Lakes International Comic Art Festival Podcast celebrates first birthday with Rachael Smith interview

Lakes International Comic Art Festival Podcast Episode 23 - Rachael Smith

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival Podcast is celebrating its first birthday by interviewing Rachael Smith, creator of The Rabbit and the biographical comic Wired Up Wrong.

Rachael Smith’s debut graphic novel House Party came out in 2014 with Great Beast Comics to critical acclaim. The Rabbit, released by Avery Hill Publishing in 2015, was her second graphic novel and was nominated for Best Book in the British Comic Awards 2014/15.

Rachael, who lives in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, is also the creator of Flimsy the Kitten and One Good Thing. She currently works with Titan Comics on her monthly strip for the Doctor Who comic series, and is working on her new webcomic, Bess, which launched November 2015.

“Rachael has shown how creating an honest factual book can generate huge support as well as helping people along the way,” says co-host Ian Loxam. “The power of comics is a wonderful thing. Rachael discusses these things as well as her early years.”

Guy Delisle
Guy Delisle

The podcast team also review the latest Marvel movie Black Panther which they have differing opinions on, plus Guy DeLisle‘s Pyongyang A Journey In North Korea, which sees the Canadian author, who now lives in France, tell his story of working in the country.

“Shocking and odd are two of the many things you feel after reading this book,” feels Ian.

Also in the spotlight is Bitch Planet, while Pete Taylor continues his ongoing examination of Jack Kirby’s work, this time out covering the artist’s life between 1947 and 1954.

• Listen to the podcast here on the the Lakes International Comic Art Festival podcast website

• The Lakes International Comic Art Festival will be back in Kendal 12th – 14th October 2018 | A range of Early Bird Passes, available for a limited time only, are on sale now

• Web: www.comicartfestival.com | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Podcast 

• Find Rachael Smith online at www.rachaelsmith.org

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as a freelance editor, as Creative Consultant on the new Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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