Writer Simon Spurrier is the focus of the latest Lakes International Comic Art Festival Podcast, and author who’s written for a wide range of comics from 2000AD to Vertigo’s Sandman – to one of hosts Ian Loxam and Nikki Bates favourites, The Labyrinth.
He has also worked on TV scripts – which is one of the topics we discuss with him. Simon talks openly about being a writer and the challenges of putting your work out there.
Pete Taylor talks about his pitching experience which is a valuable insight into comic creators challenges, and Mike Williams starts a three-part series looking at the history of Dungeons and Dragons… and comics. This year’s Festival will include an RPG style event so this fits perfectly with that. Plus, Tom Stewart reviews David Cooper‘s panel a day comic, The Price.
Ian and Nikki have a look at the new AKA Fanzine, Scotland’s longest running fanzine, and check out the recently-announced European guests coming to the Festival in October.
Please note there’s slight distortion to the sound in the first minute. It soon passes!
• The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is back in Kendal in the Lake District 11th – 13th October 2019: www.comicartfestival.com
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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.