Lakes Festival art online auction starts on Wednesday – Jordi Bernet, Bryan Lee O’Malley items and more

2016 Lakes International Comic Art Festival auction art: a homage to Miyazaki by Bryan Lee O’Malley
2016 Lakes International Comic Art Festival auction art: a homage to Miyazaki by Bryan Lee O’Malley

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival has announced its latest online fund-raising art auction will begin on Wednesday – 23rd November 2016.

Included in this year’s auction to raise funds for the Festival’s 2017 activities is original artwork produced by no less than Bryan Lee O’Malley, Craig Thompson, Duncan Fegredo, Edmond Baudoin, Emma Vieceli, Hunt Emerson, Ian McQue, Jonathan Edwards, Jordi Bernet, Mick McMahon, Petteri Tikkanen, Sean Phillips, Stuart Immonen – and the guys from VIZ.

This year, the auction will take place online only, opening at 9.00am on Wednesday 23rd November 2016 on Proxibid. The catalogue is live online right now.

2016 Lakes International Comic Art Festival auction art: Hellboy by Duncan Fegredo
2016 Lakes International Comic Art Festival auction art: Hellboy by Duncan Fegredo
LICAF Auction art: Poison Ivy by Jordi Bernet
Poison Ivy by Jordi Bernet
2016 Lakes International Comic Art Festival auction art: a homage to Miyazaki by Emma Vieceli
2016 Lakes International Comic Art Festival auction art: a homage to Miyazaki by Emma Vieceli

“Attending the festival this year made me feel proud to be a part of it,” says Festival patron Emma Vieceli, one of the contributing artists, who’s currently working on Back to the Future for IDW and BREAKS which will begin to appear in print with Soaring Penguin next year.

Emma is keen to support the Festival and was just one of many delighted by this year’s weekend-long gathering in Kendal.

“Everywhere I went I saw people smiling, enjoying themselves and generally embracing comics and comic art, specifically. As an artist myself, it always makes me happy see the form being appreciated, of course! But it was wonderful having the time to really take in the scope of what was on offer from peers and heroes at the festival.

“From watching entertaining debates about which cartoon giant we would get behind in a fight (Asterix, as it turns out), through giggling as blindfolded punters tried to hook ducks in the Knockabout Comics room, to feeling pride as a new Comics Laureate was named (Charlie Adlard made a wonderful speech about the importance comics play in the lives of young people, especially those who find it harder to read than others),

“I felt part of something special,” she enthuses, which is why she’s happy to provide art for this auction to help the Festival in 2017. I got to sit and talk in beautiful surroundings with creators, readers and innovators from Finland, Canada, Japan, the US, Spain, France and more; an international community who contribute to this industry, whether by making comics or by helping those comics get into the hands of the wonderful people who read them.

“The Lakes Festival works hard to gather that community and offer them a space to talk, share and teach, and I love it for that.”

• Bidding on items begins Wednesday 23rd November 2016 at 9.00 am GMT on Proxibid. View the auction and bid here

View all the art in the auction the Lakes International Comic Art Festival’s Flickr

• The Lakes International Comic Art Festival would like to thank the donating artists and Proxibid for their support for this charity auction

• The fifth Lakes International Comic Art Festival will run from 13th-15th October 2017, celebrating great comic art from across the world. The first announced guest for 2017 is MAD cartoonist Sergio Aragonés, who will be presenting the first ever NCS Sergio Aragonés International Award for Excellence in Comic Art.

• For more about the Lakes International Comic Art Festival visit: www.comicartfestival.com | Find the Lakes International Comic Art Festival on Facebook | Follow the Festival on Twitter @comicartfest

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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