A huge line up of both British and globe-spanning international comics talent is being lined up for this year's Lakes International Comic Art Festival, taking place 16th – 18th October 2015.
International guests announced so far are award-winning Canadian artist Darwyn Cooke, Simpsons Comics artist Bill Morrison (thanks to the National Cartoonists Society in the US), Boulet, Winshluss, Benoit Peeters and Antoine Cossé and Japanese Shojo manga artist Akiko Hatsu - with still more to come.
Announced British guests include Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell, 24 Hour Marathon organiser and artist Dan Berry; graphic novelist Joe Decie, who is working on a longform project thanks to funding from the Lakes Festival; Oliver East, author of titles such as Trains Are Mint, who is working on another project with the Festival following the success of The Homesick Truant's Cumbrian Yarn; internationally-acclaimed cartoonist Hunt Emerson, creator of Calculus Cat; author David Gaffney, who has recently been working with Dan Berry on a new graphic novel, The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head; award winning comics writer Kieron Gillen; and UK-based stitcher and prolific tea drinker Felt Mistress AKA Louise Evans, who has created a range of one-off bespoke creatures with her partner, illustrator Jonathan Edwards, including Poblin, the Festival's mascot; and the internationally-acclaimed illustrator and graphic novelist Dave McKean.
The Family Zone – a major part of the Festival programme, which has proved hugely popular in previous years – features a wide range of award-winning and supremely talented professional artists and writers such as author/illustrator Philip Reeve (creator of Mortal Engines), writer/illustrator Sarah McIntyre (Vern and Lettuce, Jampires); Laura Howell, trailblazing her way as the first female artist ever to work for The Beano; all the way from Springfield, The Simpsons artist Bill Morrison; inspirational concept artist Ian McQue (Grand Theft Auto); critically acclaimed duo Metaphrog (Louie); and rising star Zoom Rockman (Skanky Pigeon).
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is the only one of its kind in the UK, taking place in one of the UK’s most beautiful areas – the English Lake District in the North West of the country, in the market town of Kendal. Modelled on European-style festivals, such as Angoulême in France, it takes over the whole town for a weekend of comic art. Its aim is to celebrate the whole spectrum of comic art, inspiring existing comic art fans and creators and, it hopes, generating new audiences and creators too. It invests in creators through a commissioning programme and has an emphasis on developing international collaborations.
The hugely successful 2014 Festival in Kendal featured a stellar cast of both British and international creators and a number of special exhibitions, and attracted thousands of fans young and old to the Lake District town.
The Festival’s dedicated organisers are determined to build on last year’s visitor numbers still further, reflecting their aim to deliver a truly European-style comics festival involving the whole of the local community and visitors in a truly unique comics experience.
Festival Sponsors and Benefactors
The Patrons of the Festival are comic creators Boulet, Sean Phillips, Bryan Talbot, Mary Talbot and Emma Vieceli, and Stephen L. Holland, owner of the award-winning independent comic shop Page 45 in Nottingham.
The Festival is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with funding from South Lakeland District Council and Kendal Town Council working in partnership with the Brewery Arts Centre and Kendal College.
Commercial sponsors include KendalBID, Specsavers the Westmorland Shopping Centre.
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival run 16th - 18th October 2015. Sign up for the Festival's newsletter here for the latest news!
For further information contact: Julie Tait - [email protected]
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