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Lakes Festival Announces 2015 Windows Art Winners, chosen by public vote and creator judges

LICAF 2015 Windows Trail: Doodle Gang

Windows Trail art by the talented young Doodle Gang

This year’s Windows on Comic Art Trail – organised by the Lakes International Comic Art Festivalwhose annual event took place last weekend – made an incredible impact across Kendal, involving local business, clubs and schools as well as local and national artists. The collaboration created a unique art trail displayed in windows across the town and provided a unique way to explore the town and tell the story of Kendal, comics and our participants.

We are pleased to announce the “winning windows” of the Art Trail, chosen by both popular vote and top comic creators and publishers…

And the Winners Are…


The People’s Vote

Buzz Club at Café Nero

Buzz Club window at Café Nero

Buzz Club at Café Nero in Kendal’s Market Square are the 2016 winners and they receive a golden Poblin with a limited edition Festival Gicleé for Café Nero.


Best Artist Window

@MassDecoration at Williams Wools

@MassDecoration at Williams Wools

The winner is @MassDecoration at Williams Wools. The judge was Joe Decie, who was commissioned to draw and paint a mural in Yard 2 in Kendal live during the 2015 festival.

The prizes are £150 vouchers for @MassDecoration to spend in Iridium and a limited edition Festival Gicleé for Williams Wools.


Best School or Group Window

Sponsored by Russell Armer

St Marys School at The Oaklea Trust

St Marys School at The Oaklea Trust

The winner is St Marys School at The Oaklea Trust and the category was judged by James Stacey, owner of Yokohama-based art and comic publisher Black Hook Press.

The prize for this category is signed original artwork by Jonathan Edwards of Lakes Gang in Kendal plus a selection of comic books and a limited edition Festival Gicleé for The Oaklea Trust.

Next year, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival is looking to expand and develop the Windows Trail and would love to hear from you if you would like to be involved. Contact for more information.

Windows on Art Trail Exhibitions 2015

This year the trail extended to include exhibitions in three businesses in the town centre:

• Brew Brothers exhibition by Andy Poyiadgi whose comic Teapot Theory was shortlisted for the Observer/Jonathan Cape/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize and was coloured with genuine English Breakfast tea.

 Mike Medaglia decorated the windows for White Stuff, who also hosted an exhibition of his work

Mike Medaglia decorated the windows for White Stuff, who also hosted an exhibition of his work

• White Stuff exhibition by Mike Medaglia, a comic artist, illustrator and Zen Buddhist, whose book One Year Wiser was launched at the festival by top British publisher SelfMadeHero.

All the artwork in this exhibition is for sale and the proceeds go to the charity that White Stuff regularly supports, the Bendrigg Trust.

The Windows on Art Trail is funded by Kendal BID businesses and North Country Leisure and is supported by, Russell Armer, Costa Coffee and Iridium.

• The Lakes International Comic Art Festival returns in 2016, with its Festival weekend announced for 14th – 16th October. For the latest nes visit

• For more images of this year’s Windows on Art Trail visit the LICAF Flickr Page

About John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative" who is currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 25 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary, including DEATH'S HEAD II and WARHEADS. At Marvel he wrote strips for THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, THUNDERCATS, DOCTOR WHO and co-created SHADOW RIDERS with Brian Williamson and Ross Dearsley. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. He has written comics for Marvel UK, Judge Dredd Megazine, Lucky Bag Comic, CGL (an Italian publisher), STRIP Magazine and ROK Comics; and edited some of Titan's British comics collections including Dan Dare and Charley's War. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.
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