This week, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival podcast welcomes back artist Emma Vieceli, who pops on the show to talk about her new book, Breaks 2 Special Edition, currently funding on Kickstarter, a young adult drama, LGBTQ and romance story.
In BREAKS – a book recommended for ages 16 plus, available online and the first volume available in print from Soaring Penguin Press – two young men discovering who they were, who they are… and who they’re going to be. Mistakes of the past meet ambitions for the future in a school-ground battlefield of ego, consequence and toxic masculinity.
As a chain of events years in the making is slowly revealed and reckoned with, will what Cortland Hunt and Ian Tanner find in each other be enough to help them through the storm to come?
Co-hosts Ian Loxam and Nikki Bates also go on a bit of a geek chat with a creator whose work also includes Doctor Who and Supergirl, as they discuss video gaming and live action role playing too, which Emma enjoys when she’s not creating comics.
There's also some extra special guests on the show, in the form of students Isaac Thompson and John Hughes, who are Year 9 students at Queen Elizabeth School in Kirby Lonsdale, a town in the South Lakes. They answer some pre-recorded questions from the podcasters about their Comic Club, comics in general and their involvement with the Festival.
Mike Williams introduces listeners to the greatest (in his opinion) Star Wars character ever, Doctor Aphra - and Tom Stewart reviews Claire Spiller's stunning Lost Light, a comic available here, that focuses on the effects of light pollution and our relationship with nature and the sky at night.
The story is told completely visually, you won't find a single word inside these galaxy-soaked covers, making it suitable for all nationalities and ages.
"The inspiration for Lost Light first found me while I was camping out on the plains of Namibia, watching a meteor shower against the arms of the milky way, miles and miles away from the nearest town or city," says Claire on her official web site, an illustrator, comic artist and writer based in Bristol.
"Since then I’ve sought out dark skies as often as possible – I recommend a trip to your nearest National Park, most are Dark Sky locations.
"There’s something about star-gazing in complete moonlight that grounds you," she feels, "[it] connects you with the cycles of nature, seasons and history. It forces you to look inward and rely on every one of your senses to navigate. And it exposes how much of a bubble city life can be, how disconnected you are from nature on the simplest level.
"Lost Light is an ode to that feeling and a reminder that the night sky is always there to welcome you beyond the glow of electric lights.
The podcast team also offer their thoughts on the film Spider-Man: Far from Home and the comic, Our Final Halloween Part 2 by Mike Garley and Mike Lee-Graham, currently on kickstarter.
Finally, the team take a look at the latest updates from the Festival, as the full list of guests has now revealed, bar one or two final surprises.
• The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is back in Kendal in the Lake District 11th – 13th October 2019: www.comicartfestival.com