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Rising Stars from Japan – manga artists feature in Kendal exhibition, London event next week

Making a Scene – Ken Niimura

    Here’s some pictures of two free exhibitions at this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival, taking place this weekend. The first pictures are from “Making a Scene” by top comics artist Ken Niimura and it’s on at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal. Ken is also a guest at the event, which runs until Sunday. Ken was winner of the Golden ... Read More »

2015 Winter Flood Stories inspire powerful new Lakes Festival Comics Exhibition, “Five Bridges”

"Five Bridges" Exhibition Poster by Mike Medaglia

Ahead of Kendal’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival this weekend (14th – 16th October), some of the event’s Exhibitions are now open, with others to follow on 12th October. Beatrix Potter Reimagined, which runs until 28th October 2016 is open now at Kendal Library, as are Making a Scene at the Brewery Arts Centre featuring the work of world renowned artist Ken Niimura (who designed this year’s Festival poster ... Read More »

Sean Phillips’ Phono+Graphic Exhibition opens in Carlisle

Phono_+Graphic Exhibition - Carlisle 2016

The hugely successful Phono+Graphic exhibition curated by comics artist Sean Phillips arrives in  Carlisle next week. Phono+Graphic is a collection (including some real rarities) of vinyl record sleeves designed by comic strip artists. The exhibition previewed at last year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal but has since traveled to Toronto, then Macclesfield and now, Carlisle, at the University Vallum ... Read More »

Beatrix Potter artwork reimagined by award-winning comic artists for 150th anniversary

Marking the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter, award-winning comic artists have given their time and talents to reimagine her characters and artwork, with stunning results. Contributors to the project, organised by the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, include Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard, Hellboy artist Duncan Fegredo, illustrator, cartoonist and animator Luke McGarry and comics creator, writer, illustrator and podcaster, Hannah Berry. The ... Read More »

London’s Cartoon Museum gets set to celebrate 40 years of 2000AD

Judge Dredd Art

We’ve heard from downthetubes contributor Richard Sheaf that London’s Cartoon Museum is to host an exhibition to celebrate 2017 being the 40th anniversary of 2000AD. The exhibition will occupy the main gallery space and contain 70+ pieces of artwork. The Museum is currently hosting “Heroes and Villains“, an exhibition of art depicting real life, the cartoon and comic world that ... Read More »

Comic artist John Higgins creates Great Fire of London Anniversary Stamps

Comic artist John Higgins has designed a set of six new stamps commemorating the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. The project as a whole is the work of The Chase Creative Consultants, and the stamps are designed to appeal to a younger audience. London’s streets and the River Thames divide the Great Fire of London stamps into ... Read More »

Hunt Emerson has Henry VIII and Noddy Holder all Stitched Up in Walsall!

Noddy Holder on his home turf of Beechdale Estate, art by Hunt Emerson

Ace comic artist Hunt Emerson has been doing designs for a series of eleven “tapestries” (not actually tapestries, but stitch-based pieces) for Walsall Silver Threads, which will all be brought together today, Saturday 20th August 2016, at the New Art Gallery in Walsall, to see the work in progress. The panels are big – 1 metre x 1.6 metres – and ... Read More »

Comics Dundee: Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail

The city of Dundee is currently in the middle of the art and charity installation Oor Wullies’ Bucket Trail in which painted fibreglass statues of the Sunday Post newspaper’s 80 year old naughty boy character are scattered around the city for locals and tourists alike to visit and ‘collect’. The majority of the main batch of 55 statues are in Dundee ... Read More »

In Review: Comics Unstripped – An Exhibition of Original Comic Art

Comics Unstripped - Poster

If you happen to find yourself in Kettering over the next two months, I can thoroughly recommend spending a little time to find the Alfred East Art Gallery (part of Kettering Museum), which is hosting the free Comics Unstripped exhibition until 20th August 2016. This exhibition features work from the US and British comic scene and honours one of Kettering’s talented sons, ... Read More »

Lakes International Comic Art Festival Tickets On Sale Now

Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2016 Art SNIP

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 ... Read More »

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