Lakes Festival Focus: An Interview with artist Andrea Settimo

Lakes Festival Focus - Andrea Settimo

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is nearly upon us, taking place in Bowness-on-Windermere this weekend (14th – 16th October 2022). Here’s the final intevriew in a series with some of the guests – a quick chat with comic creator Andrea Settimo, a creator based in Bologna, Italy.

Andrea is the co-founder of Delebile, an independent comic publisher, and the artist of The Corner (Sarbacane Editions, Rizzoli Lizard) and the author of Cardo / Decumano (Delebile) and Tutti Santi (Coconino Press).

What are you working on, comics-wise or illustration wise, right now, and when will it be published?

At the moment I am drawing a graphic novel, written by Alessandro Tota, entitled La Novella dell’Avventuriero, which will be released next year in Italy by Cococnino Press, and in France by Glénat.

Which comic or art project you’ve worked on are you most proud of – and where can people see it or buy it?

Maybe Cardo / Decumano, a comic series produced by Delebile.

How do you plan your day as a creator? (Do you plan your day?)

I don’t have a particular routine.

What’s the best thing about being a comics creator?

The fact of being able to tell anything, from a story of everyday life to a space epic, only with paper and pencil.

Cardo/ Decumano - art by Andrea Settimo
Cardo/ Decumano - art by Andrea Settimo

And the worst?

Probably the worst thing is the fact that it takes a long time to make a comic and that it takes very little to read it!

What most distracts you from getting your work done?

Probably the fear of doing a bad job … and the internet.

Tutti Santi - art by Andrea Settimo
Tutti Santi - art by Andrea Settimo

Do you think it’s easier or harder for young comic creators to get published today?

I think it’s easier. Many more books are produced, there are many more publishing houses interested in comics and social networks help to advertise your work.

Are you at all concerned by developments in “AI generated art”? What do you think might be its most significant impact on the comics industry and creators?

What worries me most about the use of artificial intelligence in the artistic field is the fact that tech companies use and profit from the work of authors, both from the past and contemporary, without having given their consent, without being paid or accredited.

Which one comic creator would you most like to meet, and why?

Maybe Taiyo Matsumoto, who has been a great source of inspiration in recent years. I’d like to see him while he works.

What one piece of advice do you offer people looking to work in the comics industry?

Read a lot and take an interest in other things than comics (photography, illustration, visiting art exhibitions, etc)

What’s your favourite comic right now and where can people get it?

Blood of the Virgin, by Sammy Harkham, self-produced series published for Crickets magazine, available on

What are you most looking forward to about coming to the Lakes this October?

It will be my first festival since the first lockdown! I hope to meet new interesting authors and I am also very curious to visit the place.

Andrea, thank you very much for your time, and we look forward to seeing you at the Festival!

• Weekend tickets for this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival are available here


Cardo/ Decumano - art by Andrea Settimo

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• The Lakes International Comic Art Festival will run from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th October 2022 – and is online at: | Lakes International Comic Art Festival Podcast: | Twitter: @comicartfestpod | Facebook: @ComicArtPodcast | Instagram: @ComicArtPodcast

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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. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek 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.

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