The latest Lakes International Comic Art Festival Podcast sees Ian Loxam and Nikki Bates in conversation with former The Mighty One himself, ex-2000AD editor Steve MacManus.
Steve worked directly within the British comics industry between 1973 to 2011, and is still writing today, strips featuring in The77 retro anthology – and his own novels, such as the recently-released The Sheerglam Conspiracy.
He’s perhaps best known as editor of 2000AD between 1979 and 1986, an era is classed by many as a golden era for the comic. Steve explains why he felt this is – plus he discusses all aspects of his career.
Also in this episode, Tom Stewart reviews Wild Lives by Claire Hubbard, while Mike Williams and Pete Taylor bring us Part One of their “Comic Genre World Cup”, in what they’re calling a Lockdown Mutterdown. Plus, Ian and Nikki discuss the Comichaus Comic Book Club, Atomic Hercules by Tony Esmond and Adam Falp, and Mikel by Mark Bellido and Judith Vanistendael.
• You can read more about Steve MacManus’ career and working for 2000AD in his book The Mighty One (AmazonUK Affiliate Link)| Follow Steve on Twitter @Mac_1 | Find out more about his book, The Sheerglam Conspiracy, here on Facebook
• The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is back in Kendal in the Lake District 9th – 11th October 2020: www.comicartfestival.com
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Banner photo of Steve MacManus by Ben K Sy, editor of The77
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.