Just One Week to the Lakes Festival’s Comic Art Auction in London!

"All Your Lake Are Belong To Us" by Dave Gibbons, a postcard is from a series called "Wish You Were Here — Postcards from the edge of reality." Copyright © 2015 Dave Gibbons. All Rights Reserved
The artwork for the “All Your Lake Are Belong To Us” postcard by Dave Gibbons is just one item in the auction. Copyright © 2015 Dave Gibbons. All Rights Reserved

Next week, on Tuesday 24th November, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival will be hitting London with their first ever auction of original comic art. It’s going to be a glittering affair, with celebrity auctioneers Jonathan Ross and Tim Farron MP, ridiculously delicious nosh in the form of Cumbrian Canapes, and free wine with which to enjoy – and even own – original art by some of the greatest comic artists working on both sides of the Atlantic.

The auction is being hosted by our great friends Orbital Comics at 8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA. And it all gets underway at 6.30pm on the 24th. If you’d like to be at the event then be aware places on the night are limited, but you can reserve a bidding slot now by emailing peter@comicartfestival.com.

If you can’t make it to London, don’t worry! You can still bid, and even watch the auction live, by visiting our online catalogue here. You can even place bids in advance. The only thing you won’t be able to do with the online version is get any of the canapes. Or the wine.

The Festival’s friends and supporters in the comic art community have been incredibly generous, and we have stunning works by:

  • Dave Gibbons
  • Posy Simmonds
  • Bryan Talbot
  • Steve Bell
  • Graham and Simon from VIZ
  • Stuart Immonen
  • Junko Mizuno
  • Charlie Adlard
  • Sean Phillips
  • Joost Swarte
  • Jonathan Edwards
  • Frank Quitely
  • Darwyn Cooke

… and many more. So email Peter now (peter@comicartfestival.com), or get onto proxibid to, er, bid!

• Full auction catalogue for bids here: https://www.proxibid.com/asp/catalog.asp?aid=101175

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, 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 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. 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.

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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