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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In this episode we chat to the creators of the SelfMadeHero published book Tumult, John Harris Dunning and Michael Kennedy. These two fine gentleman talk about the creative process of the book and their history within the industry and how it came to be. The book itself is a superb thriller which we reviewed in a previous episode.
Mike gives us a run down on the comics he’s recently been reading and we review Unseen by Emma Donnelly and The Times I Knew I was Gay by Eleanor Crewes. Pete takes a well deserved holiday this episode however we are interrupted by a brief news report from The Clockwork Watch….
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On episode 33 we have the creator of Nikolai Dante Robbie Morrison on the show. He discusses his work at 2000AD starting with the Dredd Megazine and the creation of Dante and then onto his own projects including White Death and Drowntown. He also looks at the work he’s doing on the Traces of a Great War anthology with Charlie Adlard which is out in October.
We review Tumult by John Harris Dunning and Michael Kennedy. This book published by SelfMadeHero is a psychological thriller that will grip you page by page. We also talk about the comedy writing course Ian took part in which was part funded by the Lakes Comic Art Festival. The course was run by Jane Postlethwaite and has made Ian funny… its official.. no really he is…. (he wrote this). We also discuss the events being held on the evenings of this years festival. Download the 2018 festival program here.
Mike reviews the zombie comic book Empire of the Dead by George A Romero and Pete looks at the life of Steve Dikto who sadly passed away recently. Finally we finish with the latest song by Sean Moore called Kiss Me Twice which Ian and Nikki are in the video of. Buy the track here and check out the video below.
We are proud to of had crime novelist Ian Rankin on this episode. The creator of the Rebus novels, he came on to chat about his career, his love of comics and in particular his work with Sean Phillips on the Trace of the Great War anthology coming out this October. He will be at the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival this year as well along with a whole host of Scottish creators.
Art work by Sean Phillips
We review the crime comics She Died at Terrabone by Kevin Chruch and T J Kirsch and Batman A Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. We also look at the new Lorenzo Etherington book How to Think When You Draw and the Lakes Festival book 24 By 7 which you can win this episode in an exclusive competition (closes on 28/7/18) .
Pete has an interview with Adam Smith from Mixam Printing about the work they do printing comics and how easy it is to use their system. Mike reviews Ian Rankins Dark Entries, a John Constantine comic.
Matt Garvey is our guest on todays episode. He has written a whole host of comics including The Either, Chunks, White Noir and The Devil in Disguise. We talk about how he got into writing comics and how he goes about promoting them. Ensure you check him out on twitter as he is well worth the follow.
We talk about the new kick starter from Little Comic Heroes and their new anthology comic. They’re a great cause and give comic kids to kids stuck in hospitals. We also review The Mind of James Svengal by Lyndon White and Jordan Sam Adams. A dark look into the twisted mind of a troubled man.
Pete finishes his look at the life and times of Kirby which we will look at putting together as a whole piece soon. Pete’s put so much work into this so thank you Pete and make sure you check out his Monster Kids comic too. Mike reviews some comics he’s been reading whilst on a work road trip. We look at the latest news from the festival and update you on Nikkis comic too. Now available to buy from her Big Cartel shop.
Zoom Rockman is a young creator who started producing comics from a young age, He appeared in the Beano at age 12 and in Private Eye at 16. We have a chat with Zoom about how he started, why at a young age he’s creating satirical comics and what the future holds. He also talks about his role as a patron of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival and what he has lined up for this year.
We also go review crazy as we all review a load of comics as well as Deadpool 2. The comics reviewed are listed below. Nikki also talks about the latest on her comic, Anxiety Me which is now available from www.NikkiDraws.pictures.
Comics reviewed are Apollo, Awesome Comic No.2, Little Girl Black, Stranglehood, Copperopolis 1-3, Debris, Bubba Ho-Tep, Slang Pictorial, Death or Glory, Star Wars Rogue Squadron, Aliens: Dead Orbit, Southern Bastards & Big Hard Sex Criminals.
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.
A different episode this time as rather than interviewing a creator we pick Pete Taylors brains on how to create a comic. We start from the beginning with thinking up ideas to writing and then drawing the comic. Finally we finish with what many creators believe is the hardest part and promotion. This was discussed to help us in our journey of creating our own comic but we hope it helps others as well.
We review Square #16 Summer Dairies by Ian M which as it says is a day to day comic of Ian’s life. We also look at The Smell of Starving Boys by Frederik Peters and Loo Hui Phang which follows an exploration into the territories of the west of Mississippi as a group of three map an area they hope one day will support a new civilisation.
Mike continues his look at TV series moving into comics with the wonderful Sons of Anarchy and we have news all about the 2018 Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Yes… the news has started. Time to get all excited.
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