As the countdown continues toward the Lakes International Comic Art Festival this month in Bowness-on-Windermere (14th – 16th October 2022), here’s another in a series of interviews with some of the guests – a quick chat with comic creator Bianca Bagnarelli, an Italian artist and illustrator.
Her first comic volume, Fish, published by Nobrow, won the gold medal for the short form at the Society of Illustrators of New York.
She works and has worked as an illustrator with The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, McSweeney’s, La Revue Dessinée and others…
What are you working on, comics-wise or illustration wise, right now, and when will it be published?
I’m working on a collection of short stories, to be published next year.
Which comic or art project you’ve worked on are you most proud of – and where can people see it or buy it?
Delebile, the small independent publishing label that I founded when I was in college with a few friends.
We printed over ten anthologies of short stories by Italian and foreign artists, and most of my best memories are tied to the work we have done over the years.
How do you plan your day as a creator? (Do you plan your day?)
No plan, I try to stick with a routine but I fail most of the time.
What’s the best thing about being a comics creator?
And the worst?
What most distracts you from getting your work done?
Do you think it’s easier or harder for young comic creators to get published today?
Which one comic creator would you most like to meet, and why?
What one piece of advice do you offer people looking to work in the comics industry?
What’s your favourite comic right now and where can people get it?
The best two I’ve read this year are R Kikuo Johnson’s No One Else, and All The Love I Can Get, by Tommi Parrish. Special mention too, to Paolo Cattaneo’s Non Mi posso Lamentare.
What are you most looking forward to about coming to the Lakes this October?
Discovering new artists!
Bianca, thank you very much for your time, and we look forward to seeing you at the Festival!
BIANCA BAGNARELLI ONLINE
THE LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL 2022
• The Lakes International Comic Art Festival will run from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th October 2022 – and is online at: www.comicartfestival.com | Lakes International Comic Art Festival Podcast: www.comicartpodcast.uk | Twitter: @comicartfestpod | Facebook: @ComicArtPodcast | Instagram: @ComicArtPodcast
Announced guests for 2022 are, in alphabetical order, include: Charlie Adlard, Dimitris Anastasiou, Mehdi Annassi, Lucie Arnoux, Bianca Bagnarelli, Alison Bechdel, Matthew Dooley, Ulla Donner, Oliver East, Karrie Fransman, Dave Gibbons, Paul Gravett, Kalle Hakkola, Jaime Hernandez, Eva Hilhorst, Bryan Hitch, Stephen L. Holland, Rian Hughes, Marc Jackson, Leomacs, Marine des Mazery, Vojtěch Mašek, Joe McGarry, Luke McGarry, Steve McGarry, Mick McMahon, Bill Morrison, Bex Ollerton, Dean Ormston, Jacob Phillips, Sean Phillips, Mike Perkins, Tim Pilcher, Ram V, Mollie Ray, Tom Richmond, Martin Rowson, Greg Rucka, Andrea Settimo, Katie Skelly, Václav Šlajch, Fiona Stephenson, Maria Surducan, Bryan Talbot, Mary Talbot, Petteri Tikkanen, Jörg Tittel, Twin Cartoons, Judit Vanistandel, Asya Voitenko, and Andi Watson
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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.