Latest Lakes International Comic Art Festival Podcast spotlights North American Conventions and more

Lakes International Comic Art Festival Podcast Episode 24

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival Podcast does like to treat its many listeners, and with Episode 24 they’ve included two great interviews that turn the spotlight on the world of North American comic conventions.

First, the team have a chat with Leonard Sultana, the brains behind the terrific web site An Englishman in San Diego. Ian Loxam and Nicole Bates discuss his love of comics, the future of DC movies, the San Diego Comic Con and the UK con scene.

Plus, there’s a chat with Chris and Andrew Butcher about the Toronto Comic Con (taking place this weekend) and the comics scene over there, recorded in October 2017 just before last year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival at a joyful pub – so ignore the background noise!

The team also talk about two new Kickstarters, one from The Etherington Brothers and the other Nick Prolix (the latter also featured here on downthetubes).

There’s also a shout out about the first tranche of announced guests to the 2018 Lakes International Comic Art Festival (news story here).

Also in the Podcast, Mike Williams talks about how his comic tastes have changed and how he’s reading more (in particular, he looks at Monstrous by Marjorie Liu, drawn by Sana Takeda, published by Image Comics) and Pete Taylor (aka This Man Pete) continues his look at the life of American comic artist Jack Kirby’s life looking at the years 1955 to 1958. That’s a short time frame but it’s a very important one in Jack’s career.

The show closes with some music from a local band based in Lancaster called Promethium.

“Some would say you need to bow to the god of metal but I say just rock,” says Ian. “The track’s called ‘Shell Shock’ from their new album, Faces of War.”

Lakes International Comic Art Festival Podcast - My NeighbourKeep an eye out too for a brand new show from the Podcast team, too, called My Neighbour, which will be a monthly Studio Ghibli based review show.

Listen to the Podcast here on the Lakes International Comic Art Festival Podcast web site

• The Lakes International Comic Art Festival returns to Kendal in the Lake District in October 2018: www.comicartfestival.com

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Contributors include Pete Taylor: www.thismanthispete.com and Mike Williams  – find him on Twitter @CthulhuPunk

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the 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 has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books. 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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