Katriona Chapman first came to our attention through her work at Avery Hill Publishing. She works in marketing there, and back in summer of 2015 she introduced Tillie Walden. Tillie’s first book, The End of Summer, had just been released, and Kat worked was instrumental in setting up an interview with the very young artist. But over the subsequent year, we’ve come to know Kat as more of an artist herself. She had done a lot of illustration work for children’s books, but it was her self-published comic, Katzine, that specifically caught our attention. In fact, we had discussed Katzine in a special episode from last year, where we looked at self-published comics. In one of the later issues of Katzine she mentions working on her first book, an autobiographical work centered on her travels in Mexico. Last month that book, Follow Me In, was released by Avery Hill. This is a fascinating travelogue about her experiences touring Mexico, it’s diverse regions, its many ruins, and its vibrant cultures. As you’ll hear in this interview, Kat doesn’t only write about her experiences touring in this new book, but she also explores her problematic relationship with her companion as well as her own efforts as an artist. As such, Follow Me In is much more than a travelogue. It’s an account of a young artist undergoing new experiences and using those to grow as a creator and to define her art.
Jimmy was over in the UK and attended Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds. He got 21 interviews total! In this episode, you’ll hear him chat with Kristyna Baczynski (Retrograde Orbit), Katriona Chapman (Follow Me In), Marc Ellerby (Rick & Morty), Alison Sampson (Winnebago Graveyard), Christian Wildgoose (Porcelain/Batgirl), Laura Wildgoose (Night Post) and Sara Dunkerton (Mulp)! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
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Jimmy is in London before heading off to the Thought Bubble Festival this weekend in Leeds! He recruits good pal and fellow podcaster David Monteith (Geek Syndicate) to co-host! Dave gives his recap of the International Comic Expo in Birmingham that he attended over the weekend. Jimmy teases his coverage for Thought Bubble including a massive amount of interviews and 2 panels that he’s moderating. And they both chat about the UK comics scene, London comic shops, UK creators and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!