Kendal, UK, 25th September 2014: The Edinburgh Festival has its own Fringe, and every major political party conference has its fringe events, both straight-laced and bizarre... and now this year's Lakes International Comic Art Festival (17th - 19th October 2014) has gained its own subversive edge, courtesy of VIZ, Knockabout Comics and other ne'er do wells!
The Magnificent Knockabout White Elephant Emporium is, we're told, suitable for anyone with a keen curiosity and sense of humour: a unique and (mostly) free emporium: offering a miscellaneous and multifarious bazaar of the bizarre and a marvellous mart of the most memorable kind, including appearances by Belgian cartoonist Herr Seele, Britain's homegrown Hunt Emerson (whose new, eagerly-anticipated Calculus Cat collection will launch at the Festival), Graham Dury, Simon Thorp and Barney Farmer from VIZ, the Blackhearted Press gang, Junko Mizuno and many more.
"I was so impressed by the first Lakes International Comics Festival, easily the best one in the UK, that I couldn't wait to get back to Kendal this year to put a bit more silliness into the event," says Knockabout publisher Tony Bennett.
VIZ Unmasked Exhibition PosterVIZ Unmasked: How a VIZ Comic is Made - For the last 35 years, VIZ has been produced quietly, and on a more or less monthly basis from the comic's headquarters in the North East of England. In all that time, like Colonel Sanders' blend of herbs and spices, its method of production has been a closely guarded secret. But all that is about to change. All will be revealed in this fully interactive, state-of-the-art, hands-on animatronic exhibition. How is Britain's third or fourth funniest comic produced, from conception to final product? Anyone wishing to visit is advised to arrive early as queueing times, to see what is already being billed as "The Exhibition of the Century", are expected to exceed five hours..... or possibly six.
Get Surreal with Herr Seele (or Dadada is all he wants to say to you!) - All the way from Belgium, making his UK debut, comes Herr Seele co-creator of Belgian iconic half-wit Cowboy Henk for which he and writer Kamagurka won one of the major prizes at the Angoulême Festival in France in 2014. Herr Seele presents the history of their nation, 35 paintings in a style developed by René Magritte, their great predecessor and compatriot... it's fast, it's furious and it's absurd!
She Lives - An audacious comic art experiment that has never been attempted before. Woodrow Phoenix has crafted She Lives, a silent comic story set in California in the late 1940s. In order to make a book as giant as possible he had to bind it himself using the largest paper size available. He took the unprecedented step of actually drawing the story into the bound book itself, so on display is original art work!
Junko Mizuno: Meet Junko Royalty - Horror, sex, chainsaws - what’s not to like? Known for her style of powerful imagery, Junko combines cuteness, gore and eroticism in comics, paintings, animations and toys. On display here is one of her giant Kidrobot Toys, Junko Royalty, but be warned - this is not a toy!animations and toys. On display here is animations and toys. On display here is one of her giant Kidrobot Toys, Junko Royalty, but be warned - this is not a toy!
Hunt Emerson’s Fez Tai Chi Classes - A world exclusive! Bring your own Fez if you have one and spend 15 or 20 minutes loosening up and relaxing while following Mr Emerson’s motivating moves. Plus: Fez Polo - twice a day - come and demonstrate your skills! With more games to come...
The Time Traveller’s Fortune Teller’s Photo Booth - Have your picture taken in the beautiful and mysterious Fortune Teller’s Tent! Get your own personalised Victorian calling cards and see ghostly comic characters appear as if by magic!
The Wonderful World of Ronnie Rigsby - A Saturday night exclusive comedy club, where you will be welcomed by (and, possibly, welcome to) the monstrously-bitter, tired old showbiz hack, thespian, variety artiste, children's entertainer and sock model (Gratton Catalogue, 1973-76). Ronnie Rigsby’s alter ego Logan Murray is one half of the infamous 1990s double act ‘Bib and Bob’ with Jerry Sadowitz. His most proud of a glittering showbiz career was supplying all the voices for The Beano's Dennis the Menace and Gnasher TV Show.
Clockwork Watch - Enter the Steampunk/ Victoriana world of Clockwork Watch. Set in a retro-futuristic London where mechanical slaves, designed to keep the city ticking along, gain sentience and seek their civil rights. Clockwork Watch is an interactive story spanning graphic novels, live events, role- play, online and film written by Yomi Ayeni and illustrated by Jennie Gyllblad.
The Emporium will also host an almighty exotic and irresistible mix of highly sought after goods.... otherwise known as a shop. Throughout the weekend a carefully-selected group of publishers and creators plucked out of the Comics Clocktower at their behest will be on sale, featuring Knockabout, Hunt Emerson, Blackhearted Press, Ocelot Games, Yomi Ayeni and Jennie Gyllblad.
