Scotland in the spotlight at this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival

Kendal’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival has played host to creators of many nations – and this year, the Scots will be among the nations in the spotlight over the Festival weekend in October. The weekend-long Festival will give visitors the chance to meet and greet some of Scotland’s best-known comic creators, (and those of ScottishContinue reading Scotland in the spotlight at this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival

Commando 804 - Gas-Bag Gunmen. Art by Cam Kennedy

When Kennedy’s Collide: the Commando work of Cam and Ian Kennedy

When it comes to staying power, it is hard to come up with a better definition than comic artist Ian Kennedy’s career. Ably supported by his family, Ian has delighted generations of comic fans since he went freelance in the 1950s. By his own admission, if he accepted all the commissions he received, he might beContinue reading When Kennedy’s Collide: the Commando work of Cam and Ian Kennedy

Commando 384: Flying Fury

Commando: The Best Issues of the 1960s?

Someone has been really nice to me and loaned me their copies of the short-lived fanzine Achtung! Commando, a title published nearly 20 years ago now, dedicated to DC Thomson’s long-running war comic, edited by comics artist and historian Peter Richardson, While I have been enjoying it, one feature stands out – people picking out theirContinue reading Commando: The Best Issues of the 1960s?

Battle Classics: Fighting Mann - War Dog

In Review: Garth Ennis Presents… Battle Classics Volume Two – “Fighting Mann” & “War Dog”

Publisher: Titan Books Out: 23rd August 2016 The Book: Writer Garth Ennis (Preacher) curates a brand new collection of classic war stories from legendary UK comic, Battle, this time collecting the work of renowned artist Cam Kennedy (Star Wars: Dark Empire, Light & Darkness War) on two stories: the brilliant Vietnam-based “Fighting Man” and the canineContinue reading In Review: Garth Ennis Presents… Battle Classics Volume Two – “Fighting Mann” & “War Dog”

Moniaive Comic Festival Sign

In Review: The Moniaive Comic Festival 2016

Most comic conventions measure their success by either footfall, social media reach or economic success. Well, I am here to report that the Moniaive Comic Festival takes a different route to measuring success. The aim of Sue Grant and her team seems to be how they can create the most relaxed comic festival in theContinue reading In Review: The Moniaive Comic Festival 2016