Gareth Brookes talks comics – and beer! – with the Lakes International Comic Art Festival Podcast

Lakes International Comic Art Festival Podcast Episode 11 - Gareth Brookes

The latest Lakes International Comic Art Festival Podcast (Episode 11) is live and features an interview with award-winning comic creator Gareth Brookes.

A man of many media, Gareth, one of this year’s Festival guests, is known for his unusual approach to materials, using embroidery, textiles, lino-cut print, stencilling and even pressed flowers in his work.

Gareth, who we’ve also interviewed here on downthetubes as part of our “Kendal Calling” series, talks about comics, his books – and beer.

The Podcast team also review Kill or be Killed Volume 2, The Facts of Life, andThe Rabbit and Gods and give their thoughts on the new Death Note movie.

Mike talks all about 2000AD‘s Slaine and his history and Pete starts his look at the life of Jack Kirby as we all celebrate 100 years since his birth.

The podcast close with music from the amazing Pop Noir, who are Joe and Luke McGarry with a track entitled “Don’t Fool Yourself”, who played an outstanding set at last year’s festival and are back with more in 2017.

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• Book your tickets for this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival here. This year’s events programme includes live draws, masterclasses, interactive talks and a chance to get up close to the best comic creators in the world! 

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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