• The Magnificent Knockabout White Elephant Emporium takes place in Elephant Emporium @ Elephant Yard, Kendal, UK over the Festival weekend only - one of the selling points for Biffa Bacon’s “Fighter Fluid” Limited Edition Festival Beer! It’s all free (apart from the Photo Booth, which is charging £3 for their calling cards) but the organisers will gladly accept donations towards next year’s festival – so give freely on exiting the emporium! The VIZ Unmasked exhibition and The Photo Booth are a co-creation with Kendal College Theatre and Event Team
• Tickets for all the events at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (17th - 19th October) are on sale now. For the full guest list, details of events and exhibitions and bookings visit: www.comicartfestival.com
• Full festival programme released! You can now view the full festival programme online here on Issuu
• Sign up for the Festival's newsletter here for the latest news! Web: www.comicartfestival.com
The Magnificent Knockabout White Elephant Emporium Timetable
Elephant Emporium @ Elephant Yard, Kendal - For one weekend only - All free but subject to capacity
Friday 17 October
1.00pm - 6.00pm Pop Up
2 - 4.00pm Live Draw with VIZ – Graham Dury and Simon Thorp
4.00pm She Lives page-turning sessions by Woodrow Phoenix
Saturday 18 October
9.45am Hunt Emerson’s Fez Tai Chi classes
10.00am - 6.00pm Pop Up
10.30am, 1.30pm & 5.30pm She Lives pageturning sessions by Woodrow Phoenix
10.30am - 12.30pm Live Draw with Duncan Fegredo (Hellboy, MPH) and Peter Doherty (Jupiter’s Legacy)
2.00pm - 4.00pm Live Draw with VIZ – Graham Dury, Simon Thorp and Barney Farmer
2.00pm - 4.00pm Here Come the Frogs - official signings - The Hartlepool Monkey Wilfrid Lupano and Jeremie Moreau
8.00pm Wonderful World of Ronnie Rigsby Comedy Club
Sunday 19 October
10.30am – 5.00pm Pop Up
10.30am 12 noon - Here Come the Frogs - official signings - The Hartlepool Monkey Wilfrid Lupano and Jeremie Moreau... Plus look out for some special ad hoc signings by other Knockabout friends!
10.15am Hunt Emerson’s Fez Tai Chi classes
11.00am, 3.00pm and 5.00pm She Lives page-turning sessions by Woodrow Phoenix
11.00am - 1.00pm Live Draw with Boulet (French comics rock star!) and Junko Mizuno
2.00pm - 4.00pm Live Draw with VIZ – Graham Dury and Simon Thorp
About the 2014 Lakes International Comic Art Festival
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival (17th – 19th October 2014) is a new kind of comic art event in the UK. Modelled on a European-style festival it aims to take over the market town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District, with comic art presenting the widest range of genres. Events include a 24 Hour Comic Marathon, children’s comic workshops, talks, signings, Great War in Comics art exhibition and a Comics Fair.
The huge line up of guests at this year's Lakes International Comic Art Festival include the acclaimed comics creator and newspaper strip artist Nick Abadzis (author of Laika); Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard; Storm Dogs and UNITY artist Doug Braithwaite; Fables and Sandman artist Mark Buckingham; The Mire and Wolves creator Becky Cloonan; Alec and From Hell artist Eddie Campbell; veteran publisher Dez Skinn; Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons; digital comics pioneer Scott McCloud; Japanese artist Junko Mizuno; Drowntown co-creator Robbie Morrison; leading US comics writer Gail Simone; the creator of the multi-award winning Bone Jeff Smith; and Grandville and Luther Arkwright author Bryan Talbot, one of the Festival's patrons alongside Sean Phillips and Mary Talbot and Emma Vieceli, will also join other comic creators for Kendal's second comics extravaganza.
• Visit the Festival web site for the full guest list announced so far
24 Hour Comic Marathon
The 24 Hour Comic Marathon creative team is: Dan Berry, Marathon curator and producer; Kristyna Baczynski (NME), Warwick Johnson Cadwell (Tank Girl), Joe Decie (The Accidental Salad) Sarah McIntyre (Oliver and the Seawigs, shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2014), Fumio Obata (author of the graphic novel Just So Happens) and Jack Teagle.
• For more information about the 24 Hour Comic Marathon visit: www.comicartfestival.com/competitions
Festival Sponsors and Benefactors
The Patrons of the Festival are comic creators Sean Phillips, Bryan Talbot, Mary Talbot and Emma Vieceli.
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 the Westmorland Shopping Centre, SEQUENTIAL and Knockabout.
Full Lakes International Comic Art Festival programme released: You can now view the full festival programme online. Full festival programme click here
• VIZ UnMasked: Go Behind the scenes on Britain's top adult humour comic
• Lakes Festival’s “Family Zone” Events – Great Fun for all Ages!
• Bryan Hitch joins Lakes Festival line-up, Emma Vieceli announced as patron
• Comic creators and locals team up for Lakes Festival’s “Windows Trail”
• Dobby to Dark Knight: Concept Artists in Action
• Niffenegger, Fegredo, Boulet and Stok join Lakes International Comic Art Festival Line-Up
• Creators set to assemble in Lakes Festival’s “Comics Clock Tower”
• Digital Comics Under the Spotlight at Lakes International Comic Art Festival
Tickets for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (17th - 19th October 2014) are on sale now. Sign up for the Festival's newsletter here for the latest news!
For further information contact: Julie Tait - [email protected]
Images of most announced guests, Festival poster and mascot images can be found here:
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