jr. Jeff comes on the talk about his life within comics, goes in depth on a few of his titles and also discusses the new TV series as well.
We review Coma by Zara Slattery and Mukbang by Matt Simmons. Yakapedia’s back with Mike talking abut Presidents in Marvel comics and Pete does a short profile on cartoonist Leonard Starr. We do however also have sad news as Tom has decided to step down as contributor to the show. We thank Tom for all his hard work and please ensure you check him out on That Comic Smell podcast.
On todays episode we have not one, not two but three separate interviews with comic creators. Alex Paknadel comes on the podcast for the 2nd time to discuss how life has been since he was last on the show. He discusses his feelings on writing for Marvel as well as telling us all about his new Marvel comic, The Immortal Hulk Time of Monsters.
Following Alex we have Stu Taylor come and chat to discuss his current Kickstarter comic project Octobriana With Love: 50th Anniversary Special. Ocotbriana is a 64 page anthology comic on a cult underground Russian hero. Stu gives us the history of the character, talks about his work with Games Workshop and excites us with information on this new 50th anniversary special. Finally we chat to Fraser Campbell who’s currently kickstarting the first volume of Alex Automatic which he has written. The story follows the super spy adventures of Alex whom has been subjected to a series of illegal experiments to enhance his abilities.
We also have Tom on the show to review the latest in the brilliant Dunce series by Jens K Styve entitled Dunce Good Boy of the Year currently on Kickstarter. Finally we have a gander at the latest guests announced for the Lakes Festival. Tickets on sale soon.