Well Ian and Nikki are sorting out ‘real life’ things so Mike and Pete have taken over the episode and continue the Comic Genre World Cup quarter finals. This time it’s Post Apocalyptic comics versus Horror comics and they have brought in a guest to help in the form of the gentleman that is Tony Esmond.
A slightly different episode today. Pete chats to creator Brad Brooks about EC and MAD creator Harvey Kurtzman, the comic making process, digital comics and World comics (he wrote the book on it after all).
We have Tom join us as we spend the final segment of the show talking all about the giant Avengers Endgame. This is a spoiler filled chat however its not until the end of the episode so fear not… we give you warnings if you haven’t seen the movie. We also review John Tuckers CYDO and Ian goes all gooey over his new favourite writer Jeff Lemire and reviews Underwater Welder and Black Hammer (art by Dean Ormston and Dave Stewart).
Mike goes Hellboy crazy and reviews the Hellboy Omnibus editions, the new Hellboy film and plays Hellboy: The Board Game! Tom reviews Alan Henderson’s Penned Guin: Don’t Judge Me.
On this fabulous episode we are joined by the delightful Hannah Berry who has now taken on the reigns as the UK Comic Laureate which she will hold onto for the next 2 years. Hannah talks about parenthood, the state of comics at the moment and her plans as the Laureate.
We review Labyrinth Coronation by Simon Spurrier and Daniel Bayliss and Is Something Amiss by Ian Summers. We also talk about the new comic book movie Shazam! Mike and Pete have part three of their discussion on swords vs sorcery in comics and Tom reviews Tim Birds Asleep in the Back.
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.