Comic creator Hannah Berry returns to the Lakes International Comic Art Festival Podcast this week, to talk about her period as the UK Comics Laureate, which has just come to an end. Co-hosts Nikki Bates and Ian Loxam discuss Hannah’s initial plans, how she ran with the role over the COVID-19 pandemic, and discuss her UK Comic Creators Survey, which gathered data from artists, writers and others during the initial lock down period last year. The report can be found in full here.
Ian and Nikki also talk all about the Festival and the guests that have been announced and exclusively announce two more on the show! Meanwhile, Mike Williams and Pete Taylor return with Part Four of their Yakapedia series and Tom Stewart reviews Blat! by Matt Greaves.
Exclusively announced on the Podcast is word that Jack Teagle and Steve Yeowell will be joining guests at the Festival in Kendal in October, who also include writer Greg Rucka (Lazarus, Black Magick), American comic artist Michael Lark, writer Chris Condon (That Texas Blood), Rachael Smith (Doctor Who, Quarantine Comix), and Guardian cartoonists Martin Rowson, Nicola Jennings and Lou McKeever (aka BluLou).
(Unfortunately, Canadian comics writer and artist Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer, Snow Angels) has had to cancel his physical appearance at the Festival, due to upcoming filming commitments in the autumn, but will hopefully still be at the Festival virtually – and is lined up as the first guest for the 2022 event).
Jack Teagle is a freelance illustrator based in South West England who’s worked in a large variety of fields, including editorial, character design, storyboarding, poster/ product/ textile design, and worked as a cartoonist for Front magazine from 2010 to 2014. He also wrote tutorials and worked as a columnist for Digital Artist Magazine and other clients include The Economist, The Point Magazine, VW and many more.
A prolific self-publisher, with his comics translated into Polish, and Russian, Jack paints in his free time, and has exhibited his work worldwide.
Steve Yeowell’s first professional work was with Grant Morrison on licensed comic Zoids for Marvel UK, before moving on to draw 2000AD’s superhero character “Zenith”. For DC Comics, he has pencilled Sebastian O, The Invisibles, Starman, Legends Of The Dark Knight and The Atom. For Marvel Comics, he pencilled Skrull KIll Krew, and at 2000AD he has also drawn “Judge Dredd”, “DeMarco PI”, the long running Harryhausan-esque pirate adventure “The Red Seas”, dark ages lycanthrope fantasy “Black Shuck” and “Sinister Dexter”.Listen to “Hannah Berry on being Comic Laureate (2019- 2021)” on Spreaker.
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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.