Welcome to the Comic Art Festival Podcast episode .
This episode we feature an interview with John Freeman. John has been editing and writing comics and magazines in the UK for many years and runs the website DownTheTubes which focuses on the UK comics scene. He also runs Lancaster Comics Day and promotes the Lakes festival as well.
Finally we announce the new winner of Comic and Sequential Art by Will Eisner given by Pete as well as the winners of our Kill or be Killed print competition. Listen and contact us if your one of the lucky ones.
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Here’s a list of most of the reference materials I read while putting together the first part of my Will Eisner profile in episode 4 of The Lakes International Comic Art Podcast.
Alter Ego issue 48
Twomorrows Publishing has a great range of titles exploring comic history. Issue 48 concentrates on Eisner’s early years and includes an interview with the man himself on his days working with Quality comics.
Episode 4 features an interview with Marc Jackson. Marc has written and drawn for Aces Weekly and the Beano and is currently working on Here Comes Cat Stevens which will be launched at the 2017 festival. Marc talks about how hard it is to get noticed as a new comic book creator and the journey he has gone through to now creating his own book.
Mike talks about films turned back into comics and Pete talks all about Will Eisner. We announce the winner of Pete’s Will Eisner book as well. We also talk about the new Judge Dredd TV show announcement.
Find the competition by CLICKING HERE and get involved. There’s a chance to win a signed Kill or be Killed print by Sean Phillips, a copy of Herman by Trade from SelfMadeHero and Twisted Dark from tPub.
Welcome to the Comic Art Festival Podcast episode 3.
This features an interview with the legend that is Ian Livingstone and the team behind the new Freeway Fighter comic based on his Fighting Fantasy book of the same name. The interview also features writer Andi Ewington, artist Simon Coleby, executive producer Matt Mastracci plus Titan brand manager and host of the Pop Culture Hound podcast Chris Thompson.
Mike talks Tank Girl and Pete talks about the Art Bubble Festival in Denmark and we have a review of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. The music that closes the show is by Iona Lane entitled Sometimes from the EP Solace. Find out more at lonaLane.com.
Finally there’s a chance to win a copy of Comic and Sequential Art by Will Eisner. Listen to Pete Taylors segment for information on that.
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Top 10 Comic Book Movies… in my own humble opinion
I’ve spent a while deciding which my favourite comic book movie is. Its a hard choice and one which no doubt will change over the years as new movies come out and as time changes the way I feel about the characters. I’ve put my own personal top 10 list together. We may discuss this on the podcast at some point but for now here we go.
Number 10: The Fist of the North Star
This Manga Entertainment film from 1986 was the 2nd Manga film I watched. The first was the classic Akira. I remember reading 2000AD during the early 90’s (1994) and they were releasing Manga movies on VHS and advertising them within the comic. This sparked my interest as the box clearly showed extreme violence and the 18 certificate also excited my young mind. I got my mum to purchase the film for me after saving up with my paper round money and I was not disappointed.
The film follows Kenshiro, a deadly martial artist who has his fiancé kidnapped whilst they are travelling by Shin, a former friend. Kenshiro is left for dead in the deadly wastelands of a post nuclear war landscape. The story follows the fight of Kenshiro to get his fiancé back and stop the growing armies within the wastelands. That of course is a very basic run down of the movie and the story at the time didn’t really matter to a teenage me. The fighting and violence are over the top with blood spraying out in all directions and heads exploding during battles. It was unlike anything I’d seen before and I loved every bit of it.
The comic was released between 1983 to 1988 as a weekly serialised comic. It was then adapted into a TV series running from 1984 through to 1988 with the film made during this time by the same studio. It was also made into a live action movie but let’s not talk about that. Its well worth watching but as usual make sure its the original version and not the English dub.
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.
Back in the day when I was just a little northern lad I’d sit in my bedroom reading the masterpieces that were Ian Livingstone & Steve Jacksons choose your own Fighting Fantasy books. I remember Deathtrap Dungeon being my first which took me into a world of dungeons and monsters. Over time I saved up and collected most of the books with Freeway Fighter being one of them.
Titan comics is publishing a comic series based on Freeway Fighter and after reading issue one I now want more. As soon as the comic opens it feels very Mad Max as it’s set in an open world ravaged by a virus. The story follows racing driver Bella De La Rosa and her struggles to survive.
The art is fantastic and really gives a feel for the world she is trying to live in and it feels so rugged and desolate you can understand the terror of the world. I look forward to reading more of this series and hopefully more Fighting Fantasy books turned comics in the future.
If you enjoy Fighting Fantasy books check out our other podcast House of Geek where we are reading through an adventure each episode.
The Hulk is one of my favourite characters. The character has so much depth even though on the front of it he’s nothing more than an angry beast shouting “smash” every few seconds. One of my favourite story lines is the Planet Hulk and World War Hulk story line. Having Hulk create a life for himself on a distant world only then to have it destroyed causing The Hulk to want to wage war on planet Earth is exciting and scary at the same time.
Hearing that the new Thor movie was to include the Hulk and take part of the Planet Hulk story excited me. I would love to see the story played out fully but even part of it is good enough. Now we have the new trailer for the movie and seeing Hulk come out into the arena ready to fight Thor dressed in his Planet Hulk outfit sent excitement and giddiness around my entire body.
And the line… he’s my work colleague…. well.
I’m really looking forward to this movie which is the first time I’ve said that of a Thor film. Look out for a future episode where Nikki and myself will discuss our favourite movies based off comics. Let us know yours via Twitter or Facebook.
Welcome to episode 2 of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival Podcast.
In this episode we feature two interviews. First with festival patron Emma Vieceli who also provides us with a fabulous piece of music entitled Night and Day. Following on from that is a great interview with fellow patron Sean Phillips who has created some amazing comics with Ed Brubaker.
We have segments from Mike and Pete and we review Kill or Be Killed, MPH and Snot Girl as well as the new Netflix show based on a manga Samurai Gourmet.
Close music entitled Tame the Beast from local Kendal band Solomon. If you fancy seeing them play you can on April 29th 2017 at the Union in Kendal and Rock the Fells Festival in Millom in July.
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’