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The Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2016 more news
« on: September 15, 2016, 04:37:28 AM »

Kendal 15th September 2016: The Lakes International Comic Art Festival has revealed its full Exhibitions plans around this year's three day-long weekend (14th - 16th October) in Kendal, alongside its ever-popular Fringe events, which include Guardian political cartoonist Martin Rowson creating a mural right outside local MP and Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron's offices!
Of special interest to locals - and anyone affected by last year's winter floods across the UK - will be "Five Bridges: Stories of the Flood", an exhibition featuring art by Mike Medaglia, Lisa Woynarski and Farokh Soltani. Sponsored by local business Atlantis Kitchens, this is a unique comics exhibition where the human stories of flooding are depicted through comics and brought to life in a dynamic audio performance.

Featuring five different stories of people who experienced the flooding, it tells the human stories behind the flooding of the River Kent which devastated parts of Kendal. Highlighting the wider picture of the interrelatedness of all human/nature relationships, these stories provide a human experience to the often abstract and complex issue of climate change. After experiencing the stories from the flood, audience members will have a chance to contribute their own responses, drawing a self-portrait and telling their own stories, adding to and growing the exhibition.

In the works for this year's Festival - now in its fourth year - are a wide range of events at the Shakespeare Centre, offering a “Discovery Zone” of comic creators from around the globe, including Australia's Gregory Mackay (Anders and the Comet, Anders and the Volcano; Francis Bear), Bruce Mutard (The Sacrifice, The Silence, A Mind of Love), Tim McEwen, Laura Renfrew and Stuart Medley; guests from Finland, third largest comic reading nation per capita in the world; and the opportunity to find out more  about the Cintiq tablet from Festival sponsors WACOM, technology used by many comic artists.

 On Sunday, there will be the chance to meet Dr Ian Williams, Paula Knight and Mike Medaglia from Jessica Kingsley Publisher/ Singing Dragon and Myriad Editions, to find out more about the current explosion of comics about medicine and health related issues. Graphic Medicine explores the frontier between the medium of comics and healthcare, through autobiographical, fictional, and educational works: an area of study, a community, a movement for change.

 Veteran comic creator Gilbert Shelton (creator of the Furry Freak Brothers and Fat Freddy's Cat) and Hunt Emerson (creator of Calculus Cat) are just two creators who will be involved in comics skulduggery in the Brewery Arts Centre-based "Malt Room of Mischief", co-ordinated by long time Festival supporters Knockabout Comics. Look out for Fez Tai Chi classes, cabaret, art exhibitions and more as part of this extraordinary concoction of comic delights!

 Comic artist Joe Decie, who delighted Festival visitors with the weekend-long creation of his incredible wall mural outside Ruskins bar on Kendal's high street last year, is back in October, this time transferring his skills to the walls of Morrisons supermarket! As usual, we have no idea what he's planning - but we're sure it will delight shoppers.

 Talking of Ruskins, the popular bar will be given over to a tribute to the works of comic writer Mark Millar - whose works include Kick-Ass, Secret Service, Jupiter’s Legacy, Ultimate X-Men and, more recently, MPH, Huck and Empress... and talking of the latter, be sure to look out for this year's Festival beer of the same name, the work of local brewery Bowness Beer, sporting a label designed by one of last year's guest, Stuart Immonen.

 Withe the town brought to life with comics in the windows of many local shops thanks to the annual Windows Trail, a special cartoon installation inspired by  the work of Carol Hanson as part of the Dementia and Imagination Programme, there's no shortage of things to see for free around town. (Donations welcome).

Festival Exhibitions

In addition to "Five Bridges", Festival goers will have the chance to get inside the head of internationally-acclaimed comic artist Ken Niimura, with his exhibition at the Brewery titled "Making a Scene". Ken was winner of the Golden Prize in the 5th International Manga Award and was nominated for both Eisner and Eagle Awards for his work on I Kill Giants, created in collaboration with fellow guest Joe Kelly. His illustration book Zero reveals both a rare and diverse talent, while Travelling and Henshin, both short story collections, display that intoxicating combination of fine art and strong storyline.

 Ken, who designed this year's Festival poster, has also curated "Young, Talented And Beautiful - Five Rising Stars from Japan" presenting work by Est Em, Takehito Moriizumi, Tsuchika Nishimura, Keigo Shinzo and Miki Yamamoto - some of the most acclaimed an interesting authors of the new generation of manga artists, sharing a common interest in depicting the daily life in nowadays Japan through a combination of unique art and a very personal narrative.
An exhibition featuring the work of Finnish artist Hanneriina Moisseinen, just one of the great guests from Finland this year is also taking place and, beyond Kendal, we're delighted that the Vallum Gallery at the University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts, Brampton Road, Carlisle will be offering another chance to see the "Phono+Graphic" exhibition curated by Festival patron and top artist Sean Phillips.

 Web Links: The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

• Buy your Festival tickets now from The Brewery, Kendal - www.breweryarts.co.uk (Social media short link - http://bit.ly/LICAF16-Tickets) | Box Office 01539 725133 | Email

• Festival-related imagery for publicity purposes is available from the Festival Flickr page

• For all events information visit the Lakes International Comic Art Festival web site: www.comicartfestival.com | Find the Lakes International Comic Art Festival on Facebook | Follow the Festival on Twitter @comicartfest

• For more information on the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, contact: Julie Tait: [email protected]
 
Tickets for the main events at this year's Lakes International Comic Art Festival are on sale now - and a special "Clash of the Toon Titans", pitting Tintin against Asterix, will launch this year's weekend-long celebrations in October.

 Guests at this year's Festival (14th - 16th October 2016) include Charlie Adlard (artist on The Walking Dead), Jordi Bernet (Torpedo and Jonah Hex), Rufus Dayglo (2000AD's "Bad Company", Last Gang in Town), Isabel Greenberg (The Encyclopedia of Early Earth), Joe Kelly (I Kill Giants, Deadpool), Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim, Seconds), Luke McGarry and Steve McGarry, Mick McMahon (2000AD), Leah Moore and John Reppion, artist and Festival art designer Ken Niimura, and Paco Roca, best known for his award-winning graphic novel Wrinkles.

 Also on the guest list, in partnership with The Finnish Institute in London, are comic creators Hanneriina Moisseinen, Virpi Oinonen, Ville Ranta, Johanna "Roju" Rojola and Petteri Tikkanen, along with musicians Niko Kumpuvaara and Aleksi Ranta - whose visit is part of an extension to the Lakes Festival's rapidly-expanding Comic Creator Exchange Program with other major comics events around the globe.

 International and British comic creators - writers, artists, publishers and retailers - are heading to Kendal for a packed weekend of comic celebration in the Lakes in October, crammed with panels, exhibitions, children's events and other activities. The town will be entirely given over to comics, with business owners lining up to support the Festival's famous "Windows Trail", providing store front space to display comics art created by artists and local groups and school children.

 While panel events and film screenings are ticketed, the Comics Clock Tower offers plenty of free access to many comic creators and their work, and there's an exciting line up of free events lined up for children, too, in assorted venues across Kendal.

 "Having learned lots of great lessons from our growing audiences and previous international guests, I think we have one of our best programmes yet," enthuses Festival Director Julie Tait, "It aims to feed the hunger of comic art fans whilst also appealing to those new to it all or, at least, new to a comic art festival of this kind.

 "We have some of the most exciting and inspiring artists and writers working in comics, film, animation and gaming from across the globe all descending on what we think is one of the most beautiful towns in the world."

The October weekend is just one of a number of comics projects from the Festival, which has included the world premiere performance of Black Dog – the Dreams of Paul Nash by Dave McKean that took place in May and will return to Kendal for the Festival.

• Check out our "Festival in a Flash page for a quick run through of every ticketed event

• Buy your tickets now from The Brewery, Kendal - www.breweryarts.co.uk (Social media short link - http://bit.ly/LICAF16-Tickets) | Box Office 01539 725133 | Email

• Event ident images for all tickets events are up on the Festival Flickr page

• For all events information visit the Lakes International Comic Art Festival web site: www.comicartfestival.com | Find the Lakes International Comic Art Festival on Facebook | Follow the Festival on Twitter @comicartfest

• For more information on the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, contact: Julie Tait: [email protected]



 
 

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